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[April 12, 1923 Syracuse Herald]

Mayor to Speak at School.

A community meeting will be held tomorrow night at Porter School. Mayor John H. Walrath will speak. Ernest Chappell will sing; and Miss Grace Brane will give a reading. The Porter School Orchestra will play for the regular community dance in the gymnasium, which will follow the meeting.
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[April 20, 1929 New York Times]

BUFFALO STATIONS UNITE.

WGR, WKBW, WMAK and WKEN Form Broadcasting Company.

Four broadcasting stations in Western New York have joined to form the Buffalo Broadcasting Corporation, according to James Francis Clemenger, representative of the organization, who made the announcement yesterday. The stations are WGR, WKBW, WMAK and WKEN. Headquarters are to be on the top floor of the new Rand Building in Buffalo. The transmitters, except that of WGR, which is in the city, are all on the outskirts of Buffalo.

Ernest E. Chappell, formerly of the Columbia Broadcasting System, is vice president of the corporation. Mr. Clemenger was formerly associated with WABC, New York.
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[May 18, 1934 Charleston Gazette]

... new program series will bring Phil Spitalny's ensemble, Maxine, a pretty brunette singer, and Ernest Chappell master of ceremonies to WABC-CBS at 9:30 p. m.
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[October 30, 1938 Amarillo (TX) Sunday News and Globe]

Reisman's Orchestra To Be Heard on KGNC

Headed by Leo Reisman and his orchestra, the "Admiration Show of the Week," with Ray Perkins as master of ceremonies, will be heard over KGNC from 7:30 to 8 o'clock. Leo Reisman and Ray Perkins will be assisted in the half hour musical program by the well known news commentator, Ernest Chappell.

The show originates before a large live audience at New York's famous New Amsterdam Theater, and each week a big name band will be featured. Among those to be featured on the Admiration Show of the week are the following: Bob Crosby, George Olsen, Carl Hoff, Jan Garber, Kay Kyser, Little Jack Little, Shep Fields and others.
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[November 6, 1938 Big Spring (TX) Daily Herald]

Will Osborne and His Orchestra, famous from coast-to-coast for its striking "slide" music, will be featured on the "Admiration Show of the Week" from 5:30 to 6 p. m. Sunday, November 6, over Station KBST and the Texas State Network.

Ray Perkins, in his usual likeable manner of serving as master of ceremonies, will again drag OLD MAN laughter all over the place--leaving few corners untouched. These two highlight features will be joined by a news commentator giving last minute news of the day. His name: Ernest Chappell.
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[March 19, 1939 Big Spring (TX) Daily Herald]

13 MORE WEEKS

"The Admiration Show of the Week," radio reviewing stand of America's musical monarchs, will be heard for an additional 13 weeks over the coast-to-coast Mutual network, effective Sunday (March 26) from 5:30 to 6 p. m.

The program featuring a guest-star dance band each week and the terse news commentaries of Ernest Chappell, who also is employed as the program's lively master of ceremonies, will present Horace Seidt and his Brigadiers today at the above time.

The program has been airing every week over Mutual since September 25, 1938. Since that time such bands as Will Osborne, Hal Kemp, Vincent Lopez, Richard Himber, Fred Waring, Casa Loma, George Hall, Sammy Kaye, Johnny Green, Leo Reisman, Nat Brandwynne, Al Goodman and Harry Salter have appeared.

The program originates in the Mutual Radio Playhouse atop the New Amsterdam theatre in Times Square, N. Y.
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[March 26, 1939 Big Spring (TX) Daily Herald]

Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra will be featured on the "Show of the Week" broadcast to be heard over KBST and the Texas State Network from 5:30 to 6 p. m. today. Soloists are Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell, 19-year-old warbler who formerly sang with Larry Funk's band.

