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Recollections at Thirty

The OTR era ended in 1962 when Suspence went off the air, but NBC was already looking back nostalgically to 1930’s programing in the mid-50’s with Recollections at Thirty.

41 old time radio show recordings
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Retrospective (1956-1957)

Sophie TuckerVic and Sade advertisement in Radio MirrorOn its thirtieth anniversary in the 1950s, the National Broadcasting Company created this special program to celebrate many "old time" radio broadcasts from the 1930s. Looking back to the early days of radio, this program "relives the radio events of the past," highlighting the stars, songs, and great moments in sports and special events from the 1930s. With a great variety of wonderful performances, this show includes such great stars as Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Red Skelton, Rudy Vallee, Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, Connie Boswell, Fats Waller, as well as Dinah Shore and Judy Garland's debuts. It also includes programs from Vic and Sade, Bergen and McCarthy, Lights Out, and more.

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Listeners were encouraged to write in and request old time radio shows. Some requested old children's programs, others requested such things the earliest broadcast they could scrape up in their sound library - which turned out to be the daily broadcast from June 11, 1927. This show not only plays the old shows, but also contextualizes them in a way that makes them even more delightful. So pull up a chair, set that tired leg on an ottoman and put your ear to the horn, because this is one show you won't want to miss! See also: Behind the Mike.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    41 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 38 min
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      41 shows - total playtime 17 hours 38 minutes
      1. RecollectAt30 560515 Audition Show.mp3
      2. RecollectAt30 560620 01 Premiere Show.mp3
      3. RecollectAt30 560627 02 The Minstrels.mp3
      4. RecollectAt30 560704 03 Rudy Vallee, Lum Abner.mp3
      5. RecollectAt30 560711 04 Truth Or Consequences.mp3
      6. RecollectAt30 560718 05 The Chase Sanborn Hour.mp3
      7. RecollectAt30 560725 06 Gene Glen Aka Jake Lena.mp3
      8. RecollectAt30 560801 07 Crash Of The Hindenburg.mp3
      9. RecollectAt30 560808 08 Recreate Highlights Of 380304.mp3
      10. RecollectAt30 560815 09 A P Gypsies, Pick Pat.mp3
      11. RecollectAt30 560829 10 Labor Day.mp3
      12. RecollectAt30 560905 11 Bon Voyage To King George Vi.mp3
      13. RecollectAt30 560912 12 Mary Martin's First Radio Appearance.mp3
      14. RecollectAt30 560919 13 Abdicatation Of King Edward Viii.mp3
      15. RecollectAt30 560926 14 Lights Out.mp3
      16. RecollectAt30 561003 15.mp3
      17. RecollectAt30 561010 16 The Big Bands.mp3
      18. RecollectAt30 561017 17 Judy Garland At 12 Years Old.mp3
      19. RecollectAt30 561024 18 Sophie Tucker-Vic Sade-Al Jolson.mp3
      20. RecollectAt30 561031 19 Songwriters Tribute.mp3
      21. RecollectAt30 561107 20 Veterans Day Wars From The Past.mp3
      22. RecollectAt30 561114 21 Bergan Mccarthy Debut Judy Garland.mp3
      23. RecollectAt30 561121 22 TownHallTonite Benny Allen Feud.mp3
      24. RecollectAt30 561205 24 Children's Programs.mp3
      25. RecollectAt30 561212 25 Connecticut River Flood 1936.mp3
      26. RecollectAt30 561219 26 Red Skelton Debut.mp3
      27. RecollectAt30 561226 27 June 11, 1927 Broadcast Day.mp3
      28. RecollectAt30 570102 28 Ladies Night.mp3
      29. RecollectAt30 570109 29 Speed Reading Contest.mp3
