(Excerpts from a printed article on February 18, 1944. Publication name is unknown. Courtesy of Sandra McCoy, Modesto Radio Museum)
Mrs. Carol Glass was born in Stanislaus County, the daughter of pioneers, and the youngest of seven children. In 1934, shortly after Modesto’s first radio station KTRB came on the air, she became the moderator of the Children’s Hour heard at 10 o’clock Saturday mornings. In addition to local children, children from distant towns, such as San Jose, Vallejo, Stockton, Lodi, as well as from all parts of Stanislaus county were heard performing each week. Mrs. Glass and the children appeared numerous times in person at the Strand Theater and at other local events. Mrs. Glass’s sister Georgia Lyons was the pianist on the program for many years.
The Stanislaus County Committee for the International Exposition on Treasure Island chose the program as a feature representing Stanislaus County for both years of the Golden Gate International Exposition (World’s Fair), held at San Francisco’s Treasure Island in 1939 and 1940.
Prior to the Children’s Hour, Mrs. Glass and 5 girlfriends formed a singing group they called the “Melody Maids” which sang on KTRB every Sunday night at 7 PM during a program they called “Smile Awhile”. Mrs. Glass was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Bangs, who owned and lived on a 480 acre ranch on Bangs Avenue.
The Story of Carol Glass
(Produced by Wes Page for the Modesto Radio Museum, 2009)