(often abbreviated as "OTR," also known as the Golden Age of Radio) refers to a period of radio programming in the United States lasting from the proliferation of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s until television's replacement of radio as the dominant home entertainment medium in the 1950s, with some programs
continuing into the early 1960s
. The origin of radio dramas in the United States is hard to pin down, but there is evidence of a remote broadcast of a play in 1914
at Normal College
(now California State University at San José), and the first serial radio drama was an adaptation of a play by Eugene Walter
, entitled "The Wolf," which aired in September 1922. Given the age of the programs and the fact that home reel-to-reel recording started in the 1950s
(followed by Philips "compact cassettes" in 1963), it might be surprising that quite a few of these old shows
have survived. Thanks in part to original radio station-sourced recordings made on aluminum discs, acetates, and glass recordings
and other unnamed sources, many radio dramas and newscasts from decades past are available online
, and more are being digitized and restored to this day. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 25, 2009 -
A Day in Radio.
"On September 21, 1939, WJSV, an AM radio station in Washington, D.C., recorded the entire 19 hours of its broadcast day... Along with the news coverage, the station ran the standard stream of music, soap operas, sports, and other programming." Looks like you can listen to pretty much the entire's day's broadcasts.
posted by Tin Man
on Sep 10, 2002 -