As a young man Shea went to study at Houghton college, new york, but his education there was interrupted by the great depression, which necessitated him abandoning his studies to help support the family. He found work for the next ten years in manhattan as an insurance clerk, while continuing sing- ing lessons with private teachers.
It was during this period that bev entered an amateur talent contest on fred Allen’s radio show. He sang ‘go ?own, ?oses? but was pipped for first place by, of all things, a yodeller! In spite of this the exposure led to offers to sing on commercial radio.
In 1933 a network radio director heard Shea sing and arranged an audition to sing popular secular songs for your Hit parade, a national program with the Lyn Murray Singers broadcast on the NBC network. Shea passed the audition and was offered a job, but reluctantly turned the position down because he didn’t feel right about performing secular music.
Read the full article plus more inspirational stories of the men and women who proved God in the July – September 2016 issue of Heroes of the Faith