Old Time Radio and Podcasts

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Audio books are a popular way of listening to books while you are traveling, working out or just working around the house.  But once upon a time, people used to gather around their radios in the evenings to listen to an old time radio show.  A few years back when we first  got satellite radio in our house, we discovered the old time radio channel which played shows that had aired on the radio long before television or audio books.  We often listened to a show or several shows when we were just having a lazy afternoon.  And they were lots of fun, having sound effects, music and several actors, instead of just one person reading a book (as the audio books do).

So we began to seek out the old time radio shows online and we found a host of great sites which allowed us to download stories or plays and listen to them on our computer. I fondly remember a number of weekends spent listening to the entire radio broadcast of Les Miserables. I’d never read the book before  so this was a great alternative.  There are many great online sites which play old radio programs, such as :

http://www.otr.net/

http://www.rusc.com/

http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/

Many people now listen to podcasts on their iPods, so naturally, there has been a demand for stories or books to be put on a podcast.  I came across an interesting site which does just that.

http://wizzard.tv/oldtimeradio

Maybe these old time radio shows won’t compete with audio books (the sound quality isn’t always great and they are a bit old-fashioned), but they can be an interesting alternative to a new medium.


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1 thought on “Old Time Radio and Podcasts

  1. Jon from the website called Old Time Radio Show Catalog sent us a great email regarding his site. If you are looking for more resources, especially streaming or downloading full episodes of old shows in MP3 format, this is a great site to visit. You can find it here at:

    http://www.otrcat.com

    Thanks, Jon for the link!

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