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browse Old Time Radio books & audio & CDs at Amazon
radio drama shows {some modern} on audio CD at Amazon
browse books on Collectibles / Antique Radios at Amazon.com

L.A. Radio People
Arbitron Ratings [est. 1949] based in Maryland {owned by Nielsen since 12/2012}


Radio  Pioneers & Legends
Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia [est. 1962]

pioneer broadcaster Frank Edwards  [1908–67]
had his own news & opinion program on the Mutual Network from 1945-54
entry at Wikipedia

My First 10,000,000 Sponsors book by Frank Edwards  
"My First 10,000,000 Sponsors" [1956]
by Frank Edwards

Ballantine Books mass pb [1956] out of print/scarce
Ballantine Books hardcover [1956] out of print/scarce

pioneer disk jockey Al Jarvis  [1909-70]

Garrison Keillor

manufacturer Arthur Atwater Kent, Sr.  [1873–1949]
Atwater Kent Manufacturing Company [1921-1936] was the largest manufacturer of radios in the USA
(until The Great Depression came and Atwater's patents expired)
entry at Wikipedia • Vane's Atwater Kent Radio fansite

A. Atwater Kent and His Radios book by Ralph Williams & John P. Wolkonowicz  "A. Atwater Kent: The Man, The Manufacturer, and His Radios" [2002]
by Ralph Williams & John P. Wolkonowicz, Edited by Donald O. Patterson

with radio schematics and almost 200 photographs
Sonoran Publng 11x8¾ pb [12/2002] for $22.43

Edward R. Murrow  [1908-65] Page
at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Long John Nebel  [1911-78]
"The Way Out World" [Prentice-Hall, 1961] book by Long John Nebel
"The Psychic World Around Us" [1969] book by Long John Nebel & Sanford M. Teller
"Long John Nebel: Radio Talk King, Master Salesman, Magnificent Charlatan"
[Macmillan, 1974] bio by Donald Bain

radio & voice-over legend Gary Owens [1936-2015]
credits at IMDb • Wikipedia

was the radio announcer on the "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" TV program, 1967-73

Spirit of America Bookstore's
Louis 'Studs' Terkel  [1912-2008] Page

radio program broadcast on 98.7 WFMT-FM Chicago between 1952 and 1997 (45 years).

Nikola Tesla  [1856-1943] Page
at Maison d'Κtre Philosophy Bookstore

The Inventor of Radio

Orson Welles  [1915-1985] Page
at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Walter Winchell  [1897-1972]

"Walter Winchell" radio program [1930-55] 11 episodes, 1941-49 on CD


Old  Time  Radio  Links

Best of Web Radio
Best of Western Radio
Old Time Radio Digest magazine:  subscription
The Original Old-Time Radio WWW Pages
Radio Days site
Philco Radio Gallery
The Old Radio Network
Phil's Old Radios website [est. 1995]
Dad's Old Time Radio
The Vintage Radio Place
Old-Time Radio on Tape
Susanna's Old Time Radio Commercial site
Museum of Broadcast Communications [est. 1987] in Chicago, IL
Radio Hall of Fame at Museum of Broadcast Communications
American RadioWorks - Hearing America: A Century of Music On The Radio
Janet's 'Radio Revisited' website
B.B.C. Radio 4 Archives online {from 1939 until today}
Library of American Broadcasting (formerly Broadcast Pioneers Library) [est. 1972] at University of Maryland

Paley Center For Media {formerly The Museum of TV & Radio}

The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety & Comedy


Books  About  Old  Time  Radio
http://www.amazon.com/Law-Looking-Glass-1896-1939-American/dp/0821417843/ [2008]

Radio For All 1922 book by Hugo Gernsback  "Radio For All" [1922] by Hugo Gernsback
Read Books 6½x4½ pb [1/2008] for $26.99
Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb {9/2007] for $23.52
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [9/2007] for $34.92

sci-fi pioneer Hugo Gernsback [1884-1967] entry at Wikipedia

Don't Touch That Dial Radio Programming book by J. Fred MacDonald  
"Don't Touch That Dial!: Radio Programming In American Life From 1920-1960"
[1979] by J. Fred MacDonald

Wadsworth Publng 8½x5¼ pb [4/79] out of print/many used
Burnham Publng hardcover [9/79] out of print/used
Radios the Golden Age book by Philip Collins  "Radios: The Golden Age" [1987] by Philip Collins
'more than 150 exquisite photographs'
Chronicle Books 10¼x8¾ pb [9/87] out of print/many used
Old Time Radios Restoration & Repair book by Joseph Carr  "Old Time Radios! Restoration and Repair" [1990]
by Joseph J. Carr

Kindle Edition from McGraw-Hill/TAB [1990 edition] for $12.99
McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics 9½x7¼ pb [11/90] for $16.51
McGraw-Hill 9¼x7½ hardcover [9/90] for $32.36
Tab Books 9½x7½ hardcover [11/90] out of print/used
Broadcast Century & Beyond book by Robert L Hilliard & Michael C. Keith  "The Broadcast Century and Beyond: A Biography of American Broadcasting"
[orig 1992] by Robert L Hilliard & Michael C. Keith

