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Tom Corwine
Born:  September 22, 1869
Died:  October 23, 1952
WLS National Barn Dance


About The Artist

One of the old-timers of the station and programs on WLS, was known as the "...philosopher and dean of all the people who make funny noises for the radio." They said he had '...driven enough imaginary pigs, chickens and cows out of the old hayloft to fill a fair-sized stockyard.' He was a comedian of sorts, doing unique imitations and full of witty comments.

Used to be on the old WLS Show Boat, the "The Floating Palace of Wonders" - he did many of the sound effects that made the program so 'realistic'.

The old Checkerboard Good Morning Hour radio program was always started by the crowing of a rooster. The listeners named that rooster "Checkers". The rooster was Tom Corwine!

When you heard him puring buttermilk from a jug, or priming the old wooden pumps, it made you thirsty.

Back in 1939, Uncle Tom as they called him, was just then celebrating his 52 year in entertainment. Known for wearing a captain's uniform wtih five stripes on the sleeve.

Appearance History This Month

August 2, 1936
WLS National Barn Dance (1936 Edition)
Tourist Park
Harbor Springs, MI
Tom Corwine

August 9, 1937
WLS on Parade
Grand Theatre
Decorah, IA
Tom Corwine

August 10, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Rockwell City 4-H Club Fair
Rockwell City, IA
Tom Corwine

August 12, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Iowa Theatre
Cedar Rapids, IA
Tom Corwine

August 13, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Henry County Fair
Cambridge, IL
Tom Corwine

August 14, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Dane County Fair
Madison, WI
Tom Corwine

August 15, 1937

Wisconsin Valley Fair & Exposition
Wausau, WI
Tom Corwine

August 16, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Brown County Fair
De Pere, WI
Tom Corwine

August 17, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Juneau County Fair
Mauston, WI
Tom Corwine

August 18, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
The Mankato Fair
Mankato, MN
Tom Corwine

August 19, 1937
WLS On Parade
Grant County Fair
Lancaster, WI
Tom Corwine

August 20, 1937
WLS On Parade
Clark County Fair
Neillsville, WI
Tom Corwine

August 21, 1937

5th Annual Oregon Fall Festival
Oregon, WI
Tom Corwine

August 22, 1937

Annual Oregon Fall Festival
Oregon, WI
Tom Corwine

August 24, 1937
WLS Merry-Go-Round
Great Darke County Fair
Greenville, OH
Tom Corwine

August 26, 1937
WLS Barn Dance
Congress Theatre
Chicago, IL
Tom Corwine

August 28, 1937
WLS Barn Dance
LaPorte County Fair
LaPorte, IN
Tom Corwine

August 29, 1937

Granville Center Servite Monastery Grounds
Milwaukee, WI
Tom Corwine

August 30, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Watonwan County Fair
St. James, MN
Tom Corwine

August 31, 1937
WLS On Parade
Lake Theatre
Detroit Lakes, MN
Tom Corwine

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