Ranger Bill

1950s Christian radio adventure serial about park ranger Bill Jefferson
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"Ranger Bill, Warrior of the Woodland, struggling against extreme odds, traveling dangerous trails, fighting the many enemies of nature. This is the job of the guardian of the forest, Ranger Bill. Pouring rain, freezing cold, blistering heat, snows, floods, bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions. Yes, all this in exchange for the satisfaction and pride of a job well done."

That was the opening of Ranger Bill, a Christian radio adventure serial produced under the auspices of the Moody Broadcasting Network and the Moody Bible Institute. There were 206 episodes of Ranger Bill, which ran from 1950 to 1954 in a 15-minute format on WMBI in Chicago, and in syndication as a 30-minute show from 1954 to 1962.

The series followed the adventures of Park Ranger Bill Jefferson. Miron Canaday starred as Bill, the chief forest ranger in the small Rocky Mountain town of Knotty Pine, where the former US Marine lived with his mother. Ranger Bill was your standard radio hero, a paragon of fitness and virtue who could resolve nearly any situation. Ranger Bill and his friends were faced with many situations to solve over the years, from the mundane, like finding lost kids or investigating the problems racing boats were causing on the lake, to the fantastic, including several elephant attacks, spacemen apparently coming from a meteor and trying to find a lost treasure in the Amazon, all the while stressing positive Christian values for young people.

Friends that figured prominently in Bill's adventures included Stumpy Jenkins, an eagle-eyed ranger known for his marksmanship and often called "the Old Timer"; Henry Scott, Bill's teenage ward, was learning the ways of the woods by helping out Bill in the park, along with young ranger Ralph Carpenter; and Gray Wolf, a ranger and a member of the Dakota tribe. Gray Wolf spoke in the typical broken English for the era and genre, but knew how to use the traditional ways of his people and modern forest management methods to help Bill protect the woods. The first episode introduced Bill's boss, Colonel Anders, who sent Bill and Henry to blow up the Pine Ridge Dam in order to stop a forest fire threatening the Pendleton Valley.

The program is still broadcast on the Children's Sonshine Network and on His Kids Radio, both on regional radio stations and internet simulcasts, along with several other similarly Christian-themed programs.

