Old Time Radio is a great testimonial to the power of the mind (The theater of the mind) used when listening to a radio show. The same story on TV are less. I think Gunsmoke, when Dennis Weaver was in the cast, is the closest one gets on TV and then it was not as good. A number of the stories on radio were repeated on TV and Dennis Weaver better captured the character Chester but the version he presented was too wimpy.
It also shows what a wonderful writer John Meston was having shows that he wrote used in both the radio and TV version. For the life of me I don't understand why Meston didn't get better recognized for his work since it shows if a story is well written it makes all the difference.
It's too bad that radio and for the most part TV has morphed now into something less than worthless.
Terry (USA), August 8, 2012
For those of us in our 90s, radio was our link to the world. It was intelligent,funny, entertaining and enjoyable. Wish I could say the same for modern radio programs.Other than NPR there is nothing to compare with the quality of old time radio. You are providing a welcome reminder of what we now miss in the name of progress.
Jessie (USA), August 8, 2012
OTR, received your email with Nat's comments. Loved reading it. I'm not quite as "seasoned," but also grew up with radio being an important part of my young life.
My parents used to let me fall asleep listening to the radio. Now when I go to bed, I click on my iPod, set the timer and it lulls me to sleep as it did years ago.
OTR, thank you so much for providing your service and at such reasonable cost.
Phyllis (Texas), August 8, 2012
I began listening to "Theater of the Mind" programs back in the eightys with my favorite being The Great Gildersleeve. My son became a fan while he was still young, about 9 or so. He has been deployed to Afghanistan three times. The last time he deployed I sent him the first year of The Great Gildersleeve, which he enjoyed immensely!
John (Rising Sun, Indiana), August 8, 2012
I was born in the 1950's, and got my first radio when there was nothing of old time radio on the AM dial except an hour of reruns on Sundays. I then discovered a distant station which played shows each night. I was hooked on the Shadow, Johnny Dollar, Gunsmoke and The Green Hornet.
It wasn't until I was in my early 50's that I started seriously listening to old time radio seriously. The more I read about old time radio, the more I got hooked.
I have totally loved the WWII collections, as I have been researching the home front for a children's book. I am now completely in love with the news broadcasts from the 30's-50's. The quality of writing and delivery of the greats such as Edward R. Murrow, Bob Sheafer, Eric Severide and others is an education in itself. I have learned so much of history from broadcast collections such as the McCarthy CD, the This Is London and many more.
I am also addicted to Information Please. I delight tohear the incredible knowledge of the panelists. Clifton Fadiman was known to us in my Catholic high school as the boring guy who narrated educational films about literature. How wonderful to now know he was so clever. I wish I could go back and tell Sister Confirmata that I understand why she found him so great!
Though I enjoy movies and am a book addict, radio is also close to the top of my list. I am totally blind, so never have had to grumble about radio. I see things clearly in my mind. I am a professional storyteller, and it has been said of my performances that they harken back to radio. I did this before discovering the radio medium seriously, but find it a lovely compliment. I sure wish there was quality radio being created today.
Oh, I must not forget how much I have loved the Cavalcade shows, all the Orson Wells and the Christmas collections. I guess you can tell that radio is good for me. I put the CDs on the computer, copy them to a portable player, much smaller than my MP3 cd player and stick it in my pocket. I can listen as I exercise, cook or clean. What a blessing.
Thanks for such a great collection. It's the best I've found online. You are to be commended.
Kathy (Albuquerque, NM), August 8, 2012
The daily "FREE OLD TIME RADIO DOWNLOADS" have been a great way of sampling a wide range of shows that I might not normally purchase. What has been so very delightful are the adventure serials (Superman, Hop Harrigan, ...) which are being provided each day just like they were originally. And just like olden times, I have to wait a whole day wondering about each outcome! That adds to the delight! Thanks for the great fun!
