Uncle Don CARNEY

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AmericanBorn Howard Douglas RICE

American vaudeville performer

Born on August 19, 1886 in St. Joseph, Michigan, USA , United States

Died on January 14, 1954 in Miami, Florida, USA

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Uncle Don was a children's radio program which aired on WOR radio from 1928 to 1947. The host was Uncle Don Carney, a former vaudeville performer (real name Howard Rice, 1897-1954). The half-hour program was broadcast daily, five or six days a week.



Debuting September 1928, it was the most popular children's show of that era due to the powerful 50,000 watt range of New York's WOR station. Carney sang, played the piano, told stories and introduced a variety of features: the "Earnest Savers Club" which encouraged setting up accounts at the Greenwich Savings Bank; a "Healthy Child Contest"; a "Talent Quest" that provided screen tests for winners. Each program began with Uncle Don arriving in the imaginary autogyro he called his "puddle-jumper."

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