You may not have intended to, but the Crime Spoof collection has the most concentrated selection of Benny's, Fred Allen's and several others best of their best shows and humor. The cameo's with Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff alone are worth the whole set. I listen with ear buds many evenings in bed and my wife scolded me more than once for waking her up with my laughter. Also some of the shows chosen are during the transition to TV and it is evident the performers knew the end of radio was near.
David Mattson (columbus, indiana), August 17, 2014
I'm old enough to have grown up with radio. On Tuesday nights, since Red Skelton came on at the late hour of 9 pm, my sister and I listened to him under the covers. For me, television will never replace radio. I have a recording Stan Freberg did in which he simulated an attack by paratroopers on a giant sundae. At the conclusion, he said, "Let them try that on TV." Well, we know it could be done, but would it have been as much fun? Then, of course, there is "3 Skeleton Key," which, until I heard it again some 30 years ago, my wife and I always referred to as "The Rats in the Lighthouse." No, you can't beat radio, and thanks for making it available to us.
Joseph Cromarty (Orleans, MA), June 23, 2014
I have many - MANY - old-time Radio Shows from OTRCAT. No evening goes by that I don't listen to one or two episodes of The Jack Benny Show - or Gunsmoke - or Amos 'n Andy - or Our Miss Brooks - or Tales Of The Texas Rangers - or The Lone Ranger - or Suspense - or... HEADS-UP: If you are Sick-To-Death of the "modern" childish/repetitive/stupid TV playscripts, just listen to Old Time Radio. Here's How: Get 1 or 2 or 3 Radio Series, copy them onto your iPod, and then Turn Out The Lights and LISTEN! You Will Never Regret It!
David June 10, 2014
Just finished the whole Big Jon & Sparkie series. What a great old show that was, for kids! I plan to listen to all the shows again, just to get more of Mayor Plumpfront, Yukie Butcha and the others. So nice, that OTR Cat was there, as a source for this - and other shows I grew up with."
Vince (USA), April 29, 2014
Your appreciation for my being a customer as well as my support for all you have done to present Old Time Radio before a generation born to late to experience the wonders of being able to create action, drama, and adventures in their mind without having to see pictures or visual performances. Truly, I treasure the moment I discovered you and the excellent work you have done preserving, protecting, and providing one of the finest American art forms that will ever be created. I plan to be a customer of OTRCAT for many years to come. For all that you have done and continue to do with Old Time Radio, Thank you!
John Green (USA), April 14, 2014
I have ordered from Jon about a dozen times and every order has been a joy to receive and listen to. I have never had any problems with any of the discs. They always come promptly and in excellent condition. I have quite the otr collection now, thanks to Jon. My most recent order was the Lucille Ball collection, I love her so much, what a treasure. I have enjoyed otr since I was young. At the ripe old age of 31, I will continue to listen for many years. Take care friends, God bless.
Greg (USA), March 29, 2014
I must say I am amazed at the amount and variety of material you have. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the samplers and discovering a wonderful time in our history from a variety of perspectives. I travel frequently and I can't wait to get on the road to listen to recordings. These many discs I have ordered have replaced television for me as I can't wait to relax and find recordings to enjoy. I have convinced friends that it is wholesome entertainment and remarkable, historical recordings that they will enjoy. I work at a high school and I have shared the many significant recordings before, during and after the war with our history teacher. Thank you your prompt service as I receive recordings virtually everyday and appreciate the very affordable costs. Thank you!
Tom (USA), March 3, 2014
The discs have arrived o.k. I am 89yrs old,hence my choice,they will bring back many happy memories and perhaps a few tears.I wish I had more computer skill. Kind Regards Tom.
Tom (UK), February 19, 2014
Just a quite note to say Thank You! As I listen to some of the many the MP3s I've recently ordered from you, I have been quite delighted with the sound quality & the shows themselves. I have Johnny Dollar on my stereo & Duffy's Tavern in my car now
Beth (USA), February 17, 2014
I was a radio actor. Which brings me to the reason for this email.... In your “children” category, you list a section on the program LETS PRETEND, created by a woman named Nila Mack, for CBS radio. .......and you show a picture, evidently taken by a staff photographer, of several children surrounding Ms. Mack, and a young boy to whom she’s evidently handing a script, and they’re both smiling.
Well, boys and girls, I’m guessing that photograph is from 1942 or ‘43, and the young boy is ME!
I’m now 81, and well-retired, and gave up the broadcasting and acting business in my mid-teens. But I’m still somewhat fascinated by the history of radio, having taken part in it during the 1940s. This photo really surprised and delighted me, since I have no memory of its being made, but I recall Ms. Mack, and recognized a couple of the kids pictured. ( I also worked on another kiddy program on NBC (or perhaps the blue network of NBC, later to become ABC) helmed by a woman named Madge Tucker, where I met a number of kids my age or a bit older, like Bob Hastings, William (Billy) Redfield, and a beautiful young girl named Ann Blyth.
Thanks again for the photo!
Mac Twamley (USA), January 19, 2014
I, like many others, am an old time radio fan(atic). I like the compilation discs you guys come up with. You think of some pretty off the wall catagories, such as "HORSES IN OLD TIME RADIO, TELEPHONES IN OLD TIME RADIO", etc. I have all the Sampler discs in my collection. Next up for me to get are the Random Rarities series. Keep 'em coming!
Dan Bitgood (battle creek, mi), December 1, 2013
Love collection and Daily Free shows. Thanks for recent Compilation category. Is 1960s category coming soon? Eagerly awaiting more fine quality shows. Thanks.
Ken (Panama City, Florida), November 28, 2013
A very sincere wish to you for a Happy Thanksgiving. Old-time radio programs are special since they presented shows specifically about why we should be thankful.I appreciate the daily short OTR items very much.
Lindsay (USA), November 25, 2013
My love affaire with radio was centered around the 1940's. The programs I most enjoyed were Ilove A Mystery, Suspense, Inner Sanctum, Our Miss Brooks, The Great Gildersleve, Jack Benny, Lux Radio, Edger Bergen, and so many others. My parents kept informed listening to the news ,particularly during the period of WW11. Radio programs of yesteryear bring back comforting memories that will remain singed in my memory. Thank you Jon for allowing people like myself to enjoy listening to those wonderful radio shows and relive the wonder of that era.
Anne (belleville ontario canada), November 13, 2013
My job requires me to drive at night in a mostly rural area in Northern California. The MP3s from Jon keep me company. I was listening to World War II news from the late 30s into 1943. Unfortunately after that the recordings are not playable. I really enjoy the free recordings that have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Very entertaining. I just hope that someday Jon will have WWII payable through the end of the war.