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.
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