Alma Kitchell, 103, a pioneering broadcast personality who...


November 18, 1996

Alma Kitchell, 103, a pioneering broadcast personality who starred in the first commercial network television series -- a cooking show -- died Wednesday at her home in Sarasota, Fla.

She began her career in 1927, on NBC's old New York radio station, WJZ. Known as the Golden Voice of the Golden Age of radio, she became host of a series of shows devoted to women's concerns. Her program is regarded as one of the first radio talk shows.

In 1947, Miss Kitchell abandoned her radio career and made television history as the star of "In the Kelvinator Kitchen." She remained on the program until 1949, then retired from public life.

Nell Blaine, 74, a landscape and watercolor painter who overcame the crippling effects of polio to pursue her art, died Thursday.

Blaine moved to New York in 1942 to study painting and became a founding member of Jane Street Gallery, one of Manhattan's earliest artist cooperatives.

She designed the original logo for the Village Voice in 1955. In 1957, she was featured in Life magazine as one of five leading young female artists in America.

Pub Date: 11/18/96

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