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Jack Smollon passed away April 14, 2013....

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Not sure when this picture was made, hope to find out more later

In the early years WJHO would host live events in their studios.  It was not for the purpose of attracting on-site audiences, but was broadcast to the radio audiences from the station.  

Jess Akins has provided some information from 1938, 1939 or early 1940's.  The following picture was taken sometime during that time period and features a live performance by the "Al Smith Band", a popular band at that time.  They played often at the radio station during this time period.  Jess says he also sang over the air waves when he was about four or five years old.  He sang "O'Johnny" a very popular song at the time.   His father and uncle played with the band. 

Al Smith Band circa - late 1930's
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Photo furnished by Jess Akins

Far left sitting:  Jesse A. Akins, Sr. -  2nd from left sitting: Lefty Clark - 2nd from right sitting: Al Smith - the singer standing is Lucille Wallace Armstrong.
Far right rear:  Columbus (Junior) Akins (Jess' uncle)  The other two people in the picture are unidentified at this time. 

The interesting piece of musical equipment behind my Father is a homemade "Bottle Fone".  My Father made this at our house in the Pepperell Village.....I think Lefty Clark helped him....The bottles were filled with different levels of water (some with colors), and when struck with a small hand held mallet they made different sounds.  My Father could play several tunes on this 'musical instrument'.   It was always very interesting to me..  Furnished by Jess Akins

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