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Cavalcade of America

739 Episodes
15 Volume
This well-done, star-studded factual show is a wonderful resource for those interested in historical highlights.

739 15
Add To Cart: $75.00

Minstrel Shows

537 Episodes
13 Volume
Minstrelsy is considered the first truly American form of entertainment, and as such provides the forms and traditions which would eventually form vaudeville and ultimately the Hollywood movies and TV shows which shape and inform the rest of the world's opinion of American culture.

537 13
Add To Cart: $65.00

World War II Collection

1220 Episodes
9 Volume
This compilation includes vintage broadcasts and historical recordings of the era. The American men and women serving in WWII exclusively heard many of the recordings in this collection through the AFRS (American Forces Radio Service).

1220 9
Add To Cart: $45.00

Space Missions

489 Episodes
8 Volume
Hear in eight volumes coverage and actual broadcasts of America's early Space Missions, from Mercury through Apollo 15.

489 8
Add To Cart: $40.00

Hawaii Old Time Radio Shows

288 Episodes
7 Volume
Aloha! This collection includes old time radio shows from all genres from ting-ting steel guitar music to epic Hawaiian Adventure and detective stories to supernatural Tiki tales.

288 7
Add To Cart: $35.00

Apocalypse Bundle

330 Episodes
7 Volume
Survive in style the end of the world. It includes five of our favorite world's end collections!

330 7
Add To Cart: $35.00

Red Scare in Old Time Radio

276 Episodes
7 Volume
After the Second World War, American culture was shaped and driven largely by fears of Communist infiltration corrupting American institutions and values.

276 7
Add To Cart: $35.00

John F Kennedy

411 Episodes
6 Volume
Extensive collection of presidential speeches, recordings, and assassination coverage + transcripts, images and documents!

411 6
Add To Cart: $30.00

FDR Fireside Chats and Speeches (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

326 Episodes
5 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.

326 5
Add To Cart: $25.00

Kent State Shootings

210 Episodes
5 Volume
Radio Broadcasts are historical artifacts. In this collection, we present a timeline of the coverage of the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, including the political climate which led up to the incident, coverage of the shootings, and the aftermath for America.

210 5
Add To Cart: $25.00

Presidential Candidate Announcements

176 Episodes
5 Volume
While only 44 men have served as President and 48 men have served as Vice President, so many Americans have stepped up to answer the call to run for these two top spots. Listen as we hear from some of these Americans as they make their plans known, give their victory, and even their concession.

176 5
Add To Cart: $25.00

Presidential Debates

70 Episodes
5 Volume
Although not mandated by the Constitution and a "tradition" which only goes back to 1960, Americans have come to expect a broadcast debate between their Presidential Nominees as a part of the Election Process.

70 5
Add To Cart: $25.00

Biography in Sound

86 Episodes
4 Volume
Produced by Joseph O. Meyers, this old time radio series fascinated radio audiences with the biographies of Churchill, Babe Ruth, Fred Allen, WC Fields, and more.

86 4
Add To Cart: $20.00

Clinton (William J Clinton) Speeches

145 Episodes
4 Volume
Relive the Swinging 1990's through the historical speeches and Radio Addresses of President Clinton!

145 4
Add To Cart: $20.00

Pacific Story

171 Episodes
4 Volume
One of the many lessons of WWII was how the countries of the Pacific would grow in importance on the world scene, as profiled in The Pacific Story.

171 4
Add To Cart: $20.00

Communists and Cold War

155 Episodes
4 Volume
This extensive collection includes radio shows, news broadcasts, psa's, and debates about The Red Scare, McCarthyism, and The Cold War which pervaded politics, cultures, life and more in second half the the 20th Century.

155 4
Add To Cart: $20.00

Father Coughlin

61 Episodes
3 Volume
"The Radio Priest" was a success when he first discussed religious matters in the early days of radio. However, Father Coughlin managed to step on a few toes when he expanded into political commentary and calls for economic reform.

61 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Mr President

151 Episodes
3 Volume
This old time radio series tells the untold tales the Commanders-in-chief's everyday life. In order to challenge the audience to guess his identity, the President's name was not revealed until the end of the show.