Focal Press 4th edition 10¼x7¼ pb [10/2004] for $39.56
Radios Redux book by Philip Collins  "Radios Redux: Listening In Style" [1992] by Philip Collins
Chronicle Books 8½x10 pb [4/92] out of print/many used
Chronicle Books 9x10¾ hardcover [4/92] out of print/used
Radio Mystery & Adventure book by Jim Harmon  "Radio Mystery and Adventure, and Its Appearances In Film, Television and Other Media" [1992] by Jim Harmon, with Forewords by Carleton E. Morse, Jack Lester & Les Tremayne
radio shows covered include: "The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen", "Captain Midnight", "Sergeant Preston of The Yukon", "Dick Tracy", "Green Hornet", "I Love A Mystery", "Jack Armstrong", "Little Orphan Annie", "The Lone Ranger", "The Shadow", "Sherlock Holmes", "Sky King", "Superman", and "Tom Mix"
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [12/2003] for $37.95
McFarland & Co. 9¼x6¼ library hardcover [11/92] out of print/many used
Philco Radio Pictorial History  
"Philco Radio 1928-1942: A Pictorial History of The World's Most Popular Radios"
[1993] by Ron Ramirez & Michael Prosise

Schiffer Publng 11X8½ pb [3/2006] for $29.95
Schiffer Publng 11x8½ hardcover [9/93] out of print/used
Transistor Radios Collector's Guide book by David R. & Robert A. Lane  "Transistor Radios: A Collector's Encyclopedia and Price Guide" [1994]
by David R. Lane & Robert A. Lane

Wallace-Homestead Books 11x8½ pb [10/94] out of print/many used
Encyclopedia of American Radio  "The Encyclopedia of American Radio: An A-Z Guide To Radio From Jack Benny To Howard Stern" [orig 1995] by Ronald W. Lackmann
Checkmark Books 2nd edition pb [5/2000] for $18.95
Lux Presents Hollywood book by Connie Billips & Arthur Pierce  "Lux Presents Hollywood: A Show-by-Show History of The Lux Radio Theatre and The Lux Video Theatre, 1934-1957" [1995]
by Connie Billips & Arthur Pierce

McFarland & Co. 9¼x6 pb [10/2011] for $50.00
McFarland & Co. 9¼x6 library hardcover [4/95] out of print/used
Listening To Radio  "Listening To Radio, 1920-1950" [1996]
by Ray Barfield

Praeger 9½x6½ hardcover [7/96] for $92.95
Radio Voices American Broadcasting book by Michele Hilmes  "Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952" [1997]
by Michele Hilmes

A sociological study, from the early days of radio entrepreneurs to the takeover by the big media corporations, with an emphasis on N.B.C. & J. Walter Thompson.
Univ MN Press 9x5¾ pb [4/97] for $22.50
Univ MN Press 9½x6½ hardcover [4/97] out of print/used
Age of Broadcasting / Radio   "The Age of Broadcasting: Radio" [1997]
Edited by Wim Coleman & Pat Perrin

Tandem Library 8x5 econoclad [10/2002] for $15.25
Discovery Enterprises pb [3/97] out of print/used
Zenith Radios  "Zenith Radio: The Early Years, 1919-1935" [1997]
by Harold N. Cones & John H. Bryant

Schiffer Publng 11x8½ pb [6/97] for $29.95
"Zenith Radio: The Glory Years, 1936-1945 - History & Products" [2003]
by Harold N. Cones, John H. Bryant & Martin Blankinship

Schiffer Publng 10¾x8½ pb [10/2003] for $29.95
Schiffer Publng 11x8½ pb [10/2003] for $34.95
Five Directors / Golden Years of Radio book edited by Ira Skutch  
"Five Directors: The Golden Years of Radio" [1998] Edited by Ira Skutch
interviews with Himan Brown, Axel Gruenberg, Fletcher Markle, Arch Oboler & Robert Lewis Shayon
Scarecrow Press 8½x5½ pb [5/98] for $34.05
Scarecrow Press 8¾x5½ hardcover [5/98] for $47.30
On The Air / Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio  "On The Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio" [1998]
by John Dunning

Oxford Univ Press 10¼x7½ hardcover [5/98] for $42.00
Radio & the American Imagination  "Listening In: Radio and The American Imagination - From Amos 'n' Andy & Edward R. Murrow To Wolfman Jack & Howard Stern" [1999]
by Susan J. Douglas

Univ MN Press 9x6 pb [2/2004] for $13.57
Crown 9½x6¾ hardcover [4/99] out of print/used
Encyclopedia of American Radio 1920–1960 book by Luther F. Sies  "Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960" [2000] by Luther F. Sies
Thousands of entries about individuals, programs, and stations across America; some are very brief (one or two lines), while essays on important topics are longer.
McFarland & Co. 2nd edition hardcover [8/00] for $0.00
McFarland & Co. hardcover [3/2000] for $185.25
Great Radio Heroes  "The Great Radio Heroes" [2001]
by Jim Harmon

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [2/2001] for $35.00
Pirate Radio Stations book by Andrew Yoder  "Pirate Radio Stations: Tuning In To Underground Broadcasts In The Air and Online" [1988 & 1995 & 2001] by Andrew Yoder
includes CD with 80+ minutes of pirate radio audio
McGraw-Hill/TAB 9¼x7¼ 3rd edition pb & CD [12/2001] out of print/used
McGraw-Hill/TAB 9x7½ pb [12/88] out of print/used
McGraw-Hill/TAB hardcover [4/90] out of print/used
Encyclopedia of Radio  "Encyclopedia of Radio" [2003]
Edited by Christopher H. Sterling

Routledge {12.4 pounds} hardcover 3-volume set [12/2003] for $420.00
Orson Welles / Radio Years book by Paul Heyer  "The Medium and The Magician: Orson Welles, The Radio Years, 1934-1952"
[2005] by Paul Heyer

Rowman & Littlefield 9x6½ pb [2/2005] for $29.95
Rowman & Littlefield 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2005] for $87.00

see also the Orson Welles [1915-85] Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Sounds of Change History of FM Broadcasting in America book by Christopher H. Sterling & Michael C. Keith  "Sounds of Change: A History of FM Broadcasting In America" [2008]
by Christopher H. Sterling & Michael C. Keith

