Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, February 20, 2020


From 1946 to 1954, Schuyler "Sky" King took to the ABC radio airwaves as the rancher and pilot combined the western with flying, catching the bad guys and rescuing lost miners a generally doing good in the fictional town of Grover, Arizona.  The popularity of the radio show led to a television series from 1951 to 1954 featuring Kirby Grant in the title role.  On the radio, Sky was played by various actors including Roy Engel, Jack Lester, Earl Nightingale, Carlton KaDell,  and John Reed King.

Sky's ranch was The Flying Cloud and his plane was the Songbird.  Also along for his adventures were Sky's niece Penny and his nephew Clipper.  The show promoted a wholesome family image. 

(Many other young lads besides myself were more than smitten with Gloria Winters, the lovely young lady who played Penny.  I shed a tear when Winters died in 2010 at age 78.)

Sky King was based on a radio story by Roy Winsor and was created by Robert Morris Burtt and Wilfred Gibbs Moore, who also created Captain Midnight.

"The Lady Sheriff" first aired on April 12, 1951 with Earl Nightingale as Sky.  The program's announcer and shill for Peter Pan Peanut Butter was a young Mike Wallace.


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