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First Episode: November 7, 1932
Last Episode: March 28, 1947
Number of Episodes: Unknown
Network: CBS Radio Network (1932-1936); Mutual Broadcasting Network (1939-1940 and 1946-1947)
Cast Members: Curtis Arnall (Buck Rogers #1), Matt Crowley (Buck Rogers #2), Carl Frank (Buck Rogers #3), John Larkin (Buck Rogers #4), Adele Ronson (Wilma Deering #1), Virginia Vass (Wilma Deering #2), Edgar Stehli (Dr. Huer), Elaine Melchior (Ardala), Bill Shelley (Killer Kane #1), Dan Ocko (Killer Kane #2), Jack Roseleigh (Black Barney #1), and Joe Granby (Black Barney #2)
Producer/Director: Jack Johnstone
Announcers: Paul Douglas and Fred Uttal
Sound Effects: Ora Nichols
Writers: Dick Calkins, Joe Cross, Jack Johnstone, Albert Miller
Sponsors: Cocomalt, Cream of Wheat, Kellogg’s, and Popsicles
Typical Episode Length: 15 Minutes (1932-1939), 30 Minutes (May-July 1940), 15 Minutes (1946-1947)
In actuality, there were three Buck Rogers in the 25th Century radio series. The first aired from 1932 to 1936 on CBS and the last two were both on the Mutual Broadcasting Network. In the beginning, there were daily episodes but the series eventually aired just three times per week. Originally, the name of the series was “The World in 2432”.
The radio series were based upon a comic strip written for children that appeared in the newspaper, starting in 1928. There would later also be a TV series during the 1950/51 season, a 1979 movie, and the Buck Rogers TV Show that ran for 37 episodes from 1979-1981.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was far ahead of its time in the 1930s with death ray guns, gamma ray bombs, a mechanical mole, and missiles! Another futuristic idea was that Buck Roger’s sidekick could be an accomplished pilot and warrior who also happened to be a female!
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