Univ NC Press 9x6 pb [7/2008] for $22.50
Univ NC Press 9¼x6 hardcover [7/2008] for $59.95
Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain book by Robert K. Oermann  "Behind The Grand Ole Opry Curtain: Tales of Romance and Tragedy" [2008]
by Robert K. Oermann

Based on over 150 firsthand interviews with the stars of The Grand Ole Opry, which include Trace Adkins, DeFord Bailey, Garth Brooks, June Carter, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Grandpa Jones, Willie Nelson, Stringbean (David Akeman), Trisha Yearwood, many others
Center Street 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2008] for $16.65
Dawn of American Radio book by Anthony Rudel  "Hello, Everybody!: The Dawn of American Radio" [2008]
by Anthony Rudel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9x6 hardcover [10/2008] for $17.16

Biographical Encyclopedia of American Radio book edited by Christopher H. Sterling  "The Biographical Encyclopedia of American Radio" [2010]
Edited by Christopher H. Sterling & Cary O'Dell

Over 200 entries – business pioneers from the past (Lee de Forest, Fred Friendly, A. Atwater Kent, William S. Paley, David Sarnoff, Nikola Tesla, and Sylvester 'Pat' Weaver) to performers of the past (Don Ameche, Gene Autry, Red Barber, Dick Clark, Jimmy Durante, [blacklistee] John Henry Faulk, Stan Freberg, Arthur Godfrey, Paul Harvey, Bob Hope, Casey Kasem, Larry King, Kay Kyser, Aimee Semple McPherson, Murray 'The K' Kaufmann, Edward R. Murrow, Gary Owens, Will Rogers, Red Skelton, Robert 'Wolfman Jack' Smith, Fran Striker, Louis 'Studs' Terkel, and Walter Winchell) to stars of the present (Glenn Beck, Don Imus, Garrison Keillor, Limp Rushbaugh, Ryan Seacrest, Laura Schlesinger, Nina Totenberg).
Kindle Textbook from Routledge [5/2013] buy for $152.00, rent for $44.53
Routledge 10¾x8½ hardcover [7/2010] for $180.50 {sic}

Antique Radio Repair & Restoration book by Alfred Corbin  
"A Modern Look At Antique Radio Repair: A Guide To The Repair and Restoration of Vacuum Tube Radios" [2011] by Alfred Corbin
AuthorHouse 4th edition 9x6 spiral-bound [8/2011] out of print/used
Listener's Voice / Early Radio book by Elena Razlogova  "The Listener's Voice: Early Radio and The American Public" [2011]
by Elena Razlogova

Kindle Edition from Univ Pennsylvania Press [10/2012] for $9.88
Univ Pennsylvania Press 9x6 hardcover [9/2011] for $35.96
A Word from Our Sponsor - Radio Advertising book by Cynthia B. Meyers  "A Word From Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and The Golden Age of Radio"
[2013] by Cynthia B. Meyers

"... repositions the advertising industry as a central agent in the development of broadcasting [and] challenges conventional views about the role of advertising in culture, the integration of media industries, and the role of commercialism in broadcasting history"
Kindle Edition from Fordham Univ Press [10/2013] for $15.65
Fordham Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/2013] for $28.80
Fordham Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [12/2013] for $90.08

Radio Boys and Girls book by Mike Adams  "The Radio Boys and Girls: Radio, Telegraph, Telephone, and Wireless Adventures For Juvenile Readers, 1890-1945" [2015]
by Mike Adams, Foreword by Christopher H. Sterling

Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [10/2015] for $19.99 {sic}
McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [10/2015] for $39.95
official book site


Old  Time  Radio  Programs

November 2003: After Clear Channel Communications bought KNX-1070 in Los Angeles,
they cancelled the 'Drama Hour' broadcasts of old-time radio programs, which included "Dragnet",
"Sam Spade", "Philip Marlowe" and many comedy and adventure programs.

Radio Lovers: Free Old Time Radio Shows
"Fibber McGee & Molly" fansite

Radio Program Dept. on the Hopalong Cassidy Page
at 'Readers of the Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

Radio Program Dept. on the Lone Ranger Page
at 'Readers of the Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

Radio Program Dept. on the Cisco Kid Page
at 'Readers of the Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

'Sam Spade' radio program section on the Dashiell Hammett Pages
at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

"The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" radio series [1939-46]
(performed by Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce & others)
at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

Old Time Radio Catalog website [est. 1999] based in Kansas
featuring hundreds of CDs of old time radio series/programs,
including Westerns and detectives and comedies, and gobs more ...

R.U.S.C. - 'R U Sitting Comfortably' old time radio catalog website [est. 1999]
features over 25,000 radio programs via fee-based membership; several free samples on website; every genre

60 Greatest Old-Time Radio Shows  "The 60 Greatest Old-Time Radio Shows of The 20th Century"
[1999] Selected by Walter Cronkite

Radio Spirits audio CD [7/2000] 30 disks - out of prodn/used
Radio Spirits audio [10/99] 20 tapes - out of prodn/used
Complete War of The Worlds book + audio CD  "The Complete War of The Worlds" [2001]
Edited by Brian Holmsten & Alex Lubertozzi

1897 illustrated edition of H.G. Wells's novel and audio of Orson Welles and Mercury Theatre's Hallowe'en 1938 radio broadcast
Sourcebooks hardcover {book + audio CD} [4/2001] out of prodn/50+ used
Old-Time Radio Starring Orson Welles  "The Best of Old-Time Radio Starring Orson Welles" [2001]
from Radio Spirits & The Smithsonian Institution

includes the 1938 "War of The Worlds" radio broadcast
Radio Spirits audio cassette & 60-page booklet
[4/2001] for $24.98
Don McNeill's Breakfast Club book by John Doolittle, with CD  "Don McNeill and His Breakfast Club" [2001]
by John Doolittle

