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38 old time radio show recordings
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Highlights of this rare and wonderful collection include Kansas Cities Western Auto Supply Company, a mail-order company which later branched out to become associated franchise stores. Also What Are We Fighting For? was produced to educate soldiers entering WWII. There's a radio show for kids to promote Little League and sandlot baseball. Read more below about these rare and wonderful old time radio series.

Alan ReedWe Love and Learn: An episode from a soap opera about Jim and Thelma, a newlywed couple struggling to make it in a world of new successes and failures, not to mention temptations.

WEEI Job Center of the Air: A public service program from WEEI Boston featuring job opportunities for Veterans in New England. The program features a panel discussion about issues faced by job seekers in the post-War period.

Western Auto Circle Arrow Show: During the early days of the automobile, Kansas City, Missouri, entrepreneur George Pepperdine (eventual founder of Pepperdine University) realized that cars had many parts, including tires and batteries, which would all wear out sooner or later. Pepperdine founded the Western Auto Supply Company with a mail-order company which he ran from his kitchen table. The mail-order business soon grew in a similar fashion to Sears-Roebuck, and the variety of inventory grew as well. Company-owned stores began cropping up in urban areas, and Western Auto associated franchise stores became a familiar sight in small-town America. Western Auto carried outboard boat motors under the Wizard name, firearms from several manufacturers branded as Revelation, and Western Flyer bicycles. The Circle Arrow in the title of this music program refers to the store signage, the words "Western Auto" encircled with an arrow.

Freddy Martin

Westward Ho: We do not have any documented evidence of a wagon master calling "Westward Ho!" and the covered wagon began their journey, but it is a great image. This syndicated cowboy music program likely takes its name from the 1956 live-action film Westward Ho the Wagons starring George Reeves (TV's Superman) and Fess Parker. The Westward Ho! Parade is a favored part of the Pendleton Round-Up, taking place on Friday morning of Round-Up week. The unique parade usually involves most of the native Americans camped at the Round-Up grounds and none of the vehicles in the Parade are motorized.

What Are We Fighting For?: As America entered the Second World War, leadership determined that the American G.I.s would be not only the best trained and best equipped fighting force in the conflict, they should also be the best informed. This program is the first of a series of lectures presented on military bases discussing the background and reasons for the War and why we needed to take the fight to the enemy.

What's the Score?: Happy Felton would eventually host a pre-game TV show for kids before Brooklyn Dodger's games, drawing younger fans to the park and promoting Little League and sandlot ball around the city. During the late depression years, he put together this political commentary program set in a bowling alley.

White Fires of Inspiration: History is filled with great works and the people who created them. Have you ever wondered what inspired them? White Fires of Inspiration looks at how Lewis Carol came to write Alice in Wonderland, how Clara Barton created the Red Cross, what inspired Stephen F. Foster to compose some much great American music, and the story of Mary Ann Evans whose pen name was George Eliot.

Tales of Willie Piper: Here is an audition program from ABC Radio for a program about Willie Piper, an innocent and sweet kid who deals with the business world and an overbearing father-in-law. Although the program was not picked up, included is a series of ads for the program.

The Winner's Circle: An audition program for a musical talent search program with a twist, the new acts were found and brought to the show by local disc jockeys from around the country. The weekly winner went to a sing-off in New York. Hosted by Freddy Martin.

Oscar Brand

Woman's Home Companion: A consumer advocacy program from 1930 warning housewives to never accept substitutions at the grocery store. Woman's Home Companion magazine stands behind their advertisers, and the program demonstrates how grocery shopping has changed over the years.

Woman's Page: A Baltimore local program with a review of William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) featuring one of the film's stars.

The Woody Herman Show: The great bandleader and his Woodchoppers in a summer replacement series for The Adventures of Sam Spade.

The World News Round Up: "A special broadcast from the capitals of the world." The format had been used for radio news since the mid-1930s over different networks. These broadcasts are from the mid-Fifties covering Cold War tensions in China and Poland.

The World of Folk Music with Oscar Brand: Canadian folk singer Oscar Brand played with folk legends Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, the Weavers, and Pete Seeger. In the early Sixties, Brand put together this series of folk tunes and interviews with folk music greats.

The World Tomorrow: Beginning with an invitation to conduct a 15-minute morning devotional on 100-watt KORE Eugene, Oregon, in 1933, Herbert W. Armstrong was one of the first to appreciate the power and the reach of the radio for spreading the gospel. He founded the Radio Church of God which later became the Worldwide Church of God and correlated many of the events of the Twentieth Century with prophecies from the Bible.

World Program Service: A radio syndication service, possibly associated with Decca Records, the World Program Service provided broadcasters with pre-recorded content to which local sponsor messages could be added. Some of the content was relatively simple, like a jingle about the clock to be played at the top of each hour, while others were more complex like a Christmas morality tale by Joe E. Brown.

