We are old, middle aged, young. We are blue collar, white collar, students and stay-at-home moms. We are the folks whose hobby is listening to, collecting, and learning about old time radio (OTR) — programs broadcast during the golden age of radio, the 1920s-1950s.
Each of these blogs has a unique perspective on the hobby. Some focus on a single show or genre. Others feature shows that are rare, previously unavailable to the public. Some are geared to clippings, photos and other OTR-related memorabilia. What they all have in common is a mission to preserve and share old time radio.
One of old time radio’s most profilic and knowledgeable authors, Martin Grams writes a weekly blog in which he provides solidly researched history, debunks myths, and shares a wealth of photos, ads, scripts and other OTR memorabilia.
Rand’s Esoteric OTR
Randy Riddle specializes in programs that haven’t been widely circulated among OTR fans, especially syndicated shows produced during the ’30s and ’40s. His blog and podcast feature digitized recordings from 16″ transcription discs. Although he has recently slowed down the frequency of posts, Rand’s extensive archive will keep you listening for a long time.
Lisa’s grandfather was an engineer at a Detroit radio station beginning in 1943. He collected transcription discs and made his own recordings of shows that he liked. “If he were alive today,” Lisa writes, “these are the things that would be on his iPod.”
Escape and Suspense
Some OTR blogs focus on a particular genre or show. Christine Miller concentrates mainly on the two shows in the title, which she describes as “vintage radio broadcasts of suspense, noir, and dangerous adventure.”
The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio
In another genre-specific effort, Adam Graham singles out radio sleuths like Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe and Johnny Dollar. Graham also produces blogs/podcasts devoted to the Superman and Dragnet series.
Arcane Radio Trivia
Jose Fritz’s blog consists of his “rants on radio history, programming, engineering, media law, and broadcasting ephemera.” Recent ephemera have included an effort to identify an unlabeled transcription disc and research on a show called “Dick Yash’s Afternoon Polka Party”.
Most of these blogs allow and encourage readers to comment, adding an element of interactivity — one of the few things OTR couldn’t provide!