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The future CBS-KNX Columbia Square complex under construction during the 1930s
The future CBS-KNX Columbia Square complex under construction during the 1930s



RADIO KNX -- The Voice of Hollywood
CBS Pacific Net affiliate KNX, Los Angeles was the first station to broadcast The Magic Island (1935)
CBS Pacific Net affiliate KNX, Los Angeles was the first station to broadcast The Magic Island (1935)



CBS-KNX Columbia Square complex after construction
CBS-KNX Columbia Square complex after construction
















7-Up spot ad for The Magic Island from March 1938
7-Up spot ad for The Magic Island
from March 1938




Nehi Bottlers sponsored the 1940 run of Magic Island in Florida
Nehi Bottlers sponsored the 1940 run of Magic Island in Florida













Nehi Bottled Royal Crown Cola throughout the 1940s
Nehi Bottled Royal Crown Cola throughout the 1940s






























Sally Creighton, seen here as Mrs. Chapman in Howard Hawks' Sci-Fi Classic, The Thing From Another World (1951) was the voice of Mrs. Patricia Gregory in Magic Island.
Sally Creighton, seen here as Mrs. Chapman in Howard Hawks' Sci-Fi Classic, The Thing From Another World (1951) was the voice of Mrs. Patricia Gregory in Magic Island.






















An early amateur--'Ham'--radio station and operator.
An early amateur--'Ham'--radio station and operator.

























The 'Lake Hollywood' seen here in 1933 wasn't really a lake, but a reservoir. It was created with the Mulholland Dam built in 1928. It's interchangeably referred to as Hollywood Reservoir or Lake Hollywood. At its deepest point when full is 183 feet.
'Lake Hollywood' seen here in 1933 wasn't really a lake, but a reservoir. It was created with the Mulholland Dam built in 1928. It's interchangeably referred to as Hollywood Reservoir or Lake Hollywood. Its deepest point when full is 183 feet.


Background

Throughout the earliest years of broadcast Radio, incredible demand for new and innovative programming kept both the early networks and independent syndicators busy producing all manner of Radio programming to feed the insatiable demand for something to fill the early airwaves for as long as possible throughout the day and night.

Among the most popular early drama genres were the juvenile adventures, usually serial in nature. A list of some of the typical fare of the era follows:

1929 Polly Preston’s Adventures
1929 The Adventures of Helen and Mary
1930 Radio Orphan Annie
1930 Aunt Lulu’s Adventures
1930 Mark Trail
1930 Rin–Tin–Tin [Francis X. Bushman]
1931 Red Goose Adventures [International Shoe]
1931 The Adventures of Detectives Black and Blue [Folgers Coffee]
1932 Buck Rogers and The Space Rangers
1932 Captain Diamond’s Adventures
1932 Captain Jack
1932 Chandu, the Magician
1932 Strange Adventures in a Strange Land
1932 Tarzan
1932 The Adventures of The Safety Soldiers
1932 The Orange Lantern
1932 Thurston, the Magician
1933 The Adventures of Jack Armstrong, All-American Boy
1933
Dick Daring’s Adventures
1933 The Stamp Adventurer’s Club [Louden Packing]
1933
The Adventures of Admiral Byrd
1933 The Adventures of Alley Oop
1933
The Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen
1933 Trobriand The Adventurer
1934 Captain Tim’s Adventures
1934 Dick Steele, Boy Reporter
1934 The Robin Hood Club [Internatioinal Shoe]
1934 Og, Son of Fire
1934 Robinson Crusoe Jr.
1934 The Adventures of Babe Ruth
1934
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
1935 The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon
1935 Jungle Jim
1935 Omar, the Mystic
1935 Red Trails [American Tobacco]
1935 The Adventures of Sonny and Buddy
1935 The Adventures of Terry and Ted
1935 The Desert Kid
1935 Magic Island
1935 Tony and Gus
1936 Junior Nurse Corps
1936 The Cruise of the Poll Parrot
1936 Renfrew of the Mounted [Wonder Bread]
1936 The Adventures of Dari–Dan [Dari-Rich]
1936 The Adventures of Jack Masters
1936 The True Adventures of Junior G-Men
1936
Time Flies [Frank Hawkes]
1937 Bicycle Party
1937 Don Winslow of The Navy
1937
Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police
1937
Terry and the Pirates
1937
The Adventures of Ace Williams
1937
The Phantom Pilot [Howard Duff]
1937 Vagabond Adventures
1937 Your Adventurers
1937 The Cinnamon Bear
1938 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon [Challenge of The Yukon]
1938
The Adventures of Superman
1938 The Story of Jonathan Thomas and His Christmas On The Moon
1939
Captain Midnight
1939 The Adventures of Pinnochio
1939 The Order of Adventurers
1939
The Sky Blazers [Wonder Bread]
1940 Mandrake The Magician
1941 Lew Loyal and Betsy True
1941 The Adventures of Frank Farrell
1941 Tailspin Tommy
1942 The Adventures of The Sea Hound
1943
Ann of the Airlanes
1950 The Adventures of Danny Marsdon [Canadian]
1951 Lady In Blue

This list is by no means all-inclusive and we've undoubtedly left out any number of popular favorites from the era. We included a few of the later juvenile adventures for the purpose of clarifying a few that have long been reported to have appeared in the 1930s but actually appeared much later, such as the Canadian production The Adventures of Danny Marsdon (1950), Ann of the Airlanes (1943), The Adventures of The Sea Hound (1942) and Lady in Blue (1951).