The World's Best: In addition to its profitable commercial programming and news coverage, the National Broadcasting Company built an enviable reputation for public service educational programming. The NBC University of the Air evolved from several sources, one of which was The World's Great Novels. This program, featuring Balzac's story of "The Room Without a Door", was part of the evolution of Great Novels.

The Worry Hour: In an interesting philosophy for an Insurance company, the lead in for The Worry Hour was that "Most of the things people worry about never happen." A fun variety program hosted by "Professor Phineas Fret".

Yarns for Yanks: As important and arduous as their jobs could be, the average G.I. often found himself with a good deal of time on his hands. There were books and card games, and the Special Services would send out record players and sports equipment, but most soldiers filled their idle hours listening and telling stories to their mates. When those ran out, there was always Yarns for Yanks from the Armed Forces Radio Services. Apparently one of AFRS's earliest in-house productions, great stories were selected from literature and repackaged as radio plays starring Hollywood stars.

You Make the News: Sponsored by Newsweek Magazine, this program dramatized news of the day to help listeners understand current events. One story is that of the "synthetic Depression" of 1946 caused by John L. Lewis's leading of a "soft coal strike". Incidents from the strike and Lewis's life are recreated by actors.

The Young at Heart: An audition recording starring Alan Reed ("Fred Flintstone"). The tale in this episode is Stevenson's Treasure Island. Reed narrates as well as plays John Silver.

Your Weight in Gold: A quiz show hosted by Bud Collyer ("Superman"). Most of the questions were kind of silly, like "How long is a piece of string?" or popular song titles. The prize for correct answers would be multiplied times the contestant's weight and could be doubled if Bud was wrong guessing the actual weight within three pounds.

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    total playtime 14 hours, 22 min
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      38 shows - total playtime 14 hours 22 minutes
      1. We Love And Learn 500728 Jim Spendthrift.mp3
      2. Weei Job Center 480111 Jobs For Vets.mp3
      3. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 480515 East Side West Side.mp3
      4. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481031 Blue Eyed Sally.mp3
      5. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481031 Song Blue Eyed Sally.mp3
      6. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481114 Sing Like Birdies Sing.mp3
      7. Westward Ho 000000 00x Song Empty Saddles In Old Corral.mp3
      8. Westward Ho 000000 00x Song Navajo Trail.mp3
      9. What Are We Fighting For 420409 What Pearl Harbor Means T.mp3
      10. Whats Score 1939 Promo 2. Happy Felton On Bureaucracy Hoover.mp3
      11. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Alice In Wonderland.mp3
      12. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Mary Ann Evans.mp3
      13. White Fires Of Inspiration 381010 Life Of Stephen Foster.mp3
      14. Willie Piper Announcements.mp3
      15. Willie Piper Hollywood.mp3
      16. Willie Piper Promo.mp3
      17. Winners Circle 000000 Audition. Song Youre Thoughtless.mp3
      18. Womans Home Companion 19300804 Dont Buy Blind.mp3
      19. Womans Page 470325 Helen Hall Wcbm Air Check C.mp3
      20. Woody Herman 122945 First Song Tico Tico.mp3
      21. World News Roundup 550602 4 Am Flyers Released Red China.mp3
      22. World News Roundup 560717 Ussr American Planes Flying Polish.mp3
      23. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610331 Afrts19 Christ Church Bell.mp3
      24. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610404 Afrts21 Abe Lincoln.mp3
      25. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610407 Afrts20 Pt2 Oscar Brown.mp3
      26. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610421 Afrts22 Pt1 Folk Canada.mp3
      27. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610505 Afrts24 Dont Care Bury.mp3
      28. World Of Tomorrow 740620 Death And Population.mp3
      29. World Program Service - Time Signal Jingles.mp3
      30. World Program Service 000000 325 These Humble.mp3
      31. World Program Service Time Signal Jingles.mp3
      32. Worlds Best 19410818 9 Room Without Door.mp3
      33. Worry Hour 400311.mp3
      34. Yarns For Yanks 101 Afrs Lloyd Nolan Love Potion.mp3
      35. Yarns For Yanks 102 Frank Graham Second Wind.mp3
      36. You Make News 460516 Ep026 John L Lewis.mp3
      37. Young At Heart 471204 Treasure Island.mp3
      38. Your Weight In Gold 440000 Bud Collyer.mp3
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    38 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      38 shows - total playtime 14 hours 22 minutes
      1. We Love And Learn 500728 Jim Spendthrift.mp3
      2. Weei Job Center 480111 Jobs For Vets.mp3
      3. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 480515 East Side West Side.mp3
      4. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481031 Blue Eyed Sally.mp3
      5. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481031 Song Blue Eyed Sally.mp3
      6. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481114 Sing Like Birdies Sing.mp3
      7. Westward Ho 000000 00x Song Empty Saddles In Old Corral.mp3
      8. Westward Ho 000000 00x Song Navajo Trail.mp3
      9. What Are We Fighting For 420409 What Pearl Harbor Means T.mp3
      10. Whats Score 1939 Promo 2. Happy Felton On Bureaucracy Hoover.mp3
      11. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Alice In Wonderland.mp3
      12. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Mary Ann Evans.mp3
      13. White Fires Of Inspiration 381010 Life Of Stephen Foster.mp3
      14. Willie Piper Announcements.mp3
      15. Willie Piper Hollywood.mp3
      16. Willie Piper Promo.mp3
      17. Winners Circle 000000 Audition. Song Youre Thoughtless.mp3
      18. Womans Home Companion 19300804 Dont Buy Blind.mp3
      19. Womans Page 470325 Helen Hall Wcbm Air Check C.mp3
      20. Woody Herman 122945 First Song Tico Tico.mp3
      21. World News Roundup 550602 4 Am Flyers Released Red China.mp3
      22. World News Roundup 560717 Ussr American Planes Flying Polish.mp3
      23. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610331 Afrts19 Christ Church Bell.mp3
      24. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610404 Afrts21 Abe Lincoln.mp3
      25. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610407 Afrts20 Pt2 Oscar Brown.mp3
      26. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610421 Afrts22 Pt1 Folk Canada.mp3
      27. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610505 Afrts24 Dont Care Bury.mp3
      28. World Of Tomorrow 740620 Death And Population.mp3
      29. World Program Service - Time Signal Jingles.mp3
      30. World Program Service 000000 325 These Humble.mp3
      31. World Program Service Time Signal Jingles.mp3
      32. Worlds Best 19410818 9 Room Without Door.mp3
      33. Worry Hour 400311.mp3
      34. Yarns For Yanks 101 Afrs Lloyd Nolan Love Potion.mp3
      35. Yarns For Yanks 102 Frank Graham Second Wind.mp3
      36. You Make News 460516 Ep026 John L Lewis.mp3
      37. Young At Heart 471204 Treasure Island.mp3
      38. Your Weight In Gold 440000 Bud Collyer.mp3
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    38 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 22 min

