WOR is a 50,000 watt Class A clear-channel AM radio station owned by iHeartMedia and licensed to New York City. The station airs a mix of local and syndicated talk radio shows from co-owned Premiere Networks, including The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory; the independently syndicated Dave Ramsey Show is heard at night. Since 2016, the station has served as the New York network affiliate for co-owned NBC News Radio; the station's studios are located in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan at the former AT&T Building, with its transmitter in Rutherford, New Jersey. WOR began broadcasting in February 1922 and is one of the oldest radio stations in the United States with a three–letter call sign, characteristic of a station dating from the 1920s. WOR is the only New York City station to have retained its original three-letter call sign, making it the oldest continually used call letters in the New York City area. WOR's original owner was Bamberger's Department Store in New Jersey.
In the early 1920s, the store was selling radio receivers and wanted to put a radio station on the air to help promote receiver sales as well as for general publicity. Effective December 1, 1921 the U. S. Department of Commerce had set aside a single wavelength, 360 meters for radio stations to broadcast "entertainment" programs; the store applied for a license, granted on February 20, 1922 with the randomly assigned call sign of WOR. The station's original city of license was Newark; the station made its debut broadcast on February 22, 1922, from a studio located on an upper floor of the store. A 250-watt De Forest transmitter was constructed on the roof of the department store; the station's first broadcast was made with a homemade microphone constructed by attaching a megaphone to a telephone mouthpiece. Al Jolson's "April Showers" was the first record played on WOR. Three other broadcasting stations were on the air in the region transmitting on 360 meters: WJZ in Newark, operated by the Radio Corporation of America.
The use of the common wavelength required a time–sharing agreement between the stations designating transmitting hours. This soon became complicated, as by June there were a total of ten regional stations using 360 meters; this restricted the number of hours available to WOR, now limited to just a few hours per week. In September 1922, the Department of Commerce set aside a second entertainment wavelength, 400 meters for "Class B" stations that had quality equipment and programming. In the New York City region, WOR, along with two New York City American Telephone & Telegraph Company stations, WBAY and WEAF, were assigned to this new wavelength. In May 1923 additional "Class B" broadcasting frequencies were announced, including three for the Newark/New York City area. WOR moved to 740 kHz, where it shared time with WDT and a new RCA station, WJY. WJY used the time periods assigned to it, by the summer of 1926, WOR began operating full-time, stating that the silent WJY was considered to have forfeited its hours.
In June 1927, the Federal Radio Commission moved WOR to 710 kHz, which it has occupied since. On November 11, 1928, under the provisions of the FRC's General Order 40, this assignment was designated a "clear channel" frequency, with WOR the dominant station. In December 1924, although still licensed to Newark, WOR opened a second studio in Manhattan to originate programs, so that stars of the day based in New York City would have better access to the station. In 1926, WOR left its original New York City studio on the 9th floor of Chickering Hall at 27 West 57th Street, it relocated two blocks from Times Square. WOR was a charter member of the CBS Radio Network, acting as the flagship of the 16 stations that aired the first Columbia Broadcasting System network program on September 18, 1927. In partnership with Chicago radio station WGN and Cincinnati radio station WLW, WOR formed the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1934 and became its New York City flagship station. Mutual was one of the "Big Four" national radio networks in the United States during the 1930s–1980s.
In 1941, the station changed its city of license from Newark to New York City. However, for all intents and purposes it had been a New York City station since its early days, had set up studios across the Hudson two years after it signed on. In 1957, WOR became an independent station. Mutual's new outlet in New York City was AM 970 WAAT in Newark, but WOR continued to carry Mutual's "Top of the News" with Fulton Lewis for 15 minutes each evening, Monday to Friday at 7:00 p.m. for several more years. It aired Mutual's all night talk show hosted by Larry King for several years. For a few years in the late-1950s, WOR aired selected St. Louis Cardinals baseball games sponsored by Budweiser due to the departures of the Dodgers and Giants from New York City to California. In 1941, WOR put W71NY, on the air. WOR had been experimenting with FM broadcasts as W2XWI from its Carteret, New Jersey transmitter site from 1938. For most of its first two decades, W71NY WOR-FM simulcast the same programming as WOR.
