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Monitor also known as Monitor Beacon

Join the NBC Monitor communicators as they report the nation and the world and bring you comedy, music, interviews and much more from 1955 to 1975.

67 old time radio show recordings
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44 Audio CDs


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"1955: Weaver"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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GarrowayMonitor was produced by NBC beginning in 1955, ending just four months shy of it's 20th birthday. " Monitor Beacon" refers to the signature sounds that introduced the show which were manipulated telephone sounds with Morse code in the background signaling the letter M for Monitor.

When the show was introduced in 1955, it was broadcast simultaneously over the radio and on television beginning at 4 PM and ending at midnight. The regular schedule, however, was 8 AM Saturday mornings through midnight Sunday. The show was created by NBC president Sylvester L. (Pat) Weaver and, some believe, was the forerunner of talk radio.

The format was different for the time and Weaver called it "the radio pattern of the future" in his introduction to the program. The format was a mix of news, sports, comedy, music, interviews and more. There was nothing like it at the time and was a total divergence from traditional radio programming with 30 minute and 60 minute program segments overseen by a communicator.

Monitor AdMonitor featured some well-known communicators, the term for the hosts, from both the news and and game show worlds. The communicators included people like Cindy Adams, Dave Garroway, John Cameron Swayze, Bill Cullen, Hugh Downs, Monty Hall and many, many more recognizable people.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    67 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 41 hours, 55 min
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    Volume 1 - 43 shows - total playtime 23 hours 28 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Monitor 1955 Closed.mp3
    2. Monitor 1955 Weaver.mp3
    3. Monitor 1956 Garroway.mp3
    4. Monitor 1959 Beatty Bond.mp3
    5. Monitor 1959 Downs Roberts.mp3
    6. Monitor 1959 Hall.mp3
    7. Monitor 1961 Frank Mcgee 1.mp3
    8. Monitor 1961 Frank.mp3
    9. Monitor 1962 Mel Allen.mp3
    10. Monitor 1963 Durante 1.mp3
    11. Monitor 1963 Durante 2.mp3
    12. Monitor 1963 Groucho.mp3
    13. Monitor 1963 Sinatra 1.mp3
    14. Monitor 1963 Sinatra 2.mp3
    15. Monitor 1964 Burns.mp3
    16. Monitor 1964 Nelson.mp3
    17. Monitor 1964 Promo.mp3
    18. Monitor 1965 Blair.mp3
    19. Monitor 1966 Blair.mp3
    20. Monitor 1966 Morgan 2.mp3
    21. Monitor 1966 Morgan 3.mp3
    22. Monitor 1966 Morgan.mp3
    23. Monitor 1966 Promo.mp3
    24. Monitor 1967 Birthday 2.mp3
    25. Monitor 1967 Brad.mp3
    26. Monitor 1967 Morgan.mp3
    27. Monitor 1967 Parks.mp3
    28. Monitor 1967 Promo.mp3
    29. Monitor 1967 Steele.mp3
    30. Monitor 1968 Crandall.mp3
    31. Monitor 1968 Rayburn.mp3
    32. Monitor 1969 Garagiola.mp3
    33. Monitor 1969 Holiday 1.mp3
    34. Monitor 1969 Kirby.mp3
    35. Monitor 1969 Morgan 2.mp3
    36. Monitor 1969 Morgan.mp3
    37. Monitor 1969 Promo.mp3
    38. Monitor 1969 Rayburn Ike.mp3
    39. Monitor 1970 Morgan.mp3
    40. Monitor 1970 Murray.mp3
    41. Monitor 1971 Cullen.mp3
    42. Monitor 1971 Ted.mp3
    43. Monitor 1972 Brown.mp3
    Volume 2 - 24 shows - total playtime 18 hours 27 minutes
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    1. Monitor 1972 Lowe.mp3
    2. Monitor 1972 Mazer.mp3
    3. Monitor 1972 Sinatra.mp3
    4. Monitor 1973 Bill.mp3
    5. Monitor 1973 Cullen.mp3
    6. Monitor 1973 Daniel.mp3
    7. Monitor 1973 Ford.mp3
