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Free Old Time Radio Shows on the Internet
By Steve Hill
I am in the same location that I am each day about this time, in the kitchen preparing dinner
for my family. As usual, my radio is on to a talk station, since I prefer to listen to someone's
ideas rather than some disc jockey's selection of music that they like to hear. However, the inane
conversation today is simply too much, and the frequent commercials certainly do not help my mood.
My daughter is on the Internet in the next room, working on an assignment about historical events
of the World War II era. She turns up the volume on the computer, in for me to hear the voice of
Walter Winchell reporting. She found an Internet set for free old time radio shows, and this
show had an interruption for news about the war. We found the program so interesting that we
ordered the audio book form of the program. After supper we spent more time looking up
locations for other free old time radio shows, and found a host of websites with programs
and information. Since I spend a great deal of time in my car, I ordered a few audio books
of several of the most interesting sounding programs.
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Many of the actors in these shows are names that I had heard of, but have never actually seen
in a movie. One of my favorite free old time radio show sites will occasionally play a Sherlock
Holmes story with Basil Rathbone, and he does a magnificent job with the character. One of the
most surprising things about listening to these shows is how much better the story is. Allowing
my imagination to fill in the details about the setting and how the characters look give a level
of interest in the story that cannot be matched by any movie. I have several of these Sherlock
Holmes stories in audio book form for my car, and listen to these frequently as I commute to work.
I suppose that I could even listen to free old time radio shows over the Internet in my car,
if I ever get that high tech. I seriously doubt that, and think I will stay with listening to
an audio book in my car.
One of my very free old time radio show sites is the one that contains most of the Orson Welles
radio programs from his Mercury Theatre days. The man had a magnificent voice, and a sense for
drama and storytelling that is unmatched. I listen to a few of these so often that I would wear
out the audio book, if that were possible. Most people have heard of his work, at least through
the effect that his War of the Worlds broadcast had on the nation. Produced as a false "newscast"
on October 30th of 1939, it sounded as if Martians had landed in the swamps of New Jersey
and had successfully taken over most of New Jersey and New York City in just a few days. Many
people that originally heard this old time radio show really assumed that an invasion had
happened, and fled their homes by the thousands. The audio book form of this story, when listened
to quietly in the evening, gives the same feeling of fascination and dread that the original
broadcast must have done. This is only one bit of the vast entertainment history that can be
found on the Internet when listening to free old time radio shows.
Talking Book Store make it easy to discover the fascinating world of the spoken word and Old
Time Radio Shows can be downloaded without subscriptions at the site.
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