Univ Notre Dame Press 10¼x7¼ HC book & CD [5/2001] out of print/used

"Breakfast Club, with Don McNeill" radio program [1933-68] 7 episodes on CD

Old Time Radio Westerns 4-disk CD set  "Old Time Radio Shows: Westerns" 4-Disk Audio CD Set [2004]
Nostalgia Ventures audio CD set [5/2004] 4 disks - out of prodn/used
Old Time Radio Comedy 4-disk CD set  "Old Time Radio Shows: Comedy" 4-Disk Audio CD Set [2004]
Nostalgia Ventures audio CD set [5/2004] 4 disks for $14.20
Nostalgia Ventures audio CD set [5/2004] 4 disks - out of print/used
Old Time Radio Detectives 20-disk CD set  "Old Time Radio Shows: Detectives" 20-Disk Audio CD Set [2004]
Nostalgia Ventures audio CD set [5/2004] 20 disks - out of prodn/used
"Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons" starring Bennett Kilpack (4 episodes, 1944-50); "Boston Blackie" starring Richard Kollmar, Jan Minor & Maurice Tarplin (4 episodes, 1946) based on stories by Jack Boyle; "Casey Crime Photographer" starring Staats Cotsworth & John Gibson (4 episodes, 1947) based on stories by George Harmon Coxe; "Pat Novak, For Hire" starring Jack Webb & Ben Morris (4 episodes, 1947-49); "Jeff Regan Investigator" starring Jack Webb (4 episodes, 1948); "Let George Do It" starring Bob Bailey as private detective George Valentine (4 episodes, 1948); "The New Adventures of Michael Shayne" starring Jeff Chandler (4 episodes, 1949) created by Brett Halliday; "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" starring Dick Powell (4 episodes, 1949) created by Blake Edwards; "Philo Vance" starring Jackson Beck (4 episodes, 1950) based on stories by S.S. Van Dine; and "The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe" on NBC starring Sydney Greenstreet (4 episodes, 1951) based on stories by Rex Stout

Lux Radio Theatre audio CD from Radio Archives  "The Lux Radio Theatre, 1945-47" ten one-hour broadcasts [2008]
movies as radio plays include: "The Canterville Ghost", "The Devil and Miss Jones", "Disputed Passage", "Grissley's Millions", "I'll Be Seeing You", "National Velvet" (starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney & Donald Crisp), "Only Yesterday", "The Petrified Forest", "The Suspect", and "Swanee River"
Radio Archives audio CD [2008] for $29.98 via Amazon third party

The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio smartphone/PDA app for Android & iPhone by Wizzard Media  "The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio" smartphone/PDA app for Android & iPhone [2011] by Wizzard Media
instant download for Android via Amazon [5/2011] for $1.99 {test drive available}
also available at the iTunes Store
This app is essentially the index for a series of podcast episodes by Adam Graham of Boise Idaho; choose an episode and it will play after his short intro; the official website takes the form of a blog, with commentary, book & radio show reviews, and (so far) eighty uploaded old time radio episodes, including "Johnny Dollar", "Nick Carter", "Amazing Mr. Malone", and "The Line-Up".

"The Bickersons" radio & TV programs  [1946 to 1951]

"The Bickersons" radio program [1946-51]
starring Don Ameche & Frances Langford • official website • entry at Wikipedia

"Star Time" CBS television program [13 episodes, 1951]
starring Lew Parker & Frances Langford

Bickersons Scripts books by Philip Rapp  "The Bickersons Scripts" [2002]
by Philip Rapp, Edited by Ben Ohmart

BearManor Media 9x6 pb [8/2002] for $18.95
"The Bickersons Scripts, Volume 2" [2004]
by Philip Rapp, Foreword by Marsha Hunt

BearManor Media 9x6 pb [7/2004] for $18.95
Bickersons / Bickersons Fight Back radio sketches double album   "The Bickersons" double album [Columbia Records 1962]
starring Don Ameche & Frances Langford

Collector's Choice soundtrack CD [6/2003] 8 tracks - out of prodn/used
Columbia Records produced two albums of newly-recorded "Bickersons" sketches in 1962: this CD includes "The Bickersons" and "The Bickersons Fight Back"; the later "Bickersons Rematch" Columbia double vinyl set included this same material
Best of The Bickersons radio program  "Best of The Bickersons" albums [2002]
Volume 1: Bayview audio CD [1/2002] out of prodn/used
Original Cast Recordings 50th Anniv Edition CD [5/2009] out of prodn/used
Volume 2: Bayview audio CD [1/2002] out of prodn/used
The Bickersons book by Ben Ohmart  "The Bickersons: A Biography of Radio's Wittiest Program" [2004]
by Ben Ohmart, Foreword by Frances Langford

BearManor Media 8¾x5¾ pb [7/2004] for $17.95
publisher bookpage
Bickersons radio program  Radio Spirits album [2005] on CD
Volume 1: Radio Spirits audio CD [7/2005]
6 half-hour episodes on 3 disks - out of prodn/used
Bickersons' Love Letters book edited by Ben Ohmart  "The Bickersons' Love Letters" [2010]
Edited by Ben Ohmart

BearManor Media pb [6/2010] for $14.95
publisher bookpage

"The Brown Hornet" radio ads  [circa 1968]
A series of 5-minute radio dramas starring Bill Cosby as the Afro-American 'Brown Hornet' superhero, a satire
on the 'Green Hornet' radio show; sponsored by CocaCola™ and delivered to radio stations on a 15-inch vinyl disk;
the character was later recycled as a space hero on regular episodes of Cosby's "Fat Albert" animated TV series
entry for animated 'Brown Hornet' at Wikipedia

"C.B.S.  Radio  Mystery  Theater" program  [1974 to 1982]
Paul's official C.B.S.R.M.T. website {with free episodes} • entry at Wikipedia

CBS Radio Mystery Theater Episode Guide & Handbook book by Gordon Payton & Martin Grams  "The C.B.S. Radio Mystery Theater: An Episode Guide and Handbook To Nine Years of Broadcasting, 1974-1982" [1999]
by Gordon Payton & Martin Grams, Jr.

