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Old Time Radio Memory: Nat: 90 Years Young: Reliving old time radio in MP3

"I was born in 1921 and raised during those hard years of the depression. But we kids never thought about being poor as we were all in the same boat. I remember, after my father left for work at 4:00pm, Mom and I took in the movies, it cost a dime for me and 15 cents for Mom (double feature). Other nights, Mom played cards with her lady friends and I took over the radio! I remember in the winter, we had no steam heat so I sat in front of the big iron coal stove with my feet in the oven with the radio right beside me. Gosh, I loved it, and I knew all the shows. I didn't go much for the 'kid stuff' except for Lone Ranger and of course, I wasn't interested in the love stuff. BUT, those comedy, mystery and horror radio shows were my love! And for some reason or other, (I guess I was a pretty tough tomboy) I was never frightened!

NatThen of course, I grew up and as a young lady, I drifted away from the radio. Then I became interested in TV (when I wasn't going out dancing) and following years (getting married, raising children, keeping house) took up all my time, ending the day with a TV movie or something.

Now in the last few years since I have become a 'seasoned citizen', I naturally slowed down and needed something to fill my time and interest me. My sons hid my car keys and they won't let me drive anymore and I do really have a "very low threshold for boredom" - I was really on the threshold of depression until I discovered OLD TIME RADIO on my computer. 

"What the heck is this?" my sons helped explain to me what mp3s were all about so I went ahead and bought the MP3 CD Player and ordered some disks from Jon. What a great surprise! What a Godsend! I've become pretty knowledgeable about the system and have acquired quite a collection for myself. I have several books on the subject also… especially about radio actors – I mean the really great RADIO performers (not the movie stars). I am really a great fan of theirs (they're probably all up in the big radio studio in the sky now) but I sure admired and still admire them. The Lights Out, Inner Santum and the great horror shows that have come out later are still my favorites. The wonderful Escape and Suspense series and other horror stuff – they still don't scare me and I still have the enjoyment of listening to all the spooky stuff. The Line-Up and 21st Precinct are two great cop shows – just like living in the city again! And let's not forget Jack Benny!

So… I'm not bored anymore. When I retire for the evening, I have my glass of wine and my MP3 CD Player next to me and all is right!


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Nat: "9
0 Years Young:
Reliving old time radio in MP3"




Just read Nat's story. You have to be proud of the fact that you bring enjoyment to a 95 year old's life! It made me feel good just reading it. Keep up the great work!


A chance to tell my story of OTRCAT.com enjoyment. I'm a late baby boomer, 1953 vintage, just missed the prime of radio but still remember my mom telling stories of radio listening in her younger days. I have always preferred football games on the radio and would occasionally run across a CBS Radio Mystery Theater while on a long drive. I built my own crystal set and even dabble in shortwave - in short, I am a radio fan. Then I discovered old radio show programs on satellite radio - I was hooked! However, I began wanting more control of my personal programming, ordered OTRCAT.com disks, and now use an older, unactivated, cell phone for storing and playing the MP3 files, so to be as portable as possible. I listen to these OTRCAT shows every single night, lights off and ready for bed. I also camp often and take the old phone so I can listen by the campfire.


Just to let you know I really enjoyed reading 91 year old Nat's lovely story..still going strong at 91 and having a nightly tipple of wine ...good for her.


I laughed when I pictured my mother trying to download or stream anything. Poor thing is 86. I’m surprised she learned to use a CD player


Didn’t realize how long it had been since I last visited OTRCAT (I still have your sticker on my door). Site looks great. Love the new collections.


I hope you will be publishing more “testimonials” from “seniors” (AKA: old folks) I am 82 years old and well remember having the wits scared out of me as a kid by “Lights Out” and “Inner Sanctum.”


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.


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.


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