Phillips Carlin

Phillips Carlin
Phillips Carlin at the microphone.
Born June 30, 1894
New York City, New York
Died August 27, 1971, age 77
New York City, New York
Occupation Announcer

Phillips Carlin (June 30, 1894 – August 27, 1971)[1] was a radio broadcaster and television executive.

Early years

Carlin attended New York University.[2]


Carlin started his broadcasting career with the New York radio station, WEAF. He teamed up with Graham McNamee to announce the 1926, 1927 and 1928 World Series. He later announced The Atwater Kent Hour, The Goodrich Hour and The Palmolive Hour.

Afterwards, he served as the Eastern program manager and vice president in charge of programs for NBC and later vice president in charge of programs for Mutual Broadcasting Corporation.


Carlin conceived the idea for Queen for a Day, a prize giveaway television show that served as the forerunner to reality television. Afterwards, he worked as a television production representative for advertising agencies and produced hundreds of commercials.

Military service

Carlin served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.[2]


  1. Cox, Jim (2007). Radio Speakers: Narrators, News Junkies, Sports Jockeys, Tattletales, Tipsters, Toastmasters and Coffee Klatch Couples Who Verbalized the Jargon of the Aural Ether from the 1920s to the 1980s--A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6086-1. p. 52.
  2. 1 2 "Phillips Carlin -- Eyes for WEAF Listeners". Radio Digest-Illustrated. November 1927. p. 3. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  • "Phillips Carlin, 77, Television Executive". Washington Post. 1971-08-31. p. C3. 

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