What we hoped to portray was the rich tapestry of 1930s and 1940s juvenile adventure serials sufficient to sate the appetites of children from the age of pre-adolescents to those in their 90s. Those we highlighted in the above list are most representative of juvenile air adventures.

CBS Pacific Net affiliate KNX premieres Magic Island in 1935

Independently produced, transcribed and syndicated by Radio Producers Sales Company in 1935, Los Angeles CBS Pacific Network affiliate KNX Radio was the first station to broadcast Magic Island. Radio Producers Sales Company of Hollywood had produced, transcribed and syndicated at least the following productions by 1936:

  • 1931 Songs of The West
  • 1932 Bits of Life
  • 1935 Marion and Reggie
  • 1935 Netty Needle Nurt
  • 1935 Magic Island
  • 1936 Album of Justice
  • 1936 Album of Life

Radio Producers Sales Company was one of the early independent transcription houses later incorporated into Bruce Eells' Broadcasters Program Syndicate.

From the October 19th, 1940 edition of the Panama City News-Herald: 

Nehi And Cold Cash Coal Company
Sponsor Magic Island
MAD SCIENTIST
COLONY GIVES
RADIO THRILLS

Tom Bingham Presents
Tri-Weekly Program
Over WDLP
______________________
 
     Tom Bingham, owner-manager of the Nehi Bottling Co. in Panama City, and its "Cold Cash Coal Company" division, has launched a new program series in the three-times-per-week presentation of the "Magic Island" serial, which is recognized as one of the most entertaining serial stories now appearing over WDLP.
     Magic Island is the exciting story of mystery, adventure and romance in the South Seas, and portrays the adventures of Mrs. Gregory, Captain Tex Bradford and Jerry, in their search for Mrs. Gregory's daughter, Joan.  They find her on a mysterious island in the South Pacific.  The island is dominated by mad scientists who hope to conquer the world through their uncanny knowledge of science and its appliance to mechanics.  The exciting trials and tribulations of the characters in their attempt to escape the Magic Island are thrillingly told in this unusual serial story.
     Tom Bingham says:  "I hope that everyone will tune in on this program each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. and I hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoy the opportunity of bringing it to them."
     Magic Island is a Monday, Wednesday and Friday feature at 7 p.m.

From the December 15th, 1940 edition of the Panama City News-Herald:

Magic Isle
Affords New
Mysteries

Serial Program
Provides Rare
Entertainment

     Ever since the birth of radio, the dramatic serial type of story has appealed to countless thousands of listeners all over the country.
     Stories of romance, adventure, international intrigue, desperadoes and heroes — all have provided many enjoyable hours of entertainment to captivate both young and old in Radioland.
     A story which combines all these features and more is the one now currently heard over WDLP each Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7 p. m.,  known, as "Magic Island."
     Each quarter-hour episode presents some new and adventurous interlude in the lives of the young hero and heroine, Joan and Jerry, who with Captain Bradford, Joan's mother and other characters, spend many exciting hours on the weird, scientific Magic Island, peopled by strange beings far in advance of our present day civilization and headed by a mad but brilliant scientist, known as G-47.
     In the latest episode Joan and Jerry are aboard a captured "Euclidian" submarine headed for the port of Los Angeles in an attempt to escape the clutches of "G-47" To learn if they succeed in this venture, just tune your dials to 1200 kcs. any Monday, Wednesday or Friday evening at 7 p. m."


Initially targeted to a juvenile audience, Magic Island was compelling enough to capture the imagination of entire families of the era. The back story of Magic Island was framed as a tragic, fourteen-year missing person case. A wealthy Los Angles widow, Mrs. Patricia Gregory had been shipwrecked with her family fourteen years previously, while sailing in the South Pacific. Mrs. Gregory had been the only apparent survivor. While her own survival and rescue remained somewhat murky, she clung to the belief that perhaps her baby daughter Joan may have survived the shipwreck as well.

