The 1954 WLS Family Album:

Donald "Red" Blanchard

Above: Donald Red BLanchard announces records and says funny things between times on his popular Red Blanchard Shows and Saturday Merry-Go-Round. He's been a favorite on the National Barn Dance for years. Easily one of radio's most talented personalities, he combines ready wit with ability to play guitar, string bass, banjo, bicycle pump and other gadgets. Played and sang for years before World War II proved his worth as a comedian.

Meet the Blanchards: Red, Sallie, Donald, 6, and Donna Colleen, 2. This happy family lives in Brookfield where Red is very handy around the house and yard. He mat Marcella (Sallie) Ebert of Chicago when she was square dancing at Eighth Street Theater. Red's first job was "workin' for Pa with no pay an' I was worth it!" His parents live near Pittsville, Wis., where he is Honorary Mayor and Fire Chief.

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