I'm pleased to report the CD's you ordered for me have arrived. I've already sampled 2 of them (Theatre Royal and Hank Williams) and am very impressed with the quality of them. In the Grand Ole Opry one, there's a lot of interesting patter goes on with Hank (truly one of my early favorites).. I've actually visited Nashville and seen a performance at the newer venue, but also visited the site of the original Ryman Auditorium where Hank performed. These CD's will provide a lot of listening pleasure for me, Jon, and they'll always be a reminder of your thoughtfulness and our friendship.
Errol (USA), May 29, 2010
I really enjoy your products. I wish I had more time to use them. Just for fun, I searched for Spike Jones. I had learned of a really funny song of his in about 1968 when I was 10. A kid in my neighborhood found his parents 78s in the attic, brought them over to my house because we had a hi-fi that would play them (I still have it), and discovered the hilarious song of Jones's about Hitler. After a few days, my mom made him take them home. They were heavy. He was little. And he had to cart them through the park at the end of our street. So he decided that instead of carrying these heavy records all the way home, he'd make lemonade out of lemons and use them all as Frisbees, breaking each and every one of them.
I've only heard that song a couple of other times. Today I discovered it at SPIKE JONES COLLECTION on your site. THANK YOU! I just sent it to my "little" brother who was also involved in this caper.
Andrew L (Virginia), May 28, 2010
Wanted to let you know that I am a big fan of OTR, and I have used old radio shows when I volunteer in the public schools.
A few of my children's former teachers allow me to come into their classrooms and read to the kids on a regular basis. I have often used old radio shows during that time.
With second graders, I have played for them the very first episodes of "Superman", as well as some of the children's shows. We talk about how, before television, people used to gather around the radio during their favorite shows, just as they are gathering around my boom box, and we talk about how you have to use your imagination to "see" the room from the actors' descriptions, and about how the use of sound effects gives insight into what is happening in the show. We also talk about how the same sense that you use in listening to the radio shows translate when you are reading a book, and how t.v. and movies limit your ability to use your own imagination.
Not that I have anything against movies and t.v. - they definitely have something to offer. But when you're learning to read, you need tools to help you develop your imagination as well.
For a 6th grade class, especially in December, I have often used the first episode of Fibber McGee and Molly that was broadcast after Pearl Harbor. We talk about how the radio shows incorporated commercials into the storyline - and how the storylines could be used to promote patriotism - and how the music specially written for that episode encouraged young men to enlist in the military.
Whenever my son and his friends were in the car with me, they always requested that I put in one of the cd's with a radio show.
Just thought I would share my experience.
Martha B (USA), May 28, 2010
This was my first order with OTRCAT but it certainly won't be my last. The service was outstanding. Every CD gave me more than I had expected. The quality is excellent, the CDs are packed with shows (or news items if so ordered), and every show is full length. These are well worth the modest investment!!
Joe F (Pennsylvania USA), May 27, 2010
Hi Jon, Enjoyed this info. Thanks for sharing. I forwarded it to all of my family members & friends. I also mentioned that otrcat.com is a reliable company, processes orders rapidly, ships priority mail, & that I am a very pleased customer! All the best, Bonnie
Bonnie L (USA), May 27, 2010
That recording is great! We plan to use it during our living history program on the Vietnam War here at the museum.
Joe Horvath Educator PA Military Museum www.pamilmuseum.org
Joe Horvath (Pennsylvania), May 27, 2010
After searching the web for british radio comedy shows I was surprised to find the OTRCAT site and was amazed at the comprehensive list of shows available. I grew up listening to my mother's Navy Lark tapes and when I saw it on this site I couldn't help myself, especially at that price! Delivery was really quick and I love my new collection, so much so that I have ordered one for my mum. Many Thanks OTRCAT!
Katharine (Norwich, Norfolk, UK), May 21, 2010
THE QUALITY GETS BETTER AND BETTER.THANKS FOR INCREDABLE PROGRAMS.I AM 69 BUT THE MP3'S KEEP ME AT 19.JON YOU DO A WONDERFUL SERVICE FOR ALL,OF US .I ADMIT I AM ADDICTED TO OTR.THANKS
LARRY COLMAN (PALOS VERDES ESTATES ,CALIFORNIA), May 21, 2010
Hey Radio fans,
I am grateful for this opportunity to thank Jon for all the things he does. I have an MP3 player in my car and at home. It is pretty much all I listen to in the car, and my wife and I have spent many a pleasant evening in front of the fireplace listening to the likes of Jack Benny. The main reason I am writing this is to suggest to any and all- if you haven't already purchased the 2 disc set of You Bet Your Life starring the one and only Groucho, you would be well advised to do so. It is like 153 episodes, each one nothing short of hilarious. Pound for pound it is the best money I have spent at OTR. Best to all the kindred spirits out in radioland, and again, thanks so much for everything, Jon. For a reasonably small amount of $$, I have hundreds of hours of listening pleasure at my disposal whenever I can make time to enjoy them.
Richard (Hoquiam, WA), May 20, 2010
I've purchsed several dozen CD's and all exceeded my expectations. Far more covenient and economical than spending hours downloading shows one at a time from internet sites, and better quality recordings. I listen to a few shows every night on my way to sleep. For the price of a hamburger you can have weeks of satisfying entertainment.
David Mattson (St. Louis), May 19, 2010
Say, fellas and girls, aren't those daily OTRCAT shows swell. Just the right thing for helping eat a healthy breakfast of Kellogg's whatchamajuggers. You can listen to them when you're slurping your milk from the breakfast bowl (remember don't waste any 'cause all the grains are being shipped to the fellas and girls overseas). And what's neat with the daily shows is they are free! You don't have to send in any money, stamps, not even a box top! Just one click and you can hear them at the kitchen table or download them to listen to them later, like at bed time. Yep, those OTRCAT freebies are right on the beam for daily enjoyment everywhere!
Dave Donahue (Buffalo, Wyoming), May 16, 2010
have been listening to the sample broadcast of Johnnie Lee Wills. It brings back such great memories. My dad, Henry Boatman is featured on this one. As a little boy, I used to go with dad to the broadcasts a lot, and play all over Cain's Ballroom while they were playing on the air. Back then, we had prohibition in Oklahoma. As a little lad of 5, 6 and 7 I knew every place there was in Cains to hide a half fifth of whiskey... Thank you so much
Danny Boatman (Oklahoma), May 6, 2010
Thanks for the Great Free Daily Downloads, I've been enjoying for more than a year now. And I really am pleased with the recent order I received, and Thanks for the Bonus Tax Time show with the order... Thanks Again, enjoy newly added each Day & Month.
Ken A (Fla, USA), May 5, 2010
OTRCAT has been a life saver for me. A few months ago I ordered many classic radio series like Jack Benny. I was born in the mid-50's so I missed the days of network radio. However, many of the stars of radio migrated to TV and were still very popular when I was a boy.
Anyway, I came down with a painful medical condition last month, and the doctor prescribed 2 hour long baths each day to counteract the symptoms. Now, I hate baths and always have, being an active person who jumps in/out of a shower.
An hour in a bathtub seems endless to me ... These old shows have been a godsend to me. In seemingly seconds, an hour has passed by (each CD holds about an hour's worth of programming). I even look forward to the "latest" installment of Jack Benny, Sam Spade, The Saint, Burns & Allen, etc.
THANKS for making these wonderful shows available. I think of you every time I take a bath! ;-)
Will C (USA), May 4, 2010
hello: i am super glad to find a place that i can find old time radio shows on cd and mp3 cds. they make very fanstic gifts as well for people who don't watch tv. thanks tons