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Gasoline Alley Old Time Radio Program
15 minute comdey episodes
Gasoline Alley is a comic strip created by Frank King and currently distributed by Tribune Media Services. First published November 24, 1918, it is the second longest running comic strip in the US and has received critical accolades for its influential innovations. In addition to inventive color and page design concepts, King introduced real-time continuity to comic strips by showing his characters as they grew to maturity and aged over generations.
The early years were dominated by the character Walt Wallet., other characters included Doc, Avery and Bill the typical early strip included them holding weekly conversations about automobiles. An important new charcacter, a baby, named Skeezix (cowboy slang for a motherless calf), was added in 1921. Skeezix, in a first in comics history, actually aged, he grew up, fought in World War II, and is now a retired grandfather. Walt married after all, and had more children, who had children of their own. More characters entered the storyline on the periphery and some grew to occupy center stage.
There were several radio adaptations. Gasoline Alley during the 1930s starred Bill Idelson as Skeezix with Jean Gillespie as Nina Clock. Jimmy McCallion was Skeezix in the series that ran on NBC from February 17 to April 11, 1941, continuing on the Blue Network from April 28 to May 9 of that same year. The 15-minute series aired weekdays at 5:30pm. Along with Nina (Janice Gilbert), the characters included Skeezix's boss Wumple (Cliff Soubier) and Ling Wee (Junius Matthews), a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. Charles Schenck directed the scripts by Kane Campbell.
The syndicated series of 1948–49 featured a cast of Bill Lipton, Mason Adams and Robert Dryden. Sponsored by Autolite, the program used opening theme music by the Polka Dots, a harmonica group. The 15-minute episodes focused on Skeezix running a gas station and garage, the Wallet and Bobble Garage, with his partner, Wilmer Bobble. In New York, this series aired on WOR from July 16, 1948 to January 7, 1949.
Gasoline Alley episode list (these episodes are from the 1948-1949 series)
15 Rat Race with Rice.mp3
16 Fortunes Favorite Food.mp3
17 Fussin Fightin and Feudi.mp3
18 Defective Detective.mp3
20 Adenture of Ancient Hono.mp3
21 Adenture of Spare Spare.mp3
22 Bird Betraying Bard.mp3
24 Musicians Inginition.mp3
25 Fanciful Feminine Touch.mp3
26 Adventure of Jealous Jes.mp3
27 The Adventure of Jealous.mp3
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