Radio: Voice of the '20s

One noon in 1923 an inquisitive Irish baritone, waiting for the fall concert season and work, strolled into Manhattan's Station WEAF, began to ask questions. Attracted by his voice, a studio official hired Graham McNamee on the spot. From an announcer-singer, the neophyte soon became the best-known voice of the '20s. Fans first heard the familiar "Take it away, Graham," when he covered the Greb-Wilson title fight in the summer of '23, and the same year McNamee gave his first free translation of a World Series.

No sports expert, he drove the experts wild. He once...

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