I just wanted to jump in during the Christmas season and say Happy Holidays to all my fellow OTR fans. And, I wanted to recommend the OTRCAT Christmas Collection. It's 8 discs loaded with Christmas shows and it is wonderful. I bought it around Thanksgiving 2006 and it's almost all I've listened to in the past two years during December. I've got Abbott and Costello playing now (no one came to Lou's Christmas party). This stuff is perfect. The Fibber McGee & Molly episodes, in particular, are wonderful. You travel from their first year up to their 15-minute shows in the mid-50's. The five continuous 15-minute episodes that cover December 21-25 1953 are really wonderful.
Last year, I would put a disc on upstairs and just let it play all day. So, anyone in my family who went upstairs got to enjoy random OTR Christmas Joy. Great stuff.
Have a great Holiday everyone.
Dan Budnik (Lake Balboa, CA), December 5, 2008
Great stuff! The Dick Powell collection is fantastic. Most of the tracks have superior clarity, and I've been wanting to fill out my collection for ages. Thanks again for the fantastic service!
Scott Von Berg (North Beach, MD), November 24, 2008
Thanks for THE MEMORY. The precious time and effort you spend in providing individuals like myself to past comforts is much appreciated.
Anne (Canada), November 11, 2008
OTRCAT IS A GREAT SITE. I ORDEREDA LOT AND MY FAVORITE IS CARY GRANT COLLECTION. I LISTEN TO IT, BEFORE I GO TO BED, AND IT TAKES ME BACK. THE MP3 PLAY WELL, SOUND ID GOOD AND THE SERVICE IS GREAT. I JUST GOT EDGAR ALLEN POE FOR MY KIDS. THEY DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT OLDTIME RADIO. NOW, THEY AE ENJOYNIG IT. SO, GIVE IT CHANCE YOU WON,T REGREAT IT. VIJAY
VIJAY (TOTOWA), November 3, 2008
I'm only 42 so I missed all these shows the first time around. I'm loving them and Jon has been most helpful in getting things shipped quickly and providing customer service above and beyond. I recently listened to the last episode of Quiet Please and I must admit I was literally SAD! It was like having a friend (Ernest Chappell) moving away and lose touch...These shows are awesome and the vast majority are of excellent quality considering how old they are and the recording medium used...Thanks, Jon!
Donna (Dallas), September 18, 2008
.....man, I just gotta tell ya. Those OTR on MP3 disks are just what the doctor ordered. They load incredibly well onto my MP3 player and they sound great...considering the "times".
I've listen to "some" Marx Bros., some Gunsmoke and some Frankenstein and they are exactly what I wanted. I want to thank you for your quick "shipping" but mostly for making these shows available.
You'll definitely be hearing from me soon...thanks again. EH!
Marcel (Canada), August 19, 2008
Thanks for keeping me apprised of your latest available Old Time Radio, programs. When I first got the idea of looking around on the Internet for Old Time Radio programs, I was thrilled to find so much available, and started downloading one after another from the free sites. But, it wasn't long before I discovered your site. I want to thank you for your great collection. The time involved in searching and downloading programs from online sites, was a very time consuming, and in some ways fruitless task. Entering your site was akin to my trips to the Five-and-Dime store, when I was a kid in Cleveland, back in the late 30's and early 40's. Here, in one place, were all the emotions I felt as a kid, listening to these programs, in my darkened bedroom at night, in the glow of the AM radio dial.
I have recommended your site to all my "old time radio," friends. Not only do you have almost all my old time favorites on CDs, in MP3 format, but they are chronologically organized, and as complete as can be found anywhere. I have almost 140 CDs ordered from your site. They are worth many times the mere cost of about $5/CD. Now that Blu-ray is the latest thing in home movie viewing, every time I buy another Blu-ray movie for $20 to $29.99, I reflect on how much I get for my money with my purchase of Old Time Radio CDs from your site.
Thank you so much for all the time you have taken to collect, organize these great memories from my past. I can't begin to express how happy you have made me.
It is amazing, I can be listening to an old program, and remember listening that particular program, actually remembering what I was staring at, during the program. My favorite was the patterns in the linoleum by the radio in the living room.
