Milton Cross

Milton Cross
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Milton Cross
Radio: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Broadcaster | Radio Personality
Born April 16, 1897 in Hell's Kitchen, NY
Died Jan. 3, 1975 in Roosevelt Hospital, NY

Milton Cross was a radio broadcaster who narrated the Metropolitan Opera for music buffs throughout the United States for 43 years.

He was first introduced to radio when a girlfriend invited him to visit a friend who had a crystal set and used to listen to the voices and music broadcasting from a tiny transmitter in Newmark.

Since then, he became hooked on the new medium and went to work as a part-time announcer.

He debuted as narrator for the Metropolitan Opera on its first radio broadcast, "Hansel and Gretel," on Christmas Day in 1931.

Cross was the only narrator for the Metropolitan Opera since its inauguration, and served for 43 seasons until his death.

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