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Winners of 1929 radio audition

Winners of 1929 radio audition

Oct. 31, 1929:  Group photo taken at KHJ radio studios. From left: Judge Benjamin F. Bledsoe, Floy Hamlin, David Wark “D.W.” Griffith, Calvin Hendricks and Carrie Jacobs Bond.

Writer John S. Daggett reported in the Nov. 1, 1929, Los Angeles Times:

The golden voices of Floy Hamlin and Calvin Hendricks, both Los Angeles residents, will uphold the finest musical traditions of Southern California in next month’s district audition sponsored by the Atwater Kent Foundation at San Francisco.

This was disclosed over KHJ last night when the victors in the recent state finals were made known during an interesting program presented from 8 to 9. It required approximately ten days to tabulate the thousands of votes cast for the contestants in the audition broadcast over KHJ October 19 and 20, the girls singing the first evening and the boys the other. All contestants were between 18 and 25  years of age.

Hendricks, blind since birth, and Miss Hamlin, won over their rivals by wide margins, their voices being outstanding among the contestants, who represented scores of towns in every section of Southern California…

Some of America’s leading figures participated in last evening’s program. Carrie Jacobs Bond, famed composer and honorary state chairman of the Atwater Kent Foundation, introduced Miss Hamlin. Former Judge Benjamin F. Bledsoe, active state chairman, presented young Hendricks to the radio audience…

Miss Hamlin, born in Los Angeles, is 22. She is a graduate of Whittier High School and subsequently attended Whittier College…

Hendricks, despite the fact that he always has been sightless, is making a splendid record at the University of Southern California, where he is a senior in the school of music…

Motion picture director D. W. Griffith was one of the judges. He was quoted in a followup story in the Nov. 2, 1929, Los Angeles Times:

“It is a marvelous thing, this giving the opportunity to people who wish to express themselves with a musical education,” said Mr. Griffith. “After all, every human being’s greatest ambition is to express himself.”…

This photo was not published in 1929. The 4×5-inch glass negative was recently scanned.

Judge Bledsoe has served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California from 1914 till 1925. Carrie Jacobs Bond was a successful American singer, pianist and songwriter composing about 175 pieces of sheet music in her career.

The Jan. 4, 1942, Los Angeles Times reported that Hendricks died in a automobile accident.

No additional information on Miss Hamlin was found.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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