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Little Orphan Annie (1931-1942)



Little Orphan Annie

(1931-1942)

Adventure / Comedy / Family

Cast: Allan Baruck, Shirley Bell, Mel Torme, Pierre Andre, Bobbe Dean and Janice Gilbert

Little Orphan Annie was a radio adaptation of a comic strip of the same name created in 1924, which was itself named after a poem by James Whitcomb Riley from 1885.  In 1931 the comic strip had gained enough popularity to make the transition to radio.  Little Orphan Annie was first heard on WGN radio in Chicago at 5:45 PM on April 6, 1931 and would go on to be broadcast on the NBC network nationwide.

Little Orphan Annie featured the adventures of Annie, an orphan of around 10 or 12, her dog Sandy, and her adoptive father, 'Daddy' Warbucks.  Little Orphan Annie started before nationwide broadcasting was implemented and as a result there was an East coast broadcast and a separate one for the West coast.  Nationwide radio became a reality in 1933 and the cast from Chicago became the one heard across the country.  Little Orphan Annie was sponsored by Ovaltine drink mix who took up almost seven minutes of each half hour show promoting their product.     




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