Hi. My name is Steve Atlas. Like most of you, I am a lover of Old Time Radio (OTR).
My problem is there are so many OTR programs that even if I buy a collection, I am not sure which individual programs I would enjoy most. What collections are good choices if you can only pick a few? Do any of you have similar dilemmas?
Then this newsletter is for you. Here, I recommend some of my favorite OTR collections, and a few of my favorite programs, as well as tips and suggestions from other OTR fans. I hope you too will share some of your favorites with other OTR listeners. This article is issue #9 (By the way, I may be recommending a few programs that I have already mentioned, but only if there is a good reason.)
Family Theater: OTR Program of the Month
When I began this column, one of my goals was to not only find series that you might enjoy. If you are like me, the other problem many of us have is deciding what individual programs to listen to or buy. Today, I want to focus on one of my favorite series: Family Theater.
Family Theater started in 1947 on the Mutual Broadcasting System and ended in 1957. One of its goals was to encourage families to spend more time together and share family prayer. The only "commercial" was to talk about the power of caring and loving families and encourage families to pray together. The popular expression "The family that prays together stays together" was created for Family Theater.
The other goal of Family Theater was to feature plays that the whole family could enjoy. Family Theater celebrated the goodness of people, wholesome moral values, and good entertainment. Major stars like Gary Cooper, Gene Kelly, and Shirley Temple donated their time to appear on Family Theater: either as the host or hostess, or as a performer in one of the weekly dramas.
Because the program ran for 10 years, there are 11 MP3s to including programs from 1947-1957. (There may be a few missing episodes, but most are included here.) Where is the best place to start listening to Family Theater?
I started with Volume 2. There are 50 programs in this volume. Here are a few of my favorites:
Pat O'Brien (best known for his performance as legendary coach Knute Rockne in the movie of that name), portrays a "Santa Claus" who becomes a father to little Stevie, son of the narrator. The woman narrating the program describes how her concern with status and her husband getting a professional job gets in the way of a happy family. Fortunately, she realizes her mistake and the program ends almost like the way it began.
Do any of you have any favorite shows that you want to share. Please let me know the title and date of the program. If you ordered this from OTRCAT, include the volume and track number for each title you recommend.
Until next month, I wish each of you Happy Listening!