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AFVN Recordings (Armed Forces Vietnam)

148 Episodes
1 Volume
Morale-Boosting Military Radio Station for Servicemen and Women in Vietnam

148 1
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$4.50

American Adventure

23 Episodes
1 Volume
Join us on the Adventure of Our Nation

23 1
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$4.50

American in England

6 Episodes
1 Volume
Norman Corwin's visits to England during WWII. It documented war-time conditions in England from the perspective of the citizens of England, instead of those in power or of handouts from the war department.

6 1
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$4.50

American Trail

13 Episodes
1 Volume
The American Trail tells the story of these brave men and women: from Louis and Clark to the great ol' California Gold Rush.

13 1
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$4.50

Babe Ruth

8 Episodes
1 Volume
The Adventures of Babe Ruth was produced in 1934 on the Blue Network, with sponsorship by Quaker Oats, and was the best of the lot. It told in-depth, fully dramatized episodes from the Babe's career, so there was a sense of the real man there in the dugout and on the field.

8 1
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$4.50

Behind the Scenes

21 Episodes
1 Volume
Audiences have always loved learning the little known facts about famous people they think they know. Behind The Scenes explores the lives of famous personalities and adds a few facts that never made it into the history books. Update: additional broadcast

21 1
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$4.50

Destination Freedom

32 Episodes
1 Volume
The concept of African-American civil rights was not mainstream at the end of the 1940's. Shows like Destination Freedom on WMAQ helped pave the way to a better society.

32 1
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George HW Bush Speeches

58 Episodes
1 Volume
Served as the 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush presidency saw the falling of the Berlin Wall, the breakup of the Soviet Union, Invasion of Panama, and the Gulf War.

58 1
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Elmer Davis and the News

74 Episodes
1 Volume
During the months before Pearl Harbor, FDR appointed Elmer Davis to head up the Office of War Information. From this bully pulpit, Davis helped to whip the Nation into a fury over the aggressions of the Nazi's in Europe.

74 1
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$4.50

Empire Builders

7 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) Sponsored by the Great Northern Railway, this newly updated collection contains all seven known episodes to be in existence. In these historical-drama, we get a glimpse of the history of railroads in the development and use of the Columbia River.

7 1
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FDR Fireide Chats and Speeches (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

26 Episodes
1 Volume
With his Fireside Chats, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the power of radio to speak directly and intimately to the American people through some of the darkest periods of the Nation's history.

26 1
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$4.50

Fifth Horseman

8 Episodes
1 Volume
Near the beginning of the Cold War, there was a serious campaign to place atomic weapons under the direct control of the United Nations. Whatever your feelings towards the politics of such a move, The Fifth Horseman, the radio program which promoted the idea, is some of the most powerful programming of the era.

8 1
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$4.50

Former Slave Interviews

8 Episodes
1 Volume
Historic WPA Conversations with Former Slaves

8 1
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$4.50

Frontier Fighters

40 Episodes
1 Volume
Follow the opening of the North American Continent as Frontier Fighters follow the exploits of the brave explorers who pioneered their way into the interior. Hear history unfolding before your ears.

40 1
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$4.50

Great Moments in Radio

103 Episodes
1 Volume
Hear important Historical Events as they actually occurred on the Radio.

103 1
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Hitler (Adolf) Recordings

26 Episodes
1 Volume
speeches from the most infamous man in history

26 1
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Horizons West

13 Episodes
1 Volume
This well-written and performed program documents the exploration of America by Lewis and Clark!

13 1
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Living in an Atomic Age

7 Episodes
1 Volume
In 1953 Sir Bertrand Russell, one of Britain's premier philosophers, gave a series of lectures on the implications of Living In An Atomic Age.

7 1
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March of Time

28 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) now with an additional 20 shows: this old time radio broadcast was renown for dramatized news events.