McFarland & Co. 8¾x6 pb [1/2004] for $45.00
McFarland & Co. 9½x6¼ library hardcover [5/99] out of print/used
C.B.S. Radio Mystery Theater on DVD-ROM  "C.B.S. Radio Mystery Theater" on DVD-ROM [2009]
DC Outlet DVD-R [2009] 4-disks for $34.99 via Amazon third party
Four-disk DVD-ROM set containing all 1,399 radio episodes in MP3 format
"C.B.S. Radio Mystery Theater" Complete Series
DVD-ROM [2009] 4 disks for $36.95 + s/h via Amazon third party
Differently-arranged four-disk DVD-ROM set containing all 1,399 radio episodes in MP3 format; seems to have bonus interviews, other extras not on set just above; manufactured by CBSMysterytheater.com

"Chandu The Magician" radio show  [1931-36 & 1948-50]
'Chandu' old time radio shows on CD & MP-3  The 'Chandu' radio adventure drama began at station KHJ in Los Angeles in 1931, went national in October 1932 over the Mutual Network; production moved to WGN in Chicago in 1935 and ended in 1936; sponsors included White King Soap & Beech Nut Gum. The radio series was revived in June 1948 as a 15-minute weekday program (live music provided by organist Korla Pandit), and moved to ABC Radio in October 1949 as a weekly half-hour broadcast, running until September 1950.
Radio Spirits audio CD set [1/2015] 12 episodes on 5 disks for $24.95
A.M.F. Radio MP-3 album on CD [2011] 308 shows on 2 disks - out of prodn/used
Stardust Records MP-3 album download [2012] 40 shows for $8.99
Mark 56 vinyl LP album [1974] out of prodn/used
radio show entry at Wikipedia • free MP-3 downloads at Zoot Radio fansite

for the 1932 feature film and the 1934 12-chapter serial, visit:
Magic Lantern's Silent & Sound Movie Serials Pages / 'Chandu' Section

"The Green Hornet" radio program  [1936 to 1952]
'The Green Hornet' entry at Wikipedia

1940 & 1941 "Green Hornet" serials on Magic Lantern's Movie Serials Pages
"The Green Hornet" [2011] official movie site

Green Hornet book by Martin Grams & Terry Salomonson  "The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion
Pictures, Comics & Television" [2010]
by Martin Grams, Jr. & Terry Salomonson

O.T.R. Publng 9x6 pb [3/2010] for $44.95
official bookpage

"Lum and Abner" radio program  [1931 to 1954]
Lum & Abner Society website • team entry at Wikipedia

Chester Lauck [1902–80]: IMDb listing • entry at Wikipedia
Norris Goff [1906–78]: IMDb listing • entry at Wikipedia

"Lum and Abner: Rural America and The Golden Age of Radio" [7/2007] by Randal L. Hall

Comedy Classics DVD 4-pack starring Lum & Abner  Comedy Classics 4-pack with "Two Weeks to Live",
"The Bashful Bachelor" & "Dreaming Out Loud"

Echo Bridge Home Ent. b&w DVD [4/2005] for $3.99 {sic}
Lum & Abner Collection 4-pack with "Two Weeks to Live",
"The Bashful Bachelor" & "Dreaming Out Loud"

Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD set [6/2008] 4 disks for $31.92
"Dreaming Out Loud" [1940]
"The Bashful Bachelor" [1942]
"Two Weeks To Live" [1943]

"So This Is Washington" [R.K.O. Radio Pictures Aug 1943]
So This Is Washington comedy feature starring Lum & Abner  Fourth comedy feature film (of seven) by radio characters Lum & Abner; tinkerer Abner accidentally invents a substitute for rubber and the two business partners go to Washington, DC to donate their invention for the war effort. Directed by Ray McCarey; written by Roswell Rogers, Edward James & Leonard Praskins; starring Chester Lauck {as Lum], Norris Goff {as Abner}, Alan Mowbray, Mildred Coles, Roger Clark, Sarah Padden, Matt McHugh, Chester Conklin, Heinie Conklin, Jimmie Dodd, Dan Duncan, Jack Gargan, Wilbur Mack & Minerva Urecal
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch complete video [1:02:43] online at Internet Archive
available on DVD on two 4-pack sets above
Timeless Video b&w VHS [12/97] for $9.99

"Goin' To Town" [1944]
"Partners In Time" [1946]
"Lum and Abner Abroad" [1956]

"The  Shadow" radio program  [1931 to 1954]
mostly written by Walter B. Gibson, using the pen name 'Maxwell Grant';
Orson Welles [1915-85] acted the part on radio from 1937-38
'The Shadow' entry at Wikipedia
DR's Shadow fansite
'The Shadow: Master of Darkness' fansite

The Shadow radio program   Radio Spirits 6-show audio CD [1/2006] 3 disks for $29.95
Radio Spirits 6-show audio CD [2/2003] for $12.99
Radio Spirits audio cassette [1/98] for $34.98
The Shadow Greatest Radio Adventures  "The Shadow: Greatest Radio Adventures" [2002]
40 episodes {20 hours} from Radio Spirits

