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Tom Corwine
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

July 6, 1935
Seneca Carnival Seneca, IL

July 13, 1935
Sponsored by County Farm Bureau Veedersburg, IN
WLS National Barn Dance
July 14, 1935
Odeon Theatre Beaver Dam, WI
WLS On Parade
July 15, 1935
Fox Theatre Stevens Point, WI
WLS On Parade
July 16, 1935
State Theatre Eau Claire, WI
WLS On Parade
July 17, 1935
State Theatre Eau Claire, WI
WLS On Parade
July 18, 1935
Goetz Theatre Monroe, WI
WLS On Parade
July 21, 1935
Nightingale Ballroom Kaukauna, WI
WLS On Parade
July 22, 1935
Rialto Theatre Gladstone, MI
WLS On Parade
July 23, 1935
Rialto Theatre Gladstone, MI
WLS On Parade
July 24, 1935
Lloyd Theatre Menominee, MI
WLS On Parade
July 25, 1935
Lloyd Theatre Menominee, WI
WLS On Parade
July 28, 1935
SE Wisconsin Cheese Makers Picnic Neosho, WI
WLS Radio Revue
July 28, 1935
SE Wisconsin Cheese Makers Picnic Neosho, WI
WLS Radio Revue
July 4, 1936
Mendota Fairgrounds Mendota, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
July 4, 1936
Fairgrounds Mendota, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
July 4, 1936
Band Shell Reedsburg, WI
WLS Artists
July 5, 1936
Ball Park Shullsburg, WI
WLS Artists
July 9, 1936
Model Farm of Public Service Company of Northern Illinois Mundelein, IL
WLS Artists
July 12, 1936
Fair Grounds Luxemburg, WI
WLS Artists
July 21, 1936
Broadway Theatre Albert Lea, MN
WLS On Parade
July 22, 1936
State Theatre Kalamazoo, MI
WLS National Barn Dance
July 22, 1936
Broadway Theatre Albert Lea, MN
WLS On Parade
July 24, 1936
Fargo Theatre Fargo, ND
WLS On Parade
July 25, 1936
Fargo Theatre Fargo, ND
WLS On Parade
July 26, 1936
Dakota Theatre Grand Forks, ND
WLS On Parade
July 27, 1936
Dakota Theatre Grand Forks, ND
WLS On Parade
July 27, 1936
High School Gym Jonesboro, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
July 28, 1936
Fox-Illinois Theatre Centralia, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
July 28, 1936
Pennington County Fairgrounds Thief River Falls, MN
WLS National Barn Dance
July 29, 1936
High School Auditorium Edwardsport, IN
WLS National Barn Dance
July 29, 1936
State Theatre Hibbing, MN
WLS National Barn Dance
July 30, 1936
Fischer Theatre Danville, IL
WLS National Barn Dance (1936 Edition)
July 1, 1937
Jackson County Fair Carbondale, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
July 4, 1937
Mineral Point, WI
Southwestern Wisconsin Fair
July 5, 1937
School Grounds Oostburg, WI
WLS Artists
July 11, 1937
Purple Grackle Lake-Delton-At-The-Dells, WI
WLS National Barn Dance (1937 Edition)
July 18, 1937
Memorial Park Markesan, WI
WLS Artists
July 19, 1937
Ford Theatre Fort Atkinson, WI
WLS On Parade
July 20, 1937
Delft Theatre Escanaba, MI
WLS National Barn Dance (1937 Edition)
July 21, 1937
Delft Theatre Marquette, MI
WLS National Barn Dance
July 22, 1937
Majestic Theatre Algoma, WI
WLS Merry-Go-Round
July 23, 1937
Open Air Pavilion Bloomington, WI
WLS Artists
July 23, 1937
Open Air Pavilion Bloomington, WI
WLS Artists
July 25, 1937
Jacobson's New Pavilion Bryant, IA
WLS National Barn Dance
July 25, 1937
Siegels Park Germantown, WI
WLS Artists
July 26, 1937
Stroud Theatre Fairfield, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
July 27, 1937
Randolph County Fair Sparta, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
July 29, 1937
Thomas Park Wyoming, IL
WLS On Parade

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