151 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Nixon (Richard Nixon Recordings)

157 Episodes
3 Volume
Richard M. Nixon was the 37th President of the United States of America, and one of the most controversial. In 1974, he became the only US President to resign from office.

157 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Ronald Reagan

138 Episodes
3 Volume
This collection contains his old time radio appearances and recordings from his political career and presidency.

138 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Norman Corwin

120 Episodes
3 Volume
One of the greatest creative minds that has ever floated through the airwaves, Norman Corwin's poetic personality left an impression on listeners everywhere.

120 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Vox Pop

140 Episodes
3 Volume
You won't want to miss this charming program featuring often spontaneous and playful interviews with citizens across the US and abroad. This extensive collection contains rare recordings previously not in circulation.

140 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

University of Chicago Roundtable

112 Episodes
3 Volume
uses the media of radio as a platform to answer big questions of the day. Topics include war time politics, civil rights, economics, great literature, psychology, nutrition, and more.

112 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Boxers Champions and Prizefighters

123 Episodes
3 Volume
This OTRCAT original collection includes examples of boxing in all the genres of old time radio shows.

123 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Meet the Press

128 Episodes
3 Volume
an excellent interview program featuring top makers and shakers of the day being put under the microscope and asked tough questions.

128 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

State of the Union Addresses

67 Episodes
3 Volume
Officially a speech made from the US President to Congress; however, the advent of radio made the State of the Union a public speech heard by Americans everywhere.

67 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Presidential Party Nominating Conventions

152 Episodes
3 Volume
The Nominating Conventions are an important part of the path to the White House and are a vibrant example of Representative Democracy in action.

152 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Sept 11 Attack

68 Episodes
3 Volume
The 9/11 attacks targeted symbols of American power and democracy and fundamentally changed American culture.

68 3
Add To Cart: $15.00

Adventures in Research

157 Episodes
2 Volume
"Learn! Investigate! Instruct!" written by physicist, Dr. Phillips Thomas, this historically accurate series includes recordings about the invention of the typewriter, automobile, penicillin, machine gun, skyscraper, and more!

157 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Edward Murrow (I Can Hear It Now)

100 Episodes
2 Volume
One of the greatest American journalists in broadcast history, he pioneered the reporter on the scene reporting during WWII.

100 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

South African Rarities

86 Episodes
2 Volume
Fill your Bakkie Full of Your Favorite Okes and Padkos and Listen to these Rare Radio shows from the Rainbow Nation!

86 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Words At War

89 Episodes
2 Volume
This old time radio series is a wonderful blend of history and literature and sometimes a sprinkle of wartime propaganda.

89 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

You Are There

92 Episodes
2 Volume
This series takes historic events and dramatizes them with "live radio" coverage. Many of the announcers on You Are There were wartime correspondents in World War II.

92 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Inheritance

23 Episodes
2 Volume
This highly patriotic show revisits amazing people, times, and events in American History.

23 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

CBS World News Today

95 Episodes
2 Volume
one of the first news shows to send famed correspondents, Edward R Murrow, John Charles Daly, and William L. Shirer, around to world to give American eyewitness accounts to some of the most dramatic events in history.

95 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Old Fashioned Revival Hour

91 Episodes
2 Volume
Classic old time radio Christian evangelicalism.The show was lead by Pastor Charles E Fuller who was one of the first radio ministers.He dedicated his life to the ministry and often traveled around the country and aired live revivals.

91 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

America Town Meeting of the Air

39 Episodes
2 Volume
Every week, the nation listened as experts debated issues from communism to social security to the type of music America wanted. Modeled after New England Town Hall Meetings, each show opened with a "town crier" clanging a bell and an active audience that would "boo" panelists.

39 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Atomic Radio

95 Episodes
2 Volume
OTRCAT original collection featuring radio shows inspired by the Atomic Age. A blast from the past, this collection includes a bombardment of shows from all genres including Science Fiction, comedy, horror, detective, and drama.

95 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Author Meets Critic

49 Episodes
2 Volume
Join the battle between authors and critics when you listen to The Author Meets the Critic.

49 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Watergate Scandal News

122 Episodes
2 Volume
Valuable up close look at events as they were unfolding during Nixon's Watergate Scandal.

122 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Abraham Lincoln

61 Episodes
2 Volume
One of the most revered Presidents in American History, Abraham Lincoln was a popular figure in old time radio shows.

