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The Romance of The Ranchos was sponsored by Title Insurance and Trust, Inc., of Los Angeles.
Romance of The Ranchos was sponsored by Title Insurance and Trust, Inc., of Los Angeles. The Title company also offered a free 18" by 20" map of the 52 Ranchos covered in the production at the series' end.


The view of the former Rancho San Rafael expanse, just beyond the Hyperion Avenue bridge, as it looks today from approximately the view from directly behind Dodger Stadium, looking north circa 2001
The view of the former Rancho San Rafael expanse, just beyond the Hyperion Avenue bridge, as it looks today from approximately the view from directly behind Dodger Stadium, looking north.


Spot ad for Romance of the Ranchos over KNX Radio from November 30th 1941
Spot ad for Romance of the Ranchos over KNX Radio from November 30th 1941


Page one of two-page spread on Romance of The Ranchos from the July 1945issue of Radio Life
Page one of two-page spread on Romance of The Ranchos from the July 1945issue of Radio Life

Page two of two-page spread on Romance of The Ranchos from the July 1945issue of Radio Life
Page two of two-page spread on Romance of The Ranchos from the July 1945issue of Radio Life


Billboard announcement of 1945 City College of New York Award of Merit to Romance of The Ranchos from April 27 1946
Billboard announcement of 1945 City College of New York Award of Merit to Romance of The Ranchos from April 27 1946



From the November 4, 1941 edition of the Long Beach Independent: 

History of Long Beach to Be Told on "Romance of Ranchos"

 
By ALLEN DUNDEE
 
     The history of the City of Long Beach, tracing its growth from the vast pastureland of a century ago to the great modern city of today, will be dramatized during the regular "Romance of the Ranchos" program over station KNX tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

     Frank Graham, wandering vaquero of "Romance of Ranchos," introduces this week's story in the year 1784, at which time one of the first ranchos to be granted by Governor Pedro Fages was the vast tract conceded to the old soldier, Manuel Nieto and called Los Nietos.  The rancho stretched from what is now Rio Hondo and the Los Angeles River to the Santa Ana river--and from the ocean to El Camino Real and the Montebello and Puente hills.

     In 1834, many years after the death of Nieto, the great tract was partitioned among his four children by Governor Figueroa.  The land which was to become Long Beach was split into two ranchos--Los Cerritos going to Dona Manuela Nieto de Cota and Los Alamitos going to Juan Jose Nieto.

     Shortly after the division, Figueroa purchased Juan Nieto's holdings for the insignificant sum of 500 pesos which he held until his death several years later.  The rancho was left to his brother, Francisco, to administer and it was from him that an enterprising American named Abel Stearns purchased it after his marriage to Arcadia Bandini, daughter of Don Juan Bandini, in May, 1841.  Although he was already an outstanding merchant and leading citizen in the pueblo of Los Angeles, Stearns felt that he should also become Alta California's greatest ranchero.  One after another, he acquired ranchos until he owned acreage spread all over Southern California.

     Satisfied that he was the greatest ranchero of the land, he turned his attentions back to Los Angeles where he started a building called the Arcadia building named after his wife.  However, this adventure was ill-timed, for California was now a part of the United States and taxes and costs had risen.  He mortgaged his land to complete the structure and slowly he headed for financial ruin.  Stolen cattle and drought added further hardships and finally, Rancho Los Alamitos was sold to meet the mounting debt.

     Between 1866 and 1881, the two great ranchos Los Cerritos and Los Alamitos passed piecemeal into the possession of the Bixby family, a family still closely associated with Long Beach.

For any native Californian--certainly any resident of Southern California--this remarkable series of thirty-five highly entertaining and informative historic vignettes of 18th and 19th century life in Southern California remain as fascinating today as they had to have been in 1941. The Romance of The Ranchos, funded and sponsored by The Title Insurance and Trust, Inc., of Los Angeles, provided a never before heard historical account of the people, events, and circumstances that shaped the history and almost exponential development of the southern half of California, from the 1700s through the 1940s.

KYA, San Francisco had attempted a fascinating, though short-lived, series entitled Franciscan Missions in 1939, which explored the various historical missions of California. More an appeal to rehabilitate many of the older missions that had fallen into decline, the series focused on the founding of each mission and its history, as well as their current physical state. Although an intriguing series of vignettes about the missions proper, the series wasn't as all-encompassing as the concept for The Romance of The Ranchos.