28 1
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$4.50

This is the Story

47 Episodes
1 Volume
This old time radio show takes a fascinating in depth look into unknown tidbits about people and events that shaped our culture, history, and world. Update: additional episodes. Update: additional recordings

47 1
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$4.50

Pacific Powerland

45 Episodes
1 Volume
Entertaining Educational Historic Tales

45 1
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$4.50

Recollections at Thirty

41 Episodes
1 Volume
The OTR era ended in 1962 when Suspence went off the air, but NBC was already looking back nostalgically to 1930’s programing in the mid-50’s with Recollections at Thirty.

41 1
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Religious Recordings

14 Episodes
1 Volume
Uplifting and Inspirational Sermons from Reverend Beale and Reverend Charles Fuller Update: 2 additional broadcasts

14 1
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Romance of the Ranchos

35 Episodes
1 Volume
Romance of the Ranchos tells the stories of the brave men and women who lived and loved in Old California when it was still a Spanish colony.

35 1
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Science Magazine of the Air

23 Episodes
1 Volume
Great men of science and their world changing discoveries are profiled on Science Magazine of the Air.

23 1
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Paramount is on the Air

16 Episodes
1 Volume
Hollywood studios used the radio to advertise upcoming films featuring songs and scenes from the films without giving away the plot.

16 1
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Stroke of Fate

13 Episodes
1 Volume
History is filled with "What If?'s" Here is a show that explores how things could have been if not for a single Stroke of Fate.

13 1
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US Navy Shows

36 Episodes
1 Volume
If great music was all it took to get young men to the recruiting office, these U.S. Navy Shows would have found more sailors than we have ships. As it was, these great programs from the USN Recruiting Command gave us hours of toe-tapping goodness and dreams of the high seas. Update: Hoot'Navy shows added

36 1
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WPA Concerts

31 Episodes
1 Volume
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established by executive order of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on May 6, 1935. The WPA was a work relief program that provided jobs for many individuals who had become unemployed during the Depression. Update: additional recordings

31 1
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Churchill (Winston) Recordings

111 Episodes
1 Volume
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during WWII and great orator, wrote his own speeches and delivered them on many radio broadcasts.

111 1
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Civil Defense

120 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) Fascinating PSA, recordings and episodes to save americans from a nuclear attack!

120 1
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$4.50

Commercials

539 Episodes
1 Volume
Snap up these snappy commercials, and you'll truly be convinced to "make Jello for your own family, yum, yum, yum," "use Ajax the foaming cleanser (bum bum bum bum bum)," and buy "Nabisco, N-A-B-I-S-C-O, it's the name to know." Update: 230+ additional radio spots

539 1
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Complete Broadcast 1939 (Nazi Invasion of Poland)

19 Episodes
1 Volume
The day the Nazis invaded Poland is seen as the beginning of the Second World War. The staff of WJSV recorded the entire days broadcast, so we can learn about the events as they unfold.

19 1
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Complete Broadcast 1944 (D-Day Invasion of Normandy CBS)

24 Episodes
1 Volume
The invasion of Europe was to be the turning point of The War, but no one back home knew when or how it would happen. CBS recorded their entire broadcast day on June 6, 1944, so we can learn about the events as they unfold.

24 1
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$4.50

American Gallery

12 Episodes
1 Volume
celebrates American artists of all genres with a whole episode dedicated to each artist and their music

12 1
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American Portraits

8 Episodes
1 Volume
featured dramatic biographical sketches on both minor and major events in famous figures including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Mark Twain and many others.

8 1
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Blitzkrieg

91 Episodes
1 Volume
includes news reports and speeches on the german invasion across Europe as the atrocities unfolded.

91 1
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New World A-Coming

48 Episodes
1 Volume
the brainchild of Roi Ottley -- aired political and racial concerns through true-life accounts of people's experiences, such as black U.S. soldiers on leave denied at restaurants and movie theaters, discrimination in the workplace, unequal pay & opportunities, and other civil rights issues. Ottley's book, by the same name, won the Peabody Award and the Life in America Award in 1943.

48 1
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You Cant Do Business with Hitler

12 Episodes
1 Volume
A Pre-War anti-Nazi propaganda program, You Can’t Do Business With Hitler was based on the true-life experience of a former employee of the US Embassy in Berlin.

