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Are you Listening ... to Old Time Radio?

Updated on July 21, 2009

My Secret Pasttime ...

I have a dirty little secret: I am a fun, adventure seeking 30 year old (and no, this isn't going to be a 'personals ad'.) But while my friends sit in bars and drink on Sunday nights, I stay home and listen to Old Time Radio Shows.

I found them quite by accident. I love listening to NPR on Sundays but normally turn the radio off to spend time with my hubbie in the evenings (I know it's hard to believe but he can't stand Pubic Radio.) One night, however, he was out with some friends and I kept the radio playing. To my delight, a fantastic DJ named Ed Walker came on the air for his show, The Big Broadcast. For the next four hours, I was entertained with radio dramas from the 30's, 40's and 50's ... and I've been listening ever since.

Why listen?

What I love so much about the shows is the opportunity I have to use my imagination while I listen. What does Johnny Dollar look like? What did the monsters look like in "War of the Words"? Believe me, the aliens I imagined looked a LOT scarier then the ones in Tom Cruise's film.

The humor is cleaner, the jokes are sweeter and the plots are a lot more interesting. The talent on the shows is real and raw - TV stars are praised because of their image; on radio, stars made it because of their talent. They had to make their audience feel, imagine, understand what was going on ... based on their vocal talent alone. Now that's good acting.

If you love reading, you'll love radio

Radio shows build on one of my favorite pasttimes, reading, and it's because of the common factor that connects them together: imagination!

I don't want someone to show me everything and do all the thinking for me. I want to come to my own conclusions and draw my own pictures, make my own images and create my own landscapes.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."~ Albert Einstein

If Albert Einstein feels this way, who am I to argue?


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      FictionFish 3 years ago

      I love old time radio I have the app on my phone so that I can listen wherever I am. lets spread the news about this genre so that people nowadays wont be left in the dark; Unless they are listening to Lights Out

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      Jim Dolan 4 years ago

      Check out the schedule of old time radio @ the radio theater channel. There is 8 hours a day of new content and it's free to listen to.


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      Otrlji  7 years ago


      Yeah, I love O.T.R as-well. A good site is: This is the radio section, and is full of multicultural programs. All in the public Domain, so there free!!

      Enjoy! :)

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      trusouldj 7 years ago from Indiana

      Johnny Dollar is pretty cool. Reminds me a little of Spenser For Hire ... Boy, i'd love to see that adapted to radio.

      I was born in 1970, but discovered a OTR show in the late 80s that played, "Cinammon Bear" during the holidays. And I've been hooked ever since. My favorites are "You Bet Your Life", "My Favorite Husband", Jack Benny and "Father Knows Best."

      We should compare notes. :)

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      Mark 7 years ago

      Please consider adding this site

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      jstankevicz 7 years ago from Cave Creek

      I love old time radio shows and have been collecting the old episodes for years. It's like "time travel"; OTR takes me back to the 1940's and it's a great trip!