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

  1. First Snow (4.6Mb)
  2. The Disappearing Buffalo Herd (6.7Mb)
  3. Tony's Place (8.5Mb)
  4. Burning Sands (8.3Mb)
  5. Twenty Fathoms Under The Sea (13.6Mb)
  6. The End Of The Rope (8.4Mb)
  7. The Fire Bug (8.5Mb)
  8. If the Lord Is for Us (8.5Mb)
  9. Set The Record Straight (10.2Mb)
  10. River Of Fire (13.1Mb)
  11. Bim, Th _Dog (10.1Mb)
  12. Hit and Run (8.3Mb)
  13. Next In Line (6.9Mb)
  14. Twelve Feet of Danger (8.5Mb)
  15. The Second Heart (6.8Mb)
  16. The Man Who Couldn't Remember (8.4Mb)
  17. Death's Half Mile (8.6Mb)
  18. The Eviction of Pa and Ma Skunk (8.4Mb)
  19. Fossil Canyon (10.3Mb)
  20. Flaming Grass (10.1Mb)
  21. They Called Him the Jinx (8.5Mb)
  22. Piggyback (8.5Mb)
  23. Sleeping Death (10Mb)
  24. The Shortage (10.2Mb)
  25. The Hermit (8.5Mb)
  26. Mrs Kane Wins The War (10.1Mb)
  27. Stumpy Gets Thirty Days (10.1Mb)
  28. Hidden Treasure (8.5Mb)
  29. Getting Along With The Wrong Crowd (8.6Mb)
  30. The Handcart Race (8.3Mb)
  31. The Broken Promise (8.6Mb)
  32. The Man Who Understood (8.4Mb)
  33. Nature's Vacuum Cleaner (8.5Mb)
  34. The Log Jam (8.4Mb)
  35. Catching a Big Fish With a Small Hook (8.5Mb)
  36. Overflow (8.5Mb)
  37. An Old Horse Learns New Tricks (8.4Mb)
  38. The Hunted (8.5Mb)
  39. Sultan, King of Beasts (10.1Mb)
  40. Marauder of Goose Lake (8.5Mb)
  41. A Lesson in Love (8.6Mb)
  42. The Ice Prison (8.4Mb)
  43. Skiers In the Sky (8.6Mb)
  44. The Man With The Limp (8.5Mb)
  45. Decision For Death (8.5Mb)
  46. The Laughing Face (8.5Mb)
  47. The Boy Who Wouldn't Quit (8.5Mb)
  48. The Big Headache (8.5Mb)
  49. Penny Wise and Pound Foolish (8.4Mb)
  50. Timid Timothy (11.8Mb)
  51. The Cat In The Wall (8.4Mb)
  52. The Blessing Of Snow (8.5Mb)
  53. The Book Farmer (8.5Mb)
  54. Hot Fire (8.5Mb)
  55. Dead On Arrival (10.2Mb)
  56. Earthquake (8.4Mb)
  57. Houseboat Charlie (8.4Mb)
  58. A Dog's Worst Enemy (8.4Mb)
  59. The Clown of Blue Lake (8.4Mb)
  60. The Ranger Factory (8.6Mb)
  61. Ice Pack (11.8Mb)
  62. The Outsider (8.5Mb)
  63. The Road to Fame (8.4Mb)
  64. The Tugboat Cowboy (8.6Mb)
  65. Mr Sunshine (8.5Mb)
  66. Glacier Cave-In (8.4Mb)
  67. 10 Fathoms Deep (8.4Mb)
  68. The Flying Game Warden (13.4Mb)
  69. The Deep Country (8.5Mb)
  70. The River That Wasn't There (13.5Mb)
  71. The White Fields (8.5Mb)
  72. Old Faithful (12.9Mb)
  73. The Whispering Cave (13.6Mb)
  74. Rogue Elephant (13.2Mb)
  75. The Vanishing Mummy (13.1Mb)
  76. The Fur Thieves (13.5Mb)
  77. Eddie And Mr Foxy (13.5Mb)
  78. The Cruel Man (13.5Mb)
  79. Jimmy's Christmas Miracle (13.5Mb)
  80. The Fighting Parson (8.4Mb)
  81. Mystery in Bear Valley (13.3Mb)
  82. The Falling Giants (13.5Mb)
  83. Petticoat Rangers (13.5Mb)
  84. Henry's Miracle (10.1Mb)
  85. Bobsled (10Mb)
  86. The Return of Sitting Bull (13.6Mb)
  87. Charlie's Nightmare (13.1Mb)
  88. The Mad Bats (13.4Mb)
  89. The Hardhead (13.5Mb)
  90. The Three Legged Deer (13.4Mb)
  91. They Called Him A Coward (13.4Mb)
  92. The Cattle Rustlers Of Coconino (13.3Mb)
  93. The Crisis (13.5Mb)
  94. Broken Bootstraps (13.5Mb)
  95. The Last Fire Call (13.4Mb)
  96. Music, Horrible Music (13.5Mb)
  97. Camera Crew In Knotty Pines (13.5Mb)
  98. The White River Monster (13.5Mb)
  99. Bridge Out! (13.4Mb)
  100. Birthday Rescue aka Fallen Hunter (13.5Mb)
  101. Cliff Rescue (13.3Mb)
  102. Trouble in Tunnel 13 (13.5Mb)
  103. Trouble In Tunnel 13 - Copy (13.5Mb)
  104. The Mad Bear (13.5Mb)
  105. The Mad Bear - Copy (13.5Mb)
  106. Henry's Wagon Train Dream (13.3Mb)
  107. Henry's Wagon Train Dream - Copy (13.3Mb)
  108. Ashby's Folly (6.8Mb)
  109. The Runaway Boy (13.4Mb)
  110. The Lost Pig (13.6Mb)
  111. Marty Patton's Piano (6.8Mb)
  112. Prove God Exists (6.7Mb)
  113. Smart Alec's Water Tank Inspection (6.7Mb)