12 1
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Freedoms People

2 Episodes
1 Volume
A deeply patriotic radio show which celebrates democracy and freedom. Made by and for African-Americans, the show featured some of the greatest leaders in 1940s black culture

2 1
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Western Adventures with Historical Figures

19 Episodes
1 Volume
Old Time Radio's favorite western heroes meet real western historical figures like Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, even a young Teddy Roosevelt.

19 1
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Wax Cylinders 1 (1880 - 1890s)

126 Episodes
1 Volume
First commercially produced sound recording devices and offer an early look at turn of the century audio technology as well as popular music and culture from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Mass recording were made on Wax Cylinders from music to speeches to comedy routines all to be enjoyed the in comfort of the listener's home. This collection includes highlights from early recordings from the 1880-1890s.

126 1
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That Was the Year

39 Episodes
1 Volume
is a fascinating radio show that dramatizes the major historical events between the years 1896-1934. Headlines include Spanish American War in Cuba, Volcano Mt Pelee destroys town of Saint Pierre, Republic of China established, and Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany. Every episode ends with a performance of a popular song from the year.

39 1
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Fighting AAF

12 Episodes
1 Volume
Broadcast in 1945, this old time radio show focused on the technological achievements of the Army Air Forces (AAF) including: dropping the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima, radar defenses, blind landings, hydroponics, the GI Bill, and much more. With dramatic reenactments and jazzy music interludes, this show featured interviews with the principal officers and pilots involved.

12 1
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Speaking of Liberty

24 Episodes
1 Volume
features top writers, reporters, and intellectuals who focus on the importance and value of citizenship and liberty for all people regardless of race, creed, or color.

24 1
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Answer Man

5 Episodes
1 Volume
With a staff of over 40 of brainiest facts finder he could locate, The Answer Man solved thousands of questions written in by listeners.

5 1
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$4.50

Behind the Mike

32 Episodes
1 Volume
During the Golden Age of Radio things may have been less technical, but the effort required the skills of a great many diverse personalities, Behind The Mike introduces us to many of these folks, and tells the inside story of Old Time Radio from the people who were there to create it.

32 1
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Cavalcade of Kings

50 Episodes
1 Volume
features the radio dramatization of the fascinating history of the British Monarchy.

50 1
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$4.50

This is Civil Defense

13 Episodes
1 Volume
entertaining and informative broadcast created during the Red Scare to teach the public how to act in the case of a disaster such as flooding, tornados, food shortages, and nuclear attack.

13 1
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$4.50

Complete Broadcast 1941 (Pearl Harbor)

56 Episodes
1 Volume
complete broadcast day recordings of the Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.The Japanese attack changed the history of the world and officially brought the United States in World War II.

56 1
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Dr John Brinkley (Medical Quack)

7 Episodes
1 Volume
began experimenting with goat glands, surgically implanting them for every ailment from fertility, to dementia, to impotency. Called a quack, charlatan, and mega-medical radio star, Dr John Brinkley is a character from the 20th century that could not have existed without the power of radio.

7 1
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One World Flight

12 Episodes
1 Volume
In 1946, Norman Corwin spent 4 months on a flying trip around the world, carrying 225 pounds of recording equipment to 16 countries. What should have been a broadcasting triumph was aired in the same timeslot as Bob Hope, dooming One World Flight to relative obscurity.

12 1
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Barry Gray Show

5 Episodes
1 Volume
is the father of talk radio known for his candid interviews with the shiniest stars of the day.Known as the DJ you love to hate, Gray wasn't afraid to be opinionated and aggressive on the air which got him into trouble.

5 1
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$4.50

Joseph McCarthy Audio Excerpts

46 Episodes
1 Volume
best known for his attempts to root out communist in the State Department, then the Army, then just about everywhere. McCarthy was eventually censured by the Senate for his zealous attacks.

46 1
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Wax Cylinders 2 (1900 - 1904)

192 Episodes
1 Volume
sales and popularity of wax cylinders were at an all time high during this era and there were many popular recording artists.

192 1
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WEAF 12-Hour Broadcast, (Aug 10 1945 Atomic Bombing Nagasaki)

32 Episodes
1 Volume
Transcribed under the assumption of the end of the war the day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, this recording is a significant part of American history as it reflects the tension as we teetered at the end of WWII.