    8. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 1.mp3
    9. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 2.mp3
    10. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 3.mp3
    11. Monitor 1973 Robert Morgan.mp3
    12. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 4.mp3
    13. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 5.mp3
    14. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 6.mp3
    15. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 1.mp3
    16. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 2.mp3
    17. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 3.mp3
    18. Monitor 1975 Sunday 4.mp3
    19. Monitor 1975 Sunday 5.mp3
    20. Monitor 1975 Sunday 6.mp3
    21. Monitor Beacon.mp3
    22. Monitor Holiday.mp3
    23. Monitor Promos.mp3
    24. Monitor Themes.mp3
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    67 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 41 hours, 55 min
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    Volume 1 - 43 shows - total playtime 23 hours 28 minutes
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    1. Monitor 1955 Closed.mp3
    2. Monitor 1955 Weaver.mp3
    3. Monitor 1956 Garroway.mp3
    4. Monitor 1959 Beatty Bond.mp3
    5. Monitor 1959 Downs Roberts.mp3
    6. Monitor 1959 Hall.mp3
    7. Monitor 1961 Frank Mcgee 1.mp3
    8. Monitor 1961 Frank.mp3
    9. Monitor 1962 Mel Allen.mp3
    10. Monitor 1963 Durante 1.mp3
    11. Monitor 1963 Durante 2.mp3
    12. Monitor 1963 Groucho.mp3
    13. Monitor 1963 Sinatra 1.mp3
    14. Monitor 1963 Sinatra 2.mp3
    15. Monitor 1964 Burns.mp3
    16. Monitor 1964 Nelson.mp3
    17. Monitor 1964 Promo.mp3
    18. Monitor 1965 Blair.mp3
    19. Monitor 1966 Blair.mp3
    20. Monitor 1966 Morgan 2.mp3
    21. Monitor 1966 Morgan 3.mp3
    22. Monitor 1966 Morgan.mp3
    23. Monitor 1966 Promo.mp3
    24. Monitor 1967 Birthday 2.mp3
    25. Monitor 1967 Brad.mp3
    26. Monitor 1967 Morgan.mp3
    27. Monitor 1967 Parks.mp3
    28. Monitor 1967 Promo.mp3
    29. Monitor 1967 Steele.mp3
    30. Monitor 1968 Crandall.mp3
    31. Monitor 1968 Rayburn.mp3
    32. Monitor 1969 Garagiola.mp3
    33. Monitor 1969 Holiday 1.mp3
    34. Monitor 1969 Kirby.mp3
    35. Monitor 1969 Morgan 2.mp3
    36. Monitor 1969 Morgan.mp3
    37. Monitor 1969 Promo.mp3
    38. Monitor 1969 Rayburn Ike.mp3
    39. Monitor 1970 Morgan.mp3
    40. Monitor 1970 Murray.mp3
    41. Monitor 1971 Cullen.mp3
    42. Monitor 1971 Ted.mp3
    43. Monitor 1972 Brown.mp3
    Volume 2 - 24 shows - total playtime 18 hours 27 minutes
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    1. Monitor 1972 Lowe.mp3
    2. Monitor 1972 Mazer.mp3
    3. Monitor 1972 Sinatra.mp3
    4. Monitor 1973 Bill.mp3
    5. Monitor 1973 Cullen.mp3
    6. Monitor 1973 Daniel.mp3
    7. Monitor 1973 Ford.mp3
    8. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 1.mp3
    9. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 2.mp3
    10. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 3.mp3
    11. Monitor 1973 Robert Morgan.mp3
    12. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 4.mp3
    13. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 5.mp3
    14. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 6.mp3
    15. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 1.mp3
    16. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 2.mp3
    17. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 3.mp3
    18. Monitor 1975 Sunday 4.mp3
    19. Monitor 1975 Sunday 5.mp3
    20. Monitor 1975 Sunday 6.mp3
    21. Monitor Beacon.mp3
    22. Monitor Holiday.mp3
    23. Monitor Promos.mp3
    24. Monitor Themes.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    67 recordings on 44 Audio CDs
    total playtime 39 hours, 17 min

