November 7, 1932
Buck Rogers was Born on Radio
The first science fiction radio show was born on CBS Radio “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.” This 15-minute radio drama series was based on the popular comic book series Buck Rogers. It aired between 1932 and 1947 with a few years off in-between as it changed schedules, format and length of the show.
Directed by Carlo De Angelo and Jack Johnstone and the important sound effects of a radio show were provided by Ora Daigle Nichols. Nichols used an air-conditioning vent to make the sound of rockets in space. Comic strip writer, Dick Calkins, wrote the radio show scripts as well.
Voice actors Curtis Arnall, Matt Crowley, John Larkin and Carl Frank became the voices of Buck Rogers at various times throughout the shows tenure. Adele Ronson voiced Wilma Deering and Edgar Stehli was the voice for the splendid scientist-inventor Dr. Huer.
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