Other than a good book, radio is the only medium that offers the OmniMax of the mind that happens when you let it flow through your brain. Technophile that I am notwithstanding, it’s no secret that I believe among the most outstanding and extraordinary technology of the past millennium–unsurpassed in entertainment media–is the book, with radio a strong second. Whether turning up the collar of your trench coat against the 1940’s San Francisco fog, or in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, hiding in the ruins of a house as Martian machines march over, there are no special effects that can match the melding of a writer and your imagination. I will go into what the blend of hardware, software and wetware, (brain), the printed page can do no other technology even approaches, save, to an extent, radio, at a later date. (CGI is for wimps.)
I’ll also be listing and occasionally embedding free and low priced radio programming, from the ‘Golden Era’ to the amazing things being done today on these pages.
Meanwhile, back at the point…
Kick Back With Old Time Radio Shows
March 9, 2009
by Cara Binder – Internet Archive
2009 bombards people with screens; whether you’re picking up your phone, checking your mail, watching the news, going to a movie, or reading this blog, you likely encounter upwards of three screens everyday. So it’s good to take a break from modern technology, even if that means visiting Internet Archive to do so. Yes, it’s a Web site, but it also holds a plethora of entertainment from bygone years, including a large collection of old time radio shows.
Choose a radio show, hit play, and gently close your laptop or spin away from your desktop. Imagine that you’re pre-television and pre-internet, grab some coffee or tea, and enjoy the lost art of the radio show.
There are plenty to search through, but here are a few standouts: