Harlow Wilcox (March 12, 1900 - September 24, 1960) was an American radio announcer.
Radio shows for which Wilcox was announcer included Amos 'n' Andy, The Baby Snooks Show, Ben Bernie, Fibber McGee and Molly, Frank Merriwell, Hap Hazard, Hollywood Premiere, Suspense, Truth or Consequences, The Victor Borge Show Your Electric Servant, Blondie Boston Blackie and The Passing Parade.
Wilcox came from a show business-oriented family, with a father who played in the Ringling Brothers circus band and a sister who played violin both in vaudeville and in classical concerts. Harlow took vocal lessons and briefly performed on stage. He eventually decided to try radio and met Jim and Marian Jordan at a station in Chicago. An April 1944 article in Radio Mirror magazine reported:
Wilcox became "one of the most successful announcers and pitchmen in radio." He was the announcer for Fibber McGee and Molly (his first network program) throughout the show's run in a 30-minute format. He also was a pioneer in making commercials a part of a program's story rather than something simply inserted during a break. The "Wistful Vista" website put it this way:
An article in a Smithsonian Institution newsletter described Wilcox's role in integrating commercials into stories as follows:
As was generally true of radio personalities, most people's impressions of Harlow Wilcox came solely from hearing him on the air. One writer, however, recorded her perceptions as a member of the studio audience at the Fibber McGee and Molly broadcast Dec. 5, 1946. In her "By-ways" column, Florence Burlingame Taylor wrote:
In addition to his announcing roles, Wilcox also acted in an episode of the TV version of You Are There and in two movies, Look Who's Laughing and They're Off.
In the 1950s, Wilcox was executive vice president of Rockett Pictures, Inc., a film production company in Hollywood, California.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 12th, 1900 (Omaha), Died September 24th, 1960 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1934
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||LCS-77162||12-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||11/25/1933||American Mutual Alliance 1934 advertising campaign||American Mutual Alliance ; Harlow Wilcox||Slide show soundtrack : Talk, with dubbed recording||speaker|
|Victor||LCS-77163||12-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||11/25/1933||American Mutual Alliance 1934 advertising campaign||American Mutual Alliance ; Harlow Wilcox||Slide show soundtrack : Talk, with dubbed recording||speaker|
|Victor||MS-77374||16-in.||12/16/1933||Profits from a "neglected department"||Stanley Andrews ; S.C. Johnson & Son ; Harlow Wilcox||Slide show soundtrack : Talk, with dubbed recordings||speaker|
|Victor||LCS-80137||12-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||1/8/1934||American Mutual Alliance||Harlow Wilcox||Slide show soundtrack : Talk, with dubbed recording||speaker|
|Victor||LCS-80138||12-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||1/8/1934||American Mutual Alliance||Harlow Wilcox||Slide show soundtrack : Talk, with dubbed recording||speaker|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wilcox, Harlow," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115363.
Wilcox, Harlow. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115363.
"Wilcox, Harlow." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.
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