      30. RecollectAt30 570130 32 Irene Dunne, Joan Davis.mp3
      31. RecollectAt30 570206 33 American Album Of Family Music.mp3
      32. RecollectAt30 570213 34 Abraham Lincoln.mp3
      33. RecollectAt30 570220 35 Helen Hayes-Perry Como-Al Jolson.mp3
      34. RecollectAt30 570227 36 Harriet Hilliard, Bob Burns.mp3
      35. RecollectAt30 570306 37 Dinah Shore's Debut.mp3
      36. RecollectAt30 570313 38 Happy Saint Patrick's Day.mp3
      37. RecollectAt30 570320 39 1933 Connie Boswell, Ed Wynn.mp3
      38. RecollectAt30 570327 40 Pending Attack Japan 12135 J.Benny.mp3
      39. RecollectAt30 570403 41 Tribute To H. V. Kaltenborn.mp3
      40. RecollectAt30 570410 42 Info Please G.Garbo-Marian Anderson.mp3
      41. RecollectAt30 570417 43 Irving Berlin Tribute.mp3
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    41 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 38 min
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      41 shows - total playtime 17 hours 38 minutes
      1. RecollectAt30 560515 Audition Show.mp3
      2. RecollectAt30 560620 01 Premiere Show.mp3
      3. RecollectAt30 560627 02 The Minstrels.mp3
      4. RecollectAt30 560704 03 Rudy Vallee, Lum Abner.mp3
      5. RecollectAt30 560711 04 Truth Or Consequences.mp3
      6. RecollectAt30 560718 05 The Chase Sanborn Hour.mp3
      7. RecollectAt30 560725 06 Gene Glen Aka Jake Lena.mp3
      8. RecollectAt30 560801 07 Crash Of The Hindenburg.mp3
      9. RecollectAt30 560808 08 Recreate Highlights Of 380304.mp3
      10. RecollectAt30 560815 09 A P Gypsies, Pick Pat.mp3
      11. RecollectAt30 560829 10 Labor Day.mp3
      12. RecollectAt30 560905 11 Bon Voyage To King George Vi.mp3
      13. RecollectAt30 560912 12 Mary Martin's First Radio Appearance.mp3
      14. RecollectAt30 560919 13 Abdicatation Of King Edward Viii.mp3
      15. RecollectAt30 560926 14 Lights Out.mp3
      16. RecollectAt30 561003 15.mp3
      17. RecollectAt30 561010 16 The Big Bands.mp3
      18. RecollectAt30 561017 17 Judy Garland At 12 Years Old.mp3
      19. RecollectAt30 561024 18 Sophie Tucker-Vic Sade-Al Jolson.mp3
      20. RecollectAt30 561031 19 Songwriters Tribute.mp3
      21. RecollectAt30 561107 20 Veterans Day Wars From The Past.mp3
      22. RecollectAt30 561114 21 Bergan Mccarthy Debut Judy Garland.mp3
      23. RecollectAt30 561121 22 TownHallTonite Benny Allen Feud.mp3
      24. RecollectAt30 561205 24 Children's Programs.mp3
      25. RecollectAt30 561212 25 Connecticut River Flood 1936.mp3
      26. RecollectAt30 561219 26 Red Skelton Debut.mp3
      27. RecollectAt30 561226 27 June 11, 1927 Broadcast Day.mp3
      28. RecollectAt30 570102 28 Ladies Night.mp3
      29. RecollectAt30 570109 29 Speed Reading Contest.mp3
      30. RecollectAt30 570130 32 Irene Dunne, Joan Davis.mp3
      31. RecollectAt30 570206 33 American Album Of Family Music.mp3
      32. RecollectAt30 570213 34 Abraham Lincoln.mp3
      33. RecollectAt30 570220 35 Helen Hayes-Perry Como-Al Jolson.mp3
      34. RecollectAt30 570227 36 Harriet Hilliard, Bob Burns.mp3
      35. RecollectAt30 570306 37 Dinah Shore's Debut.mp3
      36. RecollectAt30 570313 38 Happy Saint Patrick's Day.mp3
      37. RecollectAt30 570320 39 1933 Connie Boswell, Ed Wynn.mp3
      38. RecollectAt30 570327 40 Pending Attack Japan 12135 J.Benny.mp3
      39. RecollectAt30 570403 41 Tribute To H. V. Kaltenborn.mp3
      40. RecollectAt30 570410 42 Info Please G.Garbo-Marian Anderson.mp3
      41. RecollectAt30 570417 43 Irving Berlin Tribute.mp3
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    41 recordings on 21 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 38 min

