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|If you are one
of the great throng who listen to WLS in the early morning, you need no introduction
to Hal, chief announcer. No matter how gloomy the day, or how deep the snowdrifts
outside, Hal is always on the job with a cheery "Good Morning" to start
the day off right. Besides being the announcer of morning programs, Hal conducts
the Saturday Night Barn Dance, and on Saturday morning he has a special program
for the children, "Daddy Hal's Helpers." Trained as a singer, with a
mellow voice that can fill a convention hall, ex-service man, father of two children,
he is six feet two inches of Irish good nature. If you should ask him what he
is most interested in, he would probably answer: "Boys and girls."
|Martha Crane was
born a housewife. She loves to sew and cook and put up pickles and preserves,
and she always talks about such things with enthusiasm. The chances are that you
have some fruit or vegetables on the shelf right now that were canned according
to some of Martha's recipes. You hear her on Homemakers' Time, and you may have
heard about her also as one of the judges this last year in the National Canning
Contest. Martha is a native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and her name outside the
studio is Mrs. Ray Caris.
|Al Rice seldom
looks as serious as you see him here. As a member of the Maple City Four, you
have often heard him sing, as well as announce. He is an accomplished musician,
plays several instruments, once directed an orchestra, and occasionally writes
a new composition all his own. He is assistant program director, and does a good
deal of listening to "auditions" in which new artists demonstrate their
ability before being added to the station staff.
|You first heard
Jack Holden's deep voice on WLS in October, 1931. He has been in radio work since
1927, first on WWJ,Detroit, and for three years on WELL, Battle Creek, Michigan.
For nearly a year Jack was member of a comedy team in radio and stage appearances.
Born in a little town in the Michigan north woods, he is 24 years old, married,
has a son two years old, and is in training for the ministry. Before coming to
Chicago he served as pastor of the church at Bedford, Michigan. Although Jack
has been a member of WLS family only a short time, he has already made many friends.
|A varied career
as radio writer, announcer, newspaper columnist and writer of poetry distinguishes
Margaret Morton McKay of the WLS continuity staff. Margaret was born in Colon,
Panama, during the building of the canal. She lived in several southern states
before coming to Chicago. In Houston, Texas, she was a member of the KTRH staff.
When you see news of WLS and pictures of our artists in newspapers and magazines,
you may be sure that Margaret has been busy at her desk, which is covered with
radio programs, newspaper clippings and a little bit of everything. Incidentally,
she is our "WLS Fan Fare" girl on the air.
|A farm boy, born
in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Worked in the woods as a lumberjack, and learned
to scamper over rolling logs in the river, with peavy and cant-hook. Spent a year
in Blackburn College studying for the ministry. Before entering radio was in the
production end of an automobile tire factory in Wisconsin. Put on some announcements
at Radio Station WTAQ, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and liked it so well that before
long he was in radio work there. Came to WLS in 1931, and helps build and announce
a variety of programs.
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