Ranger Headquarters

Ranger Headquarters
Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Friday, September 27, 2013

RB048 The Man Who Understood

Our His Kids Radio webcast of Ranger Bill
for the week of Sept. 28, 2013 is
The Man Who Understood

Angus, one of Bill’s rangers, is devastated when his son Steve is hit by a car and killed. Angus is so grief stricken that he wants revenge on the man who hit Steve. The driver is terribly sorry for the accident and understands how Angus feels. Bill must step in to stop Angus from hurting the driver.

Friday, September 20, 2013

RB047 The Broken Promise

Our His Kids Radio webcast of Ranger Bill
for the week of Sept. 21, 2013 is
The Broken Promise

Ezra Newcombe sold his ranch to Todd Stone. Ezra let some teens race their hotrods on his ranch so they could race safely. Todd ignores his promise to let the racing continue. The teens are furious and plan to get even with Todd.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

RB046 The Handcar Race

The HisKids.net webcast of Ranger Bill
for the week of Sept. 14, 2013 is:
The Handcar Race

The Fireball Express with 400 souls aboard streaks its way toward Knotty Pine as rains and flooding threaten the tracks and trestles.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

RB040 Stumpy Gets 30 Days

Our His Kids Radio webcast of Ranger Bill for the week of September 7, 2013 is:
Stumpy Gets 30 Days

After being crushed and gored by a buffalo bull, Stumpy struggles for life. Then later he struggles for the courage to get healthy and return to work. Bill gives the Old Timer 30 days to get back to work or lose his ranger job.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Important Ranger Bill Dates

Ranger Bill Major Dates and Events

1st show - PVF – Monday, 10/2/1950

Note: RB switched from Monday afternoon broadcasts to Saturday morning broadcasts sometime on or before 10/4/1952.

Script 104 – African Animals – Saturday, 10/4/1952

Last dated show RB193 (Fire Bombers) Pink Cloud –Saturday, 5/19/1962

From 10/2/1950 to 5/19/1962 is:

4247 days
11 years, 7 months, 17 days
606 weeks (607 broadcasts)

Ranger Bill was first only broadcast locally by WMBI (and possibly its sister stations) from 1950 to sometime in 1954. RB204 Chief of the Dakotas (probably broadcast Sat., 1/30/1954) and RB179 VIPs Visit Knotty Pine (probably broadcast on Sat., 4/17/1954) seem to indicate that RB went uninterrupted in the transition to national broadcasts.

RB006 (Randolph Thompson’s) The Fire Bug is script #168 (Moody date 8/11/1954). Script #154 would have been the end of year #3 or the beginning of year #4 in October 1953.

The change over from opening #1 to opening #2 appeared to have occurred in the fall of 1959. RB134 Cattle Rustlers of Coconino seems to be the last #1 opening on 6/3/1959. I am guessing that either RB135 Elizabeth and the Stranger (no date given) or RB136 The Crisis (10/21/1959) is the first #2 opening.

There are 228 known episodes broadcast over about 8 years. That works out to about 28 or 29 stories per year (maybe 30 if we assume a few scripts or tapes are still to be found). There was a new show every week for at least the first two or possibly three years.

Some of those like RB179 VIPs Visit KP (The Missing Buffalo Herd), RB085 The Deep Country, and RB092 The Return of Sitting Bull, sound like they were done by different people or were right from the first couple of stories in 1950.

Happy and Blessed Labor Day from Ranger Bill

A “Happy Labor Day!” from Ranger Bill, Stumpy, Henry, and Gray Wolf. Our rangers hope you and your family had a good summer.

The fellas are planning a cookout this afternoon at Bill’s house. Mom has made potato salad and a fruit salad to go with the hamburgers, hot dogs, and ribs the boys are grilling.

Back at Big Pine National Forest, there is change as Bill and his rangers shift gears from summer to fall. Jane Reeves and most of her summer fire tower observers have been sent home for the year. Because of the danger of fires this year, Bill is keeping on a few extra fire watchers till the danger of fire decreases. Bill has also sent his summer backwoods rangers home. Bill’s regular crew of backwoods rangers plus a small crew of weekend volunteers should provide more than enough protection for the fall camping and hiking season. Henry is back in school, but he will still work weekends at ranger headquarters.

Bill would like to offer a prayer of thanks for all the many fire fighters who have been and continue to battle fires throughout the United States and especially for those who have lost their lives in 2013.