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Old Time Radio Memory: Joseph Graziano: Giving a Christmas Radio Present

Old Time Radio Memory:

For Christmas 2003, I gave my son, Richard, and his wife, Laura, a very special gift: It was a 1950 Emerson table model radio that I had repaired and restored after finding it stuck away on a shelf at a local antique shop. I had in the past given them some of my OTRCAT collection, but when they unpacked the radio from its Christmas wrappings they were delighted-a radio that had tubes!

Joseph Graziano
Age 10 - 1947
Newburgh, NY

Where had it been all these years? Who were the owners before them, if it could only tell us, but like old time radio programs, it is the imagination that makes it fun and exciting. I have never lost my love for OTR programs. The following is a letter I gave them as part of their gift:

Dear Rich and Laura:

In 1950, the year that this radio was built, I was thirteen years old and living in Newburgh, NY - attending the eighth grade at South Junior High School. Radio was our entertainment and to this day I still love it. My vast collection of radio programs from my youth bring back fond memories as I sit and listen again to all the comedies, serial adventures, and the detectives who could solve any mystery. Radio was called "The Theater of the Mind," how true it was. I remember sitting on the living room floor in front of our Philco console, visualizing Sergeant Preston of the Royal Canadian Mounties being pulled by his dog team, led by King, his lead dog, companion, and protector. I could feel the harsh Yukon wind as it whipped through the living room as Preston shouted commands to the team in pursuit of the bad guys.

I only lived two blocks from Junior High and always came home for lunch and listened with grandma to Ma Perkins, a soap opera sponsored by Proctor and Gamble's Oxadol laundry soap. We would listen to the radio until it was time for me to run back to school for my next class. After school, I would rush home and listen to Superman, Terry and the Pirates, and Dick Tracy.

These memories are so precious to me and I dread the day they fade. This gift to you is a part of my past, present and my future. I know you will always keep and appreciate what it means and someday you will be the ones to pass this treasure onto you family.


-Joe Graziano, Born 1937


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I was raised on tv (1950's) my dad would alwasy do the Shadow theme, who knows...., but i had bener heard any. after i graduated collegd (1973, I moved to Australia and they, at that time were equivbalent to the US in the '50's. One Sunday I was listening to the radio & there, to my surprise was a Shadow replay. I was hooked. from that point on I made a point to listen to every show each week. I then started importing radio shows from the US & England (Goons, etc) and off I went. Over the years I have collected many hours of rasio plays which I now listen to while on the way towork and home. They are terrific. I'm glad I found you guys, as I have leveled my colection out in a lot of stores. ThaNK YOU AGAIN


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