Oldtime radio

Old Time Radio Shows

  • Pat Novak, For Hire

    Pat Novak, For Hire
    Pat Novak, for Hire is an old-time radio detective drama series which aired from 1946-1947 as a West Coast regional (produced at KGO in San Francisco) program and in 1949 as a nationwide program for ABC.
  • Amos n' Andy

    Amos n' Andy
    This radio show wasone of the very first radio shows in the history of radio that was broadcasted in the early 1930's.
  • Hedda Hopper

    Hedda Hopper
    Hedda Hopper (May 2, 1885 – February 1, 1966) was one of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons.
  • Just Plain Bill

    Just Plain Bill
    Just Plain Bill was a long-running 15-minute American daytime radio drama program heard on CBS Radio and NBC Radio
  • Tarzan

    Tarzan is a fictional character, an archetypal feral child raised in the African jungles by the Mangani great apes; he later experiences civilization only to largely reject it and return to the wild as a heroic adventurer.
  • The Craft Music Hall

    The Craft Music Hall
    The Kraft Music Hall was a popular variety program, featuring top show business entertainers, which aired on NBC radio and television from 1933 to 1971.
  • Adventures of Gracie

    Adventures of Gracie
    This was another one of the early radio golden age shows in the 1930's.
  • Sophie Tucker

    Sophie Tucker
    Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1887 – February 9, 1966) was a Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her stentorian delivery of comical and risqué songs, she was one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first half of the 20th century. She was widely known by the nickname "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas."
  • The Intimate Revue

    The Intimate Revue
    One of radio and entertainment's most famous and longest lasting comedic performer, Bob Hope, made his radio debut. Copies of the series are rare.
  • Hawaii calls

    Hawaii calls
    Hawaii Calls was a radio program that ran from 1935 through 1975 that featured live Hawaiian music conducted by Harry Owens.
  • Adopted Daughter

    Adopted Daughter
    Based on a series of skits called The Jangles, the story of Adopted Daughter centered around Jerry Jangles, a "courageous young wife who fights for home and happiness."
  • Terry and the Pirates

    Terry and the Pirates
    Terry and the Pirates was a radio serial adapted from the comic strip of the same name created in 1934 by Milton Caniff. With storylines of action, high adventure and foreign intrigue, the popular radio series entralled listeners from 1937 through 1948.
  • Arch Oboler's Play

    Arch Oboler's Play
    He eventually became dismayed that his work was being confined to horror and so he approached Lewis Titterton the script head presenting to him a demo recording of his play, "The Ugliest Man in the World." Titterton became excited and offered Oboler a contract to write and produce a series of radio plays.
  • Quiz Kids

    Quiz Kids
    Quiz Kids, a popular radio and TV series of the 1940s and 1950s, was created by Chicago public relations and advertising man Louis G. Cowan. Originally sponsored by Alka-Seltzer, the series was first broadcast on NBC from Chicago, June 28, 1940, airing as a summer replacement show for Alec Templeton Time.
  • Land of the Lost

    Land of the Lost
    Land of the Lost was a 1940s radio fantasy adventure, written and narrated by Isabel Manning Hewson, about the adventures of two children who traveled underwater with the fatherly fish Red Lantern.
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries

    Inner Sanctum Mysteries
    Himan Brown was quoted as saying to an assistant, "I'm gonna make that door a star." Thus came the idea of Inner Sanctum Mysteries. The scripts were well-written and combined with the sound effects, the show was an instant hit. Sponsored initially by Carter's Little Liver Pills, the series was never without sponsorship.
  • Melody Ranch

    Melody Ranch
    J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency was looking for a personality for a series for their sponsor Wrigley Chewing Gum.They approached Gene Autry who had already been making western movies, about the idea of having a dramatic/variety show in which Autry, the singing cowboy, would not only sing, but also appear in light dramas. The series was proposed to fill in during the Children's Hour between 5 and 6 PM.
  • CBS World News Today

    CBS World News Today
    World News Today was a CBS sensation when over 1 million people would listen when someone had something to say or announce about the world. Everyone that had a radio would listen. They announced about Pearl Harbor and German counterattacks.
  • Little Orphan Annie

    Little Orphan Annie
    Little Orphan Annie was a daily American comic strip created by Harold Gray (1894–1968) and syndicated by Tribune Media Services. The strip took its name from the 1885 poem "Little Orphant Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley, and made its debut on August 5, 1924 in the New York Daily News. It ranked number one in popularity in a Fortune poll in 1937.
  • The Saint

    The Saint
    The Saint would appear on radio in three incarnations: the first starring Edgar Barrier, whose voice can be heard in many episodes of Escape Dimension X. The second incarnation opened on CBS that same year when the summer session began. This series starred Brian Aherne, whose screen career was already established.The final and longest run of this fine series starred Vincent Price. This is the series many remember. It lasted longer than the others and many more episodes are still available.
  • The Sealed Book

    The Sealed Book
    A series that dealt with murder. The series had a narrator affecting a weird voice who introduced the anthology series. It premiered on this day over the Mutual Broadcasting System. The series was a summer replacement that lasted until September of the same year. There were a total of twenty-six episodes broadcast.
  • The Life of Riley

    The Life of Riley
    The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, is a popular American radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film, a long-run 1950s television series.
  • Hopalong Cassidy

    Hopalong Cassidy
    The irony in the whole Hopalong Cassidy enterprise was that the character as originally created by Clarence Mulford for print was a hard drinking, belching and tough man of the west. However, the image was altered by Harry Sherman who had acquired the rights for the talkies. Under Sherman, Hoppy became a hero in a white hat who didn't smoke or drink. Hoppy was the direct opposite of Sherman's western hero. Boyd was a known gambler, drinker and womanizer. But all of that was to change.
  • 2000 PLUS

    2000 PLUS
    Premiering as the first truly adult science fiction series, Two Thousand Plus barely beat Dimension X to the air. This only aired on weeknights. The series had no focused star and used radio actors as needed to achieve their desired results: to offer a true adult science fiction series that was intended to appeal to children in any way.
  • Gunsmoke

    The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television.
  • The Black Museum

    The Black Museum
    Produced by the BBC and hosted by Orson Welles, this series came to Mutual on this day. The series was based upon Scotland Yard's Black Museum, housing many artifacts from its own history.The idea of the series was great as was Welles, but the series never really took off and left the air by December of the same year.