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Encyclopedia of Radio 3-Volume Set by Christopher H. Sterling

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JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY

Children's Adventure Series

Even before World War II, Jack Armstrong of Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy (a sort of Johnny Quest of the radio airwaves) was the image of the patriot, the great white hope, the upstanding citizen. The creation of former journalist Robert Hardy Andres, Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy was a daily adventure series, the core audience of which skewed just slightly older (and, we can assume, more male) than its closest radio rival, Little Orphan Annie. It ran on various networks from 1933–51.

Jack, a perpetual teenager despite his nearly 30 years on the air, was a student and star athlete at Hudson High, where the school fight song (which doubled as the series theme) frequently ...

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