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Retro-Views

Old-Time Radio In Review
by Elizabeth McLeod
December, 1999
 


When you first hear "old time radio," whether you're rediscovering a lost part of your youth or you're discovering a form of entertainment you never knew existed, there's a real sense of excitement. But what happens when the "newness" of OTR wears off. Can these fifty or sixty year old programs really stand up as entertainment?

That's the question I hope to tackle in this monthly column, posted to the new OldRadio Mailing List and The Nostalgia Pages. I'll be considering many different shows, some familiar, some obscure -- but all of them available to modern listeners. I'll try to put the programs into some sort of historical perspective -- and I'll offer my candid opinions on whether they've stood the test of time. You may agree -- or not. Either way, I encourage you to listen for yourself -- and discover the world of Old Time Radio.


Christmas By The Radio

Retro-Views Suggested Listening for the Holiday Season

This month, I'm going to take a bit of a different approach -- rather than analyzing a particular program in depth, I'm going to get into the spirit of the season by offering up my own personal holiday favorites. Some may be familiar -- some may not -- but all have some bearing on this Festive Season Of The Year. (And here's hoping my list inspires you to offer in a few of your own -- I'm leaving plenty out!)

So hang your stocking and say your prayers -- and here we go...

And finally, here's one for the day after Christmas, when the kids are fighting over the last unbroken toy, when the tree is shedding brown needles all over the floor, when you're cursing the very soul of the inventor of "non dairy holiday nog" and when the mailman shows up with a fiendish smile and a fistful of bills....

And with that, best wishes for a joyous holiday season for one and all from Retro Views!


Elizabeth McLeod is a journalist, researcher, and freelance writer specializing in radio of the 1930s. She is a regular contributor to "Nostalgia Digest" magazine and the Internet OTR Digest Mailing List, maintains a website, Broadcasting History Resources, and is presently researching a book on Depression-era broadcasting. Elizabeth is always looking for 1930s radio recordings in all formats -- uncoated aluminum or lacquer-coated discs, vinyl or shellac pressings, or low-generation tape copies. You can contact her at lizmcl@midcoast.com