In 1949, WOR signed on a sister television station, Channel 9 WOR-TV. It started as an independent station, showing movies and reruns of network shows, with some local children's and talk programs. In 1952, WOR-AM-FM-TV were sold to RKO General; the TV station became WWOR-TV, re
Chambersburg is a borough in and the county seat of Franklin County, in the South Central region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is in the Cumberland Valley, part of the Great Appalachian Valley, 13 miles north of Maryland and the Mason-Dixon line and 52 miles southwest of Harrisburg, the state capital. According to the United States Census Bureau, Chambersburg's 2010 population was 20,268; when combined with the surrounding Greene and Guilford Townships, the population of Greater Chambersburg is 52,273 people. The Chambersburg, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area includes surrounding Franklin County, in 2010 included 149,618 people. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Chambersburg Borough is the thirteenth largest municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the largest Borough, as measured by fiscal size. Chambersburg Borough is organized under the Pennsylvania Borough Code and is not a home-rule municipality. Chambersburg's settlement began in 1730 when water mills were built at the confluence of Conococheague Creek and Falling Spring Creek that now run through the center of the town.
Its history includes episodes relating to the French and Indian War, the Whiskey Rebellion, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, the American Civil War. The borough was the only major northern community burned down by Confederate forces during the war, which led to accusations of war crimes. Chambersburg is located along the Lincoln Highway, U. S. 30, between McConnellsburg and Gettysburg and along U. S. 11, the Molly Pitcher Highway, between Shippensburg and Hagerstown, Maryland. Interstate 81 skirts the borough to its east; the town lies midpoint on US Route 30 between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with the local geography reflecting both flatter areas like Philadelphia and mountainous areas like Pittsburgh. Native Americans living or hunting in the area during the 18th century included the Iroquois and Shawnee; the Lenape lived to the east, with the Iroquois to the north and the Shawnee to the south. Traders and warriors traveled on the north-south route sometimes called the "Virginia path" through the Cumberland Valley, from New York through what became Carlisle and Shippensburg through what would become Hagerstown, crossing the Potomac River into the Shenandoah Valley.
Benjamin Chambers, a Scots-Irish immigrant, settled "Falling Spring" in 1730, building a grist mill and saw mill by a then-26-foot-high waterfall where Falling Spring Creek joined Conococheague Creek. The creek provided power for the mills, soon a settlement grew and became known as "Falling Spring." On March 30, 1734, Chambers received a "Blunston license" for 400 acres, from a representative of the Penn family, but European settlement in the area remained of questionable legality until the treaty ending the French and Indian War, because not all Indian tribes with land claims had signed treaties. The Penn family encouraged settlement in the area in order to strengthen its case in a border dispute with the Maryland Colony, which had resulted in hostilities known as Cresap's War; this dispute was not settled until 1767, with the border survey which gave rise to the Mason-Dixon line. Chambers traveled to England to testify in support of Penn's claims. To maintain peace with the Indians, European settlers were sometimes removed from nearby areas.
In May 1750, Benjamin Chambers helped remove settlers from the nearby Burnt Cabins, named after an incident. The area was officially classified as part of Chester County Lancaster County. Lancaster County was split, with its western portion renamed as Cumberland County; the Great Wagon Road connecting Philadelphia with the Shenandoah Valley passed nearby. In 1744, the road was completed through Harris's Ferry, Carlisle and Chambersburg to the Potomac River. In 1748 a local militia was formed for protection against Indians, with Benjamin Chambers named as its colonel. Chambersburg remained on the frontier during the French and Indian War. Benjamin Chambers built a private stone fort during the war, equipped with two 4 pounder cannons. Fighting as well as troop movements occurred nearby; the area's population dropped from about 3,000 in 1755 as the war began, to about 300 during the conflict, most settlers did not return until after 1764. Because Chambers's fort was otherwise defended, officials attempted to remove the cannons to prevent them from being captured by Indians and used against other forts.