A Field Guide to Magic Island [Warning: May Contain Spoilers]

Here follows our own 'Field Guide to Magic Island':

  • Mrs. Gregory. One of America's wealthiest women, Patricia Gregory's conviction that her baby daughter may still be alive drove her to devote her entire fortune to a fourteen year search for her daughter Joan. Mrs. Gregory had widely posted a large reward for any information about a "white child" that may have been found anywhere in the South Pacific during the ensuing fourteen years.
  • Captain Charles 'Tex' Bradford. Patricia Gregory had retained multi-talented ex-Army Air Force Captain 'Tex' Bradford to manage her estate, pilot her planes, and master her yacht. Captain Bradford appears to have become attracted to Patricia Gregory during those fourteen years--and vice versa.
  • Gerald 'Jerry' Hall. 16-year old Jerry Hall, a short-wave enthusiast from Hollywood, had heard about Mrs. Gregory's 14-year search and had picked up an odd short-wave transmission apparently emanating from somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean. The transmission, in broken English, referred to an old sailor sick in a hospital "somewhere near Honolulu." The old seaman had apparently been raving about his escape from a mysterious island in the South Seas. But more importantly, the old sailor's delirious ravings referred to a "beautiful little white girl" that was living on the mysterious island with some "strange people." Jerry's favorite utterance whenever he was animated about something was "Golly Whiskers!." Jerry's reference to anything truly remarkable was "it's darb!." Jerry's Dad was apparently an equally enthusiastic Radio expert with an extensive background in early Radio prior to his retirement.
  • Joan Gregory. Patricia Gregory's baby Joan had been born with a tiny star-shaped mark on the back of her neck. Mrs. Gregory and Tex had understandably withheld that critical means of identification from all the accounts of Mrs. Gregory's search. Joan's 'Euclidian' name was 'Cleostra', "the living symbol of the perfect calendar" derived from the Greek Astrologer Cleostratus. Mrs. Gregory's 800 horsepower seagoing yacht, 'The Joan Gregory' was named after Joan. The Gregory's yacht that was destroyed in the shipwreck was named 'The Patricia Gregory.'
  • The Old Sailor. The 'delerious old sailor,' formerly a seasoned navigator and first officer, initially referred to in the transmission picked up by both Jerry and Capt. Bradford. The old sailor appeared to have continued to transmit clues at approximately 1.5 meters to Mrs. Bradford's land station, call sign 'J12C,' further relayed to J24Y on Mrs. Gregory's yacht, 'The Joan Gregory' by 'Johnson,' another of Mrs. Gregory's retainers back at her Los Angeles estate.
  • Captain John Craig. The skipper of Mrs. Gregory's yacht, 'The Joan Gregory.' Skipper Craig is a man of few words--very few words.
  • Clyde Johnson. Another of Mrs. Gregory's highly skilled retainers. Johnson was Captain Bradford's First Sergeant during World War I and had also worked for Patricia Gregory for fourteen years. Johnson acted as Mrs. Gregory's caretaker and communications expert. Johnson also piloted Mrs. Gregory's diesel-powered, 100-foot 'hyroplane' cruiser.
  • Angus 'Mac' MacLeod. The First Mate of Mrs. Gregory's rescue boat.
  • 'Bo'sun' and 'Bo'sun's Mate.' The Joan Gregory's two homing pigeons. Kept in a pigeon cote aboard The Joan Gregory, they could fly up to 40 miles per hour and had a homing range of up to 1,000 miles.
  • Engineer Hansen. The engineer aboard 'The Joan Gregory' for the previous three years.
  • 'G-47'. The reputed 'mad' scientist on an artificial island of scientists named 'Euclidia.' G-47's real name was Professor Hubbard, the world's greatest and most respected scientist. Patricia Gregory had herself underwritten some of Professor Hubbard's earliest work.
  • Commander S-1. The Senior Commander among the eight all-female Euclidian Submarine Commanders. Commander S-1 piloted Euclidian Submarine ES-1, the Euclidians' lead submarine of their fleet--at the age of 22. Commander S-1 was eventually banished from Euclidian Society and consigned to live with the Gregory Party. Her real name was Elaine Raleigh.
  • Thales. The Chief Electrician of Euclidia. He took his name from Thales of Miletus, the first known Greek philospher and mathematician. Thales, though an islander, had never learned to swim.
  • Old Octavo. Euclidia's somewhat deaf Sound Engineer. Octavo's ten-year project was a study of the destructive vibrational qualities of specific ring tones. Octavo referred to a specifically destructive tone as a 'keystone note.'
  • Jin Lo. Patricia Gregory's seagoing cook of nine years.
  • 'Pete' Petersen. A Swede. One of The Gregorys' seagoing engineers.
  • Cheops, the Master Builder of Euclidia. Euclidia's chief building, rocket, plane, and submarine architect. He took his name from Cheops--or Khufu--the master builder of Egypt's pyramids. Cheops, though a Master Builder was apparently not a master swimmer.

