OTR Tuesday – The Adventures of Archie Andrews (1943-1953)

The short intro: For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Old Time Radio is the phrase generally used to refer to the time when radio was (mostly) live, and was full of a variety of different shows, as opposed to simply being a means for record labels to use robots to promote the top records of the day. OTR  Tuesday is my chance to explore some of those old radio shows, their connections (both old and new) to movies, and hopefully to encourage some of the rest of you to take a look at a probably unfamiliar source of entertainment that I truly love. If you want more info on OTR, and some examples of the variety of shows that were made, be sure to check out this introductory post.

I’d like to say everybody knows Archie Andrews, because he’s been a part of everybody’s childhood for so long, but I don’t know that it’s really true, Still, at least once upon a time, Archie was considered the quintessential teen comedy. Constantly put upon,  constantly broke, constantly torn between two girls, constantly hanging out with his friends, and constantly just trying to make his way in the world, Archie was, in may ways symbolic if not of real teens, at least a kind of idealized teen world.

Also, surprisingly, perhaps for a character created in 1941, Archie has managed to stay, if not perhaps relevant, at least contemporaneous with his times. As styles and fashions and society have changed, so has Archie. And he has been interpreted in various ways in different media, from the animated series of the late 60s and early 70s that gave us the hit song Sugar Sugar to today’s CW series Riverdale which is far from the character as he is generally known, but nonetheless is at least acknowledged and supported by the comics company which bears his name.

And, of course, as you may have guessed, since we’re discussing it here, there was also once an Archie radio show. Beginning on the NBC Blue network on 1943, The Adventures of Archie Andrews switched to Mutual for a short while, but then returned to NBC where it was broadcast until 1953. Though in the early years, different actors voiced the leas, for most of the series’ run, Bob Hasting was the voice of Archie. Other voice actors included Hal Stone, Cameron Andrews and Arnold Stang as Jughead, Rosemary Rice as Betty, Gloria Mann as Veronica, Alice Yourman as Archie’s mother, Mary Andrews and Arthur “Art” Kohl as Archie’s father, Fred Andrews.

Okay, let’s see what kind of mischief Archie is into now, shall we?




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