8 episodes starring Orson Welles; 15 episodes starring Bill Johnstone; 17 episodes starring Bret Morrison
Radio Spirits audio CD box set [7/2002]
20 disks & booklet for $69.98
The Shadow Lost Shows  "The Shadow: The Lost Shows" [2006] from Radio Spirits
1 episode starring Orson Welles; 3 episodes starring Bill Johnstone; 4 episodes starring Bret Morrison; 2 episodes starring Albert Bester
Radio Spirits audio CD box set [1/2006] 5 disks - out of prodn/used
The Shadow Chronicles  "The Shadow Chronicles" [2006] from Radio Spirits
2 episodes starring Orson Welles; 3 episodes starring Bill Johnstone; 2 episodes starring Bret Morrison; 1 episode starring John Archer
Radio Spirits audio CD [1/2006] out of prodn/used
Radio Spirits audio tape [9/96] out of prodn/used


Garrison  Keillor's
"A  Prairie  Home  Companion"  Radio  Show

"A Prairie Home Companion" [est. 1974] website
Garrison Keillor entry at Wikipedia
M.N.H.S. bio
Garrison Keillor books, tapes & CDs at Amazon

Prairie Home Companion movie poster  "A Prairie Home Companion" feature film [Picturehouse June 2006]
Directed by Robert Altman [1925-2006]; starring Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph & Virginia Madsen
NewLine widescreen color DVD [10/2006] for $18.87
full credits at IMDb
official movie site
Guy Noir, Radio Private Eye  "The Adventures of Guy Noir: Radio Private Eye" [11 episodes 2005]
Highbridge UNABR audio CD [4/2005] for $16.47
Highbridge UNABR audio [4/2005] for $16.47
Guy Noir, Radio Private Eye [8 episodes 1995]
Highbridge ABR audio CD [8/2002] for $10.17
Highbridge ABR audio [8/95] for $12.95
WLT: A Radio Romance novel by Garrison Keillor  "WLT: A Radio Romance" [1991 bestseller] by Garrison Keillor
Two brothers set up radio station WLT ('With Lettuce and Tomato') in Minneapolis in 1926 to draw crowds to their wilting sandwich restaurant. The station is a success, and they are soon hiring local talent whose on-air personalities are not exactly the same as in real life: winsome child star Little Becky is a chain-smoking practical joker, the sports announcer is blind, and the always-cheerful song-stress is confined to her wheelchair by polio and fat. The novel's hero is young straight man Francis White, who comes of age at the station and, as the station's success fades, goes on to greater things in television.
Penguin 7½x5 pb [11/92] for $10.20
Viking 8½x5¼ hardcover [11/91] out of print/many, many used
Highbridge ABR auduio CD [10/2006] for $20.48

Johnny Appleseed: Told by Garrison Keillor   "Johnny Appleseed: Told by Garrison Keillor,
With Music by Mark O'Connor" [1991]

Rabbit Ears Ent. audio cassette [1991] out of prodn/used
video illustrations by Stan Olson
24-minute Rabbit Ears Ent. color DVD-R [9/2012] for $9.95
Rabbit Ears Ent. color VHS [4/94] out of prodn/used


Videos  &  DVDs

Radio in the Movies book by Laurence Etling  "Radio In The Movies: A History and Filmography, 1926-2010" [2011]
by Laurence Etling

Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [7/2011] for $16.19
McFarland & Co. 8¾x6 pb [7/2011] for $45.00
Radio In The Movies DVD box set  "Radio In The Movies" DVD Box Set
Supposedly "a collection of 16 wonderful movies revolving around radio broadcasting", a 2-volume set on 16 DVDs: "Breakfast In Hollywood" [1946], "Check and Double Check" [1930] with Amos & Andy, "Danger On The Air" [1938], "People Are Funny" [1946], "The Phantom Broadcast" [1933], "Up In The Air" [1940], "Wake Up and Live" [1937] with Walter Winchell, many more, with stars including Fred Allen, William Bendix, Jack Benny, Fibber McGee & Molly, The Great Gildersleeve, and Lum & Abner
this collection may or may not have actually been produced, but there IS a graphic of the DVD cover
"American Graffiti" [1973]
Directed by George Lucas; nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture & Best Director; full credits from IMDb

"American Hot Wax" [1978]
Directed by Floyd Mutrux • full credits from IMDb

"The Big Broadcast" [1932]

"Breakfast In Hollywood" [1946] /tt0038382/
starring host Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville, Beulah Bondi, Edward Ryan, Raymond Walburn, Billie Burke,
Zasu Pitts, Hedda Hopper, singer Andy Russell, Spike Jones, Nat 'King' Cole & Minerva Urecal

"Check and Double Check" [1930] with Amos & Andy


"Coyote County Loser" [indep 2009]
Coyote County Loser movie  Filmed around Roswell, New Mexico; a radio disk jockey from New York heading to a new & better job in Los Angeles stops for gas in New Mexico and gets into a call-in war with a local love-advice show host; he then learns that his job in California fell thru, so he stages an on-air competition. Directed by Jason Naumann; starring Beau Clark, Nikki Boyer, Wayne Grace, K Callan, Frederic Doss, Tiffany Lynch, Everette Scott Ortiz, Chad Brummett, James Hobbs, Roy Black, Nelson Martinez & Patti Stacy
Monarch Home Video widescreen color DVD [12/2010] for $22.49
full credits at IMDb • official movie site

"Danger On The Air" [Universal Pictures July 1938] /tt0030037/
starring Donald Woods, Nan Grey, Jed Prouty, Berton Churchill, William Lundigan, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Edward Van Sloan,
George Meeker, Frank Milan, Lee J. Cobb, Johnny Arthur, Peter Lind Hayes, Louise Stanley, Eloise Rawitzer & Joe Downing

