Meanwhile, back at the ranch…err… workshop

I want to tell you about a new project I am working on, but first…a bit of trivia.

In the ‘forties there was a fifteen minute radio show for kids, “Sky King,” that immortalized the words, “Meanwhile, back at the ranch….” as a convenient device for changing scenes.

This post World War II drama on ABC featured a flying rancher/detective who was a futuristic hero of the time, very much like an early Buckaroo Banzai.

I don’t remember any of the plots, but this show had more secret decoder rings than Mission Impossible. The Sky King radio show ended in 1954, but issued some of the era’s most innovative premiums.

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Sky King (Sky was short for Skyler) had a team of four people backing him up; Penny and Clipper, Jim Bell and Martha. He flew two airplanes, the Songbird and the Flying Arrow and rode a horse named Yellow Fury. His home base was the Flying Crown Ranch, which had a fully equipped airfield.

One final piece of history. The announcer was Mike Wallace, who later became a newsman and host of 60 Minutes.

Well, it appears that our fifteen minutes are up…I will continue with news from the workshop in my next installment.

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0 Responses to Meanwhile, back at the ranch…err… workshop

  1. fletch says:

    Sky King was before my time, but it sounds very close to the Clutch Cargo cartoons in my early years. I remember the cartoons more for the characters’ odd moving lips than anything else. Ah yes, Johnny Quest and Haji…I forget the dog’s name. Those were the days.

  2. Galstaff says:

    To this day my father will look at a certain airplane and proclaim, “That’s Sky King’s airplane!” I can’t remember which one it was, but I’m glad it actually existed. BTW, fletch, the dog’s name was “Bandit.”

  3. Clarence says:

    Thanks for the memories. I remember it well but actually I was a Captain Video Cadet and purchasing all the trinkets his show offered kept me broke and busy with mail and coupons and such. Sold Cloverine Salve too.

  4. Mike Myers says:

    On the Sky King radio show he also had a helicopter that he sometimes flew. It had a name too. Do you remember it or it’s name?

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