    Disc A001

    1. RecollectAt30 560515 Audition Show

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    Disc A002

    1. RecollectAt30 560620 01 Premiere Show
    2. RecollectAt30 560627 02 The Minstrels

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    Disc A003

    1. RecollectAt30 560704 03 Rudy Vallee, Lum Abner
    2. RecollectAt30 560711 04 Truth Or Consequences

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    Disc A004

    1. RecollectAt30 560718 05 The Chase Sanborn Hour
    2. RecollectAt30 560725 06 Gene Glen Aka Jake Lena

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    Disc A005

    1. RecollectAt30 560801 07 Crash Of The Hindenburg
    2. RecollectAt30 560808 08 Recreate Highlights Of 380304

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    Disc A006

    1. RecollectAt30 560815 09 A P Gypsies, Pick Pat
    2. RecollectAt30 560829 10 Labor Day

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    Disc A007

    1. RecollectAt30 560905 11 Bon Voyage To King George Vi
    2. RecollectAt30 560912 12 Mary Martin's First Radio Appearance

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    Disc A008

    1. RecollectAt30 560919 13 Abdicatation Of King Edward Viii
    2. RecollectAt30 560926 14 Lights Out

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    Disc A009

    1. RecollectAt30 561003 15
    2. RecollectAt30 561010 16 The Big Bands

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    Disc A010

    1. RecollectAt30 561017 17 Judy Garland At 12 Years Old
    2. RecollectAt30 561024 18 Sophie Tucker-Vic Sade-Al Jolson

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    Disc A011

    1. RecollectAt30 561031 19 Songwriters Tribute
    2. RecollectAt30 561107 20 Veterans Day Wars From The Past

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    Disc A012

    1. RecollectAt30 561114 21 Bergan Mccarthy Debut Judy Garland
    2. RecollectAt30 561121 22 TownHallTonite Benny Allen Feud
    3. RecollectAt30 561205 24 Children's Programs

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    Disc A013

    1. RecollectAt30 561212 25 Connecticut River Flood 1936
    2. RecollectAt30 561219 26 Red Skelton Debut

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    Disc A014

    1. RecollectAt30 561226 27 June 11, 1927 Broadcast Day
    2. RecollectAt30 570102 28 Ladies Night

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    Disc A015

    1. RecollectAt30 570109 29 Speed Reading Contest
    2. RecollectAt30 570130 32 Irene Dunne, Joan Davis

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    Disc A016

    1. RecollectAt30 570206 33 American Album Of Family Music
    2. RecollectAt30 570213 34 Abraham Lincoln

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    Disc A017

    1. RecollectAt30 570220 35 Helen Hayes-Perry Como-Al Jolson
    2. RecollectAt30 570227 36 Harriet Hilliard, Bob Burns

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    Disc A018

    1. RecollectAt30 570306 37 Dinah Shore's Debut
    2. RecollectAt30 570313 38 Happy Saint Patrick's Day

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    Disc A019

    1. RecollectAt30 570320 39 1933 Connie Boswell, Ed Wynn
    2. RecollectAt30 570327 40 Pending Attack Japan 12135 J.Benny

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    Disc A020

    1. RecollectAt30 570403 41 Tribute To H. V. Kaltenborn
    2. RecollectAt30 570410 42 Info Please G.Garbo-Marian Anderson

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    Disc A021

    1. RecollectAt30 570417 43 Irving Berlin Tribute

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