Listen to a The Cisco Kid Radio Show episode by clicking on a link below:
The photo above is of Jackson Beck as the Cisco Kid.
First Episode: October 2, 1942
Last Episode: ?? ??, 1958
Number of Episodes: Approximately 634
Network: WOR (10/2/42-??/??/45), Mutual Broadcasting (??/??/47-??/??/56)
Cast Members: Jackson Beck (Cisco Kid: 10/2/42-??/??/45), Jack Mather (Cisco Kid: ??/??/47-??/??/58), Louis Sorin (Pancho : 10/2/42-??/??/45), Harry Lang (Pancho: ??/??/47-??/??/58), Mel Blanc (Pancho: ??/??/47-??/??/56), Vicki Vola (10/2/42-??/??/45), Bryna Raeburn (10/2/42-??/??/45)
Producer: J. C. Lewis
Director: Jock McGregor
Announcer: Michael Rye
Sound Effects: Unknown
Writer: Larry Hays
Sponsor: Syndicated, sponsors varied by station
Typical Episode Length: 30 minutes
The Cisco Kid radio show was a western drama series with a plotline that appealed greatly to children. Cisco and his sidekick Pancho were two carefree bandits who enjoyed stealing from evil rich people and using the money to help the poor. In fact, the announcer would often refer to Cisco as “The Robin Hood of the West”. During its run, the series aired at least once per week and as much as three times per week.
There was also a Cisco Kid TV Series that aired for 4 seasons from 1951-1954 and starred Duncan Renaldo as The Cisco Kid.
Jason Beck, who was the first to provide the voice of the Cisco Kid, also was the announcer for more than 1600 episodes of the Superman radio show! When you hear the familiar, “Up in the sky! … It’s a bird!”, that’s Mr. Beck! He also did the voice of Bluto, Popeye’s nemisis and many others.
Cisco’s horse’s name was “Diablo” and Pancho’s was “Loco”.
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