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Top 20 Old Time Radio Shows

Popular with good reason, these are the funniest, most exciting, and entertaining radio shows in our collection!

CBSRMT Gunsmoke Lux Radio Jack Benny
CBS Radio Mystery Theater
Created after the Golden Age of Radio, this popular and long-standing mystery radio program includes almost 1400 episodes.
William Conrad is Matt Dillon in this classic western old time radio show considered by many to be the greatest classic radio show of all time.
Lux Radio Theater
Featuring the greatest Hollywood stars doing one-hour versions of their biggest motion pictures.
The Jack Benny Program
Everyone's favorite penny pinching miser is now with more laughs!

Johnny Dollar Fibber McGee Have Gun Will Travel Richard Diamond
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
"The freelance investigator with the action-packed expense account" was one of the best and final old time radio detective series of the golden age of radio.
Fibber McGee & Molly
Long lost episodes fell out of "Fibber's Closet". Laugh with Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee and Molly in this classic radio sit-com.
Have Gun, Will Travel
Played on the radio by John Dehner, gun-for-hire Paladin preferred to try to work out problems without violence if possible.
Richard Diamond
This humorous detective radio show, dealt with tough issue like murder and mystery starring Dick Powell.

Bob Hope Inner Sanctum The Whistler Dragnet
Bob Hope
One of the best loved entertainers of all time, Bob Hope was in show business for decades. He never forgot he was there for the audience, especially when it came to the G.I.s who adopted Bob as one of their own.
Inner Sanctum Mysteries
The original creaking door horror anthology with jocular and sarcastic host, Raymond. "Pleasant Dreeeeeams, hmm?"
The Whistler
The Whistler broadcasts are tales of mystery and terror, begun each week with the signature echoing footsteps and haunting whistled theme.
The series covered crimes ranging from check fraud, petty theft, and bunko detail to more sensational topics like murder, drug abuse, and taboo topics.

Suspense Complete Escape Superman
SUSPENSE is the premier mystery-horror radio show with top name talent!
Complete Broadcast 1941
(Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor)

These are the complete broadcast day recordings of the Pearl Harbor.The Japanese attack changed the history of the world and officially brought the United States in WWII.
A sister show to the classic Suspense, Escape drew upon great tales from literature to take listeners away from the everyday world.
Superman was on call in Metropolis facing Nazi spies and Japan-based spies and saboteurs. He uncovered evil-genius types, beings from other planets as well as the common criminal and the Klu Klux Klan.

Lone Ranger Philip Marlowe Our Miss Brooks Sherlock
The Lone Ranger
One of the iconic characters in American folklore, he got his start on Mutual, airing from 1933 through 1954.
Philip Marlowe
Raymond Chandler's action-packed hard boiled detective drama starring Vah Heflin and Gerald Mohr!
Our Miss Brooks
The most famous teacher ever on radio, Connie Brooks was a combination of sincere and smart, and Eve Arden played her perfectly.
Sherlock Holmes
"The game is afoot" as radio listeners get wrapped up in the twists and turns of their favorite consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes.

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As a guy who's been listening to OTR since I was 15, back in the 70's, I'd say you hit a good chunk of all the places I've enjoyed OTR. My Sons got their dose of OTR, but we started with the audio version of Starwars, to get them used to how it worked. Then it was The Great Gildersleeve and Jack Benny. They are now 27 and 23. I don't know how much they listen these days, but they were huge fans as kids and I suspect they'll come back around. They were big fans of Johnny Dollar, Dragnet, as well as Suspense and Adventures by Morse, and George Burns. My Youngest Sonturned his Girlfriend on to The Cinamon Bear this passed Christmas.


Born in 1932, my earliest radio memory is listening to Sister Rosetta Tharp on a clear channel station based in Del Rio, Texas. My dad let me use the radio powered by a large 'telephone' battery to find many programs as they became available over the years. And I remain a 'full time' radio listener. Bob

Bob Lee

Excellent selections!


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