Listen to old time radio shows chosen from the Golden Age of Radio. These vintage radio broadcasts were popular entertainment back in the 1930s, 1940s, and even into the 1950s, the days before television became widely popular.
Being a youngster in the 1950s, I can recall us gathered closely around the radio. The broadcast signals didn't come in clear on some nights, and I would have to run over and tap the radio to stop it buzzing. We didn't want to miss a single word that was spoken.
Unbridled laughter and suspense were often generated by those old time radio (OTR) shows, because the listener's imagination produced images richer and far more detailed than any film.
I handpicked a sampling of classic programs that will help you recall what
those early days of radio were like. There's over 2 hours of listening
pleasure below. Something for everyone.
First, you'll need to get ready:
1. Pop a bowl of buttered popcorn and pour your favorite beverage.
2. Turn up the volume your speakers.
3. Turn down the room lights and get comfortable.
Now — Sit back and listen to old time radio at its best.
"Yes, it's the Baby Snooks Show starring Fannie Bryce as Baby Snooks, with Hanley Stafford as Daddy, Carmen Dragon and his orchestra, and yours truly, Harlow Wilcox, and brought to you each week by Jell-O® and Jell-O® Pudding.
"Well, I guess I don't have to tell you ladies and gentlemen that last night was Halloween. I don't know what you did, but here's what happened in the Higgins home. The family was just finishing dinner..."
This episode was first broadcast on October 31, 1946.
The Amos n' Andy Show was perhaps the most popular of all the OTR broadcasts. The zany characters of Andy Brown, Amos Jones, the Kingfish, Calhoun, Lightnin', Sapphire, Mama, and Madame Queen delighted millions of their North American fans.
Listen to old time radio comedy and be prepared to laugh out loud at the predictable antics.
This episode was first broadcast on December 24, 1941.
Westerns were very popular on radio and none more so than this famous series. Listen in as United States Marshal Matt Dillon recounts how his stagecoach journey suddenly turned violent.
This episode was first broadcast on January 2, 1954.
Get ready for OTR as its best. For country music lovers, National Barn Dance was one of the most popular old time radio shows. Listen now to the show's tenth anniversary special broadcast.
The music's mild fading in and out is just how a distant station sometimes sounded on the old tube radio sets during the evening hours.
This special episode was first broadcast on October 2, 1943.
Forget TV's Star Trek! Back in the Golden Days of Radio we had Dimension X, one of the most popular science fiction series on the airwaves. Now, dim the room lights low and begin to imagine the future.
First broadcast on January 14, 1951.
The Whistler needs no introduction. It was likely the most popular old time radio mystery series. Simply dim the room lights low, listen to old time radio, and wait for the Whistler.
First broadcast on October 18, 1942.
Steady yourself for drama and adventure in Canada's Yukon Territory. Like other popular radio broadcasts of its day, this program went on to television greatness as "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" featuring Canadian Mountie Sgt. Preston and his fearless dog Yukon King.
This episode was first broadcast on January 4, 1945.
Are you ready? Turn off your lights and listen as an antique clock somberly chimes midnight, sending shivers slowly running up your spine...
"It is... later... than... you... think..."
This episode was first broadcast on May 18, 1943.
C'mon folks, what would classic radio be without a commercial? However, back then even the commercials were fun to listen to. Here's one of the best.
broadcasts featured singing commercials to promote their advertising
sponsors, and the catchy jingle for Wildroot Cream Oil was one of the most
popular. I loved to listen to it when I was a kid.
Every kid at school could sing it by heart.
First broadcast date is unknown.
Listen to old time radio whenever you want. CDs of all your favorite OTR shows are now available at OTRCAT at low cost. It's the Internet's best source for vintage radio shows of the highest quality, and I have no qualms about recommending them to you.
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