Bob Crawford, 1952

A photo of former Texas Ranger Bob Crawford ca. 1952 after he left KMBC and found work in Texas.

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Diamond City News

Here’s what I have found on the series Diamond City News. I still can’t tell the extent to which the Texas Rangers played a role on the series. You’ll see a reference for Travels of Mary Ward. That was another KMBC program featuring Caroline Ellis selling items from the Montgomery Wards catalog.

July 1, 1936 (Broadcasting):

Diamond City News Broadcasting 7-1-36

August 5, 1936 (Variety):

Diamond City News Variety 8-5-36

September 1, 1936 (Broadcasting):

Diamond City News Broadcasting 9-1-36

September 26, 1936 (Lawrence Journal-World):

KMBC Will Present Tom Collins In “Diamond City News”

A small town weekly newspaper office will be the locale of a new comedy series, “Diamond City News,” which begins on KMBC Monday, to be heard Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. Tom Collins will have the principal role as a country editor.

Collins, Sunday editor of the Kansas City Journal-Post is well known in Lawrence as a humorist and public speaker. Last spring he gave the commencement address for Lawrence high school and he was the principal speaker at the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.

October 1, 1936 (Broadcasting):

Diamond City News Broadcasting 10-1-36

October 1, 1936 (Broadcasting):

Diamond City News Broadcasting 10-1-36b

The 1938 Radio Annual

Diamond City News Radio Annual 1938

The 1938 Radio Annual

Diamond City News Radio Annual 1938b

The 1938 Radio Annual

Diamond City News Radio Annual 1938c

Texas Rangers Promotional Portfolio pg. 7

Don’t let the costumes fool you! None of the Texas Rangers hailed from Texas nor is there any documentation to suggest any of them cowboys or Westerners by any stretch of the imagination. Paul Sells came from Lima, Ohio, and several of the earliest members including both Gomer Cool and Bob Crawford were natives of northwestern Missouri.

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