32 1
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Complete Broadcast 1944 (D-Day Invasion of Normandy NBC)

103 Episodes
1 Volume
original full day broadcast from the day of the invasion June 6th, 1944 including news bulletins, comedy and variety shows. These recordings illustrate the response on the American home front to the Normandy Landings called "the greatest invasion in the history of the world."

103 1
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I Was There

4 Episodes
1 Volume
rare but excellent historical old time radio show which gives an eyewitness account to notable events in history and extraordinary news stories.

4 1
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Democracy in America

16 Episodes
1 Volume
s based on Alexis de Tocqueville's book published in 1835 about his travels and observations of America society.

16 1
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$4.50

In Review

5 Episodes
1 Volume
using audio clips and narration, this historical old time radio show allows the listener to live through the year and understand major news events, stories, and happenings.

5 1
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Wax Cylinders 3 (1905 - 1906)

158 Episodes
1 Volume
We continue on our journey through early 20th century recordings: during this time wax cylinders and other recording devises were becoming more popular.

158 1
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National Hour

12 Episodes
1 Volume
Listen as National Hour discussed and dramatized a host of issues facing Americans after the end of World War 2.

12 1
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We Came This Way

29 Episodes
1 Volume
will be appreciated by students of history, as well as fans of radio drama with stories including Joan of Arc, Valley Forge, The French Revolution, and Walt Whitman.

29 1
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$4.50

Keys to the Capitol

10 Episodes
1 Volume
weekly news discussion program discuss news of the week in the mid-1950s.

10 1
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1957

36 Episodes
1 Volume
The "Baby Boom" reached his highest point, the Soviets launch Sputnik 1, and the "Little Rock Nine" fought against segregation.

36 1
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Lyndon Johnson Speeches

24 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) 21 additional recordings: Johnson was the 36th President of the United States of America. His term as President was from 1963 when succeeded to the Presidency after the assassination for John F. Kennedy until 1969 when he was re-elected in 1964 by a large margin.

24 1
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Dwight D Eisenhower

46 Episodes
1 Volume
Eisenhower was a national hero after serving as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during WWII and in 1952 won the Presidential Election. Update: additional broadcasts

46 1
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Harry S Truman Speeches

37 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) with 25+ new recordings: Listen to historic speeches from the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.

37 1
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$4.50

Random Rarities 19

45 Episodes
1 Volume
Here is a new collection of Rare Programs which will not fit in another category but are too important and entertaining not to be released in a collection.

45 1
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$4.50

United Nations Radio

28 Episodes
1 Volume
Just like they did in time of War, the Stars turned out in force to fight for Peace with the United Nations in UN Radio.

28 1
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Axis Sally (German Propaganda)

4 Episodes
1 Volume
Born in the US, Mildred Gillars starred in the 1942 Nazi broadcast, "Home Sweet Home" where she used stories about cheating girlfriends and wives to sow discontent and homesickness in American G.I.'s listening to the radio.

4 1
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Lord Haw Haw

16 Episodes
1 Volume
In WWII, William Joyce moved from England to support fascist Germany by playing the propaganda role of Lord Haw-Haw and attempted to discourage and demoralize English Speaking Allied troops.

16 1
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Quick and Dead

4 Episodes
1 Volume
Starring Bob Hope and produced by Fred Friendly, this old time radio show dramatically presents the science and horrors of Atomic War.

4 1
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HV Kaltenborn Edits the News

38 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) with 30 additional recordings: History repeats itself when H. V. Kaltenborn provides vivid commentary and pointed insight into world affairs and politics in the 1940s and 1950s.

38 1
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Howard Hughes Hearings

2 Episodes
1 Volume
Senate War Investigation Committee tried millionaire Howard Hughes for a misuse of government funds to build an airplane nicknamed the "Spruce Goose."

2 1
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Lear (Orson Welles)

10 Episodes
1 Volume
Orson Welles provides commentary, interviews, and thoughts about the state of the nation and the world in the tumultuous times after World War II.