    Random Rarities 24 Disc A001

    1. Whats Score 1939 Promo 2. Happy Felton On Bureaucracy Hoover
    2. Willie Piper Announcements
    3. Willie Piper Hollywood
    4. Willie Piper Promo
    5. Womans Home Companion 19300804 Dont Buy Blind
    6. Woody Herman 122945 First Song Tico Tico
    7. World Program Service - Time Signal Jingles

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A002

    1. World Program Service Time Signal Jingles
    2. Worlds Best 19410818 9 Room Without Door
    3. Yarns For Yanks 101 Afrs Lloyd Nolan Love Potion
    4. Yarns For Yanks 102 Frank Graham Second Wind
    5. Westward Ho 000000 00x Song Empty Saddles In Old Corral

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A003

    1. Westward Ho 000000 00x Song Navajo Trail
    2. Winners Circle 000000 Audition. Song Youre Thoughtless
    3. World Program Service 000000 325 These Humble

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A004

    1. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Alice In Wonderland
    2. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Mary Ann Evans

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A005

    1. White Fires Of Inspiration 381010 Life Of Stephen Foster
    2. Worry Hour 400311

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A006

    1. What Are We Fighting For 420409 What Pearl Harbor Means T
    2. Your Weight In Gold 440000 Bud Collyer

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A007

    1. You Make News 460516 Ep026 John L Lewis
    2. Womans Page 470325 Helen Hall Wcbm Air Check C

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A008

    1. Young At Heart 471204 Treasure Island
    2. Weei Job Center 480111 Jobs For Vets

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A009

    1. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 480515 East Side West Side
    2. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481031 Blue Eyed Sally

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A010

    1. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481031 Song Blue Eyed Sally
    2. Western Auto Circle Arrow Show 481114 Sing Like Birdies Sing

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A011

    1. We Love And Learn 500728 Jim Spendthrift
    2. World News Roundup 550602 4 Am Flyers Released Red China
    3. World News Roundup 560717 Ussr American Planes Flying Polish

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A012

    1. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610331 Afrts19 Christ Church Bell

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A013

    1. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610404 Afrts21 Abe Lincoln

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A014

    1. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610407 Afrts20 Pt2 Oscar Brown
    2. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610421 Afrts22 Pt1 Folk Canada

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A015

    1. World Of Folk Music Oscar 610505 Afrts24 Dont Care Bury

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    Random Rarities 24 Disc A016

    1. World Of Tomorrow 740620 Death And Population

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