Ever wished you could hear a few of those old episodes again? Well, if so . . . you might want to check out this link. (Another archive that has a few other Chickenman odds and ends – promos, opening, closings, etc . . . – can be found here.)
No, he’s not everywhere any more. And those collections might not contain all of the Chickenman episodes ever made. But IMO it’s certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Unless you’re allergic to feathers, of course. (smile)
For our younger readers: Chickenman began as a mid-1960s radio parody superhero series modeled on the then-popular Batman TV series. It was created by Dick Orkin for Jim Runyon’s morning radio show on Chicago’s WCFL. Orkin voiced the male character parts, except the narrator who did each episode’s intro and wrap-up; Chicago actress Jane Roberts voiced the female roles. Runyon provided the voice of the narrator.
Each episode was about 2 1/2 minutes long. It gained fame in military circles when it was featured on AFN (Armed Forces Network) broadcasts during and for a while after Vietnam. As I recall it was rather popular – especially overseas.
It was campy and dumb; some of the episodes didn’t work that well. But at times it was freaking hilarious.
It also had one of the most, um, “memorable” introductions at the beginning of each episode you’ll ever hear. And according to a guy I once served with, at least once Chickenman’s vocal part from that intro was voiced – quite loudly – in one of the hallways at USAREUR HQ not long after an apparent visit from the “good idea fairly” during a rather high-level briefing. (smile)
Yeah, I’m old enough to remember hearing Chickenman on the radio too. Some of the episodes were broadcast on one of the local radio stations for a while where I grew up.
Good times. And if that makes me an “old fart” too – well, considering the alternative I guess I can live with that. (smile)
Category: Geezer Alert!