Radio & TV: How Do You Do?

Big, determinedly friendly Norman Brokenshire, who has been on radio almost as long as static, has lost his faith in his trade only once. In 1926, after two years as a staff announcer on New York's WJZ, he left radio for vaudeville, convinced that "as time goes on, the announcer's role will become less & less important." That was the first of more than a dozen exits from the industry—and the only voluntary one—during the quarter-century in which convivial Norman Brokenshire has fought his well-publicized battle with alcohol.

Brokenshire's latest comeback to radio appears to be sticking. It began with an announcing...

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