Thank you again and again.
Bob R (Retired), August 18, 2008
Just a word of thanks to OTRCAT for the wonderful selections and easy setup of the series available! I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every CD I've purchased and they bring back many memories of my youth when radio shows was your only entertainment. Keep up the great shows and I will be continuing to purchase for a long time to come. Thanks Helen
Helen Redpath (Peterborough, Ontario Canada), August 16, 2008
Thank you Jon for your wonderful company and kindness over the past several years. OTRCAT is like an old friend to me. It has introduced me to so many wonderful characters I would have never known otherwise. You are doing a fine service to OTR and are helping to keep it alive for future generations to come. It is very difficult to narrow my personal favorite shows down, but I keep Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve and Our Miss Brooks regularly on my I-POD. God bless you and OTRCAT and all of your efforts Jon.
Mike Davidson (Bradford, West Yorkshire, England - originally from Georgia, U.S.A.), August 8, 2008
I've shopped around and have found that OTR CAT has the best value and the best selection of anybody. I have an art studio in my house and OTR MP3's are my theater while I paint portraits. With my last order They didn't just send only what I exactly ordered but threw in a couple of nice unexpected free gifts as well. Golly,Gee whilikers cantcha tell I'm keen on OTR CAT?
Allen Holloway (Bettendorf Iowa), August 5, 2008
Hearing my father on Major Bowes radio program was a strange and wonderful experience after all these years. Kudos to the gentleman on this extroidary website who helped me find the recording. Its great to find someone out there who is sherpherding all these recordings for us to hear years later and is helpful to boot!
Clyde Henderson (peru, il), July 31, 2008
I wanted to thank you for your thoughtfulness in donating to the Cleveland Sight Center... An organization such as ours, with a variety of programs and activities, depends on many people in the community who have the thoughtfulness and imagination to use their recourses productively. By making this donation, you have assisted us in rendering services to the blind and visually impaired people in our community. On behalf of those who have benefited from your generosity, please accept our thanks.
Cleveland Society for the Blind
Michael Grady, Cleveland Sight Center (Cleveland OH), July 28, 2008
I've been ordering from otr.cat since 2006 and have never been disappointed. I particularly enjoy the historical collections, such as World War II, D-Day, 1939 A day in broadcasting and the old sports broadcasts. Also love Life of Riley, Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller recordings. Just ordered your newly available collection of radio airchecks. Terrific. Keep em coming, Jon!
Mark (Buffalo, NY), July 23, 2008
I've already sent you a letter - via snail mail - telling you how excited I was to have found this site, but I wanted to let anyone who is hesitant on ordering know how great this service is! I am 36 years old (so - no - I didn't grow up listening to OTR) but when I was about 12 or so the family was on a road trip and I saw a tape of the Shadow in a gas station. I thought it looked scary so I got it. I was soooooo hooked. I immediately started a collection of shows and devoured them. However, it was expensive. You could get maybe 2 shows for $5 on a tape. I could not believe it when I found this site - $5 for a whole load of shows. MP3s! Brilliant! I ordered the Mr. Keen set - the whole Life of Riley series and Adventures By Morse. (I got hooked on that after hearing the "City of the Dead" show!) Oh -and the samplers. Other sources of OTR would only give you a snipit of a show. You put on about 100 whole shows and it introduces us to some we probably would never have heard. I LOVE IT! My wife thought I was insane b/c I was so pumped! Anyway, I'll order again b/c now I can affordably increase my collection. I am so grateful to you for creating this web site and for sharing your collection with all of us - and I thank you for quickly getting my order to me. (It was one of the few exciting mail days I've had in a while!) ... I wish you continued success! Thanks again!
Derek Childs (Peoria, IL), July 23, 2008
hI Jon got me hooked on mp3's before I new what mp3's where my entire collection has come from him and it gives me hours of enjoyment. Love to sit down for a quiet fewe hours listening to the old shows and working word find puzzles. Very relaxing. Would love to have some pen pals to talk about our shows. My Favorites are Fibber Mcgee and Molly and The Great Gildersleeve he is what got me started in OTR.