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Are you Listening ... to Old Time Radio?
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.
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.
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?
My Favorite Links to Old Time Radio Shows - ALL FREE!
- Free Old Time Radio Shows - Free OTR Downloads In MP3
Free old time radio shows to download in mp3 format.
- OTR.Network Library (The Old Time Radio Network)
Over 12,000 old time radio shows you can listen to for free. We add about 100 more every week.
- The Big Broadcast
Each week, Big Broadcast host Ed Walker offers listeners priceless recordings of popular radio programs from the '30s, '40s and '50s.
- Fibber McGee and Molly
Chronological list of all shows with links so fans can listen in
- Old Time Radio Mystery Theater
We Have Thousands of Free Old Time Radio Shows for you to listen to
- RadioLovers.com - All Shows
Listen to hundreds of old time radio shows online for free: Superman, Groucho Marx, The Avenger, Gunsmoke, Sherlock Homes, and many others. These vintage radio shows are in mpg format, so no special software is needed.