"Do  The  Right  Thing"
[40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks 1989]
Do The Right Thing movie directed by Spike Lee  
Right Thing soundtrack  
Possibly inspired by Akira Kurosawa's "Do-desu-ka-den" [1970], the tale of a blighted neighborhood in Spike Lee's home turf of Brooklyn. There is actually a moment, ignored or missed by most reviewers, where 'the right thing' gets done – look for it. Written & directed by Spike Lee; starring Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, John Turturro, Rosie Perez & Samuel L. Jackson, with Spike Lee as 'Mookie'; Oscar nominations for Best Script & Best Actor [DA]
Universal Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [6/2009] for $18.99
20th Anniversary Edition DVD [6/2009] for $13.99
Universal letterbox color DVD [7/98] for $17.99
Universal widescreen color DVD [2/2001] 2 discs for $28.99
Universal color VHS [1/2000] out of prodn/many used
Sony original score CD [9/89] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb
Cambridge Univ Press critical text 9x6 pb for $25.19

"Empire  of  The  Air:  The  Men  Who  Made  Radio"
[P.B.S. Oct 1991]
Ken Burns Empire of The Air  While showcasing on-air radio talents from long ago, this 100-minute documentary also details the corporate soap opera of the development of radio as a commercial medium.
Co-written & directed by Ken Burns; hosted by Jason Robards, Jr.
P.B.S. Paramount b&w/color DVD [9/2004] out of prodn/used
P.B.S. Home Video b&w/color VHS [2/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
companion book by Tom Lewis
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [1/93] out of print/used
HarperCollins 9½x6½ hardcover [9/91] out of print/many used

"F.M." [Universal April 1978]
F.M. 1978 movie  Q-SKY is the number one radio station in Los Angeles because of the great music that they play, but the corporate bosses insist on more advertising and less music. Directed by John A. Alonzo, written by Ezra Sacks; original music by Steely Dan; starring Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little, Martin Mull, Cassie Yates & cameos by Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Petty & R.E.O. Speedwagon
Anchor Bay widescreen color DVD [1/2000] out of prodn/used
Starz/Anchor Bay widescreen color VHS [11/98] out of prodn/used
MCA/Universal soundtrack CD [6/2000] 20 tracks on 2 disks for $14.97
full credits from IMDb

"Good Morning, Vietnam"
[Silver Screen/Touchstone Dec 1987] /tt0093105/
Directed by Barry Levinson; starring Robin Williams; full credits from IMDb

"Good Morning World" [CBS-TV 1967-68]
Good Morning, World 1967 TV series on DVD  The first-ever TV series set in a radio station, featuring the on- and off-air adventures of a pair of morning DJ's; starring Joby Baker, Ronnie Schell, Julie Parrish, Billy De Wolfe & Goldie Hawn; DVD extras include archival interview with Ronnie Schell, still gallery, trivia quiz & Goldie Hawn bio
S'more Ent. color DVD [1/2006] 26 episodes on 4 disks - out of prodn/used
S'more Ent. color DVD [1/2007] 26 episodes on 4 disks - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • series entry at Wikipedia
Good Morning, World book by Tim Colliver  "Good Morning World" [2008] by Tim Colliver
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the prime-time TV series by writer-producers Carl Reiner, Sheldon Leonard, Bill Persky & Sam Denoff, featuring exclusive interviews with the show's creators and surviving stars
BearManor Media 8¾x6 pb [1/2008] for $14.95
official book site
"The Great American Broadcast"
musical feature film [Fox May 1941] /tt0033674/
Directed by Archie Mayo; starring Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Cesar Romero,
The Ink Spots & The Nicholas Brothers; full credits from IMDb


"The Great Man" [Universal Dec 1956]
shot of Jose Ferrer & Julie London kissing, from "The Great Man" [1956] movie  "Everybody loved the Great Man - except those who hated his guts" When a popular radio commentator dies in a car accident, his successor is ordered to produce an hour-long tribute, but he can't find anyone who knew the guy with good things to say about him. Co-written & directed by & starring Josι Ferrer; based on the novel by Albert E. Morgan; also starring Dean Jagger, Keenan Wynn, Julie London, Joanne Gilbert, Ed Wynn, Jim Backus, Lyle Talbot, Henny Backus & Johnny Grant
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
The Great Man novel by Al Morgan  
"The Great Man" A Novel" [1955] by Al Morgan
While the covers of the books show TV equipment, the story is indeed about radio networks
Pocket/Cardinal mass pb [1957] out of print/scarce
Dutton 7¾x5¼ hardcover [1955] out of print/used
"The History of Talk Radio" [1996]
History of Talk Radio documentary film  This 60-minute documentary features talk radio pioneers Bill Balance, Alan Burke, Barry Gray, Long John Nebel, Joe Pyne & and others, plus leading talk show personalities including Morton Downey Jr., Bob Grant, Don Imus, Larry King, G. Gordon Liddy, Limp Rushbaugh, Ollie North, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Howard Stern & Dr. Ruth Westheimer. {NOTE: Produced before the Air America Radio Network existed.} Produced by Dennis Hedlund
White Star color DVD [6/2005] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb

"Larceny On The Air" [studio mo 1937]
Larceny On The Air 1937 movie  A young doctor pressures the Bureau of Pure Foods & Drugs to use radio broadcasts to expose a number of fraudulent patent medicines, with his bitterest attacks being aimed at Kennedy Radium Products, the manufacturer of a tonic called 'Radium Rejuvenating Tablets', which he claims is a slow cause of death; the manufacturer tries every means to defeat and discredit the persistent doctor. • Produced by Nat Levine & Sol C. Siegel; directed by Irving Pichel; written by Richard English & Endre Bohem; starring Robert Livingston, Grace Bradley, Willard Robertson, Pierre Watkin, Smiley Burnette, Granville Bates, William Newell, Byron Foulger, Wilbur Mack, Matty Fain, Josephine Whittell, Charles Timblin, Billy Griffith, William Hopper, Frank Du Frane, Florence Gill, John Holland, Carleton Young
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [2/2009] for $5.98
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [9/2015 upload; 52:57] online at YouTube

