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OLD TIME RADIO

For more than forty years, radio was the dominant form of home entertainment. From the historic first broadcast of election returns from KDKA in 1920 until the medium was displaced by the growing popularity of television in the late 1950s, Americans gathered regularly in front of the big box in the living room and listened to such memorable programs as Lum & Abner, Jack Benny, Life of Riley and many more.

OTRGold provides on demand access to more than one hundred radio series from all genres. All together, there are more than 12,000 episodes presented here for your listening pleasure.


THE SHOWS

Shows

Press the button to select from more than 12,000 episodes of the greatest programming from the golden age of radio.

GOLDEN AGE MUSIC

Music

Sit back and enjoy the top popular music hits of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

NEWS -- AS IT HAPPENED

News

Experience landmark events of the 20th century first-hand through news coverage of the day.

BYGONE WEBSITES

BygoneLife

Experience the past through the eyes and ears of those who lived it through literature, primary documents, video and audio. Come back with us.


BygoneBijou

BygoneBijou takes you back to the golden age of cinema. Choose from among dozens of classic motion pictures and settle in for great entertainment. Popcorn not included.


BygoneTV

If you are of a certain age, seeing these great shows will bring back fond memories. If you aren't, then this is your opportunity to discover television the way it used to be.


ABOUT RADIO

Back of the Mike (1938)

Back of the Mike is a short film done in 1937 for the Chevrolet Motor Company depicting the behind the scenes look at the making of a Western radio show. This documentary shows the various ways sound effects are created during the broadcast.

Behind Your Radio Dial (1948)

Behind the scenes tour of NBC's radio and television broadcasting facilities at Rockefeller Center, New York City.

Hear and Now (1958)

How radio brings news and information to Americans. With footage of many news events covered by radio and images everyday life in the late 1950s.

Independent Radio (1951)

Military training film on a New York radio station, WMCA, owned by the Nathan Straus family, showing its ownership, management and activities. Good view of radio in the era when most stations were locally owned and operated.