WLT: A Radio Romance Book by Garrison Keillor
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In the spring of 1926, the Soderbjerg brothers, Ray and Roy, launch the radio station WLT (With Lettuce and Tomato) in an effort to rescue their failing restaurant and become the Sandwich Kings of South Minneapolis. For the next quarter century, the “Friendly Neighbor” station produces a dazzling array of shows and stars, including Leo LaValley, Dad Benson, Wingo Beals, Slim Graves and Little Buddy, chain-smoking child star Marjery Moore, and blind baseball announcer Buck Steller. Francis With, a shy young radio fan from North Dakota, gets into WLT through his uncle Art and quickly becomes the Soderbjergs' right hand guy. Soon Francis is a budding announcer adored by Lily Dale, the crippled nightingale of WLT kept hidden from her fans, whose firing contributes to the downfall of the station. And then comes television.