of the programs heard on WDRC in its earliest days
were provided by the CBS Radio Network. But one program that
aired - at least in March 1936 - came from a non-network syndicator,
1933-37 the program was funded by Skelly Oil, a Midwest petroleum
firm. It starred John Frank as 16-year-old pilot Jimmie
Allen and Shelby Storck as his mentor, Speed Robertson.
The show was inspired by the growing popularity of aviation
and was suggested by two flying aces from World War I, Bill
Moore and Bob Burtt. Kids could join the Jimmie Allen Flying
Club and collect all sorts of premiums which are highly
collectible today. At one time more than 600,000 kids received
a weekly newspaper!
1946 another 400 episodes were recorded and distributed on
behalf of various sponsors, notably International Shoe Company
of Kansas City. For more on the program, click
here for schedules of WDRC's earliest programs.