Ranger Bill

During the 1970’s, our family spent Saturday mornings listening to Children’s radio programs like Sailor Sam and Fables of Faith. But we especially enjoyed the adventures of Ranger Bill, a Christian forest ranger whose stories kept our ears glued to the living room speakers. The programs have been so popular that many Christian radio stations still broadcast the programs today.

Ranger Bill, Warrior of the Woodland, struggling against extreme odds, traveling dangerous trails, showing rare courage in the face of disaster, in the air, on horseback, or in a screaming squad car. Ranger Bill, his mind alert, a ready smile, unswerving, loyal to his mission. And all this in exchange for the satisfaction and pride of a job well done.

Last week, I received an email from someone selling mp3s of all the episodes for $40 on eBay. It almost sounded like a good opportunity. But before making the purchase, I began to wonder where he had gotten them. With google’s help, it didn’t take long to find a possible answer. The Ranger Bill fan club provides free mp3s of over 260 episodes.

Another fan club provided three letters received from Miron Canaday who played the part of Ranger Bill and (are you ready for this?) Stumpy. In one of those letters, Canaday said that “our ranger programs didn’t always push the scriptures but we tried to stress moral values.” Do you think that’s an accurate reflection on the Ranger Bill series? Hmm… I’ll have to listen to them again with that in mind.

4 thoughts on “Ranger Bill

  1. Anonymous

    I am the one selling the Ranger Bill cds on ebay. I would like to point out that I put 5 years of labor in the recording and encoding of these episodes and that they are not downloaded duplicates of the webite mentioned.

  2. Mike Goldfuss

    Hey Andy,
    I would say that what was said about Ranger Bill not pushing the Scriptures but moral values is very very true. If you listen to many of them, they have a moral truth that they teach, but many don’t contain the gospel.
    That said, I grew up listening to it on Saturday mornings. Westerville Bible Church just gave us 3 cd’s of them with I think all of the recordings on them. The kids enjoy listening to them.
    Mike

  3. Andy Rupert

    I’ve listened to about 12 of them since posting the article and they have been very good. The Picnic Cave-in was a good one about real prayer vs. empty words.

    Canaday said they “tried to push moral lessons.” But I’m seeing more than that in the ones I’ve heard. Perhaps viewing them as Christian life lessons instead of sermons would be helpful.

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