The Railroad Hour was sponsored by the Association of American Railroads. It features highly condensed versions of popular musicals and operettas from old favorites, like Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta, to more contemporary hits such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair. Since the show was produced for NBC’s “Night of Music”, it should come as no […]
Back before we had screens to endlessly gaze into, people turned the lights off and gazed at the radio with their ears (and sometimes their eyes, too) with the same intensity. Radio can be more magical than any of the best special effects you've seen in movies because it doesn't do everything for you. With the visual component of the story taken out, one is left to fill in that blank with whatever wild fantasies they might come up with. Good writing, characters, acting and all-around storytelling can coax the mind into releasing it's impressions of reality and transport you to another time or place.
The Whistler is an American radio mystery drama which ran from May 16, 1942, until September 22, 1955, on the west-coast regional CBS radio network. The show was also broadcast in Chicago and over Armed Forces Radio. On the west coast, it was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: “That whistle is your signal for […]
Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroit’s station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet), as an example of a Northern genre story. The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted […]
This is a unique release from the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. It’s a collection of news broadcasts, radio documentaries, and incidental recordings from and about important dates and events in US history. Thanks to the source over at the Archive.org and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group for making all this audio available.
Our Miss Brooks is an American sitcom starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high-school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast on CBS from 1948 to 1957. When the show was adapted to television (1952–56), it became one of the medium’s earliest hits. In 1956, the sitcom was adapted for the big screen […]
Mindwebs is an excellent radio show that originally aired on WHA Radio in Madison, Wisconsin from the mid 70’s through the mid 90’s. It lasted for over 160 episodes and featured Michael Hanson expertly reading stories by over 130 authors, many of which are well-known authors from Sci-Fi’s golden age. There is an effort going […]
Magic Island was a 1930’s radio show that was targeted to young people. It’s about a mother who is looking for her lost daughter. She finds her daughter on a man-made island that can submerge and hide itself from the outside world. You can find more about Magic Island at it’s source at the Archive.org
Mysterious Traveler is, as you might expect, a mystery show from Mutual that started in 1943. It was very popular in it’s time, rivaling the CBS heavyweight Suspense. While it’s estimated about 400 episodes were produced, only around 70 of them are still available. This is a definite must-listen. You can can learn more about […]
Crime Classics is a CBS radio show that got it’s start in 1953. It describes itself as “A series of true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land, from every time. Your host each week, is Mr. Thomas Hyland — connoisseur of crime, student of violence, and teller of murders.” You can […]