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Ruth Crane Schaefer, Billie Burke
With a Feather on My Nose is Billie Burke’s autobiography, written in 1949. Famous for her role as “Glinda, the Good Witch” in MGM’s 1939 production of The Wizard of Oz, Ms. Burke is being interviewed in 1949 by pioneer female broadcaster Ruth Crane Schaefer, seen here at left, on ABC affiliate WMAL.
Ruth Crane Schaefer, Rudy Vallee
Ms. Schaefer, left, hosted a program called Modern Woman on WMAL-TV and radio. With her are vocalist Rudy Vallee, an unidentified woman, and WMAL’s Jackson Weaver. Mr. Weaver hosted children’s programs, which included screenings of The Little Rascals comedies, and for thirty-two years co-anchored WMAL’s morning drive time slot with Frank Harden.

Ruth Crane Schaefer, Jackson Weaver, the Lone Ranger
Jackson Weaver, Ruth Crane Schaefer, The Lone Ranger, and an RCA 44.
Mr. Weaver was the first to provide “Smokey the Bear” with a voice.

—Ruth Crane Schaefer photos and information are through the 
courtesy of Mr. Steven Portnoy, WMAL–ABC Radio,
Mr. Randall Bloomquist, Mr. Chris Berry, and 
the Library of American Broadcasting,
University of Maryland, College Park.

Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor

Bill Monroe
Bill Monroe

Bluegrass Boys
The caption reads “Bill Monroe (second from left) performs with an early incarnation of the Bluegrass Boys shortly after joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1939. His band featured Art Wooten on fiddle, Cleo Davis on guitar, and Amos Garen on bass. (Garen had been preceded by John Miller on the jug.) Monroe’s mandolin and vocals dominated the group, and set the standard for all bluegrass music that followed.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt

Ed Wynn
Ed Wynn

Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur

Fred Allen
Fred Allen

Allen's Alley cast
The cast of “Allen’s Alley,” which includes Fred Allen, Minerva Pious as Mrs. Pansy Nussbaum, Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw, and Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn. Listen to an excerpt.

Bob Burns
Bob Burns

Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor

Cantor, Major, Shore
Olive Major, Eddie Cantor, Dinah Shore

Ralph Edwards
Ralph Edwards

Woody Herman
Woody Herman

Boris Karloff
William Henry Pratt, a. k. a. Boris Karloff

W. C. Fields
W. C. Fields

Marion Sweet
Marion Sweet

Etta James
Etta James

Etta in 2006
Ms. James in 2006

I Love a Mystery cast
The cast of I Love a Mystery. Russell Thorson as Jack Packard,
Athena Lord as Jerri Booker, and Jim Boles as Doc Long.
Mr. Boles and Ms. Lord are husband and wife in real life.

ILAM biographical information was obtained with the 
assistance of Mr. Jim Harmon and Mr. Lloyd Nesbitt.

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

Dick Joy at KNX
Dick Joy, KNX/CBS Radio Network announcer, 1940s.
Let’s listen.

Richard “Dick” Joy was regularly heard by millions of Americans tuned to CBS during the Golden Age of Radio and TV—the 1930s through the 1950s. Dick began broadcasting for KNX radio in Los Angeles in the 1930s while he was a student at USC. At 21 he was the youngest staff announcer at the CBS Radio Network. In addition to his local duties at KNX, Dick was the announcer for such network shows as Spike Jones, Danny Kaye, Nat King Cole, The Bell Telephone Hour, The Silver Theater, Vox Pop, and Sam Spade.

Working with producer Barney Miller, Dick created CBS Sunday Desk, which pioneered the use of multiple, short voice bytes in a paced program. Until then, radio news used fewer voice bytes which could vary from one to five minutes or more.

Dick made the transition to CBS Television in the late 40s as a reporter for CBS’ You Are There, and later as announcer for December Bride, Perry Mason, Have Gun—Will Travel, Daktari, Lost in Space, and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. His “Personal Best” was as the announcer for the legendary Playhouse 90, working with people like Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer every week. In later years, Dick became the News Director for KFAC-AM and FM, the classical music stations for Los Angeles in the 1960s.

—Scott Carter

Dick Joy at KCMJ
Dick Joy at KCMJ, the first Palm Springs radio station.

Ozzie and Harriet
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson visit Dick Joy, third from left.

Spike Jones
Spike Jones, for whom Dick Joy announced. The woman with Mr. Jones is Dorothy Shay, the “Park Avenue Hillbillie.” The photo was most likely taken in 1948 at CBS. Mike Wallace was the announcer on the Spotlight Revue when it originated from Chicago, and Mr. Joy stepped in when the troupe moved to Hollywood.

—Dick Joy, Ozzie and Harriet, Lowell Thomas, and 
Spike Jones photos courtesy of Dick and Sis Joy;
Spike Jones information courtesy of Ted Hering.

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