However, the attempted removal failed, one of the cannons still remained in 1840, when it was used to celebrate Independence Day. The Forbes Road and other trails going to Fort Pitt passed nearby as well; the Forbes Road developed into part of the main road connecting Pittsburg and Philadelphia, much into US 30. Fighting continued in the area after the war, most notably the Enoch Brown school massacre during Pontiac's War and the Black Boys rebellion against British troops at Fort Loudon; the town of Chambersburg was first laid out in 1764, lots advertised for sale on July 19 in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette. Notice is hereby given to the Public, that there is a town is laid out on Conegogig Creek, on both sides of the Great Falling Spring, where is falls into said cr
Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities; the Lancaster metropolitan area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U. S. and second largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area. The city's primary industries include healthcare, public administration and both professional and semi-professional services. Lancaster hosts more electronic public CCTV outdoor cameras per capita than cities such as Boston or San Francisco, despite controversy among residents. Lancaster was home to James Buchanan, the nation's 15th president, to congressman and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Called Hickory Town, the city was renamed after the English city of Lancaster by native John Wright, its symbol, is from the House of Lancaster. Lancaster was part of the 1681 Penn's Woods Charter of William Penn, was laid out by James Hamilton in 1734.
It was incorporated as a borough in 1742 and incorporated as a city in 1818. During the American Revolution, Lancaster was the capital of the United States for one day, on September 27, 1777, after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, captured by the British; the revolutionary government moved still farther away to York, Pennsylvania. Lancaster was capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812, after which the capital was moved to Harrisburg. In 1851, the current Lancaster County Prison was built in the city, styled after Lancaster Castle in England; the prison remains in use, was used for public hangings until 1912. It replaced a 1737 structure on a different site; the first paved road in the United States was the former Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, which makes up part of the present-day U. S. Route 30. Opened in 1795, the Turnpike connected the cities of Lancaster and Philadelphia, was designed by a Scottish engineer named John Loudon McAdam. Lancaster residents are known to use the word "macadam" in lieu of asphalt.
This name is a reference to the paving process named for McAdam. The city of Lancaster was home to several important figures in American history. Wheatland, the estate of James Buchanan, the fifteenth President of the United States, is one of Lancaster's most popular attractions. Thaddeus Stevens, considered among the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives, lived in Lancaster as an attorney. Stevens gained notoriety for his abolitionism; the Fulton Opera House in the city was named for Lancaster native Robert Fulton, a renaissance man who created the first functional steamboat. All of these individuals have had local schools named after them. After the American Revolution, the city of Lancaster became an iron-foundry center. Two of the most common products needed by pioneers to settle the Frontier were manufactured in Lancaster: the Conestoga wagon and the Pennsylvania long rifle; the Conestoga wagon was named after the Conestoga River. The innovative gunsmith William Henry lived in Lancaster and was a U.
S. congressman and leader during and after the American Revolution. In 1803, Meriwether Lewis visited Lancaster to be educated in survey methods by the well-known surveyor Andrew Ellicott. During his visit, Lewis learned to plot latitude and longitude as part of his overall training needed to lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1879, Franklin Winfield Woolworth opened his first successful "five and dime" store in the city of Lancaster, the F. W. Woolworth Company. Lancaster was one of the winning communities for the All-America City award in 2000. On October 13, 2011, Lancaster's City Council recognized September 27 as Capital Day, a holiday recognizing Lancaster's one day as capital of the United States in 1777. Lancaster is located at 40°02'23" North, 76°18'16" West, is 368 feet above sea level; the city is located about 34 miles southeast of Harrisburg, 70 miles west of Philadelphia, 55 miles north-northeast of Baltimore and 87 miles northeast of Washington, D. C; the nearest towns and boroughs are Millersville, Willow Street, East Petersburg, Landisville, Mountville and Leola.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles, of which, 7.4 square miles of it is land and 0.14% is water. Lancaster has a humid subtropical climate with hot or warm summers; as of the 2010 census, the city was 55.2% White, 16.3% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, 5.8% were two or more races. 39.3 % of the population were of Latino ancestry. As of the census of 2000, there were 56,348 people, 20,933 households, 12,162 families residing in the city; the population density was 7,616.5 people per square mile. There were 23,024 housing units at an average density of 3,112.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 61.55% White, 14.09% African American, 0.44% Native American, 2.46% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 17.44% from other races, 3.94% from two or more races. 30.76 % of the population were Latino people of any race. The largest ethnic groups in Lancaster as of recent estimates are: Puerto Rican 29.2% German 21.2% African American 12.8% Irish 8.6% English 8.2% Italian 4.1% Dominican 3.2% Polish 2.0% Scottish 1.9% Mexican 1.8% Cuban 1.7% West Indian 1.0%In 2010, 29.2% of Lancaster residents were of P
WMCA is a radio station licensed to New York City, owned by Salem Media Group, the station programs a Christian radio format consisting of teaching and talk programs. The station's studios are in Lower Manhattan and are shared with co-owned WNYM. WMCA's transmitter is located along Belleville Turnpike in New Jersey; the station's daytime coverage includes New York City and portions of Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley in New York State, as well as parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. Prior to switching to its current programming in 1989, WMCA's best-known incarnations were as a locally programmed talk radio outlet during the 1970s and 1980s. WMCA is credited with having been the first New York radio station to broadcast a recording by the Beatles. After first testing as station 2XH, WMCA began regular transmissions on February 1, 1925, broadcasting on 428.6 meters wavelength with a power of 500 watts. The station was the 13th radio station to begin operations in New York City and was owned by broadcasting pioneer Donald Flamm.
