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Mark Trail (radio)


Mark Trail is the title of two different American radio series based on the popularity of the comic strip Mark Trail by Ed Dodd and airing around the same time period between 1950 and 1952. Just like the comic strip they were adventure stories aimed at a young audience.


The first series: Mark Trail (1950–1951)Edit

Mark Trail
Genre Radio serial
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station Mutual Broadcasting System
Starring Matt Crowley
Announcer Jackson Beck
Original release January 30, 1950 (1950-01-30) – June 8, 1951 (1951-06-08)
No. of episodes 174
Sponsored by Kelloggs, Pep cereal brands [1]

The first audio play series about Mark Trail aired on January 30, 1950 and lasted until June 8, 1951. It was broadcast on Mutual Broadcasting System.[2] Each episode was 30 minutes long and aired three times a week, namely at 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.[1]

The second series Mark Trail (1950–1952)Edit

Mark Trail
Genre Radio serial
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station ABC Radio
Starring Staats Cotsworth
Original release September 18, 1950 (1950-09-18) – June 27, 1952 (1952-06-27)
No. of episodes 125

On September 18, 1950, only nine months after the first version, a second audio play series aired, this time on ABC Radio.[2] Each episode was also a half-hour in length and ran thrice a week until January 1952. After this date it switched to a 15-minute format airing weekdays through June 27, 1952, namely Monday, Wednesday and Friday on 5:15 p.m.[1] Only a handful of the 15-minute episodes are known to have survived.


The series were directed by Drex Hines and Frank Maxwell. Scripts were written by Albert Aley, Gilbert Braun, Max Ehrlich, Elwood Hoffman, Donald Hughes and Palmer Thompson. The music was composed by John Gart, while the sound effects were provided by Bill Hoffman and Jack Keane. Announcements were provided by Jackson Beck and Glenn Riggs.[1][3]


Each episode would be announced with the following lines :

Battling the raging elements!

Fighting the savage wilderness!

Striking at the enemies of man and nature!

One man's name resounds from the snowcapped mountains down across the sun-baked plains: Mààààààààààààààrk Trail! [4]

Other radio adaptations of Mark TrailEdit

From 1991 through September 2002 the Minneapolis-St. Paul, public radio station KFAI aired the series Mark Trail Radio Theatre. Each Friday evening a new weekly episode was aired. In total 228 weekly installments and 17 adventures in total were made.


  1. ^ a b c d Cox, J. (2002). Radio Crime Fighters: More Than 300 Programs from the Golden Age. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. p. 171. ISBN 9781476612270. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e Terrace, V. (1998). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland. p. 217. ISBN 9780786445134. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  3. ^ Terrace, V. (2003). Radio Program Openings and Closings, 1931-1972. McFarland, Incorporated Publishers. p. 153. ISBN 9780786449255. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  4. ^ Dunning, J. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. p. 438. ISBN 9780199770786. Retrieved 2017-01-13.