  114. The Horse Test (6.7Mb)
  115. They Killed Ranger Bill (6.8Mb)
  116. Picnic Cave-in (6.8Mb)
  117. Roving Wolves (8.5Mb)
  118. The Trouble With Gossip (6.7Mb)
  119. Old Ben's Gold (13.6Mb)
  120. The Sail Sled (6.8Mb)
  121. The New Recruit (6.8Mb)
  122. A Case of Mistaken Identity (6.8Mb)
  123. The Diamond Ring (8.4Mb)
  124. The Shooting of Mr Prince (6.8Mb)
  125. Cotton and Candy (8.1Mb)
  126. Transistor Walkie Talkie (8.5Mb)
  127. The Raging Rapids (8.3Mb)
  128. Civil War Junk (13.5Mb)
  129. A Little Spark (13.5Mb)
  130. Mr Hunt's Estate (8.5Mb)
  131. The White Buffalo (6.8Mb)
  132. Henry's Grocery Job (8.5Mb)
  133. Rabies Scare (8.4Mb)
  134. Tom's Otter (8.4Mb)
  135. The Duck Call (8.5Mb)
  136. Pray for a Miracle (8.4Mb)
  137. Ranger Bill 62-01-10 ep009 Henry's Bus Trip (8.3Mb)
  138. Tongues Of Fire (8.5Mb)
  139. A Need For Excitement (8.6Mb)
  140. Hot Fire And Sowing Seeds (8.3Mb)
  141. Trestle Ice Jam (8.6Mb)
  142. The River Giant (12.8Mb)
  143. The Fisherman And The Firebug (8.5Mb)
  144. RThe Fire Bomber's Pink Cloud (8.1Mb)
  145. The Salesman (12.3Mb)
  146. The Loudmouth (8.5Mb)
  147. Tiger Cat (8.5Mb)
  148. In the Eagle's Nest (8.5Mb)
  149. The Abominable Snow Man (13.8Mb)
  150. Christmas Bells (8.6Mb)
  151. Christmas Program with Bill Pearce (8.4Mb)
  152. Water Hot Rods (13.4Mb)
  153. Terror On Finger River (13.5Mb)
  154. The Wrong Valley (13.6Mb)
  155. The Man Who Lost God (13.6Mb)
  156. The Battle At Jenkins Manor (13.3Mb)
  157. The Prehistoric Monster (13.5Mb)
  158. The Deadly Laundry Basket (13Mb)
  159. The Measure Of A Man (13.6Mb)
  160. The One Wire Fence (13.7Mb)
  161. Mrs Murphy's Chowder (13.3Mb)
  162. The Self-Made Man (13.4Mb)
  163. The Locked Bag (13.4Mb)
  164. A Prisoner On Ice Island (13.1Mb)
  165. Soup Truck (13.5Mb)
  166. Lover Boy (13.6Mb)
  167. The Gospel Goes To Reform School (13.5Mb)
  168. The Adventure Of The Tarnished Gold (13.4Mb)
  169. Danger, Deer Crossing (13.4Mb)
  170. The Secret Of Seal Island (13.2Mb)
  171. The Mountain That Moved (13.4Mb)
  172. One Mile Down (13.4Mb)
  173. Avalanche (13.5Mb)
  174. Elizabeth And The Stranger (13.3Mb)
  175. The 25th Man (13.5Mb)
  176. The Man At The Door (13.5Mb)
  177. Richard And God (13.6Mb)
  178. Mystery Island (13.4Mb)
  179. Crazy Man Comes Back (13.5Mb)
  180. Rising Curiosity (13.5Mb)
  181. The Man Of The House (13.6Mb)
  182. No Good Dog (13.4Mb)
  183. The Mad Bison (13.3Mb)
  184. Ceiling Zero (13.6Mb)
  185. One Man Mountain Lion (13.5Mb)
  186. The New Rangers (6.7Mb)
  187. Vacation Cruise Island (6.8Mb)
  188. The Fallout Shelter (8.5Mb)
  189. Fifty or Sixty Snakes (8.4Mb)
  190. Danger! Gasoline Leak (8.5Mb)
  191. Death On The Waterfront (8.3Mb)
  192. River Monster (13.6Mb)
  193. The Floating Death Trap (8.5Mb)
  194. Chinook (8.5Mb)
  195. Henry For Mayor (8.5Mb)
  196. The Jealous Step-Father (10.2Mb)
  197. Forest Fire Death Trap (10.2Mb)
  198. The Crusher (10.2Mb)
  199. The Old Diehard (10.2Mb)
  200. The Road Ghost (10.2Mb)
  201. The Muddy River (8.4Mb)
  202. Skinner Raises A Storm (12.4Mb)
  203. The Donner Party Treasure (12.7Mb)
  204. The Law of the Golden Rule (13.3Mb)
  205. The Runaway Railroad (13.8Mb)
  206. Snow White Stallion (13.5Mb)
  207. Ten Hours Too Much (12.7Mb)
  208. One Million Years Ago (14Mb)
  209. Typhoid Fever at Stormy Point (13.6Mb)
  210. The Reckless Driver (12.9Mb)
  211. A Boy and the Bomb (10.2Mb)
  212. The Space Rocket (13.7Mb)
  213. Sheriff's Convention (12.8Mb)
  214. The Battle Of The Lumberjacks (13Mb)
  215. The Seeing Eye Dog (13.4Mb)
  216. Arson At Brighton College (8.4Mb)
  217. The Fighting Sissy (12.8Mb)
  218. RThe Dog That Didn't Forget (12.7Mb)
  219. The Monkey Chase (13.3Mb)
  220. Ole Three Toes (12.7Mb)
  221. Spirits And Spirit (8.3Mb)

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