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Poetry in Old Time Radio

Reading PoetryPoetry was more than a literary favorite with the vast American listening audience. It was a simple way of bringing a touch of culture into their homes.   The Poetry programs were usually a mixture of poetical genius and the popular music of its time. It might be a soft crooning or a big band hit.  Whatever it was, it was magical and the audience loved it.

Moon River
Moon River
"A lazy stream of dreams, where vain desires forget themselves in the loveliness of sleep." A program aimed to aid in sleep, broadcast late at night with WLW station Cincinnati.

Agnes Moorehead
"A selections of readings from poets, past and present and the music to accompany their poetry." Recordings include star-packed casts with poetry readings by Bing Crosby, Helen Hayes, Frank Lovejoy, Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Huston, and many more.

Norman Corwin
Norman Corwin Collection
One of the greatest creative minds that has ever floated through the airwaves, Norman Corwin's poetic personality left an impression on listeners everywhere.

Sammy Kaye
Sammy Kaye's Sunday Serenade
Swing and Sway with more Sammy Kaye Poetry, sway along with Sammy's sweet melodic sounds!

Music and the Muse
Music and the Muse
Music and the Muse combined poetry reading with string music and sometimes took itself a little too seriously.

Robert Frost
Robert Frost Recordings
One of the most influential American literary figures of the twentieth century, Robert Frost gave voice to a rural New England at a time that America was becoming more urbanized.

Edgar Guest
Edgar A. Guest
The only person to hold the title of Poet Laureate of Michigan, Eddie Guest was well known as the People's Poet.

Strollin Tom
Strollin Tom
Wade Lane stars as Strollin' Tom who brings you relaxing music and poetry to remind you of a happy time.

TS Eliot
T.S. Eliot
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, T.S. Eliot read his poetry on radio and his plays were featured Columbia Workshop.

Poetry in Old Time Radio
A collection of Poetry radio programs that bring culture, thoughtfulness, and spoken word to your radio.

"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost

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