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The Great Fun of Old Time Radio Shows

From the pre-1900's beginnings, radio quickly became the world's greatest mass medium. The "wireless" evolved to the popular term "radio" and became the means of disseminating information instantly from the few to the many. Radio is a technology that greatly influenced the growth of our nation and the entire planet in the 20th Century.

 OLD TIME RADIO: A theater of imagination.  The sounds are provided, and you add the images with your mind. A feast for the imagination! Old Time Radio is not only for those who grew up in radio's heyday, but also for all who came later.   

Interest in the nostalgic days of Old Time Radio broadcasting is continually growing as new generations discover the wonderful  talent and freedom of expression that typified the Old Radio Movement. In a way, it is ironic that the Internet, as the instrument for high-tech communications, is the very tool that is perpetuating Old Time Radio; the pioneer of mass communication.

 The effects of the resurgence of interest in Old Time Radio can easily be seen by the number of Websites that offer access to the legendary radio celebrities and shows.  This new Internet exposure gives both youngsters and veteran radio listeners a chance to develop and communicate their interest in the hobby of Old Time Radio Show collecting.

 OTR on the Internet

Many of the early radios show series have become classics and are worth revisiting again and again, whether to enjoy ourselves or to share with the younger generations. If you are a product of the era when the family gathered around the old, big box radio to listen to dramatic radio stories that conjured up fantastic visual images, you won't want to miss the quality and variety of Old Time Radio Shows offered at Bookzap.   This is where we have discovered the most massive variety of Old Time Radio Shows.  Also we were extremely impressed wit the quality and service provided.  When we acquired  what they refer to as their Giant World Class Collection we found ourselves in possession of over 100,000 Old Time Radio Shows covering every imaginable genre: Comedy, Mystery, Suspense, Old Time Music, History, Science Fiction, Horror, Sports, and much, much more.  The collection includes Old Radio Shows from around the world: The U.S.A., The United Kingdom, Australia, Africa, and more.  It was amazing!  With one very inexpensive purchase, we had in our hand a collection of old time radio shows larger than 99% of all of the websites offering these programs online.

 Nostalgia

 Do you like Abbot and Costello? A favorite routine is Who's on First?   If you have a house full of Lou and Bud fans, you can get the entire script for Who's on First at the Abbott and Costello Home Page. This is also the home base for Abbott and Costello and a great place for fun facts and information about this dynamic duo.

 Past Times is a Nostalgia Entertainment Newsletter, which celebrates vintage entertainment of the 20's – early 50's with a great section on Old Time Radio. One of the best things about this site is its wonderful list of links to radio related topics, including such gems as Will Rogers on the Web and The Library of American Broadcasting/Broadcast Pioneers. Past Time provides you with a program log for "When Radio Was" which is a nationally syndicated show devoted to the great old programs.

 OTR as a Hobby

For folks who are wondering what attracted millions to this primary entertainment source of the World, or for seasoned citizens recalling their youth, the hobby of collecting, preserving, and enjoying old time radio shows is a winner, and for many, the discovery of a lifetime.

The Radios

Radio leaves a lot to the imagination. As you listen, you create your own visual images. And you can't talk about Old Time Radio without envisioning the radios themselves. They range from small square boxes to curvaceous wooden floor models. If you are lucky enough to own one of these beauties, don't miss the Nostalgia Air.  Web site. This site gives Vintage Radio references including schematics and online manuals for hundreds of old brands including Philco, RCA, and Crosley, to name just a few. What a surprise to find out how international and extensive is the love of the radio as a machine. You will be impressed with information on tubes, transistors, dial lamps, RMA codes, etc. If you have any questions about old radios or radio repair, you can join in on the Nostalgia Air forums and chats.

 Radio's Impact on Your Life

Events, inventions, notable moments, and excellent programming made radio what it is today. It is fun to look back at the decades of radio development. The pre-1900 period is known as theory and first experiments. The 1920's bring the beginning of broadcasting with the Golden Age in the 30's and the War Years for the decade of the 40's. The 50's saw the Coming of Age for the radio. Technology was the key word for the 60's. Microprocessors marched in during the 70's, and the 80's introduced computerized radio with the 1990's bringing us digital broadcasting and radio over the Internet. Radio's history runs a close parallel to our country's history. How does radio play in your history? What do you remember as the most dynamic broadcast you heard on the radio? Thanks to the many folks who are interested in collecting, saving, and enjoying old time radio shows, the wonderful world of the radio will be preserved and available for future generations to enjoy.

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Some Old Time Radio Show Collection Recommendations: 

Academy Award Theater

Agatha Christie

Amos 'n Andy

Abbott and Costello

Bob Hope

Captain Midnight

Creaking Door

George Burns and Gracie Allen

Great Gildersleeve

The Marx Brothers

Gunsmoke

Inner Sanctum

Jack Benny

Jean Shepherd

Lum and Abner

Lux Radio Theater

Ma Perkins

Our Miss Brooks

Red Skelton

Richard Diamond

Superman

The Andrews Sisters

The Life of Riley

The Lone Ranger

The Whistler

Vic and Sade

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