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When did you first become interested in old time radio?

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My interest in old time radio started when I was around eight years old and my dad played The Whistler radio show on reel-to-reel.  I was spooked, but hooked. It became our nightly routine to listen to The Whistler after dinner. As an adult, I had long hours at work and a one hour commute each way in the 1990s. I heard a radio program on a local station and I looked for a comprehensive and affordable source for vintage radio programs.  That's when I began trading and collecting radio shows in earnest and it has brought me endless joy ever since.  

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I may have told you that I renewed my interest in the last few years after retiring from the army. When I was about 11 years old, probably as a birthday gift, I received a Longines Symphonette LP set of old time radio. This would have been in the mid 1960's and I can still clearly remember the LPs. It included samples of radio shows with radio broadcasts of drama, soap operas (Ma Perkins), comedy (Amos & Andy and Fibber McGee and Molly), adventure (Jack Armstrong, the All American Boy), old commercials ( Chesterfield cigarettes, Interwoven Socks, Lava, Wheaties, Rinso White and Rinso Bright), A sporting events LP, Major News stories (The Hindenburg Disaster), and an LP of the famous War of the Worlds by Orson Welles. I remember my dad talking about the Whistler and reciting the introduction. I also remember the program on the Longines Symphonette LPs I sited as my introduction to old time radio.


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