More comprehensive in scope, The Romance of The Ranchos proposed to offer a great deal more in background, history, and the socioeconomic and technological growth of Southern California. Native-born residents of Southern California invariably learned a great deal about their region and its rich, multicultural history from grade school forward. But even the most avid fans of the Southern California lifestyle learned--and can continue to learn--whole new volumes of fascinating information from this relatively short, but captivating, series.

The format for the series was truly inspired. Employing fifty-two of the regions' most historic old Ranchos, the series showcases one or two of them in each of its thirty-five installments, beginning with Rancho San Rafael, as described in the Radio article above. The article itself makes our case. The same rich detail described in the article about the Rancho San Rafael premiere of the series continues on throughout the entire run.

The radioplays set the stage for each new vignette with a teaser from the presentation to come, described the region in which each Rancho or development was based, then interweaved throughout the narrative and various vignettes, the contemporary locations of each episode. This made the historical aspects of the presentation more easily identifiable to then-current residents of Southern California, literally making history come alive for them.

The geo-politics of the region, its predominant religions of the era, its challenges--economically, ecologically, and sociologically--weave a rich tapestry of Southern California history unmatched over any medium before, during, or since this remarkable program's first airing. Young Frank Graham, a remarkable KNX voice talent from the era, narrated all thirty-five installments. Later known as 'The Man of A Thousand Voices,' Graham both narrated and performed a great many of the uncredited roles in the numerous docudramas that shaped each broadcast. Introducing himself as 'the wandering vaquero', Graham, born to a wandering performing family himself, acquitted himself well with the many--often challenging--Spanish place names and personalities of the eras covered. And indeed, the presentation covered an extraordinary amount of history during its 35 installments.

As far as Title Insurance's participation goes, this match of sponsor and subject matter was a match made in real estate heaven. As operators of one of Southern California and Arizona's most successful title insurance concerns, the commercial announcements themselves seem perfectly suited to the historical material. After all, what better sponsor for a program about some of the most valuable and expensive real estate in the entire world, than a title insurance and escrow company. But going even further, the spokesperson for Title Insurance contributed even more to each presentation with his own observations and added snippets of information, interwoven into the commercial messages.

Native Angelenos themselves, will find virtually the entire last eight installments of the series devoted almost exclusively to the history, sociology, economy and technology behind the upprecedented growth of the Los Angeles basin from the 1700s to 1941. Indeed, El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula, or ''The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion,'' became officially designated the dramatically foreshortened El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles. Admittedly not much of a foreshortening, but given the more popular references to the early town as, simply, Los Angeles, one could be forgiven the somewhat nugatory foreshortening.

''. . . of the Little Portion'' tended to unfairly diminish the prosaic beauty of the early pueblo's disarming name, in any case.

Not to mention the difficulty that might have presented The Union Pacific Railroad if they'd had to rename their famous The City of Los Angeles flyer to The City of Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula. 'The City of Los Angeles' fit very neatly across the 'nose' of the main pulling engine, while 'The City of Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula' might well have extended beyond the second engine to the first smoking compartment--on both sides--before it ended.

While we're at it, let's disabuse non-Angelenos of the most egregious pronunciation sins of our venerable little pueblo's name. Los Angeles is correctly pronounced:

'Lohss Ahng-heh-less' or 'Lohss Ahng-hey-lace,'

. . . but never--ever:

  • 'Loss Angle-iss',
  • nor 'Loss Angle-eez,'
  • nor 'Loss Ann-gell-eez'
  • nor 'Loss Ann-geh-luss'
  • nor even 'Loss Ann-gell-ess.' [the least egregious of the five]

City Fathers over the years have delighted in foreshortening El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles to simply 'Los Angeles,' and using a simple play on the English translation of the name to refer to the city, proper, as 'The City of Angels.' Given the city's somewhat sordid history during the second half of the 20th Century, 'The City of Angels' seems just a teensy bit beyond credulity. This is, after all, the home of Hollywood--'Sin City' personified, to much of Middle-America at the least.

In any case, self-respecting Angelenos don't refer to San Francisco as either 'Frisco' or 'San Fran', so let's all be mutually respectful from here on out--except, of course, during Stanford-U.S.C. games, naturally [Go, Troy!].

The book that inspired the series was an illustrated, 44-page book, The Romance of The Ranchos, by E. Palmer Conner, published in 1939, for Title Insurance and Trust Inc. of Los Angeles. The book catalogued the history of several of the romantic Ranchos upon which the series was structured. Upon completion of the series, Title Insurance and Trust, Inc. of Los Angeles also offered, free of charge, a full-color, 18" by 20" map of the 52 Ranchos addressed in the series, available by simply dropping a note to Title Insurance and Trust, Inc. of Los Angeles or to Frank Graham himself, care of KNX Radio.

