Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden


Everett Mitchell

Recorded July 17th, 1984 - 59 min

He had an important role in the development of radio station WENR, Chicago and he also was known from coast-to-coast as the personable host of the long-running NBC network series, The National Farm and Home Hour (1932-1960). He was born March 15, 1898 and was 85 when he came to our Morton Grove, Illinois studio for a conversation with him and his biographer, Richard Crabb, author of “Radio’s Beautiful Day” During the Depression days of the 1930s, Mitchell opened each program with the encouraging words, “It’s a beautiful day in Chicago. It is a great day to be alive, and I hope it is even more beautiful wherever you are.” He died November 12, 1990 at age 92.

National Farm and Home Hour - 6/14/52 - Atoms for Agriculture

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Everett Mitchell on the "National Farm and Home Hour" from June 14th, 1952.


  1. Arne D. Teigland says... comment left on August 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Although my parents were not farmers, my dad, Arthur, a sign painter, often tuned to The National Farm and Home Hour at the time of its broadcast on WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. Was it reports of those beautiful Chicago days that influenced me to attend Trinity College in Chicago in 1961? It was a joy to hear Mr. Mitchell’s voice again on your recording. Thank you for supplying it.

  2. Laurie Kutil says... comment left on January 29, 2018 at 3:56 am

    I happen to have a possible rare record of this, “Favorites of the National Farm and Home Hour” my dad gave me when I was a kid. I didn’t know what a treasure I had until recently. Thanks for these recordings. It’s LPM 3144 by RCA Victor.