The station's original studios and antenna were located at the Hotel McAlpin, located on Herald Square and from which WMCA's call letters derive. In 1928 it moved to the 570 kHz frequency, sharing time for the next three years with municipally-owned WNYC. On April 19, 1932, the Federal Radio Commission approved WMCA's application to broadcast full-time on 570 kHz. In December 1940, Flamm had to surrender the station to industrialist Edward J. Noble, who had just resigned as Undersecretary of Commerce, in a transaction involving prominent political figures including Thomas Corcoran. Flamm's subsequent legal battle against Noble resulted in a congressional investigation and ended in a financial settlement, though not the return of the station. Through its early decades WMCA had a varied programming history, playing music, hosting dramas, broadcasting New York Giants baseball games. In 1943, it was acquired by the Straus family when Edward J. Noble acquired the Blue Network and its owned-and-operated stations from NBC, including WJZ in New York.
In 1945, host Barry Gray began dropping music and adding talk with celebrities and call-in listeners. WMCA began playing hit music in the late 1950s with a Top 40 format. Among its disc jockey staff were Scott Muni, Frankie Crocker, Harry Harrison and Murray the K. In 1960, WMCA began promoting itself by stressing its on-air personalities, who were collectively known as the Good Guys. Led by program director Ruth Meyer, the first woman to hold the position in New York City radio, this was the era of the high-profile Top 40 disc jockey with an exuberant personality aimed at a certain audience segment. With the advent of the Good Guys format, WMCA became more "on top" of new music and started to become known for "playing the hits." In the early 1960s, the top 40 format was still young, the field was crowded in New York City. Two major 50,000-watt stations, WMGM and WINS, had battled each playing pop music for years. In 1960, WABC joined the fray and started featuring top 40 music, it was WMCA's earnest competition with rival WABC that forced WMGM and WINS to abandon the top-40 format.
There was so much attention on the high-profile WMCA-WABC battle that WMGM and WINS were each summarily forced to find a new niche. The classic Good Guys era lineup included: Morning man Joe O'Brien, an industry veteran whose humor appealed to multiple generations. Late morning stalwart Harry Harrison aimed at housewives. Early afternoon host Jack Spector, "Look out street, here I come!" In afternoon drive time, smooth-talking Texan Dandy Dan Daniel and his daily countdown. Evening star to teenagers, Gary Stevens and his "Wooleyburger" bear – Gary's first show was in April, 1965. Fast-talking "BMR, Your Leader", B. Mitchel Reed, was the evening personality on WMCA from 1963–1965. Credit should be given to Reed, as he was part of the team that took WMCA to the top in 1963, he left the station in the spring of 1965, to return to L. A.'s troubled KFWB, where he had worked before WMCA. His on-air hours were the same as Gary Stevens. Barry Gray's ongoing talk show. Overnights, Dean Anthony, "Dino on your radio" with his "Actors and Actresses" game.
