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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1941!
In 1930, Death Valley Days began an 15-year run on the radio.  By 1941, it was a standard in every American home with school-age boys running when the familiar bugle call came over the radio.

Main Characters:

  • Old Ranger - the grizzled old prospector who hosted the show

Show Concept:

  • The stories centered on real-life stories of the legends and lore of the great Southwestern wasteland.

Hosts or Guests:

  • Stanley Andrews - the original "Old Ranger"
  • Ronald Reagan

Writers or Producers:

  • Ruth Woodman, a New York advertising agency scriptwriter


  • 20 Mule Team Borax - the show was a promotional item meant to sell the laundry detergent and Boraxo hand soap.  The main ingredient in Borax--borate--came from a Death Valley pit mine near the town of Boron, California.  The mine, discovered in 1879, allowed the The Borax Company to manufacture various soap products until they switched over to the agricultural and chemical additives they make today.

Networks or stations:

  • unknown

Total shows or length of production:

  • Started in 1930
  • Moved to television after its last radio performance in 1945
  • It has been seen in reruns through the present day under various titles including Call of the West, Frontier Adventure, The Pioneers, Trails West, and Western Star Theater.
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