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Happy Birthday William Horatio Powell | July 29th, 1892 March 5th, 1984

His careful attention to the neceties of grooming; his perfectly tailored suits, spotless cuffs, and collars; his orotund voice curled around well-turned phrases; the deferential way he bowed his head slightly when being introduced all would have helped him gain entry at any elite, leather-chair-and-brandy-snifter men’s club.

I’m not a ladies’ man. I haven’t the physical characteristics for one thing. Not handsome. Someone like Valentino should have played this part. Not Bill Powell.
Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven’t a personality such as Jack Gilbert`s, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting”

Powell is to dialogue as Fred Astaire is to dance. His delivery is so droll and insinuating, so knowing and innocent at the same time, that it hardly matters what he’s saying.


1920s diecut booklet “WEBH - The Voice of the Great Lakes.”

Chicago Evening Post radio station in Chicago, Illinois, broadcasting from Edgewater Beach Hotel. Station was in operation from 1924 - 1928 on 810-820 kHz.

Stray info about WEBH (not in booklet):

WEBH — Edgewater Beach Hotel’s dance band station, taking over WGN’s old 810kHz and hotel facility in late 1924.

Shifted to 820 in 1927, and the following year was assigned 1020 in a share-time situation with KYW.

The latter station did not want to share, and instead bought out WEBH. KYW briefly ran this as a sort of synchronous transmitter (as KYWA), but shut it down for good by the end of 1929.

(Above from Chicagoland Radio History, MarkTime ZineLand presents Chicago Metro Radio List — Past & Present.)

Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll (Amos and Andy) got their start at WEBH playing and singing and possibly performing Sam ‘n’ Henry (the first incarnation of Amos ‘n’ Andy).

The Chicago Evening Post was a daily newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois, from March 1, 1886, until 1932, when it was absorbed by the Chicago Daily News.

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