Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Old Time Radio
Many of the classic television shows of the 1950's, were actually radio shows to begin with. Shows like, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Dragnet, Amos and Andy, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, were all radio shows to start. Many of these primetime radio shows were live and would actually be done twice, for each coast. Because these shows were not recorded, many early radio broadcasts have been forever lost. After World War II, when technology advanced, many shows became pre-recorded.
Believe it or not, there are still some old-time radio shows that are still in production, such as, the Grand Ole Opry and CBS World New Roundup. Many people long for those simpler times and enjoy listening to these old radio shows. There were many genres of radio shows, for instance, soap operas, talent shows, mystery and suspense, musical, and even, science fiction, as in the infamous radio broadcast by Orson Welles of War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells.
The Golden Age of Radio, ended in the early 1960's, with the rise in popularity of the television. Radio broadcasts consist today of music, sports or talk shows. There are a few comedy shows, but radio drama shows are long gone. There are many online collections of old time radio shows and this site will begin compiling and putting them here for everyone's listening pleasure. Stay tuned.
Copyright Notice: We do not own the copyrights to any of the shows available on this site. We believe that any copyrights have expired, and that many of the shows are in the public domain because they were never copyrighted. We do not sell the recordings or charge for access to our site. We are trying to bring the exciting world of Old Time Radio to a whole new generation of listeners using the new technology of the Internet. We are not trying to deprive the original creators of any money due to them, and we will remove any recording from our site that is shown to violate a copyright. For more information about copyrights for Old Time Radio shows, click here.