Thus, this fascinating series both begins with a promotional publication and ends with a promotional publication. A brilliant promotional compaign from start to finish, to be sure, but in the process producing a brilliant series of historically accurate vignettes and chronologies of the development of Southern California and the humble little ''Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula'' by a meandering, shallow river that formed the nucleus of one of America's greatest cities and most properous regions in the United States.

The Romance of The Ranchos ran for another eight years over KNX, garnering two Third Place Local Programming Awards from Billboard magazine in the 50,000 Watt Drama category--one in 1946 and another in 1948.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Historical Dramas
Network(s): CBS [KNX]
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 41-09-07 01 Rancho San Rafael
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 41-09-07 to 42-05-10; CBS [KNX]; Thirty-five, 30-minute programs; Sundays at 7:30, then Wednesdays at 7:30, then Sundays at 8:30 p.m.
Syndication: Columbia Pacific Radio Network [KNX]; Buchanan and Company
Sponsors: Title Insurance and Trust, Inc. of Los Angeles
Director(s): Ted Bliss, Cliff Howell [Producers]
Principal Actors: Jerry Farber, Nestor Paiva, Frank Graham, Ann Whitfield, Lou Krugman, Marian Wilkins, Gail Bonney, Herb Butterfield, Pedro de Cordoba, Tom Holland, Bernice Barrett, Eileen Prince, Bob Barron, Paul McVeigh
Recurring Character(s): 'The Wandering Vaquero', Frank Graham [Narrator]
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production.
Author(s): E. Palmer Conner, The Romance of the Ranchos. Los Angeles, CA: Title insurance & Trust Co., 1939.
Writer(s) John Dunkel, Les Farber
Music Direction: Irwin Yoh, John Leipold, Gaylord Carter
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Bob Lemond
Frank Graham 'The Wandering Vaquero' [Narrator]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
35
Episodes in Circulation: 35
Total Episodes in Collection: 35
Provenances:

Billboard Review of Romance of The Ranchos from April 11 1942
Billboard Review of Romance of The Ranchos from April 11 1942

 Billboard Review of Romance of The Ranchos from November 20 1948
Billboard Review of Romance of The Ranchos from November 20 1948
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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The Romance of The Ranchos Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
41-09-07
1
Rancho San Rafael
Y
[Sundays]
[Contemporary locations: Glendale, Flintridge, Eagle Rock, Highland Park]

Announces:
Santa Fe Springs
41-09-14
2
Rancho Santa Gertrudes
Y
[Contemporary locations: Santa Fe Springs, Downey, Los Nietos]

Announces:
Pomona Country Fair underway; Rancho San Jose next
41-09-21
3
Rancho San Jose
Y
[Contemporary locations: Pomona, Claremont, San Dimas, Cucamonga]

Announces:
Pomona Country Fair underway; Rancho Aguaje de La Centinela and Rancho Sausal Redondo next; New time, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Workshop takes its spot in the Sunday night line-up.
41-10-01
4
Rancho Aguaje de La Centinela
Y
[Contemporary locations: Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, and Mahattan Beach]

Aguaje de La Centinela = 'Water Centinel'

Announces:
Rancho Rodeo de Las Aguas next

41-09-30 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-10-08
5
Rancho Rodeo de Las Aguas
Y
[Contemporary locations: Beverly Hills]

Rodeo de Las Aguas = 'Gathering of the Waters'

Announces: Rancho San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes next

41-10-07 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-10-15
6
Rancho San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes
Y
[Contemporary locations: San Pedro, Los Angeles Harbor, Palos Verdes]

Palos Verdes = 'Green Trees'

Announces:
Rancho Paso de Bartolo next

41-10-13 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-10-22
7
Rancho Paso de Bartolo Viejo
Y
[Contemporary locations: Whittier]

Paso de Bartolo Viejo = 'Steps [or pass] of Old Bartolo'

Announces:
Mission de San Fernando next

41-10-21 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-10-29
8
Rancho Ex-Mission de San Fernando

Y
[Contemporary locations: San Fernando Valley, Encino]

Announces:
Long Beach next

41-10-28 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-11-05
9
Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos
Y
[Contemporary locations: Long Beach, Signal Hill]

Cerritos = 'Little Hills'
Alamitos = 'Little Cottonwoods'