Lindsay Cleveland (Salado, Texas), August 8, 2012
i received some junk mail 10 years or so ago and was going to throw it away when i came across and ad for old time radio-i am going to check it out-got some cd's (couldnt order what i wanted so got what they sent)-then i found otrcat.com and started ordering mp3's (what ever they are!)-i now have 3000 or so shows and could not be happier with the service-i have a variety of shows with mystery and ww2 my favorites-my brother in law came to visit and was telling me about how he was listening to "old time radio" on his car radio while driving down here-i said i am way ahead of you as i have been collecting radio shows for a while now-i know people think i am crazy for having this "hobby" but i must admit i do listen every night on my headphones before going to bed and it is very relaxing-one more thing-out of all the shows my favorite is the black mask with a show written by amrose bierce about a husband who kills his wife and goes crazy-i found out that ambrose bierce is quite a guy and a writer from the 1860's to the 1900' s and have read many of his books and stories-gotta go -just got the jack benny christmas shows..........
John M (fort myers florida), August 7, 2012
Thank u for the opportunity to say a line or 2 as OTR.CAT helped me through the miles when driving a semi-truck 1000 miles in a 24 hr period 4 days aweek. The radio shows took the edge off in all kinds of weather and detours. Glad I"m not a double-clutching weasel anymore. Sincerely Gary
Gary C Middleton (St. John In), August 7, 2012
Keep up the great work Jon the reaction to the "vintage radio shows" is amazing and I have used some snippets from shows in nostalgia presentations. Many in Media and Advertising live in a 0 to 35 YOA buble and forget the quality and talent of years gone by. My 1950's to 1980's TV Show Jukebox Saturday night has proven them wrong as the show outrates MTV & V Channel. Again proving nostalgia wins! I will post some radio memories later. Regards Ken
Ken Sparkes (Sydney Australia), August 7, 2012
I was born near the end of radio drama and comedy (1958) but learned all about it from my parents. I knew TV programs like "The Lone Ranger," "Sky King," "Superman," "Amos 'n' Andy," "The Jack Benny Program," etc. had radio versions, and I always wanted to hear them. Around age eight, I was with my dad having lunch at a Lum's Restaurant, and asked about the name "Lum." He told me about a radio show he enjoyed growing up - "Lum and Abner."
In high school and college, I came across radio stations playing the classic older programs and was hooked...
Donnie Pitchford (Carthage, Texas), August 7, 2012
Hi everyone. I remember radio shows that were on in the 1950s. We had TV but I preferred radio because the pictures it created in my imagination were better than TV. I used to sit in front of the radio and watch it while I listened. The shows I remember best are Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (I was thrilled when sometimes his insurance work took him through our town), Gunsmoke and baseball with the ticker in the background. Our Nanny liked the soaps. I listened with her but was too young to enjoy them except for Perry Mason. There was another soap I liked but I don't remember which one it was or anything about it. Its theme song was what I liked best. It began, "There's a bluebird on my shoulder. There's a rainbow in the sky..." I listened to that song every day until the show went off the air. Also, does anyone out there remember a kids' show called "Mr I-magination"? I've been collecting OTR for a long time and have over 10,000 episodes...Anyway, hello to all my fellow OTR people. It's fun to read your messages on this board. Best wishes. Karen
Karen (Milford, CT), August 7, 2012
In 1934 I listened to the Jimmy Allen flying club program on a chrystal set radio. I went to the Richfield gas station on Saturday and picked up lessons. Returned them and when finished with them took them back and later received a set of wings. It got me loving planes. I read Through the Overcast, by Aason Jordinoff, when I was in the fourth grade. I knew more about planes than any of the teachers even. I later got a commercial pilots license, built my own all metal two place plane, and was an air traffic controller before retiring.
Matt Burns (Oak Harbor, WA), August 7, 2012
I was born in 1946 so I came in at the end of radio's golden age. But as a boy every Saturday I sat and listened to Gunsmoke. I much preferred to radio show the the TV show. And for some reason I really liked Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar even as a kid
Jerry (Lubbock, TX), August 7, 2012
OTRCAT has opened a whole new world of entertainment and history to me. I do accounting, and I listen to OTR all day long. LOVE IT
Valerie (Kanab Utah), August 1, 2012
Received the discs I ordered, today. That was QUICK service ... thank you. I love these old time mystery shows. Takes me back to grade school when I would cozy up to the radio and listen to them ... I loved them and I still enjoy listening to them! Thanks, again, for the quick service!