The second person was Marvin Miller, described in Variety as “Chicago’s one-man radio industry,” who appeared in an astounding 45 broadcasts a week.
Why were the broadcasts in Chicago? Because it was located halfway between the East and West Coasts, so shows could be broadcast live to both. Chicago was home base for the radio business. Later, when shows were taped, many of them moved to Hollywood.
One of my favorite recording sessions was for an audio play that was part of a reading program. The play had a cast of five, one of whom was Marvin Miller. During breaks, he and the other actors reminisced about their time in Chicago.
In those days, Marvin was so busy that he was driven in a limousine from studio to studio, where he would hurry in, get a script he had never seen before, and become Michael Anthony on The Millionaire, Dr. Lee Markham on The Woman in White, or literally all the voices and narration on the dramatic anthology Armchair Adventures. Chicago was famous for the draw bridges across the river, and the actors laughed to remember the stock excuse if they were late: “The bridge was up.”
Radio drama is gone, and so are most of those good folks. I remember them, though, and will always be grateful.