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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

August 2, 1936
Tourist Park Harbor Springs, MI
WLS National Barn Dance (1936 Edition)
August 9, 1937
Grand Theatre Decorah, IA
WLS on Parade
August 10, 1937
Rockwell City 4-H Club Fair Rockwell City, IA
WLS National Barn Dance
August 12, 1937
Iowa Theatre Cedar Rapids, IA
WLS National Barn Dance
August 13, 1937
Henry County Fair Cambridge, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
August 14, 1937
Dane County Fair Madison, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
August 15, 1937
Wisconsin Valley Fair & Exposition Wausau, WI

August 16, 1937
Brown County Fair De Pere, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
August 17, 1937
Juneau County Fair Mauston, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
August 18, 1937
The Mankato Fair Mankato, MN
WLS National Barn Dance
August 19, 1937
Grant County Fair Lancaster, WI
WLS On Parade
August 20, 1937
Clark County Fair Neillsville, WI
WLS On Parade
August 21, 1937
5th Annual Oregon Fall Festival Oregon, WI

August 22, 1937
Annual Oregon Fall Festival Oregon, WI

August 24, 1937
Great Darke County Fair Greenville, OH
WLS Merry-Go-Round
August 26, 1937
Congress Theatre Chicago, IL
WLS Barn Dance
August 28, 1937
LaPorte County Fair LaPorte, IN
WLS Barn Dance
August 29, 1937
Granville Center Servite Monastery Grounds Milwaukee, WI

August 30, 1937
Watonwan County Fair St. James, MN
WLS National Barn Dance
August 31, 1937
Lake Theatre Detroit Lakes, MN
WLS On Parade

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