The approximate location of Euclidia (click map for larger image)
The approximate location of Euclidia (click map for larger image)

  • Euclidia. A man-made 'Magic Island' in the middle of the South Pacific, initially located at 29:00S, 124:30W. Here are some of its technologically advanced details:
    • Euclidia's 'magic island' was constructed of an artificial stone-like material over a natural coral bed.
    • The entire island was capable of submerging 8 fathoms below the surface to allow large ships to pass overhead, leaving Euclidia's Magic Island undetected. Magic Island could remain submerged for as long as a month.
    • Euclidia was home to a colony of scientists led by the 'mad' scientist 'G47,' who was bent on World domination.
    • Euclidia was also home to several expatriates from around the world who'd been promised special favors, territories and positions once the Euclidians subjugated the rest of the world.
    • The entire population of Euclidia was an estimated 250 Euclidians and 'others.'
    • Euclidia's Magic Island consisted of ten 'levels' below the surface of the island.
    • The island was an oval, approximately 800 feet by 600 feet.
    • Twelve 200-foot piers extended out from the island.
    • During 'safe periods' (e.g. when there was no projected sea lane traffic) the artificial 'fog ring' was lowered and some artificially accelerated palm seeds were planted in depressions across the surface of the island. The seeds grew into full-height palm trees in under five minutes providing shade from the blazing sun during the safe periods. Those same palm trees could be reduced to ash in a matter of seconds in the event of an unanticipated passing ship or plane passing by. The magnetically charged artificial fog ring was immediately raised and Euclidia was again shielded from view.
    • The entire man-made 'island' could move along the sea floor on a series of massive 'caterpillar tracks.'
    • Euclidia's real secrets lay on the ocean floor below its artificial island. Four hundred feet below the 'magic island' was a 'modern City of Atlantis.' The real Euclidia, it's huge complex on the ocean floor, housed a vast array of undersea facilities capable of generating organic power, fuel, natural food, air, sunlight, lifestock, and temperature. Below the ocean floor complex lay thirteen enormous chambers, twelve of which were one mile in diameter and 800 feet tall; and one of which was two miles in diameter and one mile tall. Each enormous cavern or chamber served a special purpose: such as horticulture, animal husbandry, flight testing, etcetera.
  • Euclidian Technology. The Euclidians possessed extraordinarily advanced tehnology. Some examples follow:
    • Detection Beams. Euclidia's wide-spectrum detection beams had a range of approximately 200 miles.
    • Universal Prism Reflector. Even more powerful, the Euclidians' highly directional universal prism reflector could detect and track objects as far away as 8,000 miles--but only in daylight.
    • Euclidian Kelp Cloth. The island housed a special textile mill which produced a Euclidian kelp cloth, synthesized from seaweed and treated with a secret liquid formula. The resulting cloth was impervious to radar waves, magnetic waves, sound waves, radio waves, and light waves.
    • Magnetic Fog Ring. Euclidia's magnetic fog ring was powerful enough to pull in ships as large as 200 feet in length and from as far away as 200 yards to Euclidia's piers. Euclidia's artificial magnetized ring of 'fog' served to disguise the island from sea lane and air lane traffic.
    • Magnetic Sound-Deadening Paint. Throughout the island the Euclidians employ a remarkably effective sound-deadening paint. Its magnetic properties also served to provide a barrier to other types of waves.
    • Magnetic Elevators. Euclidia's elevators employed arrays of electromagnets and permanent magnets for both propulsion and braking. They could be individually controlled at the unit level from Euclidia's two Master Control Chambers (one on Magic Island and one on Euclidia itself on the ocean floor).
    • Neptu-Scope. The island employed a Neptu-Scope allowing it to see under--and through--the water at a great distance.
    • Strata-Plane. The Euclidians could also deploy high-altitude, 1,000 m.p.h. Strata-planes to intercept or bring down threats. Their Strata-Planes were also capable of acting as submarines. Strata-Planes had a theoretical range of 10,000 miles.
    • Transparent Steel. Many of Euclidia's structures and all of Euclidia's water craft and air craft were constructed of steel with transparent properties that could be invoked by electrically or magnetically charging the panels.
    • Food Pellets. The Euclidians had developed food pellets which provided all the flavor and dietary nutrition of a full meal.
    • Euclidian Submarine Fleet. Euclidia's eight 100-ft. submarines were docked in undersea locks between Magic Island's twelve piers at about 8 fathoms (50 feet) below sea level. The submarine locks were accessed from the 5th level of Euclidia's Magic Island underground complex. Euclidian submarines 'docked' by screwing themselves into Euclidia's locks. Euclidia's submarines could reach a speed of 40 knots below the surface. Silently gas turbine-propelled, Euclidia's submarines had a range of approximately 8,000 miles. Euclidia's submarines were clad in a special transparent steel. Each of Euclidia's submarines were commanded by a female commander only and a single crewmember.
  • Euclidians. The Euclidians were an early 20th Century dystopian technocracy comprised of a colony of scientists and selected specialists--and prisoners rescued from ships or planes that Euclidia had scuttled or wrecked. Or, in the case of The Gregory Party, individuals that G-47 had been deliberately lured--or recruited--to Euclidia by one clever ruse or another. The rescuees were retained or discarded by the Euclidians based on their previous training, talents or skills, but served as slaves while on Euclidia. The Euclidians were ruled by the 'mad' scientist G-47 who aimed to utilize Euclidian technology to take over the rest of the world. There were approximately 200 Euclidians on the island and 50 'others.' All Euclidians were assigned either a name derived from the various early students or followers of the Greek mathematician and astronomer Euclid--or simply an alphanumeric designator based on their hierarchy in Euclidian society. All Euclidians had daily assigned duties and tasks, as well as auxilliary duties. The stranded prisoners agreed to their positions in Euclidian society secured by promises of high positions in the States, Provinces, countries and territories of the world once G-47 achieved his plans for world domination. Euclidians measured time in seconds rather than minutes and hours in recognition of their value for every second of time.

