A premier vocalist on America's first radio station: KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA.
Before rearing four children and eventually becoming a grandmother, Barbara Stamy was presented by The Pittsburgh Concert Society and appeared in both Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Pittsburgh Playhouse productions. Beyond appearing as soloist in several oratorio performances with choirs and orchestras, Mrs. Stamy also sang with the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, was the soprano soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, alto soloist at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, and the contralto voice in the Solo Quartet at Temple Sinai. Her professional career spanned six decades (from the mid 1940s through the early 1990s), though even today she will break into song if requested.
However, the former Barbara Lee Owens is perhaps best remembered as a songstress of Broadway show tunes and for her live weekly radio program on KDKA during the late 1940’s entitled Songs You Love to Hear. It was singing music of that genre that first propelled her into the national spotlight by winning the Wilkens Amateur Hour contest at age 21, immediately after which she was signed by the Breakfast Cheer Coffee Company, which sponsored her radio show. Recently, more than 100 recordings from that program were discovered, digitized and restored, and have been released as six collections in a new series of albums.