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Civil Defense in Old Time Radio

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Civil Defense in Old Time Radio

Established in the US during WWII, Civil defense is an organization that prepares citizens from natural and military attacks.

Civil Defense helped citizens respond to the threat of war with anti-saboteur vigilance, border patrolling, air raid drills, and more.

Hear these fascinating Civil Defense recordings which took a center stage during the Red Scare with the Bert the Turtle Duck and Cover campaign:

In Case of Attack
Stars for

Created by Federal Civil Defense Administration as a program broadcast by participating radio stations throughout the US with music and practical advice of an impending attack.

Civil Defense

Fascinating PSA, recordings and episodes to save americans from a nuclear attack!

Public Service
Annoucements (PSAs)

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) is defined as a message in the public interest which is disseminated through the media free of charge, with the objective of raising awareness of issues.

Fallout Shelter Sign
This is
Civil Defense

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.

Atomic Radio

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.

Fifth Horseman
The Fifth

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.

Living Atomic Age
Living in an Atomic Age

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.

Plan for Survival
Plan for Survival from
the Civil Defense Network

Atomic Attacks and Major Pandemics do not seem related, but the response to the threat from government and citizens is surprisingly similar.

Quick and Dead
The Quick and
The Dead

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

Alert Today. Alive Tomorrow.
Duck Cover, Bert the Turtle

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Ye-ow! These arrived this morning. That was fast! What an amazing collection of Civil Defense in an audio time capsule! Thanks! I'm sure I will love these as I have everything else you've sent. Back to you when I run dry.


Thanks for the info on downloading the shows. I'm still enjoying the many shows I received from you over the years. I'll be putting another order in soon. Thanks again.


Downloading is a breeze. No waiting for mail. great stuff!


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