From the Studios of Swift & Company...

One of your old friends in radio programs, Swift & Co., has offered entertainment, service and educational features steadily for three years over WLS. They have reached out through the ether and clasped the hand of many a listener. They have saluted many of the towns and cities in the Middle West by turning the radio spotlight on them with historical information and appropriate musical settings.

Kamp Charles Let us introduce you to the director. Kamp Charles (left) arranges and directs, as well as announces, all of the WLS Swift & Co. programs.

Mr. Charles was born on a farm in Northern Kansas, now known as the "Valley Point Stock Farm." He served two years as a pilot in the U. S. Air Service overseas, worked on many newspapers; then joined the Department of Agricultural Journalism at Iowa State College, Ames.

He has been at the helm of the Swift & Co. radio programs from the start.

Here (at the right) is the entire family. Meet, left to right bottom line, Martha Logan, food expert; Betty Brian, sweet songster, and John Brown, pianist. On top line, left to right, meet Fred Pohlman, first tenor; Osgood (Ozzie) Westley, second tenor; Phil Kaler, baritone; Winfred Stracke, bass; Clifford Soubier ("Old Pappy"), and Kamp Charles.

Their good programs help you to remember the fine quality of Swift & Co. products.
Swift & Co. Time entertainers

"Ozzie" arranges the musical fests and plays the guitar. Phil is a ukelele exponent as well as a baritone, and John Brown is well known for his pianistic attainments. Betty Brian, auburn-haired contralto, sings a great variety of songs and takes part in some of the skits. They are a versatile group and one can always be sure of a well balanced, diversified program when they get together.

Martha Logan Martha Logan, at the left, is the nutrition expert on Swift & Co. Time, who has proven so helpful to housewives with her suggestions for marketing, cookery and properly proportioned meals.

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a post-graduate of Northwestern University, where she made a study of foods.

"Old Pappy," otherwise Clifford Soubier (right), has long fascinated WLS radio audiences with his old darky sketches.

His famous animal stories, wherein he gives the power of conversation to the animals, have appealed to both children and adults.

"Old Pappy" and his little boy, "Booker Cephus," are indeed beloved characters, although Booker Cephus is entirely imaginary. You never actually hear Booker Cephus, but you can always feel his presence when "Old Pappy" talks to him.

Clifford Soubier, who gives this fine portrayal, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, of a theatrical family. While still a child, he donned the curls and white dress for the role of Little Eva in "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and much to his boyish disgust, had to go to heaven every night on a rope. He sang as a soprano soloist in a boys' cathedral choir, and has been all over the country on the stage in productions, stock, minstrels, and is well known in the theatre.
Cliff Soubier

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