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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 10:13 PM
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If you like oldtime radio shows...
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...even HALF as much as I do, you're gonna LOVE this website.
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12,000 plus shows for free.
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Gunsmoke is my favorite by far. I like a LOT of them, but
Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Jack Benny (unbelieveably
tightly orchestrated anarchy), The Lives of Harry Lime (with
Orson Welles), X Minus One, Have Gun Will Travel (sorry, no
sign of Jack Palance's butt) and Quiet, Please are also among
my top choices.
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Warning: If you have an Internet allowance LIMIT, streaming
Intertubes radio will eat it up at an alarming rate.
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http://otr.net /
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Enjoy!
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 10:18 PM
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1. I love old radio shows.
I like shows like Lights Out.

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Paper Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 09:41 AM
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10. For years, I asked people about Lights Out. No-one ever heard of it.
As a kid, this show used to scare the dickens out of me. Was this on radio then TV?
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 12:12 AM
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13. I heard the show on my little red radio,
I think I liked the radio shows better then tv.

I was to young to remember radio, I grew up with tv.

My Grandparents had a tv very early.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 03:02 PM
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16. 58 hours are available at the link at #7 below,
admittedly for $14. Sorry for the week's delay, but thanks for the recommendation. I'm ordering volume 1 momentarily.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 10:25 PM
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2. sigh
x( :argh:
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 10:31 PM
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3. Sorry.
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They really suck, to tell you the truth.
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Did that help at all?
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 10:37 PM
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4. If you like horror OTR, this station is all horror, all the time.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 10:53 PM
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5. I remember listening to a radio station at night that would play old radio shows.
Some of the shows would have me hiding under the blankets.


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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 07:36 AM
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6. Then you'd probably LOVE...
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..."The Whistler" or "The Inner Sanctum".
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 12:07 AM
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12. I would get so afraid I wouldn't get out of bed without a flashlight.
I wonder if little kids back in the days of radio didn't have nightmares.

I can't remember the name of the radio station that played the old radio shows.

It was a strong station, I could pick up the station on the farm.

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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 08:35 AM
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8. Thanks for the link! Love SUSPENSE! thanks to OP too for that link.

I love some old time radio shows. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong generation.



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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 08:32 AM
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7. Not free, but then I'm the last person in the world w/o broadband: this guy in KY
sells CDs with MP3s (or if you prefer regular CDs, but the MP3 ones have up to 55 hours of programming on one disk) for $7 each. http://www.originaloldradio.com /
I bought a regular CD of Grand Ole Opry shows for my dad, then bought MP3 CDs of Escape, Inner Sanctum, Screen Guild Players, The Whistler, Mel Blanc Show, Spike Jones, Jubilee, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw for myself.
Thoughts:
If you can possibly get a hold of Jubilee, do so. It was a show broadcast only to black servicemen during WWII (though they invariably referred to their audience as the fighting men of the United Nations). The music is absolutely beyond belief: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Nat Cole and the King Cole Trio. The comedy is basically straight vaudeville done in jive; eventually Jack Benny and Burns & Allen turn up, and George teaches Gracie how to talk in jive. Up to that point, though, everybody (except for maybe the announcer) is black. The music is amazing, and it also makes for a fascinating, if uncomfortable, cultural document.

Screen Guild Players features a half-hour version of Casablanca with Bogart, Bergman and Henreid (and several hundred Fighting French singing La Marseillaise; what they were doing in Hollywood, I have no guess). Works.

24 hours of Spike Jones and his City Slickers can warp your brain forever.

Escape is intermittently awesome. I have a cassette of two Suspense episodes; it may be even better. I love Raymond, the host of Inner Sanctum (and the bizarre interplay with Lipton spokesperson Mary Bennett; Regis & Kelly in Hell) but the actual stories nearly always suck. The unreliable narrator runs riot.

That Benny Goodman was pretty good. The shows were all flawless. I'm now bewildered as to why the 1938 Carnegie Hall show was so big, because he had been playing like that on the radio for years.
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 11:45 PM
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11. Great comments.
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I, too, really liked the interplay between old weird Raymond and Mary Bennett, though
I don't remember the stories sucking.
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I hope I get the chance to check out Jubilee -- sounds fascinating.
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The Whistler and Escape were great.
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There were quite a few radio theatre versions of famous movies -- some with the original
casts and others with stand-in stars (might have been Jimmy Cagney for Bogart in The
Maltese Falcon).
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 08:19 AM
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14. "Sucks" was strong; I shouldn't post before breakfast
The stories were disappointing compared to the host segments. I did like the one where Raymond was involved in the story, but even that one had a somewhat weak ending. (That one was "Dead Man's Vengeance.")
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 08:48 AM
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15. S-h-h-h-h-h. "Sucks" is good.
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I told Kali that all those OTR shows suck so she won't feel bad
about not having a system that will let her stream them.
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On the other hand, her computer is SO cool -- I believe it was
once owned by Doc Holliday in Tombstone.
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cyberswede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 09:35 AM
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9. There are lots of OTR shows on iTunes
I think I subscribe to almost a dozen old radio show podcasts.

SUSPENSE! is terrific.

I also like the detective shows, especially Pat Novak, for Hire and Jeff Regan, Investigator
I've decided I have a thing for Jack Webb! LOL! These also have the fabulous hard-boiled detective vibe - lots of really awesome similes ("She looked about as happy as a fan dancer in a strong wind.") Great stuff!


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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 04:53 PM
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17. William Conrad as Matt Dillon is awesome
I'll always stop to listen on Sirius if a Gunsmoke is on.
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