Captain Midnight was conceived for radio by Robert Burtt and Wilfred Moore. Many of the Captain's exploits were based upon Burtt's own World War I adventures.
The program was first heard regionally from radio station WGN in Chicago in 1939. It was sponsored by Skelly Oil Company. The program established a good following during its first year, thus when Ovaltine dropped Little Orphan Annie in 1940, it picked up Captain Midnight as the replacement. From September 30, 1940 to December 15, 1949, the Captain enjoyed a large national audience on the Mutual network.
Five times a week, announcer Pierre Andre introduced the serial to the midnight chime of a churchbell and the roaring sound of a diving airplane . . .
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