    Disc A001

    1. Monitor 1955 Closed
    2. Monitor 1955 Weaver

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    Disc A002

    1. Monitor 1956 Garroway
    2. Monitor 1959 Beatty Bond

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    Disc A003

    1. Monitor 1959 Downs Roberts

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    Disc A004

    1. Monitor 1959 Hall

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    Disc A005

    1. Monitor 1961 Frank Mcgee 1

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    Disc A006

    1. Monitor 1961 Frank
    2. Monitor 1962 Mel Allen

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    Disc A007

    1. Monitor 1963 Durante 1
    2. Monitor 1963 Durante 2

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    Disc A008

    1. Monitor 1963 Groucho

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    Disc A009

    1. Monitor 1963 Sinatra 1
    2. Monitor 1963 Sinatra 2

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    Disc A010

    1. Monitor 1964 Burns

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    Disc A011

    1. Monitor 1964 Nelson
    2. Monitor 1964 Promo

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    Disc A012

    1. Monitor 1965 Blair
    2. Monitor 1966 Blair
    3. Monitor 1966 Morgan 2

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    Disc A013

    1. Monitor 1966 Morgan 3
    2. Monitor 1966 Morgan
    3. Monitor 1966 Promo
    4. Monitor 1967 Birthday 2

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    Disc A014

    1. Monitor 1967 Brad
    2. Monitor 1967 Morgan
    3. Monitor 1967 Promo

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    Disc A015

    1. Monitor 1967 Steele
    2. Monitor 1968 Crandall

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    Disc A016

    1. Monitor 1968 Rayburn

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    Disc A017

    1. Monitor 1969 Garagiola

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    Disc A018

    1. Monitor 1969 Holiday 1

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    Disc A019

    1. Monitor 1969 Kirby

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    Disc A020

    1. Monitor 1969 Morgan 2

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    Disc A021

    1. Monitor 1969 Morgan
    2. Monitor 1969 Promo

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    Disc A022

    1. Monitor 1970 Morgan
    2. Monitor 1970 Murray
    3. Monitor 1971 Cullen

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    Disc A023

    1. Monitor 1971 Ted
    2. Monitor 1972 Brown

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    Disc A024

    1. Monitor 1972 Lowe

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    Disc A025

    1. Monitor 1972 Mazer

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    Disc A026

    1. Monitor 1972 Sinatra

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    Disc A027

    1. Monitor 1973 Bill

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    Disc A028

    1. Monitor 1973 Cullen

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    Disc A029

    1. Monitor 1973 Daniel

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    Disc A030

    1. Monitor 1973 Ford

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    Disc A031

    1. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 1
    2. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 2

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    Disc A032

    1. Monitor 1973 Imus Nov 3

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    Disc A033

    1. Monitor 1973 Robert Morgan

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    Disc A034

    1. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 4

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    Disc A035

    1. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 5

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    Disc A036

    1. Monitor 1975 Bw Sat 6

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    Disc A037

    1. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 1

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    Disc A038

    1. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 2

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    Disc A039

    1. Monitor 1975 Jbt Sat 3

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    Disc A040

    1. Monitor 1975 Sunday 4

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    Disc A041

    1. Monitor 1975 Sunday 5

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    Disc A042

    1. Monitor 1975 Sunday 6
    2. Monitor Beacon

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    Disc A043

    1. Monitor Holiday

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    Disc A044

    1. Monitor Promos
    2. Monitor Themes

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