Anne Hummert, 91, the Baltimore native credited with...


July 21, 1996

Anne Hummert, 91, the Baltimore native credited with creating the radio soap opera and spinning out many of the spell-binding classics of the 1930s and 1940s died July 5 in New York City. She was born Anne Schumacher in Baltimore. She graduated magna cum laude from Goucher College in 1925 and became a reporter for The Sun before moving to Paris the next year.

In 1934, she married E. Frank Hummert, a partner in a Chicago advertising agency and together they formed Hummert Productions, and moved to New York. By 1939, Hummert programs -- beginning with "Just Plain Bill" -- accounted for more than half the advertising revenues generated by daytime radio.

Pub Date: 7/21/96

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