Don McNeill's "Breakfast Club"
Years of Corn"]
Century of Progress was news when Don McNeill took over an ugly-duckling early
morning radio show on June 23. He introduced a new format, four calls to breakfast,
March Time and Memory Time, sprinkled it with corn and his personality, and called
it Breakfast Club.
Starting with a few pages of notes which he laughingly called a script, Don handled
the show "purely catch as catch can with 16 messers of ceremonies."
These included: singer Dick Teela, Walter Blaufuss, 12 musicians and announcer
In the absence of an audience, Don invented characters like "Homer",
the hero of his one-man, one-act plays, and "Juliet", the dumb dame.
Listeners were also introduced to Bill Krenz, the tallest piano player in captivity,
and "Elmer" (Bill Short), the man of many romances.
Walter Blaufuss, composer ofpopular songs and a boy prodigy of Milwaukee, conducted
the orchestra until 1942.
Bill Krenz still captivates audiences with his original piano compositions. Eddie
Ballentine, present conductor, is the only other 20 year veteran of Breakfast
Dick Teela and The Originalities, a group of B.C. musiciansm presented in this
picture in 1933. Left to right: Jean Cafarelli, Bill Giese, Dick Teela, Bill Short
and Jack Rose.
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