When I was 10 years old, back in 1953, I listened in awe to the original JOURNEY INTO SPACE serial (recently bought again from you, for sheer convenience and now listening in the car!!). It was nearing its conclusion when I went down with appendicitis and spent New Year 1954 in Booth Hall Children's Hospital, Manchester, England. I was distraught and resigned to missing the episodes on 29th Dec & 5 Jan......the episodes dealing with the climactic meeting with the Time Traveler!!
Not for us the luxuries of tape recorders or iPods.....my dad, however, was equal to the task and took down the entire episodes, live, in Pitman's Shorthand and I lay there enthralled in my hospital bed, with my eyes closed, whilst he read them out, verbatim and in full.
Even though the serial we now hear is a 1958 remake, when I listen to it I can still 'hear' my dad, as David Kossoff, as Lemmy Barnett, yelling in fear and running away in fear from the first sight of The Time Traveler.....!! Now, you won't get THAT in a Podcast!!
Keep up the good work.
Brian S (England), October 22, 2012
Hello: I have been a "member" of OTRCat for many years years now. I throughly enjoy your site and visit every day. I have no idea how many friends I have told about your site, over three hundred of which are former members of American Forces Vietnam Network. My early life was raised lisstening to the radio shows you now feature, and many, many happy memories are associated with OTRCat. My primary work over the years have been as an announcer in radio, going back to my first job in 1952 until my retirement as a news director in 1990. Many thanks to you and your obvious dedicated and hard work running a highly professional, yet warm and friendly site. I shall continue visit and order programs as long as you continue to host the site. Best wishes.. Jack
Jack Holsomback (Vicksburg, MS), October 14, 2012
More new collections have arrived. Wow I am so happy with every order I get because where I had maybe 2 or 3 shows I now have entire collections like my latest CBS Radio Workshop. Plus I ordered the best of Boris Karloff. I love his voice in radio. The Peter Lorre one I got is wonderful too because one of the first radio shows I ever listened to was Mystery in the Air starring Peter Lorre. The Black Cat and the other side of the album (yes vinyl I still have it) is The Queen of Spades. Wow just some really great shows! Thanks again and yes I will return again and again for more amazing shows!
Kathleen Miller (Cuyahoga Falls OH), October 10, 2012
You radio historians never cease to amaze. Your 'original collections' are great. Have you ever considered something like maybe a FIRST RESPONDERS collection? Shows like DRAGNET and FIREFIGHTERS are two of my favorites. KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK! Take care, A D A M
ADAM (FAIRFAX,VA), October 7, 2012
A girl across the aisle fro me in the 5th grade and I listened to the Red Skelton Show every Tues. night and would discuss everything about it the following morning before the school day started. I moved during that year and lost track of Carol, so Red's show has both good and bad memories for me. When I was in high school I couldn't wait for Sunday evenings to arrive because that meant Sam Spade was on. Older folks remember Sunday evenings as the time for Charlie McCarthy, but for me it was time for "The greatest private detective of them all."
Joe Cromarty (Orleans, MA), October 3, 2012
My brother and I age breakfast and got ready for school listening to the breakfast club with don mcneil. On the second call to breakfast we knew it was time to walk down our back steps and start our walk to school. No yellow buses in those days.
Rick (USA), September 30, 2012
I get a little pang of guilt getting all these great shows on the free daily downloads, so I'll order some several times a year. Voyage of the Scarlet Queen Was an adventure/ detective show, happening in ports around the world. When it started, the word descriptions and sounds were so good, you could smell the salt water and see the sails crack. I believe OTR has many of them.
Jack (USA), September 28, 2012
Thanks for the Old Time Baseball on CD,I enjoyed each and every game,considering many of them were broadcast before I was born,so they're new to me. I heard that there are several new discs in the set,so I will have to buy them very soon,so I can host another listening party!
Donald Rehrer Jr. (Camp Hill,PA), September 28, 2012
Thanks, Jon - that was really interesting to read about...but, thank goodness OTR "lives on", and in a way, better than ever* - thanks to folks like you that preserve it and keep it alive! Since now, we can listen to our favorite shows "on demand" - rather than racing home hoping to catch the Secret Word, or having to leave before the villain is unmasked!
Mike (Island Paradise), September 28, 2012
I recently got around to listening to some of your wonderful OTRCAT titles...In particular, "DAVID HARDING COUNTERSPY" (I am now on ep. 18 of the 59 eps). The background drama music deserves as much credit as the story lines with their surprising climaxes. Would you have any additional David Harding Counterspy episodes added to your inventory? I also found the "TRUE DETECTIVE MYSTERY" episodes to be more thrilling beyond my expectations. I also remember this show as a child on my Grandparents huge Phico Radio. I have only 12 eps of TDM. I wished I had more. These have nice clear audio and the background music interludes are really captivating.
Bill C (USA), September 17, 2012
Well I just placed another order! I love the selection here since it is so large. There are certain shows I own on cassette that I have been replacing with both MP3 format and CD's I prefer the MP3 since there are so many shows to choose from. This time around I got the Mysterious Traveler and Let's Pretend plus a few others I cannot wait for them to arrive! Thanks for all the great shows so I can continue my collections and enjoy even more radio.
Kathleen Miller (Cuyahoga Falls OH), September 7, 2012
Love the fact that you exist. I have invested heavily with Otrcat!
Dave Clark (Huron, OH), September 6, 2012
Annie (New Jersey USA), August 31, 2012
I worked for NBC at the reception desk outside Bill Stern's office a couple of years before WW11 and I signed all of his correspondence because he was too busy. I was just a kid and was overwhelmed by the association with such a colorful personality. Something like that you never forget. I wish I had had the sophistication to have engaged Bill Stern in conversation. In those days and especially with his electric personality, to him, I didn't exist. I signed his letters and dropped them on his desk, went back to mine and marveled at his resonant voice as he spoke with his staff. Gave me a bit of an inferiority complex, his self-assurance and his manner of exhorting exactly what he wanted to have happen. There was a last Christmas party at NBC in 1942 I believe and it took up three entire floors in the RCA building and a dispensary for those who drank too much. I was one of them and occupied a bed. Before that, it was most amazing. The party was based on many that would be lost and never coming back so executives mingled with the peons and a devil-may-care friendly attitude and one of destiny prevailed. It was magic in its dimension. Magic in the idea of all being in the same boat to the extent that male and female became one in a sense I've never experienced since or before. Maybe you know someone else who was there.
Robert A (USA), August 31, 2012
The Journey Into Space CD arrived 2 days ago - fast shipping, thanks.
I have already started to listen to it (The Red Planet) and oh the memories and nostalgia! I remember as a youngster listening to the radio when they were originally broadcast and being scared near to death - great stuff - thank you.