|Tony Marvin was the mellifluous radio and television announcer who
proclaimed ''It's Arthur Godfrey time!'' over the airwaves in the 1940's
Growing up in New York City, Mr. Marvin dreamed of being a doctor, and after graduating from St. John's University, he attended the Long Island College of Medicine for two years. But the Depression intervened, and he quit school to support his family as a theater usher. He eventually decided to make his career in show business.
His big break came during a stint as a mechanic in the mid-1930's. As he serviced a limousine, the owner heard him singing and offered to pay for a vocal teacher for him. The result was a scholarship for a year's study with an MGM voice coach.
He soon landed leading roles with the New York Operatic Guild, and moved on to light comedies in the New York theater world while simultaneously working the odd radio job. In 1937, he was hired by WNYC as the station's chief announcer and later was made the official ''voice'' of the New York World's Fair.
Mr. Marvin died in 1998.