10 1
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Mitch Miller Show

3 Episodes
1 Volume
the man who helped shape the careers for Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell, and Rosemary Clooney.

3 1
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Our Freedoms Blessings

8 Episodes
1 Volume
Hear the stories of people from the great State of New York who discovered something to make our lives better or safer.

8 1
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Korean AFRS Broadcasts

36 Episodes
1 Volume
When the Korean War broke out, AFRS had Army broadcasters working from the old American Embassy Hotel in Seoul and mobile units were attached to combat units and followed the action.

36 1
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Ronald Knox

4 Episodes
1 Volume
Ronald Knox was an interesting and controversial figure in the Catholic Church in England who broadcast about many subjects on British radio.

4 1
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Watergate Scandal News

117 Episodes
1 Volume
Valuable up close look at events as they were unfolding during Nixon's Watergate Scandal. Update: 88 additional historic recordings

117 1
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GK Chesterton Recordings

3 Episodes
1 Volume
Experience a bit of the genius of G. K. Chesterton through his thoughts about architecture, Rudyard Kipling, and the ingredients for the Spice of Life.

3 1
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Lowell Thomas

7 Episodes
1 Volume
Journalist, Commentator, Adventurer, and Radio Pioneer

7 1
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American Heritage

3 Episodes
1 Volume
AFRS created this education program to teach service men and women about the history of our great country.

3 1
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Sounds of War

18 Episodes
1 Volume
major events and campaigns of WWII are presented using historic recordings and reenactments of important speeches.

18 1
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NBC First Fabulous Fifty

6 Episodes
1 Volume
NBC celebrates its first 50 years on the air with a retrospective featuring bits from its most popular shows.

6 1
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Civil War

24 Episodes
1 Volume
There are stories of bravery and sacrifice, honor and cowardice, desperation and hope from both sides of the conflict.

24 1
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Behind the Scenes in Hollywood

18 Episodes
1 Volume
This old time radio show gives listeners an up close and personal look at the action behind the cameras in the golden age of Hollywood.

18 1
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Titanic Recordings

9 Episodes
1 Volume
included episodes from Adventures in Research, The Cavalcade of America, and historic sound clips referring to the tragedy. Update: additional recordings including first hand accounts

9 1
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Random Rarities 06

59 Episodes
1 Volume
an OTRCAT.com original collection of rare never released shows from the golden age of radio including A & P Gypsies!

59 1
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Our Land Be Bright

12 Episodes
1 Volume
In 1947-48, the VFW began syndicating Our Land Be Bright to help publicize the issues and VFW programs which benefit both vets and their communities.

12 1
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Gallant American Women

10 Episodes
1 Volume
Hear the untold stories of ordinary women who worked and sacrificed sometimes with their lives, to build the United States.

10 1
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Olympic Historical Recordings

12 Episodes
1 Volume
compilation of news, historical recordings and sports shows talking about Olympic history from radio past!

12 1
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Rarities from the 1920s

12 Episodes
1 Volume
this original collection featuring very rare old time radio shows from the earliest days of radio history.

12 1
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Story Behind the Headlines

25 Episodes
1 Volume
Hosted by Cesar Saerchinger and created as joint venture between NBC and the American Historical Association cover "outstanding news events and major trends in world affairs"

25 1
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Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt Own Program

6 Episodes
1 Volume
a radio program created by Eleanor Roosevelt to give the public a glimpse into life at the White House.

6 1
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Lands of the Free

15 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) Inspired by President Roosevelt and England Prime Minister Winston Churchill "The Charter Of Freedom," this radio program illustrated various historical stories of freedom.

15 1
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America First Committee Broadcasts

12 Episodes
1 Volume
an old time radio program using well know individuals like aviator Charles Lindbergh to convince America to stay OUT of WWII

12 1
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President Inaugural Addresses

26 Episodes
1 Volume
This collection includes every Presidential Inaugural Speech since Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933 through 2017.

26 1
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Gerald Ford Speeches

19 Episodes
1 Volume
President Ford became President when Richard Nixon left the office of presidency due to the Watergate scandal.

19 1
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