Dick Tracy came from the comic strips to the radio in this great serial. He still fights bizarre villains and the 15 minute shows are filled with cliff-hangers. Tune In.
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A favorite of radio kids, and many adults as well, Dick Tracy on the radio was a long running serial that was based on the very popular Dick Tracy of newspaper comic strip fame. Dick Tracy was the star of movies and several animation series as well, including a 1970's TV animation adaptation that was as true to the original Chester Gould newspaper comic strip as was the radio version. Dick Tracy had debuted in the Detroit Mirror in 1931. Soon it hit New York and Chicago, in the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. By 1937, the comic strip appeared in over 700 newspapers. With a strong, built-in audience, Dick Tracy was perfect serial.
First developed for radio in 1934 for the New England region, the show was an immediate hit and was then done on from 1935-37. Republic Pictures began the Dick Tracy cliffhangers in the movies, which also helped kids get excited about following his adventures on radio. Fifteen minute serials were produced for a full five nights a week in 1938-'39. In 1939, it went to a half-hour, usually playing on Saturdays. With WWII developing, Dick Tracy was put on hold. After a few years, the show again took to the air, and continued from 1943 through '48, first developed as a fifteen minute serial, and then expanding to a half hour in the mid 1940s. Dick Tracy was featured in a series of novels and "Little Big Books" at the time, as well as the Republic cliffhangers and movies.
The following is a listing of the shows that will be played on WELF-NPC Radio. Each week we will feature a new show from the list under the heading of show listed above. We will continue to rotate through this list until we remove the show from the radio station.