Alma Kitchell Yoder, a radio singer who became one the medium’s earliest talkshow hosts before switching to television, died Nov. 13 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 103.
Yoder’s voice was transmitted by the Amateur Radio Corps of America from an experimental station off the New York harbor in 1917 — before most Americans knew what radio was.
In 1938, she became emcee of one of the original radio talkshows, “Let’s Talk It Over,” interviewing prominent women of the day, including Eleanor Roosevelt.
She moved on to tackle the uncharted world of commercial TV, singing in the first televised opera in 1939 and capping her career by presiding over the first TV cooking show, “In the Kelvinator Kitchen,” which ran from May 1947 until June 1948.
She left public life in 1949.
— Associated Press