Milton John Cross (April 16, 1897 – January 3, 1975) was an American radio announcer famous for his work on the NBC and ABC radio networks.
He was best known as the voice of the Metropolitan Opera, hosting its Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts for 43 years, from the time of their inception on December 25, 1931 until his death in 1975.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 16th, 1897 (New York City), Died January 3rd, 1975
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, narrator, lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||CVE-38276||12-in.||6/11/1927||Reception to Charles A. Lindbergh, Washington, D.C.||Milton J. Cross||Special event radio broadcast||speaker|
|Victor||BVE-56985||10-in.||11/2/1929||Victor Radio Tone demonstration||Milton Cross ; Victor Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra, with announcements||speaker|
|Victor||CVE-58645||12-in.||2/5/1930||Special record for Mobiloil, part 2||Milton J. Cross ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra and talk||speaker|
|Victor||CVE-58646||12-in.||2/5/1930||Special record for Mobiloil, part 1||Milton J. Cross ; Lewis James ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo and talk||speaker|
|Victor||BS-027100||10-in.||9/13/1938||Little Red Riding Hood||Milton J. Cross||Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk||narrator|
|Victor||BS-027101||10-in.||9/13/1938||Little Red Riding Hood||Milton J. Cross||Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk||narrator|
|Victor||BS-027102||10-in.||9/13/1938||Cinderella||Milton J. Cross||Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk||narrator|
|Victor||BS-027103||10-in.||9/13/1938||Cinderella||Milton J. Cross||Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk||narrator|
|Victor||BS-027104||10-in.||9/13/1938||Sleeping Beauty||Milton J. Cross||Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk||narrator|
|Victor||BS-027105||10-in.||9/13/1938||Sleeping Beauty||Milton J. Cross||Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk||narrator|
|Victor||BS-027106||10-in.||9/13/1938||The gingerbread boy||Milton J. Cross||Vocal chorus, 2 pianos, and talk||narrator|
|Victor||BS-027121||10-in.||9/15/1938||The gingerbread boy||Milton Cross||Dramatic scene, with narration and instrumental ensemble||speaker|
|Victor||BS-027122||10-in.||9/15/1938||The gingerbread boy||Milton Cross||Recitation, with instrumental ensemble||speaker|
|Victor||BS-042940||10-in.||10/11/1939||The night before Christmas||Milton Cross ; Victor Salon Orchestra||Recitation, with orchestra||speaker|
|Victor||BVE-Test-192||10-in.||10/28/1929||Musical career of John McCormack||Milton J. Cross||Recitation||speaker|
|Columbia||W146097||10-in.||4/16/1928||All day long||Francis Craig Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||146248||10-in.||5/11/1928||All day long||WMCA Broadcasters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W400624||10-in.||4/18/1928||All day long||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E27667||10-in.||6/8/1928||All day long||Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cross, Milton," accessed October 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116619.
Cross, Milton. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116619.
"Cross, Milton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 October 2021.
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