Master of ceremonies and newscaster for the "Show of the Week" is Ernest Chappell. Each broadcast originates in the Mutual Radio Playhouse, Times Square, New York.
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[June 4, 1939 Abilene (TX) Reporter-News]

Mark Warnow's orchestra, the voice of baritone [Barry?] Wood, and Doris Rhodes, the contralto who made "Deep Purple" famous, form a triple-threat alliance on KRBC this afternoon from 4:30 to 5:00, when they are featured on the Mutual Broadcasting System's "Show of the Week."

Ernest Chappell handles the weekly news commentaries on this series and does yeoman duty as master of ceremonies.
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[October 15, 1939 Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star - Behind the Mike column by Bruce Nicoll]

... Ernest Chappell is giving up all his programs in New York to become the announcer on Orson Welles' show exclusively. His salary is said to be one of the highest ever paid an announcer. ...
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[November 16, 1941 Hartford Courant]

A way-in-advance notice of a Christmas gift:--For youngsters. "The Christmas Adventure of Billy and Betty": A charming reversal of usual procedure actually takes place in the Chappell home--Daddy listens while small-fry Barbara tells the story! Ernest Chappell, with little Betty Philson's help, puts the unique experience on records for other children's pleasure. This juvenile yarn-spinner weaves enchantment, excitement, and a happy ending into a sympathetic story of how a poor brother and sister spent the most glamorous Christmas yet in Candyland with its generous and handsome Prince, its kindly, jovial King, and, of course, its beautiful Princess with taffy-gold hair. There is a fresh and special appeal to this child's let's-pretend which the pigtailed and crew-cut contingent will relish.
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[October 15, 1942 (Athens) Alabama Courier - Radio Parade column by Flay McPherson]

International comedienne Gracie Fields now brings her sparkling songs and wit to the radio audience every night (Monday through Friday at 8:55 p.m.) over WSGN, 610 on your dial. Accompanied by Harry Sosnik's orchestra, Gracie will offer her typical comedy songs each night, and, in addition, will relate one of her inimitable dialect stories which have won her the title of "the lovable most person in the world of the theater." Darling of the British Expeditionary Forces, Miss Fields, who has been in this country since last November, also has become the sweetheart of Uncle Sam's service men. In the BLUE Net studios in Radio City, Gracie will present a special program each evening prior to her broadcasts for an audience composed mostly of members of the U. S. armed forces. During her new program series, the girl from Lancashire, England, who rose from mill worker to stage star, will sing, mimic and act, bringing the flavor of the London music hall to radio listeners. Stuart Hawkins is writing supervisor, and the broadcasts will be emceed and announced by Ernest Chappell and Don Hancock.
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[November 1, 1942 The Sunday Times-Signal (Zanesville, OH) - Joe's Radio Parade column by Joe Rathburn]

... Cigarette sponsor of the Gracie Field programs is reported thinking of enlarging her series to 15-minute daily shows. Gracie is heard 5 minutes each weekday on the Blue with Ernest Chappell as her announcer. ...
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[January 9, 1943 Mason City (IA) Globe-Gazette]

Monday afternoon listeners to KGLO will enjoy the return of that novel quiz, "Are You a Genius?" The time will be from 4:30 to 4:45. Ernest Chappell is back as the man who puts the queries.
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[May 29, 1943 Mason City (IA) Globe-Gazette]

Now it can be told that Claudia Morgan, the feminine lead in "We Love and Learn," has said "I do" with radio announcer Ernest Chappell. Claudia kept her marriage a secret until this week. Although married, she will continue as Andrea in "We Love and Learn."
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[June 26, 1943 Mason City (IA) Globe-Gazette]

E. Chappell Busy Man in Radio World

A sense o£ timing should mean a well-ordered schedule. In the case of Ernest Chappell it accounts for one of the busiest schedules in radio.

For Chappell, the tall blond announcer heard on the KGLO-CBS "Are You a Genius?" quiz show, has a talent for timing which makes him invaluable to radio. Chappell can take a 15-minute script, write in his changes as he goes along, and go off the air exactly on the second. Such a talent seems miraculous. But consider his background.

