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Old Time Rock n ... Radio?
How cool is it to escape from a night of tv reruns and pull out a CD of better written Old Time Radio shows?
What I've found is that I prefer the radio version of the classic, "Father Knows Best" to the tv show. And how satisfying to hear "I Love Lucy" in its original form called, "My Favorite Husband".
Like an author, a radio writer has the task of painting a picture for your mind. Sounds and timing of the actor replace sight gags. And knowing that the actors were playing to a real audience and not canned laughter. Not to mention the countless product placements. There's no mistaking that a show is sponsored by Maxwell Coffee or Jello when the entire production takes a commercial break glorifying the product in a way that makes you want to purchase.
There have been many a time when I wanted some entertainment, but not necessarily a movie or a VHS filled with old television shows. For that matter, since I don't really listen to the radio much, I usually put in a CD. But sometimes my mood dictates something a little different. Not really music, but a really well written sitcom or drama. How about it?
How about closing your eyes and being able to be transported to another time, another place? And to tell you the truth, discovering OTR spoiled me for audio books. I mean, most audio books are simply reading and not actual music, except for maybe in the interludes. But what about if audio books were produced like OTR ...? WIth an live studio audience even. How awesome would that be?
Not just audio books, but rethinking comedy albums ... Remember when there used to be tv commercials promoting comedy albums by EDDIE MURPHY, RICHARD PRYOR, STEVE MARTIN, etc? Nowadays, some comedians still make albums, but you may not be aware that it exists.
Why am I talking about audio books and comedy albums in an article about old time radio. Because there is something engaging and comforting and soothing about hearkening back to another era. Back when technology was limited. When ministers recorded sermons and the album sales were enormous.
So if you're tired of banners springing up in the middle of your classic tv shows and the absence of end credits and so many other annoyances, give Old Time Radio a try. I dare you.
Here are some links where you can possibly find OTR on mp3 format to download and burn to CD. Enjoy. And remember, these shows have mostly fallen out of copyright and are in the public domain. Meaning that you are free to download, though some sites ask for donations.
My favorites: You Bet Your Life (a quiz show starring Groucho Marx)
My Favorite Husand (a sitcom starring Lucille Ball)
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar (a detective Show)
Archie Andrews ( sitcom featuring comic book darlings, Betty and Veronica)
TruSoulDJ is a self proclaimed expert on all things trivial to the Mainstream. He is an avid classic comic book reader, non popular music lover and tv-show-on-dvd binge watcher who shops the clearance racks near and far to find the best deals. He would like to think he knows everything important within the realm of Pop culture. But in actuality, he only knows about 99.9 percent of what he thinks he knows.
Before "I Love Lucy", there was a radio show called, "My Favorite Husband".