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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

September 10, 1935
Williamson County Fair Marion, IL
WLS Barn Dance
September 11, 1935
Rollamo Theatre Rolla, MO
WLS Barn Dance
September 12, 1935
Gillioz Theatre Monett, MO
WLS Barn Dance
September 13, 1935
Ozark Theatre Fayetteville, AR
WLS Barn Dance (1935 Edition)
September 14, 1935
Tulsa Four-State Fair Tulsa, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 15, 1935
Inca Theatre Okmulgee, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 16, 1935
Crystal Theatre Okemah, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 17, 1935
Coleman Theatre Miami, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 18, 1935
Poncan Theatre Ponca City, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 19, 1935
Key Theatre Wewoka, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 20, 1935
Royal Theatre Paul Valley, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 21, 1935
Oklahoma State Fair Oklahoma City, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 22, 1935
Memorial Auditorium Wellington, KS
WLS National Barn Dance
September 23, 1935
Liberty Theatre Bartlesville, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 25, 1935
Ramona Theatre Frederick, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 26, 1935
Lawton Theatre Lawton, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 27, 1935
Dunkin Theatre Cushing, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 28, 1935
Criterion Theatre Sapulpa, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 29, 1935
Oklahoma Free State Fair Muskogee, OK
WLS National Barn Dance
September 30, 1935
Columbus Radius Fair Columbus, MS
WLS National Barn Dance
September 6, 1936
Kewanee County Fair Luxemburg, WI
WLS On Parade
September 7, 1936
Trempealeau County Fair Galesville, WI
WLS Barn Dance
September 8, 1936
State Theatre Rhinelander, WI
WLS Merry-Go-Round
September 9, 1936
Rialto Theatre Gladstone, MI
WLS Merry-Go-Round
September 10, 1936
Central Wisconsin State Fair Marshfield, WI
WLS On Parade
September 11, 1936
Allamakee County Fair Waukon, IA
WLS Barn Dance
September 13, 1936
Ilgair Park Chicago, IL
WLS Barn Dance
September 14, 1936
Lapeer County Fair Imlay City, MI
WLS Barn Dance
September 15, 1936
Croswell Theatre Adrian, MI
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 20, 1936
Portage Theatre Portage, WI
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 21, 1936
McLeod County Fair Hutchinson, MN
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 22, 1936
Orpheum Theatre Fergus Falls, MN
WLS On Parade
September 23, 1936
Rialto Theatre Grand Rapids, MI
WLS On Parade
September 29, 1936
Plumb Theatre Streator, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
September 30, 1936
Bangor Apple Show Bangor, MI
WLS Merry-Go-Round
September 1, 1937
Big Stone County Fair Clinton, MN
WLS National Barn Dance
September 2, 1937
Blakes Prairie Fair Bloomington, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
September 3, 1937
Columbia County Fair Portage, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
September 3, 1937
Columbia County Fair Portage, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
September 6, 1937
Armstrong County Central Labor Union Show at Armstrong County Fairgrounds Kittanning, PA
WLS National Barn Dance
September 6, 1937
Armstrong County Central Labor Union Show Kittaning, PA
WLS National Barn Dance
September 7, 1937
Great Stoneboro Fair Stoneboro, PA
WLS National Barn Dance
September 7, 1937
Great Stoneboro Fair Stoneboro, PA
WLS National Barn Dance
September 8, 1937
Smalley's Stamford Theatre Stamford, NY
WLS National Barn Dance
September 8, 1937
Smalley's Stamford Theatre Stamford, NY
WLS National Barn Dance
September 9, 1937
Smalley's Cooperstown Theatre Cooperstown, NY
WLS National Barn Dance
September 10, 1937
Brookfield-Madison County Fair Brookfield, NY
WLS National Barn Dance
September 10, 1937
Brookfield-Madison County Fair Brookfield, NY
WLS National Barn Dance
September 14, 1937
Van Buren County Fair Hartford, MI
WLS National Barn Dance
September 14, 1937
Van Buren County Fair Hartford, MI
WLS National Barn Dance
September 19, 1937
High School Auditorium Marinette, WI
WLS On Parade
September 19, 1937
High School Auditorium Marinette, WI
WLS On Parade
September 26, 1937
Smalley's Fort Plain Theatre Fort Plain, NY
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 26, 1937
Smalley's Fort Plain Theater Fort Plain, NY
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 27, 1937
Smalley's Norwich Theatre Norwich, NY
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 27, 1937
Smalley's Norwich Theater Norwich, NY
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 28, 1937
New Jersey State Fair Trenton, NJ
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 28, 1937
New Jersey State Fair Trenton, NJ
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 29, 1937
Smalley's Johnstown Theatre Johnstown, NY
WLS Barn Dance Show
September 29, 1937
Smalley's Johnstown Theater Johnstown, NY
WLS Barn Dance Show

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