A Remarkably Prescient Production

Short-wave Radio played a critical role in the plot development of the adventures of Magic Island. Radio transmissions, their propagation, the respective power of both portable and land stations, and short-wave triangulation proved critical to initially navigating to the 'Magic Island,' a mere dot in the middle of the vast central portions of the Pacific Ocean. But going even further, much of the scientific knowledge regarding the various invisible sound and light spectra then known came into play over and over again throughout Magic Island. Magic Island may well have been targeted to a juvenile audience but it becomes more obvious as the Magic Island adventures progress that the science described throughout Magic Island is not only compelling but quite sophisticated and accurate for the genre and era.

In fact Producer/Director/Writer Perry Crandall's scripts were chock full of educational scientific information for Magic Island's audiences. In the course of the 130 episodes of Magic Island listeners learn about:

Keep in mind that the series was in all likelihood written in late 1934 or early 1935. Needless to say, this was comparatively sophisticated information for a juvenile adventure serial of the era. Crandall also wisely employed young Joan Gregory (Rosa Barceló ?) to impart most of this information to Magic Island's Radio audience, the better to explain most of it in terms readily understandable to both adolescents and their predominately lay-parents alike.

Rosa Barceló (?) as Joan Gregory (Cleostra) was marvleous throughout the series. Her deliberately exaggerated elocution in portraying one of the earliest residents of Euclidia was both wonderfully authentic and brilliantly performed. Her elaborately precise and grammatically correct delivery--as scripted--correctly depicted a dispassionate, robotic method of communication increasingly informed by her renewed exposure to her mother, the crew of The Joan Gregory, and Jerry Hall. Having heard all 130 episodes repeatedly, we can remember no instance of Barceló (?) ever employing a contraction--except when repeating something 'Jerry' had said to her.

Series Derivatives:

Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Serial Juvenile Adventure Drama
Network(s): CBS [KNX]; KEHE; CBS [KSL]; several other local affiliates and networks while in syndication.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 35-08-12 01 Jerry Hall's Mysterious Short-Wave Clue
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 35-08-12 to 1941; KNX, WMFJ-RRI; One Hundred thirty, 15-minute programs; Various days at the dinner-hour
Syndication: Radio Producers Sales Company
Sponsors: Fedder's Jewelers; Seven-Up; Nehi Bottling Co.; Weston's Biscuits;
Director(s): Perry C. Crandall [Producer/Director]
Principal Actors: Rosa Barcelo, Tommy Carr, Sally Creighton, Will H. Reynolds, William Johnstone, Perry Crandall
Recurring Character(s): Joan Gregory (Cleostra) [Rosa Barceló (?)]; Gerald 'Jerry' Hall [Tommy Carr]; Captain Charles 'Tex' Bradford [Will H. Reynolds]; Mrs. Patricia Gregory [Sally Creighton]; "G-47" [Perry Crandall];
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Perry Crandall
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Perry Crandall, John B. Stinson (Commercial Announcer),
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
130
Episodes in Circulation: 130
Total Episodes in Collection: 130
Provenances:

Broadcasting Magazine, Martin Grams' "Radio Drama".

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings. The mot predictably inaccurate reference was Martin Grams' "Radio Drama."

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Newspaper listings note:

Owing to a then only recently settled $500,000 libel suit between the Los Angeles Times and KNX Radio of Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times had suspended any listings of KNX Radio programming in the Times between April 1934 and July 1935. It is therefore possible that The Magic Island aired earlier than August 1935 over KNX Radio.

OTRisms:

Where does one start?

  • The long-circulating episode titles for Magic Island are predominately inaccurate.
  • The currently circulating exemplars are edited, clipped, manufactured, and contrived down to about 12 minutes in length. All of the original transcriptions were approximately 15 minutes in length.
  • The date ranges long-circulated by the most 'credentialed' of the 'credentialed OTR experts' for Magic Island are a complete fabrication.
  • The circulating names associated with Magic Island are wrong, the circulating premise is wrong, and the means by which it ultimately aired are wrong.

Needless to say, there's little circulating information about Magic Island that's accurate. It was never called The Magic Island. It's just Magic Island. It took us all of about 30 minutes of actual research and listening to come to these revelations.

Why does all of this OTR nonsense seem to pervade almost every popular canon from the Golden Age of Radio? We're obliged to recommend that you consult one of the hundreds--if not thousands--of 'highly credentialed OTR experts' for that answer. We doubt seriously that anyone in the OTR Community would care to read our answer.


