He began his foray into radio in 1922 at KPO-AM. The goal of the show was to reach the "shut-ins, and convalescent invalids." the show was popular enough it appears to have been syndicated on WEAF-AM at least briefly. I'd say more the the tale is somewhat hard to collaborate.
In 1936, he bought the Johnson-Field house and turned the barn into a theater. Supposedly, he hanged himself from the banister in 1948. But as much as the rest has been exaggerated I wont confirm that.