|HOP HARRIGAN, who was
very successful as a comic book hero (debut: April 1939) proved equally
adept when he made his appearance on network radio in August 1942. This
popular kids show had no trouble finding sponsors, which over the years
included Grape-Nut Flakes and Lever Brothers.
That wonderful, alliterative introduction of this sky hero on radio, "America's Ace of the Airways" was actually coined by his comic book artist/writer, Jon Blummer. It had been used in the comic books for over a year before we heard it on the air. "Hop" was played by Chester Stratton and his side-kick, "Tank Tinker" was the voice of Kenny Lynch. Their announcer was Glenn Riggs.
From December 1939 to August
1940 we could listen to a radio show about "real" aviators which was
produced by Phillips H. Lord. Using a technique borrowed from his other
show, GANG BUSTERS, Lord had an actual air-hero. Col. Roscoe Turner, begin
the program by interviewing a flier who had an exciting tale to relate.After
a quick introduction, the show would segue into a dramatization of the tale,
played by radio actors.
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