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The Mercury Theatre on the Air...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Schuyler Bain, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Schuyler Bain

    Schuyler Bain Lore Master
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    May 19, 2008
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    Hello all - I don't normally spend much time in this particular forum, but this seems to be the most appropriate place to post this link.

    When I was in college I had a professor named Tom Olson. He was head of the Radio and Television department at Kent State University for many years. Tom really loved to talk about the old radio dramas of the 30s and 40s. He had many of them on reel-to-reel and he would share them with his students. For him it was a way to remember and talk about where the industry had come from, but more importantly I think it reminded him of his childhood and a simpler time. “Doctor O” or “T.O.” as many called him, passed away in 2002 and not long after I came across this site (The Mercury Theater on the Air) that has a number of the old radio dramas available for download. They are all in the public domain and therefore free to host, download and listen to. The site includes the famous/infamous War of the Worlds broadcast as well as many others. I have put a number of these on CD to listen to in the car while I commute to and from work and highly recommend them if you are so inclined.

    I post this link at this time of year because it also includes two excellent versions of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories and I thought that some of you just might feel the same. The two A Christmas Carol shows were the inspiration for the classic black and white movie version. In fact one version features Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge. Barrymore may be best known for the role of Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life and was Drew Barrymore’s great-uncle.

    I thought some of you might have fun with your family and friends with these over the next weeks and months (possibly years).

    Enjoy & Happy Holidays!
  2. Nok

    Nok Lore Master
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    May 12, 2008
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    Great find Schuyler! I love these old radio programs. My grandparents had their own recordings of these on cassette they would play for us kids. Then between high school and college I took 6 years of broadcast communications, where old radio was part of the study. Nowadays there are a couple of local (Los Angeles) AM radio stations that play the old radio programs in the middle of the night.

    On the net, Whispering Rose Radio streams their Old Time Radio everyday 24/7.
  3. phonesystems

    phonesystems Guest

    Today rarely we get to hear anything about old radio programs...My grandparents like specially to listen the 40's...