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Radio: Editors’ Musts

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For radio editors, listening to the radio is a business. A few radio programs and performers sometimes make that business a pleasure. Since 1932 the New York World-Telegram has annually polled radio editors in the U. S. and Canada to find out whom & what they found most pleasurable on the air. Last Saturday, World-Telegram’s, industrious Radio Editor Alton Cook scored up the 1939 consensus of about a hundred other radio editors.

Jack Benny was chosen top comedian for the seventh successive time; Fred Allen second; Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s dummy, Charlie McCarthy (the people’s choice in many listener surveys), third. Benny’s Sunday-night program for Jell-O was voted tops, too, with Information Please second.

Other editors’ “musts”: Guy Lombardo’s orchestra (Jukebox Champion Glenn Miller fifth, Swingster Benny Goodman seventh); Arturo Toscanini for symphonies; Bing Crosby for popular songs; Nelson Eddy for classics; Songstress Frances Langford, Sportscaster Bill Stern, Newscaster Lowell Thomas, Studio Announcer Don Wilson. Favorite dramatic program: Cecil B. DeMille’s Lux Radio Theatre; favorite children’s program: Nila Mack’s Let’s Pretend; favorite quarter-hour: Fred Waring’s. Outstanding 1939 star: blind British Piano Wag Alec Templeton.

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