Re: Franklyn MacCormack reading
- Shad O'....
First time I've heard Franklyn MacCormack, and I agree he sounds a
lot like Blanding. MacCormack was a Chicago radio announcer.
I've parked the link in Bookmarks (Sound Bites) so you can find it
easily. Thanks Bev and Keith!
- Shad O'
Here's a short bio that came from the same website as the
Although he is described as having "America's most beloved
voice," Franklyn MacCormack's young life did not hold much
promise for a career in show business. The shock of an
automobile accident when he was six brought on aphasia, a
loss of speech which lasted until he was 13. From then until his
19th birthday, he spoke only with a stutter.
When the condition ended, he joined a touring stage company,
singing a lusty baritone in Frimi and Romberg musicals. In
1932 his troupe came to Chicago where Franklyn fell in love with
radio, a medium well suited to his dramatic experience and
Incredibly, destiny was to see him not only overcome his
misfortune, but go on to become a well-known personality on
Chicago's WGN radio, where for almost forty years, he filled the
air for Chicago's night crowd with a quiet blend of soft music,
nostalgic poetry and tranquil patter.
Franklyn MacCormack died the day after suffering a heart attack
while on the air during his WGN All-Night Showcase in 1971.