Mary McCoy and more about Doc Rockwell

by Albert Haim

From the Wisconsin State Jouranl, Jul 7, 1930. Bix was there!

O.K. Strike Up The

Band! Here Comes

Doctor Rockwell

Suspenders Trailing, Doc Beats Clock in Wild Dash To Studio

Eccentric costumes, for obvious reasons. hare never been the standard equipment of radio comedians. But Dr. Rockwell, "down east" wit of the Camel Pleasure hour, has introduced the mode. Recently he burst into the NBC studios clad in an old green raincoat, with collar turned up, opera pumps and full dress trousers, and undershirt and trailing suspenders as the final gestures ot nonchalance.
Here's the story. It was 9:27 o'clock. In three minutes the Camel program would be on the air. Theorchestra tuned; visitors shifted expectantly; John S. Young listened through his announcer's headphones and watched his lights for the program cue; and John Wlggin, production man, mentally called the roll ot participants. Suddenly he gasped.

Call the Doctor

 "Where's Rockwell?" No one knew. At the telephone, a casual voice answered from the other end. "No, Dr. Rockwell hasn't left for the NBC. It's only 9:00 o'clock." "You're mistakenit's 9:27!" "Good Lord," and the receiver slammed. Exactly nine minutes later, a weird apparition dashed into the lobby ot the NBC building, knocking  down three brass posts in his mad flight to the elevator,
In the meantime, the program had begun. The opening announcements, the overture and one orchestral  selection had taken up six ot the  sixty minues, and Dr. Rockwell's first cue was at hand. By this time, John

S. Young was  racking his brain for something to say. "Wisecrack, stall, say something  funny," the program sponsors were urging him. And Young was trying to formulate some remark  about walking a mile with Dr. Rockwell.

Without a Shirt

At this very instant with the incredible punctuality of such accidents. Dr. Rockwell broke into the studio. Raincoat and suspenders flying, he weaved his way through the orchestral setup to his little table, whispering hoarsely, "I'm here, I'm here," and waving his handful of notes to indicate complete readiness to take the air. He flopped into hischair, and began talking to a coast-to-coast audience. So "Doc" Rockwell served the Camel Pleasure hour without his shirt Say what you will about his raincoat, and dragging suspenders. In one point he was impeccably groomed. His hair was parted perfectly.

How Famous Contralto

Met Radio Soprano

A happy reunion occurred recently in the New York studios of the National Broadcasting company when Mary McCoy and Mme. Schumann- Heink met. Several years ago on one of her American tours the great German artist was in Kansas City. From the loud speaker in her hotel suit came the appealing voice of a girl. Immediately Mme. Schumann- Heinck was interested. She asked to see the performer. This interview led Mary McCoy, who it was who was singing over the radio, to join the famous contralto's entourage for the remainder of the tour. The inspiration of thisassociation largely is responsible for the success Miss McCoy has enjoyed in recent years, the young artist declares.
Since the time Mary McCoy first met the grand old lady of opera, she has starred in several Broadway musical comedy hits and appears regularly as the featured soprano in a number of National Broadcasting company programs.
Mme. Schumann- Heinck, though a great-grandmother and nearly 70 years old. is today enthusiastic .over the future possibilities ot radio in bringing the best stagers to the homes of the public.

Albert



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