61 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Apocalypse (End of the World)

103 Episodes
2 Volume
Hear Duck and Cover, Plagues, Robot Attacks, Time Travel, Annihilation, Cold War Speeches, and more in this OTRCAT original collection of tales about THE END OF THE WORLD!

103 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Mike Wallace

104 Episodes
2 Volume
with early appearances in old time radio quiz shows, radio dramas, and as an announcer, Mike Wallace later focused on news broadcasts and earned the nickname "King of Confrontation" for his hardboiled interviewing style.

104 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Election Collection

84 Episodes
2 Volume
old time radio shows take on elections, voting and ballots taken from all genres including comedy, drama, western, news programs, and more.

84 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

George W Bush Speeches

256 Episodes
2 Volume
Major events during George W Bush two term presidency include the terrorist attack on 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

256 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Excursions in Science

48 Episodes
2 Volume
Sponsored by General Electric to increase interest and layman's knowledge of science

48 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

DJ Madness

98 Episodes
2 Volume
The original Disc Jockeys from the Age of Radio bring you their best and greatest music from their era.

98 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Politicians Corrupt Dirty and Otherwise

73 Episodes
2 Volume
This collection includes historical and news broadcasts as well as fictional accounts of corrupt politicians on The Green Hornet, The Halls of Ivy, The Lone Ranger, and more.

73 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Movie Previews

178 Episodes
2 Volume
This is a compilation of movie previews on radio shows with glimpses of some of the best classics in film history.

178 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Bob Elson Interviews

107 Episodes
2 Volume
primarily known as a sports announcer, a large portion of his career was spent simply interviewing famous people.

107 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Final Episodes of OTR

54 Episodes
2 Volume
Even the best OTR programs eventually came to an end, learn how it happened in our Last Episode Collection.

54 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Jeffrey Silver

91 Episodes
2 Volume
While on vacation from Cleveland, Jeffrey Silver made a few radio auditions just for fun, and wound up as a young, professional, Hollywood radio actor.

91 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Rare Historical

125 Episodes
2 Volume
Old Time Radio is more than a report of History, OTR Programs ARE History!

125 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

Impeach a President (Clinton)

43 Episodes
2 Volume
Whenever a sitting President does something that his opposition does not like, there are calls for Impeachment. The case of President Clinton's Impeachment proceedings can be instructive.

43 2
Add To Cart: $10.00

American History

157 Episodes
2 Volume
Famous and lesser know episodes from the birth and growth of a Great Nation presented from popular OTR sources, including Cavalcade Of America, American Trail, Frontier Fighters, Mr. President and You Are There. Great lessons and fine entertainment.

157 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$7.00

AFVN Recordings (Armed Forces Vietnam)

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

144 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

American Adventure

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

23 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Babe Ruth

29 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.

29 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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.

21 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

Destination Freedom

33 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.

33 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Empire Builders

7 Episodes
1 Volume
Sponsored by the Great Northern Railway, this 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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Former Slave Interviews

8 Episodes
1 Volume
Historic WPA Conversations with Former Slaves

8 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Great Moments in Radio

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

103 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

Hitler (Adolf) Recordings

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

26 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

Horizons West

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

13 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

March of Time

29 Episodes
1 Volume
This old time radio broadcast was renown for dramatized news events.

29 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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.

47 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

Pacific Powerland

45 Episodes
1 Volume
Entertaining Educational Historic Tales

45 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Religious Recordings

18 Episodes
1 Volume
Uplifting and Inspirational Sermons from Reverend Beale and Reverend Charles Fuller

18 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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.

36 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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.

31 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Civil Defense

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

120 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

Commercials

546 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."

546 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Blitzkrieg

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

91 1
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

Western Adventures with Historical Figures

19 Episodes
1 Volume
Over more than two decades on the air, the Masked Man ran into a good many historical figures, but the Lone Ranger never let recorded history get in the way of a good story. 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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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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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
Add To Cart: $5.00

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