If you had tuned your radio to WXYZ-Detroit on this day in 1936, you would have heard the inaugural broadcast of the masked hero,The Green Hornet.
Each week brought audiences the latest adventures of Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day and masked crusader by night, and his trusty side-kick, Kato.
You can listen to a sampling of the original programs at Archive.org.
Alexander Russo is an American media scholar at the Catholic University of America. He says The Green Hornet had a special appeal to listeners during the Great Depression who may have been frustrated with the lagging success of New Deal policies:
“In all of these characters, you have individuals who step outside the socially sanctioned ways of achieving social change and enacting it themselves.”
The Green Hornet was created by George Trendle and Frank Striker. Their previous radio productions included another masked hero - The Lone Ranger.
-Bridget Bodnar, Michigan Radio Newsroom