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Magic Island Program Log [KNX Run]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
35-08-05
--
--
35-08-05 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Lawrence King, 7.
35-08-06
--
--
35-08-06 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Souvenirs of Song, 7.
35-08-07
--
--
35-08-07 Los Angeles Times
no KNX listing
35-08-08
--
--
35-08-08 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Charlotte Woodruff & Drury Lane, 7:
35-08-09
--
--
35-08-09 Los Angeles Times
KNX--World Revue, 7.





35-08-12
1
Jerry Hall's Mysterious Short-Wave Clue
Y
[West Coast premiere over KNX]

35-08-12 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, drama, 7.
35-08-13
2
Calling J12C Los Angeles . . .
Y
35-08-13 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, drama, 7.
35-08-14
3
An Immovable Wall of Fog
Y
35-08-14 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, drama, 7.
35-08-15
--
--
35-08-15 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Charlotte Woodruff & Drury Lane, 7:
35-08-16
4
The Telescopic Fog Ray Machine Fails
Y
35-08-16 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, drama, 7.
35-08-19
5
Tex Bradford's Strata-Scope
Y
35-08-19 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, drama, 7.
35-08-20
--
--
35-08-20 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Musical, 7.
35-08-21
6
The Strata-Scope Spots A Girl in the Fog
Y
35-08-21 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-08-23
7
The Gregory Yacht Is Pulled to Magic Island
Y
35-08-23 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-08-26
8
Meeting G-47 and Cleostra on Euclidia
Y
35-08-26 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-08-28
9
Jerry and Joan Try to Send Their Location
Y
35-08-28 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-08-30
10
Jerry Sends A False Message Under Duress
Y
35-08-30 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-09-02
11
Tex and Jerry Hatch An Escape Plan
Y
35-09-02 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-09-04
12
Jerry Sends Their Position to Johnson
Y
35-09-06
13
Secrets in the Old Sailor's Diary
Y
35-09-06 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-09-07
--
--
35-09-07 Los Angeles Times
KEHE--Magic Island, 6:45
35-09-09
14
An Island of Wonders
Y
35-09-09 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-09-11
15
G-47 Blocks Another Message Attempt
Y
35-09-11 Los Angeles Times
KNX--"Magic Island" Drama, 7.
35-09-13
--
--
35-09-13 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Luca's Concert, 7.
35-09-16
16
Tex's Universal Solvent Formula
Y
35-09-16 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-09-18
--
--
35-09-18 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Lloyd Staples, 7.
35-09-20
--
--
35-09-20 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Lura's Concert, 7.
35-09-23
17
'Bo'sun' and His Mate
Y
[Ending cut]

35-09-23 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-09-25
18
Jerry Releases Bo'sun
Y
[The Gregory Party's 3rd day on Euclidia; Johnson at lat. 17S]

35-09-25 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.
35-09-27
19
Did Bo'sun Escape Euclidia Safely?
Y
35-09-27 Los Angeles Times
KNX--Magic Island, 7.





Magic Island Program Log [KSL, Salt Lake City Run]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
36-08-30 36-09-13 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--4:30--Distinctive Furniture Dramas
36-09-06 36-09-06 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--4:30--Distinctive Furniture Dramas





36-09-13
1
Jerry Hall's Mysterious Short-Wave Clue
Y
[CBS-KSL Premiere]

36-09-13 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--4:30--The Magic Island
36-09-20
2
Calling J12C Los Angeles . . .
Y
36-09-20 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--4:30--The Magic Island
36-09-27
3
An Impenetrable Wall of Fog
Y
[Moves to 5:30 p.m.]

36-09-27 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:30--The Magic Island
36-10-04
4
The Telescopic Fog Ray Machine Fails
Y
36-10-04 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:30--The Magic Island
36-10-11
5
Tex Bradford's Strata-Scope
Y
36-10-11 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:30--The Magic Island
36-10-18
6
The Strata-Scope Spots A Girl in the Fog
Y
36-10-18 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:30--The Magic Island
36-10-25
7
The Gregory Yacht Is Pulled to Magic Island
Y
36-10-25 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:30--The Magic Island
36-11-01
8
Meeting G-47 and Cleostra on Euclidia
Y
36-11-01 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:30--The Magic Island
36-11-08
9
Jerry and Joan Try to Send Their Location
Y
36-11-08 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:30--The Magic Island
36-11-15
10
Jerry Sends A False Message Under Duress
Y
36-11-15 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
36-11-22
11
Tex and Jerry Hatch An Escape Plan
Y
36-11-22 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
36-11-29
12
Jerry Sends Their Position to Johnson
Y
36-11-29 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
36-12-06
13
Secrets in the Old Sailor's Diary
Y
36-12-06 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
36-12-13
14
An Island of Wonders
Y
36-12-13 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
36-12-20
15
G-47 Blocks Another Message Attempt
Y
36-12-20 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
36-12-27
16
Tex's Universal Solvent Formula
Y
36-12-27 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-01-03
17
'Bo'sun' and His Mate
Y
37-01-03 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-01-10
18
Jerry Releases Bo'sun
Y
[The Gregory Party's 3rd day on Euclidia; Johnson at lat. 17S]