Although only 40, Ernest Chappell is a veteran of radio. Back when three dial tuning was the latest wrinkle in broadcasting, Ernest was already managing a radio station in Rochester, N Y. He managed it so successfully that when the Columbia Broadcasting System was formed, he was selected as WABC's program manager.

He might still be working at that job if it were not for one of those incidents which result in careers. Sponsors of the "Flying Reel Horse Tavern" were ready to discontinue the show for lack of an outstanding announcer. Someone suggested Ernest Chappell. He was hurriedly sent for and auditioned. And he was so satisfactory that he was signed on the spot.

Today Chappell is one of the busiest men in radio. He announces and directs the "Are You a Genius?" show five times a week. And his voice also is heard on Columbia's "Radio Reader's Digest" and on "Vox Pop."

But in some ways he still prefers old-time radio. In the old days he used to broadcast without a script. He still likes to, because he believes the show sounds more spontaneous.
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[November 8, 1943 Fresno (CA) Bee]

... No longer is a radio announcer just an elocutionist who can read aloud without stuttering. The modern microphone spieler is usually, first, a scholar — either a college man or an unusually well read, self educated man, acquainted with more than one language at least phonetically, versed in music and the arts, with a good personal vocabulary and indomitable poise, a persuasive manner and a quick wit.

Ernest Chappell, for instance, one of the microphone mart's busiest announcers being heard on the Ellery Queen show, Vox Pop and other programs, also functions as mentor of Are You A Genius? ...
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[February 9, 1948 Anniston (AL) Star]

A story based on the famous Indian wars of the pioneer west during the days when U. S. Cavalry regulars rode horses instead of half-tracks has been scripted for the Monday, Feb. 9. Mutual presentation of "Quiet Please," 8:30-9 p. m. Actor-narrator Ernest Chappell tells the story of "A Green [sic] and White Guidon" and a strange, eerie skirmish. Wyllis Cooper writes and directs the series.
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[May 17, 1948 Portsmouth (OH) Times]

... "Quiet Please" will present a lost civilization with people still roaming the countryside from that civilization, men with deep scars on their necks just below their ears and with eyebrows that meet in the center of their foreheads. They'll be described as part of the story "Gem of Purest Ray".
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[October 1948 syndicated column by Dorothy Kilgallen]

Claudia Morgan, and Ernest Chapel, [sic] who are Mr. and Mrs., have completed the first two acts of their play about the Morgan acting clan. They've sent them on to Uncle Frank in Cinemaland; he may star in it ...
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[September 1, 1955 Syracuse Post-Standard]

Ernest Chappell of Newark, N. J., and his recent bride, the former Mrs. Mary Sharp of Miami, Fla., have returned after a few days' stay with Mr. Chappell's mother, Mrs. Emma Chappell, and brother, Wilfred Chappell, of Baldwinsville.
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[December 20, 1963 Fort Pierce (FL) News Tribune]

Glee Club To Be Heard On NBC TV

A spectacular live concert Sunday and television program on Christmas Eve will include the Glee Club of the Dan McCarty High School, according to announcement received from WPTV-Channel 5 in West Palm Beach. The program is expected to be televised on NBC on a coast to coast basis on Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m.

Dan McCarty will be one of ten schools featured on the program which is titled "A Thousand Voices Sing the Music of Christmas."

The program will be taped on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in a special Christmas-time concert at the Chapel-By-the-Lake of the WPB First Baptist Church. Narrator for the live concert and Christmas Eve telecast will be nationally known radio-TV announcer Ernest Chappell. The concert is open to the public and there is no admission charged.
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[August 22, 1965 Denton (TX) Chronicle-Recorder]

Radio Pioneer Hopes To Begin New Career

By SANDRA NEWTON
Staff Writer

One of radio's pioneers was in Denton this week for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Conley, 108 Forest St.

Ernest Chappell, voice of the American Tobacco Co. on radio and television for more than 20 years, stopped in Denton en route home from a 10,000 mile business - vacation trip.