Announces:
The bandit, Tiburcio Vasquez, next

41-11-04 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-11-12
10
The Tale of Tiburcio Vasquez
Y
[Contemporary locations: Mint Canyon, Montebello]

Announces:
Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica next

41-11-11 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-11-19
11
Ranchos San Vicente y Santa Monica and Boca de Santa Monica
Y
[Contemporary locations: Santa Monica, Bel Air]

Announces:
Gold discovery at Rancho San Francisco and Newhall next

41-11-18 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-11-26
12
The Newhall Region and the Rancho del Valle
Y
[Contemporary locations: Newhall, Saugas, Santa Clara Valley]

Announces:
Patriarch, Don Antonio Maria Lugo, next

41-11-25 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-12-03
13
Rancho San Antonio and Don Antonio Maria Lugo
Y
[Contemporary locations: Bell, Huntington Park, Southgate, Vernon, Lynwood, Walnut Park, East Los Angeles]

Announces:
Life story of Don Benito Wilson next

41-12-02 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos

41-12-10
14
The Life Story of Benjamin David Wilson 1st Half
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles, Alhambra, Pasadena, San Marino]

Announces:
Life story of Don Benito Wilson, continued next

41-12-09 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-12-17
15
The Life Story of Benjamin David Wilson 2nd Half
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles, Alhambra, Pasadena, San Marino]

Announces:
Christmas Eve re-creation from Mission San Gabriel next

41-12-16 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-12-24
16
Christmas At Mission San Gabriel

Y
[Contemporary locations: San Gabriel]

Announces:
Rancho Buenos Aires next

41-12-23 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
41-12-31
17
Rancho San Jose de Buenos Aires
Y
[Contemporary locations: UCLA, Westwood, Westwood Village, Holmby Hills]

Buenos Aires = 'Good Airs'

Announces:
Story of Joseph Chapman next; Change in time announced, to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays

41-12-30 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-01-07
18
The Story of Joseph Chapman
Y
[Contemporary locations: Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Monterey]

Announces:
Azusa next

42-01-06 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-01-14
19
Henry Dalton and the City of Azusa
Y
[Contemporary locations: Azusa]

Azusa is purported to be the name of a legendary Indian maiden, which translates to 'blessed miracle'

Announces:
Jedediah Smith, Pathfinder next

42-01-13 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-01-21
20
True Life Story of Jedediah Strong Smith
Y
[Contemporary locations: San Gabriel, American River, San Jose]

Announces: Rancho La Puente next

42-01-20 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-01-28
21
Rancho La Puente
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles, La Puente, San Gabriel Valley, Covina, Baldwin Park]

Announces:
Catalina and the Channel Islands next

42-01-27 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-02-04
22
The Island of Santa Catalina and the Channel Islands
Y
[Contemporary locations: Catalina, Santa Cruz Island, San Nicholas Island]

Announces:
Scotchman Hugo Reid and Rancho Santa Anita next

42-02-03 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-02-11
23
The True Story of Don Perfecto Hugo Reid
Y
[Contemporary locations: San Gabriel, Santa Anita]

Announces:
Rancho La Ballona next

42-02-10 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-02-18
24
Rancho La Ballona
Y
[Contemporary locations: Palms, Culver City, Ocean Park, Playa Del Rey, and Venice]

Ballona = ' Balloon'

Announces:
Story of Juan Flaco ( 'Lean John' ) next

42-02-17 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-02-25
25
The Story Of 'Juan Flaco' Brown
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles, San Pedro]

Juan Flaco = ' Lean John'

Announces:
Phineas Banning next; Moves to 8:30, Sundays

42-02-25 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-03-08
26
The Story of Phineas Banning
Y
[Contemporary locations: Wilmington]

Announces:
First broadcast at new time; Rancho San Francisquito next

42-03-03 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-03-15
27
Rancho San Francisquito
Y
[Contemporary locations: El Monte]

Announces:
Water System development in Southern California next

42-03-10 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-03-22
28
William Mulholland and the Southland Water System
Y
[Contemporary locations: Southern California, Los Angeles]

Announces:
Joaquin Murietta next

42-03-17 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-03-29
29
Joaquin Murietta, Infamous Robin Hood of The West
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles, Tulare]

Announces:
Easter Day Ranch, Rancho San Pasqual next

42-03-24 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-04-05
30
Rancho San Pasqual
Y
[Contemporary locations: Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, California Institute of Technology]

Announces:
The Life of John Temple [Don Juan Temple] next

42-03-31 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-04-12
31
The Life Story of 'Don Juan' Temple
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles]

