Vintage Radio Archive: The Lone Ranger, Abbott & Costello, and Bob Hope

This web page doesn’t look like much, but it houses a great deal. Put simply, the page plugs you into an archive of 135

vintage American radio shows, spanning from the 1930s to the 1950s. This was the height of America’s radio days. And when you listen to the recordings, it won’t take long to realize that America was a very different country then (politically, socially and culturally) than what it is today. The list features some well-known classics. Take for example, the Abbott and Costello Show, Bob and Ray Show, Bob Hope Show, Burns and Allen Show, Mel Blanc Show and Milton Berle Show (detect a pattern yet?). Then, you can also listen in on episodes of Gunsmoke, Jack Benny, The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid, Father Knows Best and the Adventures Of Philip Marlowe. For those who want to experience the classics of old-time American radio, or what mainstream American entertainment used to be, this audio archive should keep you busy for a good long while.

Related Website: Another collection of vintage radio audio clips can be found here.

Related Article: Radio fans should look back at our article on the famous Orson Welles radio broadcast from 1938 — The War of the Worlds. Readers can access here an audio file of the original broadcast that sent the US into hysterics. It’s well worth a listen if you haven’t heard it before.



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