By Ryan Ellett
This quantity profiles approximately three hundred African American (and a number of white) performers, businesses and sequence broadcast in the course of radio's "Golden Age"--the years 1921 via 1955. lots of those personalities and courses are chronicled in additional intensity the following than in any past book, whereas a number of are lined right here for the 1st time. The entries demonstrate the wealthy range in radio programming created by means of black expertise and meant for black audiences in the course of a time that has usually been portrayed as approximately with out a black presence. There are appendices: a chronology of debuts and awesome occasions, and a week-by-week episode advisor of either the pioneering African American radio sequence The Negro success Hour and The Negro paintings team Hour, either one of which debuted in 1928. there's a bibliography and a complete index.
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Early 1936 found him playing three times a week over WMCA and at least once (March 12, 1936) on WOR. While booked in Pittsburgh Armstrong made an appearance on WQV’s Club Celebrity on April 24, 1936. Such broadcasts while on the road were likely common but have not necessarily left much of a record, thus making their documentation very difﬁcult. Perhaps the high point of Armstrong’s radio career was a 1937 stint on network radio sponsored by Standard Brands’ Fleischmann Yeast while Rudy Valley went on a summer vacation.
11, July 2, 1930, p. 2, June 29, 1932, p. 7. Brown, Oscar, Jr. Oscar Brown, Jr. was born October 10, 1926, in Chicago, the city where he spent most of his life. Brown began acting at age 11 with a group called The Peter Pan Players and did dramatic training with the renowned teacher LaVerne Ofﬁcer. At 15 he was selected from the Southside Boys’ Club to appear on a Blue network juvenile detective serial called Secret City. The program ran less than a year from November 1941, to September 1942. As a young man Brown went on to study at the University of Wisconsin and then Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where he majored in English and minored in dramatics.
Her rendition of the Depuis le Jour aria from the opera Louise composed by Gustave Charpentier was a hit with listeners. Sources: Chicago Defender, April 29, 1922, p. 5. ” Mandy was joined by brother Willie and husband Ezie in impersonations of Southern African American characters. The racial make-up of the cast is not clear though it appears to be primarily Caucasian. Phil Cook, white, appeared as one of the men and it is also possible “Uncle” Don Carney, white, had an early radio role on the program.
Encyclopedia of Black Radio in the United States, 1921-1955 by Ryan Ellett