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Captain Midnight

Captain Midnight

From 1939 to 1949, children everywhere didn’t have to look far to find a hero! Captain Midnight provided them with the action of a military aviator who took on the bad guys. Starting on October 17, 1939 the Captain Midnight radio show aired in markets where its sponsor, the Skelly Oil Company, had major customers. Children in the Midwest and southwest regions of the United States tuned in every weekday to find out what their hero was up to. The basic premise of the show centered on the hero himself, Captain Midnight. He was a flying ace in the World War I and his true identity was kept a secret – even from his commanding officers. His nickname came from a daring mission where he returned at midnight unscathed. Every installment of Captain Midnight impressed kids with his ability to fight evil plots and restore justice to the world. Children were also engaged because of his two sidekicks – Patsy Donovan and Chuck Ramsey.

As the show continued it changed hands and was sponsored by Ovaltine and was broadcast more widely. As the years went by and the United States entered World War II, Captain Midnight stayed in line with the times. He began to fight the Nazis and the Japanese.

All over the country, children were joining the Captain Midnight Flight Patrol – a fan club that sent children a junior pilot application card and a bronze medal to commemorate their membership. It also was a decoder that children could use to interpret messages hidden in the serial script. The show also provided children with action-packed shows that they could tune into Monday through Friday. Captain Midnight was known for its amazing sound effects that brought children from their living rooms to the battle lines. As children listened they were transported into machine gun battles and heroic dives through the air. And because of the excitement, children couldn’t wait to become a part of the action. Millions of children joined the Flight Patrol. The success of Captain Midnight is surely tied to the events of the day when war and aviation were on the forefront of American culture.