"Mister Rock and Roll" [1957]

"People Are Funny" [Paramount Pictures Jan 1946] /tt0038831/

"The Phantom Broadcast" [Monogram Pictures March 1933]

"Pirate Radio" aka "The Boat That Rocked"
[Working Title / Focus Features Nov 2009]
Pirate Radio 2009 movie directed by Richard Curtis  As the Sixties rock'n'roll phenomenon bursts onto the scene, British government officials refuse to give licenses for rock music radio stations; so a band of music-loving rebels set up an underground radio station on a leaky ship in international waters of the North Sea.
Co-produced, written & directed by Richard Curtis; starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Darby, Katherine Parkinson, Jack Davenport, Tom Brooke, January Jones, Nick Frost & Rhys Ifans, with Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb • U.S. official movie site
"Pirate Radio U.S.A." [indep 2006]
Pirate Radio U.S.A. documentary by Jeff Pearson  An 84-minute documentary about rogue (unlicensed) radio stations across America who defy federal law to free the radio airwaves, and the showdown over The Truth during the 1999 World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle, Washington.
Co-produced, written & directed by Jeff Pearson; featuring underground DJs Him & Her
Deface The Nation Films color DVD [8/00] for $14.99
full credits at IMDb • official movie site
"Play Misty For Me" [Malpaso/Universal Nov 1971] /tt0067588/
Directed by & starring Clint Eastwood; full credits from IMDb

"Pump Up The Volume" [NewLine Cinema Aug 1990] /tt0100436/
Written & directed by Allan Moyle; starring Christian Slater; full credits from IMDb

"Radio  Days"  [Orion Jan 1987]
Woody Allen's Radio Days  A nostalgic look at life in Far Rockaway, New York before World War II, when entertainment and outside news came from the radio. Written & directed by Woody Allen; starring Michael Tucker, Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton, Seth Green, Julie Kavner, Dianne Wiest, Josh Mostel, Danny Aiello & Jeff Daniels; Oscar & WGA nominations for Best Screenplay; 7 BAFTA noms, won 2
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [11/2001] for $12.99
H.B.O. color VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
R.C.A. soundtrack CD [5/92] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb • M.G.M. official movie site

"Radioland Murders" [Universal Oct 1994] /tt0110939/
Executive produced by & story by George Lucas; full credits from IMDb

"Reveille With Beverly" [1943]

"Rush" [New Crime Prodns; in development?]
Announced 11/2012: about right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh; to be produced & written by & starring John Cusack;
Betty Thomas is attached to direct • not listed at IMDb {2014}

"Straight Talk" [Hollywood Pictures April 1992] /tt0105481/
Starring Dolly Parton; full credits from IMDb

"Talk Radio" [Cineplex-Odeon Films Dec 1988]
Talk Radio 1988 movie by Oliver Stone  Filmed in Texas; a radio talk show host who thrives on controversy and confrontation is getting burned out just as he is offered a national show. Co-written & directed by Oliver Stone; co-written by & starring Eric Bogosian, based on the 1987 off-Broadway stageplay by Bogosian & Tad Savinar; also starring Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley, Alec Baldwin, John Pankow, Michael Wincott, Linda Atkinson, Robert Trebor, Zach Grenier, Tony Frank, Harlan Jordan & Chip Moody; Eric Bogo-sian won Silver Bear for Outstanding Single Achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival
Universal Studios widescreen color DVD [10/2000] for $4.00 {sic}
Universal Studios color VHS [3/92] for $6.44
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
Talk Radio playscript by Eric Bogosian & Tad Savinar  "Talk Radio" playscript [1987] by Eric Bogosian & Tad Savinar
opened off-Broadway in May 1987; Broadway run in 2007 won Tony Award for Best Revival
Theatre Commns Group 8¼x5¼ pb [9/2007] for $12.42
Samuel French, Inc. 7¾x5 pb [11/2010] for $7.50
'stageplay on Broadway' official website • credits at IBDb
stageplay entry at Wikipedia
"Tune In Tomorrow  . . ." [Cinecom Oct 1990] /tt0100822/
Starring Barbara Hershey, Keanu Reeves & Peter Falk; full credits from IMDb

"Up In The Air" [Monogram Sept 1940]
Up In The Air movie starring Frankie Darro & Mantan Moreland  A second-rate radio singer is murdered while singing on the air in a radio studio; a radio page boy and his janitor pal solve the mystery for the none-too-sharp police. Directed by Howard Bretherton; starring Frankie Darro, Marjorie Reynolds, Mantan Moreland, Gordon Jones, Lorna Gray, Tristram Coffin & Clyde Dilson
Alpha Video b&w DVD [3/2003] for $7.98
full credits from IMDb
"Vanishing Point" [Fox 1971]
Vanishing Point movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian, starring Barry Newman  Anti-hero Kowalski (Barry Newman) bets that he can drive a new Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours. This existential car-chase is reported by a disk-jockey in Goldfield, Nevada as it proceeds to its inevitable conclusion – just like life (to the existentialist).
Directed by Richard C. Sarafian; co-starring Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger & Victoria Medlin
Fox Video widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2009] for $20.99
Fox Video widescreen color DVD [2/2004] for $7.99
Fox Video color VHS [1/99] for $33.95
full credits from IMDb
"Wake Up and Live" [Fox Aug 1937] with Walter Winchell /tt0029744/

"W.U.S.A." [Paramount Aug 1970]
Starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Perkins & Laurence Harvey
full credits from IMDb


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