37-01-10 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-01-17
19
Did Bo'sun Escape Euclidia Safely?
Y
37-01-17 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-01-24
20
G-47 Has Tex's Secret Formula
Y
37-01-24 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-01-31
21
G-47's Scientists Have the Wrong Formula
Y
37-01-31 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-02-07
22
Trapped in A Subterranean Elevator Car
Y
37-02-07 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-02-14
23
Where Are Tex and Pat?
Y
37-02-14 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-02-21
24
Tex Tries to Release Another Pigeon
Y
[Johnson at lat. 24S]

37-02-21 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-02-28
25
Euclidia Prepares to Submerge
Y
37-02-28 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-03-07
26
Tex Returns to The Joan Gregory
Y
37-03-07 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-03-14
27
Euclidia Submerges to Avoid A Battle Fleet
Y
37-03-14 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-03-21
28
Johnson Acknowledges Tex's Message
Y
37-03-21 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-03-28
29
Jerry and Joan Board A Euclidian Sub
Y
37-03-28 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-04-04
30
Jerry Sends A Coded Message from the Sub
Y
[Johnson at lat. 25S, 124W]

37-04-04 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-04-11
31
Commander S-1 Silences Jerry and Joan
Y
37-04-11 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-04-18
32
The Submarine Closes in on Johnson
Y
[Johnson at lat. 27:30S, 124W]

37-04-18 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--5:15--The Magic Island
37-04-25
33
SE-1 Prepares to Board Johnson's Boat
Y
[Moves to 4:15]

37-04-25 Salt Lake Tribune
KSL--4:15--The Magic Island
37-05-02
34
Johnson Speeds Away Instead of Laying To
Y
37-05-02 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-05-09
35
S-1 and Tex Direct Johnson to Euclidia
Y
37-05-09 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-05-16
36
The ES-1 Takes Johnson's Boat In Tow
Y
37-05-16 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-05-23
37
Euclidia Returns to the Surface
Y
37-05-23 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-05-30
38
Johnson's Boat Nears Its Slip on Euclidia
Y
37-05-30 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-06-06
39
First Mate MacLeod Poses as Johnson
Y
37-06-06 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-06-13
40
Could Commander S-1 Be an Ally?
Y
37-06-13 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-06-20
41
Jerry and Joan Tell Cmdr S-1 Their Plan
Y
37-06-20 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-06-27
42
Cmdr S-1 Takes Jerry and Joan to G-47
Y
37-06-27 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-07-04
43
Jerry and Joan Escape Gas to Pier 5
Y
37-07-04 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-07-11
44
MacLeod Transfers Oil While Jerry Saws
Y
37-07-22 Provo Daily Herald
4:15--KSL--Magic Island
37-07-18
45
Jerry and Joan Hatch Their Own Plot
Y
[Moves to 4:40 p.m.]

37-07-18 Provo Daily Herald
4:40--KSL--Magic Island
37-07-25
46
Jerry and Joan Disclose Their Ray Guns
Y
37-07-25 Provo Daily Herald
4:40--KSL--Magic Island
37-08-01
47
Jerry and Joan Execute Their Plan
Y
37-08-01 Provo Daily Herald
4:40--KSL--Magic Island
37-08-08
48
A Race Down the Elevator Shaft
Y
37-08-08 Provo Daily Herald
4:40--KSL--Magic Island
37-08-15
49
Jerry and Joan Gain the Power Control Room
Y
37-08-15 Provo Daily Herald
4:40--KSL--Magic Island
37-08-22
50
Those Terrible Bells
Y
37-08-22 Provo Daily Herald
4:40--KSL--Magic Island
37-08-29
51
The Joan Gregory Submerges with Euclidia
Y
37-08-29 Provo Daily Herald
4:40--KSL--Magic Island
37-09-05
52
Escape with Lighted Life Rings
Y