Broadcast: 17th October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 29 2008
Broadcast: 18th October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 29 2008
Broadcast: 19th October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 29 2008
Broadcast: 20th October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 29 2008
Broadcast: 23rd October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 29 2008
Broadcast: 24th October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 29 2008
Broadcast: 25th October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 31 2008
Broadcast: 30th October 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jan 31 2008
Broadcast: 6th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 01 2008
Broadcast: 7th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 02 2008
Broadcast: 8th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 03 2008
Broadcast: 9th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 04 2008
Broadcast: 10th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 05 2008
Broadcast: 14th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 07 2008
Broadcast: 15th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 08 2008
Broadcast: 16th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 09 2008
Broadcast: 17th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 10 2008
Broadcast: 20th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 11 2008
Broadcast: 21st November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 12 2008
Broadcast: 22nd November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 14 2008
Broadcast: 23rd November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 15 2008
Broadcast: 24th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 16 2008
Broadcast: 27th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 17 2008
Broadcast: 28th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 18 2008
Broadcast: 29th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 19 2008
Broadcast: 30th November 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 21 2008
Broadcast: 1st December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 22 2008
Broadcast: 5th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 23 2008
Broadcast: 6th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 24 2008
Broadcast: 7th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 25 2008
Broadcast: 8th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 26 2008
Broadcast: 11th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 28 2008
Broadcast: 12th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Feb 29 2008
Broadcast: 13th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 01 2008
Broadcast: 14th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 02 2008
Broadcast: 15th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 03 2008
Broadcast: 18th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 04 2008
Broadcast: 19th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 06 2008
Broadcast: 20th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 07 2008
Broadcast: 21st December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 08 2008
Broadcast: 22nd December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 09 2008
Broadcast: 25th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 10 2008
Broadcast: 26th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 11 2008
Broadcast: 27th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 13 2008
Broadcast: 28th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 14 2008
Broadcast: 29th December 1939
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 15 2008
Broadcast: January 1, 1940
Added: Jun 23 2014
Broadcast: 1st January 1940
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 16 2008
Broadcast: 3rd January 1940
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 17 2008
Broadcast: 5th January 1940
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 18 2008
Broadcast: 8th January 1940
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 20 2008
Broadcast: 10th January 1940
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Mar 21 2008
Broadcast: 10th January 1940
Starring: Bill Bouchey
Added: Jun 16 2013
Broadcast: January 12, 1940
Added: Jul 28 2014
Broadcast: January 15, 1940
Added: Aug 02 2014
Broadcast: January 17, 1940
Added: Aug 09 2014
Broadcast: January 19, 1940
Added: Aug 10 2014
Broadcast: January 22, 1940
Added: Aug 30 2014
Broadcast: January 24, 1940
Added: Sep 06 2014
Broadcast: January 26, 1940
Added: Sep 07 2014
Broadcast: January 29, 1940
Added: Sep 13 2014
Broadcast: January 31, 1940
Added: Sep 14 2014
Broadcast: February 2, 1940
Added: Sep 20 2014
Broadcast: February 5, 1940
Added: Sep 25 2014
Broadcast: February 7, 1940
Added: Sep 26 2014
Broadcast: February 9, 1940
Added: Sep 29 2014
Broadcast: February 12, 1940
Added: Oct 04 2014
Broadcast: February 14, 1940
Added: Oct 05 2014
Broadcast: February 16, 1940
Added: Oct 11 2014
Broadcast: February 19, 1940
Added: Oct 12 2014
Broadcast: February 21, 1940
Added: Oct 18 2014
Broadcast: February 23, 1940
Added: Oct 25 2014
Broadcast: February 26, 1940
Added: Oct 26 2014
Broadcast: February 28, 1940
Added: Nov 01 2014
Broadcast: March 1, 1940
Added: Nov 02 2014
Broadcast: March 4, 1940
Added: Nov 08 2014
Broadcast: March 6, 1940
Added: Nov 09 2014
Broadcast: March 8, 1940
Added: Dec 12 2014
Broadcast: March 11, 1940
Added: Dec 15 2014
Broadcast: March 13, 1940
Added: Dec 19 2014
Broadcast: March 15, 1940
Added: Dec 22 2014
Broadcast: March 18, 1940
Added: Dec 26 2014
Broadcast: March 20, 1940
Added: Dec 29 2014
Broadcast: March 22, 1940
Added: Jan 02 2015
Broadcast: March 25, 1940
Added: Jan 05 2015
Broadcast: March 27, 1940
Added: Jan 09 2015
Broadcast: September 30, 1940
Added: Jan 30 2015
Broadcast: October 1, 1940
Added: Feb 02 2015
Broadcast: June 9, 1941
Added: Feb 06 2015
Broadcast: October 8, 1942
Added: Feb 13 2015
Broadcast: November 24, 1942
Added: Feb 16 2015
Broadcast: December 30, 1942
Added: Jan 23 2015
Broadcast: February 16, 1943
Added: Feb 20 2015
Broadcast: February 22, 1943
Added: Feb 23 2015
Broadcast: May 26, 1943
Added: Mar 06 2015
Broadcast: October 9, 1943
Added: Mar 09 2015
Broadcast: December 2, 1943
Added: Mar 13 2015
Broadcast: December 8, 1943
Added: Mar 16 2015
Broadcast: January 17, 1944
Added: Mar 20 2015
Broadcast: January 20, 1944
Added: Mar 23 2015
Broadcast: January 21, 1944
Added: Mar 27 2015
Broadcast: January 24, 1944
Added: Mar 30 2015
Broadcast: April 20, 1944
Added: Apr 03 2015
Broadcast: November 1, 1944
Added: Apr 06 2015
Broadcast: August 14, 1946
Added: Apr 10 2015
Broadcast: March 12, 1947
Added: Apr 13 2015
Broadcast: April 7, 1947
Added: Apr 17 2015
Broadcast: April 21, 1947
Added: Apr 20 2015
Broadcast: May 14, 1947
Added: Jan 12 2015
Broadcast: March 26, 1948
Added: Jan 16 2015
Broadcast: December 8, 1948
Added: Apr 24 2015
Broadcast: January 10, 1949
Added: Apr 27 2015
Broadcast: February 27, 1949
Added: Jan 19 2015
Broadcast: 1949
Added: May 01 2015