Weekends and fill-in, Ed Baer, Frank Stickle and Bill Beamish. Owner R. Peter Straus was one of the first station owners to read editorials, commenting on current events. Straus endorsed John F. Kennedy for President in 1960, he wrote and read the first broadcast editorial calling for the impeachment of Richard M. Nixon. In 1961, Straus and WMCA filed a lawsuit charging that the state legislature was violating the Constitution by giving rural areas disproportionate representation; that suit, combined with others, led to the U. S. Supreme Court's 1964 "one man, one vote" decision.. Dan Daniel's countdown changed once a week, was of the station's top 25 records, it included a "Sure Shot" and "Long Shot" of records not yet on
Virtual International Authority File
The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
Victor August Herbert was an English- and German-raised American composer and conductor. Although Herbert enjoyed important careers as a cello soloist and conductor, he is best known for composing many successful operettas that premiered on Broadway from the 1890s to World War I, he was prominent among the tin pan alley composers and was a founder of the American Society of Composers and Publishers. A prolific composer, Herbert produced two operas, a cantata, 43 operettas, incidental music to 10 plays, 31 compositions for orchestra, nine band compositions, nine cello compositions, five violin compositions with piano or orchestra, 22 piano compositions and numerous songs, choral compositions and orchestrations of works by other composers, among other music. In the early 1880s, Herbert began a career as a cellist in Vienna and Stuttgart, during which he began to compose orchestral music. Herbert and his opera singer wife, Therese Förster, moved to the U. S. in 1886 when both were engaged by the Metropolitan Opera.
In the U. S. Herbert continued his performing career, while teaching at the National Conservatory of Music and composing, his most notable instrumental compositions were his Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30, which entered the standard repertoire, his Auditorium Festival March. He led the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1898 to 1904 and founded the Victor Herbert Orchestra, which he conducted throughout the rest of his life. Herbert began to compose operettas in 1894, producing several successes, including The Serenade and The Fortune Teller; some of the operettas that he wrote after the turn of the 20th century were more successful: Babes in Toyland, Mlle. Modiste, The Red Mill, Naughty Marietta and Eileen. After World War I, with the change of popular musical tastes, Herbert began to compose musicals and contributed music to other composers' shows. While some of these were well-received, he never again achieved the level of success that he had enjoyed with his most popular operettas. Herbert was born Victor Augustus Muspratt on the island of Guernsey to Frances "Fanny" Muspratt and August Herbert, of whom nothing is known.
From 1853, Fanny was separated from her first husband, Frederic Muspratt, who divorced her when he found out that she had conceived Herbert by another man. Although his mother told Herbert that he had been born in Dublin, he believed this all his life, research has disproved it. Herbert had no memory or knowledge of his half-sister Angela Lucy Winifred Muspratt and never knew his half-brother, who died in 1856. Herbert was baptized in mid-1859 in the Lutheran church in Germany, his mother took him and Angela to France and to England, where she and Frederic Muspratt were divorced in 1862 on the grounds of her adultery. Herbert and his mother lived with his maternal grandparents from 1862 to 1866 in Sevenoaks, England, his grandfather was the Irish novelist, playwright and composer, Samuel Lover, who encouraged Herbert in his creative endeavors. The Lovers welcomed a steady flow of musicians and artists to their home. Herbert joined his mother in Stuttgart, Germany in 1867, a year after she had married a German physician, Carl Schmidt of Langenargen.
In Stuttgart he received a strong liberal education at the Eberhard-Ludwigs-Gymnasium, which included musical training. Herbert planned to pursue a career as a medical doctor. Although his stepfather was related by blood to the German royal family, his financial situation was not good by the time Herbert was a teenager. Medical education in Germany was expensive, so Herbert focused instead on music, he studied the piano and piccolo but settled on the cello, beginning studies on that instrument with Bernhard Cossmann from age 15 to age 18. He attended the Stuttgart Conservatory. After studying cello, music theory and composition under Max Seifritz, Herbert graduated with a diploma in 1879. Before studying with Cossmann, Herbert was engaged professionally as a player in concerts in Stuttgart, his first orchestra position was as a flute and piccolo player, but he soon turned to the cello. By the time he was 19, Herbert had received engagements as a soloist with several major German orchestras, he played in the orchestra of the wealthy Russian Baron Paul von Derwies for a few years and, in 1880, was a soloist for a year in the orchestra of Eduard Strauss in Vienna.