Accompanying him were his wife, Margie, and their two children, Susie and Jimmy.

Chappell began in radio 42 years ago, when the industry was an infant of 15 years. In the past, his fame spread to the extent that he received mail in New York City, addressed simply, "Chappy."

Now, he's preparing for semi-retirement from that field, only to embark upon a new career.

Chappell said, "I'm not interested in making a pile of money now — I don't need that. But what I am interested in is doing something about this country's sense of values."

He plans, with other backers, to found a non-sectarian college in Palm Beach, Fla., and eventually to add to it a school of engineering for radio and television aspirants.

Also included in Chappell's future plans is ownership of management of a television station. He'd like to work with Dr. Tom Moody, president of the Southern Baptist Pastors Association, in founding a new method for aiding in the spiritual development of the young people of America.

The method he has outlined would begin daily telecasts in the morning with a "thought for the day." Noon programs would be designed to help viewers develop the habit of meditation. And final moments of daily telecasting time would be a presentation of a hymn by such artists as Kate Smith and "Tennessee" Ernie Ford.

But looking ahead to a new field occupies only a portion of Chappell's time — he also recalls stories about some of the big-name stars with whom he's worked during the past 42 years.

Rudy Vallee was one. And there was Orson Welles on CBS' "Hello, Americans," and David Ross and Edward R. Morrow. [sic] And a list too long to complete. And, of course, North Texas State University artist-in-residence Eugene Conley.

Conley and Chappell met "back in '35 or '36" when the future Metropolitan opera star was still singing in church choirs.

Chappell was in Boston to hear auditions for one of his radio programs. He heard Conley sing, and sent him on to New York City. They've been fast friends ever since, even though Conley and his wife eventually came to Texas and NTSU.

When Chappell became an independent contractor in 1932 he was asked to cast a program for Herbert Diamond Co. of New York. It became the Herbert Diamond Entertainers with Vallee singing two numbers. A dance band played and guest artists appeared regularly.

"I thought the show was going along fine," Chappell recalls. "The firm was selling it's [sic] merchandise and they liked the show.

"Then one day the manager called me into his office and said, 'Look here at this stack of letters.'

"All of them were protesting against presenting dance music on Sunday afternoon. So the show — and Vallee — had to go.

"Later I put him in another show on Thursday nights, and that was okay. But not on Sunday, no matter how popular he was."
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[December 1, 1966 Fort Pierce (FL) News Tribune]

1,000 to Participate in Christmas Sing Program

A thousand high school singers from Florida Gold Coast and South Central Florida schools will take part in the fourth annual "1000 Voices Sing the Music of Christmas," to be presented Sunday, Dec. 11, in Chapel-by-the-Lake, West Palm Beach.

Again this year the program will be taped for Christmas Eve viewing on northern television stations reaching an estimated 15,000,000 persons.

Stan Doyle, WPTV-TV executive who is producer-conductor, will launch the hour-long program at 2:30 p.m. There is no charge and the public is invited. Previous years have seen overflow crowds.

"We are very fortunate to again this year have Ernest Chappell, nationally known TV and radio announcer as our narrator," said Doyle, "and tenor [Hugh?] Albee, professor of music at Palm Beach Junior College, as our soloist."

The Yule music will be sung in the magnificent open-air setting of the Chapel, against the background of palms, rippling water and yachts at anchor.

The young people, all wearing the uniforms of their individual schools, will sing modern, traditional and religious selections.

Participation [sic] schools are Cardinal Newman, Forest Hill, Roosevelt, Rosarian Academy and Lake Worth, all of the Palm Beaches; Dan McCarty, Indian River Junior College and Lincoln Park Academy of Fort Pierce; Vero Beach High School of Vero Beach; Okeechobee High School of Okeechobee; John [L.?] Leonard High School of Lake Worth; and Belle Glade High School of Belle Glade. The latter three are appearing with the group for the first time.
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