(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 -
When people think of Old Time Radio, they usually think of the standards: Amos 'n Andy, Burns and Allen, Dragnet, etc. etc. I won't link to them because they are all over the 'net, and you can find them easily. But you almost certainly don't know about Vic and Sade
... and you should.
Read the good Wikipedia article
first, to whet your appetite even more, then go listen
! [more inside]
posted by woodblock100
on Jun 25, 2007 -
"These Enemies of Humanity would like to claim the world for themselves."
No, this is not about either side in the Iraq War, it's part of the opening of Act I of "Ghosts of Albion", a serialized Friday Flash thingy from BBC-interactive, animated by the people who brought us "Dangermouse", and co-written by the actress behind a dead "Buffy" character (I admit it: I got the link from BuffyFilter)
. The site's got everything from a profile of Lord Byron's Ghost
, to (dare I say it?) a Weblog
But is the "dramatisation" dramatic or scary or funny or worth going back to every week? IMGUO*, it doesn't get off to as good a start as Ep.1 of "Tales of the Blode"
, but consider the pedigree... Then again, the BBC did bring us both "Monty Python" AND "What Not to Wear"...
* IMGUO: In My Generally Unpopular Opinion
posted by wendell
on Mar 28, 2003 -