37-xx-xx
53
Look for the Lighted Oil Drums
Y
37-xx-xx
54
Out of Fuel as First Drum is Sighted
Y
37-xx-xx
55
Recaptured by Commander S-1 and SE-1
Y
37-xx-xx
56
Commander S-1 Takes the Ship In Tow
Y
37-xx-xx
57
Captured Guard Knocked Out . . . Twice
Y
37-xx-xx
58
Imprisoned In Echo-Cells on Magic Island
Y
37-xx-xx
59
The Old Sailor's Diary Is Found
Y
37-xx-xx
60
The Echo-Cells Begin to Fill with Water
Y
37-xx-xx
61
The Euclidians Abandon Magic Island
Y
37-xx-xx
62
Commander S-1 Gives Them 3 Safe Days
Y
37-xx-xx
63
Deaf Old Octavo Rings Jerry's Keystone Note
Y
37-xx-xx
64
Locked in a Maze of 9th Level Rooms
Y
37-xx-xx
65
The Gregory Party Takes Euclidian Sub
Y
38-xx-xx
66
Joan Races Away Piloting ES-1
Y
38-xx-xx
67
Euclidia Sends Out A Warning Signal
Y
38-xx-xx
68
The Euclidians Triangulate ES-1
Y
38-xx-xx
69
The ES-1 Dives to Escape an Air Attack
Y
38-xx-xx
70
Joan Dives the ES-1 to 3000 feet
Y
38-xx-xx
71
A Threatening Message from Thales
Y
38-xx-xx
72
Euclidia Transmits Jerry's Keystone Note
Y
38-xx-xx
73
Joan Deploys the Sub's Stern Section
Y
38-xx-xx
74
A Turbulent Race to Los Angeles
Y
38-xx-xx
75
In the Magnetic Beam of Another Sub
Y
38-xx-xx
76
Tex Sends A Coded Message to Johnson
Y
38-xx-xx
77
Keynotes Transmitted to the Sub
Y
38-xx-xx
78
Exiting ES-1 to Sailboat via Escape Cells
Y
38-xx-xx
79
Disabled by Magnetic Spray and Hit by Oil Tanker
Y
38-xx-xx
80
Safely Home At Last
Y
38-xx-xx
81
Planning to Return to Euclidia
Y
38-xx-xx
82
Approached by Thales on Hollywood and Vine
Y
38-xx-xx
83
An Intrusion Alarm at The Gregory Home
Y
38-xx-xx
84
Smoke Alarms at the Gregory Home
Y
38-xx-xx
85
Tex Resolves to Return to Euclidia
Y
38-xx-xx
86
A Recording of Commander S-1 and Thales
Y
38-xx-xx
87
Under Sail . . . with Thales Aboard
Y
38-xx-xx
88
The Search for Thales
Y
38-xx-xx
89
A Chubasco Threatens Off Baja
Y
38-xx-xx
90
Thales Speaks to Jerry
Y
38-xx-xx
91
The Gregory Boat Docks At Euclidia
Y
38-xx-xx
92
Descending Below Euclidia to A Modern Atlantis
Y
38-xx-xx
93
Gregory Party Disappears One by One
Y
38-xx-xx
94
Interrogated by G-47 and Thales
Y
38-xx-xx
95
Fine Quarters and Food 200 Feet Undersea
Y
38-xx-xx
96
A Euclidian Colony On the Ocean Floor
Y
38-xx-xx
97
Euclidia's Thirteen Huge Chambers
Y
38-xx-xx
98
G-47 Takes Jerry Away with Him
Y
38-xx-xx
99
The Lab of Cheops the Master Builder
Y
38-xx-xx
100
An Artificial Eruption
Y
38-xx-xx
101
Rescue Fleets Sail Away
Y
38-xx-xx
102
Gregory Party Plans Their Escape
Y
38-xx-xx
103
Commander S-1 Shares Great News
Y
38-xx-xx
104
Cmdr S-1 Shows Location of the Pigeons
Y





38-xx-xx
105
Tex and Jerry Vanish in Soundproof Closet
Y
[Crosstalk]

38-xx-xx
106
Radio Report On Magic Island Eruption
Y
[Crosstalk]

38-xx-xx
107
Cheops Shows Strata-Plane to Tex and Jerry
Y
38-xx-xx
108
Testing Strata-Plane X-1 with Cheops and Thales
Y
38-xx-xx
109
Strata-Plane X-1 Instruments Paralyzed
Y
38-xx-xx
110
Cmdr S-1 and Joan Race to Strata-Plane
Y
38-xx-xx
111
Joan and S-1 Reach the Strata-Plane
Y
38-xx-xx
112
Cmdr S-1 is Banished As Elaine Raleigh
Y
38-xx-xx
113
Jerry and Tex Find an Elevating Air Lock
Y
38-xx-xx
114
The Gregory Party Makes Escape Plans
Y
38-xx-xx
115
Octavo Tests Keystone Notes in Flight Chamber
Y
38-xx-xx
116
Patricia Gregory Takes Charge of the Party
Y
38-xx-xx
117
Elaine Steals A Strata-Plane
Y
38-xx-xx
118
Descent to Lake Hollywood Under Cover of Fog
Y
[Corrected Speed problems]
38-xx-xx
119
Elaine Shares Her Plan to Return to Euclidia
Y
38-xx-xx
120
Strata-Plane Departure Is Seen by A Reporter
Y
38-xx-xx
121
The Rest of the Gregory Party Races to Euclidia
Y
38-xx-xx
122
Descent to A Raft Near Euclidia
Y
38-xx-xx
123
The Gregorys' Passenger Ship Begins to Slow
Y
[Corrected Speed problems]
38-xx-xx
124
Euclidia's Magic Island Rises to Surface
Y
38-xx-xx
125
Gregory Ship Twelve Hours from Euclidia
Y
38-xx-xx
126
An S.O.S. Sighted by the Gregory Ship
Y
38-xx-xx
127
Thales Surrenders the Euclidians
Y
38-xx-xx
128
G-47 Remains Unaccounted For
Y
38-xx-xx
129
G-47 Appears At the Gregory Home
Y
38-xx-xx
130
Safe At Home and College Bound
Y






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