Herbert joined the court orchestra in Stuttgart in 1881. There he composed his first pieces of instrumental music, playing the solos in the premieres of his first two large-scale works, the Suite for cello and orchestra, Op. 3 and the Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 8. In 1883, Herbert was selected by Johannes Brahms to play in a chamber orchestra for the celebration of the life of Franz Liszt 72 years old, near Zurich. In 1885 Herbert became romantically involved with Therese Förster, a soprano who had joined the court opera for which the court orchestra played. Förster sang several leading roles at the Stuttgart Opera in 1885 through the summer of 1886. After a year of courtship, the couple married on 14 August 1886. On 24 October 1886, they moved to the United States, as they both had been hired by Walter Damrosch and Anton Seidl to join the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Herbert was engaged as the opera orchestra's principal cellist, Förster was engaged to sing principal roles with the Met.
During the voyage to America and his wife became friends with their fellow passenger and future conductor at the Metr
Elsie Janis was an American singer, songwriter and screenwriter. Entertaining the troops during World War I immortalized her as "the sweetheart of the AEF". Born Elsie Bierbower in Marion, she first took to the stage at age 2. By age 11, she was a headliner on the vaudeville circuit, performing under the name Little Elsie; as she matured, using the stage name Elsie Janis, she began perfecting her comedic skills. Acclaimed by American and British critics, Janis was a headliner on London. On Broadway, she starred in a number of successful shows, including The Vanderbilt Cup, The Hoyden, The Slim Princess, The Century Girl. Elsie performed at the grand opening of the Brown Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky on October 5, 1925. Janis enjoyed a career as a Hollywood screenwriter and composer, she was credited with the original story for Close Harmony and as composer and production manager for Paramount on Parade. She and director Edmund Goulding wrote the song "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere" for Gloria Swanson for her talkie debut film The Trespasser.
Janis's song "Oh, Give Me Time for Tenderness" was featured in the Bette Davis movie Dark Victory directed by Goulding. In 1934, Janis became the first female announcer on the NBC radio network. Janis was a tireless advocate for British and American soldiers fighting in World War I, she raised funds for Liberty Bonds. Janis took her act on the road, entertaining troops stationed near the front lines – one of the first popular American artists to do so in a war fought on foreign soil. Ten days after the armistice, she recorded for HMV several numbers from her revue Hullo, including "Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl", she wrote about her wartime experiences in The Big Show: My Six Months with the American Expeditionary Forces, recreated these in Behind the Lines, a 1926 Vitaphone musical short. A new musical about this period of her life called Elsie Janis and the Boys, written by Carol J. Crittenden and composer John T. Prestianni, premiered under the direction of Charles A. Wallace as part of the Rotunda Theatre Series in the Wortley-Peabody Theater in Dallas, Texas on August 15, 2014.
Janis expressed no desire to have children of her own, saying she'd never meet the standards her mother set, said that her young husband could be her child. She was foster mother to orphan, Michael Cardi. Janis maintained her private home ElJan on the east side of High Street in Ohio; the home was across the street from what was Ohio State University's Ohio Field, the precursor to Ohio Stadium. Janis sold the house following her mother's death. In 1932, Janis married Gilbert Wilson, 16 years her junior, which caused some scandal. There is some evidence; the couple lived in the Phillipse Manor section of Sleepy Hollow, New York named North Tarrytown, until Janis moved to the Los Angeles area of California where she lived until her death. Her final film was the 1940 Women in War. Elsie Janis died in 1956 at her home in Beverly Hills, aged 66, was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Elsie Janis has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6776 Hollywood Blvd.
The Caprices of Kitty Betty in Search of a Thrill Nearly a Lady'Twas Ever Thus The Imp A Regular Girl Bobbed Hair Elsie Janis in a Vaudeville Act, “Behind the Lines,” Assisted by Men’s Chorus of the 107th Regiment Close Harmony Paramount on Parade Madam Satan The Squaw Man Women in War Works by Elsie Janis at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Elsie Janis at Internet Archive Elsie Janis on IMDb Elsie Janis at the Internet Broadway Database Elsie Janis at Find a Grave Extensive biographical site at Ohio State University Elsie Janis diaries, 1920-1928, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Elsie Janis, images held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts selected recordings by Elsie Janis at Internetarchive.org portrait of Elsie Janis from a play or early silent movie Elsie Janis: Broadway Photographs Elsie Janis with Willys Overland motorcar 1917