Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 1947: Jack Armstrong's Adventures Started on ABC

August 22, 1947: Radio adventure series ‘Jack Armstrong, The All American Boy’ aired for a full thirty minutes for the first time on ABC. Previously it was only broadcast for fifteen minutes. Jack Armstrong can often be heard saying “Remember, if you want to grow up to be big and strong like Jack Armstrong, keep these three rules in mind: Get plenty of sleep, fresh air and exercise. Make a friend of soap and water, because dirt breeds germs, and germs can make people sickly and weak. And for sound nourishment and keen flavor, eat a big bowlful of Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions, with plenty of milk or cream and some type of fruit.”

"Jack Armstrong, The All American Boy," started in 1933 and had its initial broadcast on WBBM, an AM radio station in Chicago, Illinois. It was later on aired on CBS, then in NBC, and eventually on ABC.

The story revolved around the adventures of Jack Armstrong, a popular student of the Hudson High School, along with the Fairfield siblings Billy and Betty, and their Uncle James Fairfield. Often, James would go to the different parts of the world for some business affairs, taking all three with him. In their adventures, they often provided facts about the places they would visit.

Due to its popularity, TV shows and film adaptations were made from this radio series.

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