Announces:
Rancho La Brea next

42-04-07 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-04-19
32
Rancho La Brea and Major Henry Hancock
Y
[Contemporary locations: Hollywood and Los Angeles]

Announces:
El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles next

42-04-14 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-04-26
33
El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles]

Announces:
Transportation, from Oxcarts to Airliners next

42-04-21 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-05-03
34
Transportation--From Oxcart To Airliner
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles]

Announces: The close of the series, with
The Story Of the Carrillo Family next

42-04-28 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-05-10
35
The Story of the Carrillo Family
Y
[Contemporary locations: Los Angeles]

Announces: Going off the air; Announces early California map, 18" by 20", of all 52 of the Ranchos covered in the series.

42-05-05 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Romance of Ranchos
42-05-17
--
N
The Ray McKinley Orchestra takes the Romance of the Ranchos spot in the KNX line-up

42-05-12 Long Beach Independent
Wednesday 7:30--KNX--Ray McKinley Orchestra






The Romance of The Ranchos Radio Program Biographies




Frank Lee Graham
(Narrator)

Stage, Screen and Radio Actor; Radio Producer; Voice Artist
(1914-1950)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1937 White Fires Of Inspiration
1938 Night Car Yarns
1940 Community Mobilization For Human Needs
1941 Forecast
1941 Columbia Workshop
1941 Romance of the Ranchos
1942 Command Performance
1942 The New Swan Show
1943 Stars Over Hollywood
1943 Cavalcade Of America
1944 The Sportsman's Club
1944 Four For the Fifth
1944 The Purple Heart Program
1944 The Electric Hour
1945 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1945 The Talent Theatre
1945 Theatre Of Romance
1946 Encore Theatre
1946 The Rudy Vallee Show
1947 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1947 Sound Stage For Joan Crawford
1948 Adventure, Inc.
1948 Crooks Cruise
1949 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1950 Satin's Waitin'
The Dinah Shore Program
Yarns For Yanks
Frank Graham, gifted young actor, producer and voice talent, called ''The Man of A Thousand Voices'' was found dead at his own hand in September 1950 at the age of 35
Frank Graham, gifted young actor, producer and voice talent, called ''The Man of A Thousand Voices'' was found dead at his own hand in September 1950 at the age of 35.
Brilliant young voice talent, Frank Lee Graham was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of an inventor and his wife.

Born also to show business, his mother was Ethel Briggs Graham, a concert and opera singer. Graham grew up in dozens of cities and attended a number of schools while traveling the concert circuit with his mother. He knew the backstage odors of grease paint and dress rooms as a toddler.

Frank Graham attended the University of California for a year then left to begin his acting career in Seattle--both on the stage and in radio. He was brought to Hollywood in 1937 to join the Columbia Pacific Radio Network's Radio station, KNX.

Graham had married the former Dorothy Jack of Seattle in 1935. They were later divorced. In addition to his radio roles, Graham's voice was well-known to motion picture fans. He created the voices of numbers of cartoon characters in animated films for Walt Disney, MGM and Warner Bros. studios.

Associates at the Columbia Broadcasting System said Graham was at the peak of his career in 1950. He had been starring in Jeff Regan, Investigator. He had just completed a summer announcing the popular dramatic program, Satin’s Waitin’, which he and Des Autels had developed and owned.

He had starred in Night Car Yarns over CBS from 1938 through 1942 and was the announcer of dozens of programs, including the Ginny Simms, Rudy Vallee and Nelson Eddy shows. He also announced or narrated several public interest programs over his short, but highly successful Radio career, including The Romance of The Ranchos (1941-1942).

With an estimated 1,200 appearances over Radio by the time of his death, one can only imagine the mark he'd have continued to make during the remainder of The Golden Age of Radio. Dubbed ''The Man of A Thousand Voices'' by peers and fans alike, there's no question that Graham did, indeed, leave his mark in Radio--and Animation, Film, and The Stage.

A great volume of exemplars of his Radio work remain in wide circulation, with new examples entering circulation with each passing year. As regrettable as the circumstances of his early demise remain to this day, he's almost certainly acquiring thousands of new admirers of his extraordinary voice talent with each new release of his work. Frank Graham's gifts, as exemplified through hundreds of vintage radio recordings and lovingly restored Animation features of the era, continue to impress all of us who've heard or seen them.

Thus, despite the circumstances of his passing, he's remembered just as fondly. If only he'd have been able to see that for himself . . .



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