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Cinnamon Bear Chronology | November 10th, 2015 By Todd Nebel 1937 THE CINNAMON BEAR, a childrens' Christmas story in twenty-six cliff-hanging episodes was produced. It was recorded on large, sixteen-inch transcription discs for syndication to radio stations around the country, but was not broadcast in the Chicago area in 1937.   1938 WITHOUT ANY FANFARE, the Cinnamon Bear was introduced to Chicago radio listeners on Friday. November 11.  Radio station WGN broadcast the show at 5 p.m. daily as youngsters had their first encounter with Paddy O'Cinnamon, Judy and Jimmy Barton and their search for the Silver Star for the top of the Christmas tree. The final episode was broadcast on Friday, December 16. 1939 LOCAL NEWSPAPERS carried many advertisements and articles about the return of the Cinnamon Bear to Chicago radio. The series was rebroadcast on WGN at 5:30 p.m. daily from Friday, November 10 thru Friday, December 15. 1940 CHICAGO YOUNGSTERS were not able to hear the adventures in Maybe Land as the Cinnamon Bear was not broadcast on WGN or any other Chicago station. 1941 THE CRAZY QUILT DRAGON may have been going thru his antics in other parts of the country, but, once again youngsters in the Windy City could not listen as no Chicago station carried The Cinnamon Bear. 1942 FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, no Chicago radio station carried the adventures of Paddy O'Cinnamon. 1943 THE SEARCH FOR THE SILVER STAR RESUMES as radio station WENR, Chicago's NBC Blue Network affiliate carries the program Monday thru Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. There is no fanfare to herald the return of the serial which is heard from November 15 thru December 17. 1944 PADDY O'CINNAMON AND HIS FRIENDS return to WGN and now plays at an earlier time. 4:15 p.m., Monday thru Friday beginning Friday, November 3 and continuing thru Friday, December 8. 1945 THE SERIAL again plays on WGN and is heavily advertised in the Chicago Tribune. It was broadcast at 4:15 p.m. from Monday, November 12 thru Monday, December 17.   I946 THE CINNAMON BEAR switches back to WENR and is heard at 4:45 p.m.. weekdays from Friday, November 8 thru Friday, December 13. The Cinnamon Bear is followed at 5 p.m. by Terry and the Pirates.   1947 THE WINTERGREEN WITCH and all the other inhabitants of Maybe Land return to WGN at 5 p.m., beginning Friday, November 7 thru Friday, December 12. The program is followed by Captain Midnight at 5:15 and Superman at 5:30.   1948 PADDY O'CINNAMON MAKES HIS FM RADIO DEBUT at 5 p.m. Friday, November 12 when the series begins its seventh season in Chicago on sister stations WGN (AM) and WGNB (FM). Superman followed The Cinnamon Bear each afternoon at 5:15 p.m. and when Paddy concludes his adventures on Friday, December 17, the 5-5:15 p.m. time slot is filled until December 25 by a program called “Season's Greetings” featuring Franklyn MacCormack and Harold Turner.   1949 JUDY AND JIMMY continue their search for the Silver Star daily at 4:45 p.m. on WGN from Friday, November 4 thru Friday, December 9. At 5 p.m., WGN broadcast Straight Arrow and at 5:15 p.m., The Cisco Kid.   1950 THE CINNAMON BEAR'S  final radio appearance during the Golden Age of Radio begins at 4:45 p.m.,  Friday, November 3 on WGN. The serial concludes on Friday, December 8. Mark Trail and Straight Arrow follow on WGN at 5 p.m.   1951 PADDY O'CINNAMON, THE CRAZY QUILT DRAGON, THE WINTERGREEN WITCH, JUDY AND JIMMY and all the others defect to television in a filmed puppet show format using the transcription disc recordings of the radio version as a soundtrack. The TV series is seen from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. from Friday, November 9 to Friday, December 7 on WGN-TV, Channel 9.   1952 THE TV ADVENTURES IN MAYBE LAND move to Channel 7, ABC-TV in Chicago as WENR-TV presents the Cinnamon Bear series at 4:45 p.m., weekdays from November 14 thru December 19. 1953 PADDY O'CINNAMON AND HIS FRIENDS return to WGN-TV at 4:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 thru Friday, December 18. It's followed at 5 p.m. by Junior Edition. 1954 THE FINAL TELEVISION SEASON for The Cinnamon Bear in Chicago begins on Friday, November 12 where the Christmastime adventures are shown at 4:45 p.m. thru Friday. December 17. Bob Atcher's Ranch followed the Cinnamon Bear daily at 5 p.m.
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