Ranger Bill

Ranger Bill

Ranger Bill was a Christian radio adventure serial, and aimed at the younger generation. This turned out to be one of the most successful radio broadcasts, and with an amazing longevity of over twelve years. The very first fifteen minute episode was aired on October 2, 1950, but this later changed to a half hour episode, beginning May 14, 1954 and running right through until 1962.

Hear the exciting introduction again for the first time in many years, you'll get goosebumps when all of the memories of being a young kid come flooding back! Here's how it went...

"Ranger Bill, Warrior of the Woodland, struggling against extreme odds, traveling dangerous trails, showing rare courage in the face of disaster, in the air, on horseback, or in a screaming squad car. Ranger Bill, his mind alert, a ready smile, unswerving, loyal to his mission. And all this in exchange for the satisfaction and pride of a job well done."

Although it does stress positive Christian values throughout, I don't feel that these are particularly 'in-your-face' - the adventure stories were a real thrill for young people.

Starring Miron Canaday, the series follows the adventures of Bill Jefferson, the chief forest ranger of Knotty Pine in the Rocky Mountains. Bill and his friends were tasked with many different adventures, crimes to solve, cattle rustlers, prisoners and all manner of animals and beasts, from cats and dogs to snakes, elephants and an abominable snow man!

Cast: Miron Canaday
Director: Charles Christensen, Jim Grant
Writer: Charles Erkhart, John Rowan
Sound Effects: John McCombe


Vacation Cruise Island

Bill and Stumpy are on a flight for a two week vacation - a nice quiet cruise around the Caribbean...Tap Here


Rattle Snake Sam

Jack has come to Ranger headquarters today, looking for some excitement, but Bill assures him that there's not a thing happening around here right now... No sooner are the words out, when two strangers arrive at the headquarters with a request for permission to go rattlesnake hunting, as they catch poisonous snakes and then sell them to the Florida Springs Reptile Institute. Maybe today will be exciting after all... [Tap Here]


Henry's Bus Trip


Henry has been away for quite some time now, and after his long bus trip, Bill is certain he'll be glad to get back to Knotty Pine. That's if the long bus ride ever ends! Luckily, he's made a few friends... [Tap Here]




Christmas Program with Bill Pearce

Henry and his boy's club are putting on a Christmas pageant, and have even been given permission to use the school's auditorium. In the post this morning, there was even more exciting news, after Wally received a letter from Bill Pearce confirming that he will be there to sing in the Christmas program...[Tap Here]


The Seeing Eye Dog

Henry hasn't given up on the idea of fighting fires with the rangers, much to Stumpy's dismay. He's even more upset that Bill appears to encourage Henry's passion. But Bill has seen Henry during their drills, and he's quick at picking up the ideas and methods. Stumpy, however, knows that drills and fires are two very different things...[Tap Here]


The Monkey Chase

Bill and the rangers are heading for real danger this time, but this is a different kind of danger. The terror is small, so small it can't be seen with the naked eye! It's bacteria - minute in size, but deadly in effect. There are three monkey's in the story too, who have all developed a case of the influenza, for the purpose of vaccination testing. [Tap Here]


The Man Of The House

How would you feel if you didn't have a home? How would you feel if your father and mother were suddenly taken away to be with the Lord? Do you think you could adjust yourself to the life of living in an orphanage? These are some pretty serious questions, but they're the questions Jerry Quinn had to face early in his young life. Could he overcome these problems? Listen to today's story to find out!

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Richard And God

One of the many thrills Bill always gets when flying, is to observe the wonders of the heavens which God created. Many people don't understand this, and Henry's cousin, Richard, couldn't understand how God is able to be everywhere at once. He learned - but it was through disobedience! Tap Here.


Death On The Waterfront

Knotty Pine has had growing pains - any town does when its population begins to mushroom. One of the problems which arose, is the fact that the growth of new areas made the officials in the city forget about some of the parts of town that had been around for a long time. The story today is centered around the warehouse district down by the river - little used by river traffic - but still used by trucking concerns who need large storage spaces... [Tap]


Danger Gasoline Leak

The town of Knotty Pine is threatened with a grave danger, and this danger is so great that it could blow half the town off the map, and kill and injure hundreds of people. It's not a tornado or earthquake, it's not a flood, or a freight car loaded with ammunition. It's not a great fire, or an airplane out of control. So, what is this great danger which threatens life and property of almost every citizen in Knotty Pine? [Tap Here]


River Monster

When Spring comes it means lots of work for the Rangers. It's all day from sun up to sun down, and sometimes far into the night, as the Rangers work to guard the public lands. Each Spring, Ranger Bill gets especially concerned because the river rises high with water from melting snow coming down from the mountains, and it becomes a threat to the town of River's Bend. But one year, there was a new threat...[Tap Here]


One Man Mountain Lion

Grey Wolf s usually very quiet and reserved, and never has much to say. However, that doesn't mean he's asleep - far from it! His trained eyes see things that most of us miss, and he has a mental alertness that's the envy of everyone that knows him. But in this story, he doesn't stand a chance!

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The Fallout Shelter

Henry's daily prayers before dinner are getting much better as each day goes by. With the threat of being bombed weighing on everyone's minds, it has maybe put some things into perspective, and folks are becoming more appreciative of how lucky they actually are...[Tap Here]


The Raging Rapids

Ranger Bill recalls a story from a couple of summers ago. It began at camp where they had been for a week, and the plan was to go on a canoe trip - which was to be the first canoe trip for many of them... [Tap Here]


The New Ranger

Each year after graduation exercises at Ranger School, the class is divided between ranger districts, and the men are sent to their respected areas, with orders to report to the chief ranger. Soon after, one of the new recruits, Corey Windsor, decides to quit the ranger service, and there's nothing that Bill can do to change his mind. He's just a frustrated young man who needs direction and help, but the young ranger won't let Bill help him...[Tap Here]

Typhoid Fever at Stormy Point

Sometimes doctors pick strange places to practice. For instance, Bruce Hummer, who has his office in the village of Storm Point, located way up in the Dexter Mountains, in the middle of nowhere. In many respects, the people of Storm Point are very superstitious and backward, living isolated from the world except during the midsummer months when the ice and snow is melted enough to allow free travel... Tap Here


The Boy and The Bomb

Have you ever thought about being an inventor? This story is about a young fellow whose father is an inventor of secret timing devices for delayed-action bombs. Only young Jim gets himself involved with one of these bombs... Tap Here