These are the links to sites where you can learn more about the
show/star/genre. For downloads of shows, look on the program pages. So...if you want to know where to download
The Avengers ... go to The Avengers page.
- named for the cheap grade of pulp wood paper used in their printing.
These were the comic books, the detective stories of the late twenties, of
the Depression in the 30s and of WWII. Fascinating little books with lurid
covers that you would sneak peaks at in the corner store or local
drugstore magazine rack and then sneak home to read by flashlight late at
MP3 RadioShows.com. This is one of the few places on the web where
you can still find copies of The Shadow pulp novels. They are
unillustrated but still a lot of fun. You'll also find Doc Savage
and The Avengers, Tarzan and many of the other bases for Old Time
All the books are in
Microsoft Reader format, so be sure to scurry on over to Microsoft
to get their free reader. Like a lot of Microsoft free stuff, there's a
bit of pain involved - you have to download, install, register - but
there's no aftershock - no cost, no ads etc.
- The Pulp Zone.
Here's an open door to many of your pulp heroes online: The Shadow,
Captain Future, The Spider and Doc Savage. There
are scans of book and magazine covers and a lot of related information.
- The Pulp Net. As it
says...Your online guide to pulp magazines. A terrific source for the
old pulps. You can even find information and links to The Shadow.
(Conde Nast, copyright owner of The Shadow has shut down most Shadow
sites claiming they have a movie deal in the works.)
Abbott and Costello Show. This is the official site hosted by the
families of Bud and Lou. There is a lot of information here and lots
of downloads. There is one show a month to download along with
wallpaper, routines, scripts and pictures.
and Bud - the unofficial site with a fair number of routines to
download. Lots of information but you have to wade through the owner's
personal history to find some of it.
- The Al Jolson
Society. Everything you wanted to know about the Mammy singer. I
much prefer Mike's Jolson Site.
Mike's Jolson Site. Mike updates his site every week with new
Jolson recordings to download, a new Jolson show (either Kraft Music
Hall or Shell Chateau), a new Jolson guest star and lots of
illustrations and information. Highly recommended. If you are a Bing
Crosby fan, take a look at
Al's Crosby Corner for a new Bing download every week.
- The Avengers.
These are the folks who are reconstructing, and conserving the John
Steed - Emma Peel Avengers from Springbok Radio in South Africa.
Several of the serials are available for download including CD covers,
sound bites and various news articles.
- The Bob Hope Official Website.
Love Bob Hope? Come to this site. No downloads though but lots of
information about Bob.
The International Jack Benny
Fan Club. No downloads but lots of info about Jack and the gang.
- The Jack Benny Archives.
You don't have enough CDs. There are literally hundreds of mp3
episodes of Jack here to download. Be kind though and don't overdo it
at any given time. Share the bandwidth!
- The Goon Show.
An enthusiast's site and very well done. Usually four new downloads
every month too!
- Lum and Abner.
A good place to visit Pine Ridge and those well known residents, Lum
and Abner. A good place to start your collection as well with about
- The National Lum and Abner Society.
As it says, the National Society. Good history - lots of illustrations
and backgrounds. Great for the enthusiast.
Quiet Please. Good spooky fun and a terrific site with a good
discussion of the program, the episodes and the background. Lots of
- Radio Mystery Theater.
CBS produced Radio Mystery Theater over many many years. Don't be
fooled and think they were all mysteries - many were thrillers (or
even what today we would call horror stories). There is a lot of
information about the series but no downloads.
Vic and Sade.
Middle class life in the 30s. Lots of information and usually an
episode to hear.
Really, this is a site for all of Edgar Rice Burrough's creations.
Many many illustrations and background information. No downloads.
- The Blue Beetle.
Ah, a site that looks like a pulp. Here is the story of the Blue
Beetle - in pulps and on the radio. A complete list of episodes and
plenty of scans of period Blue Beetle images.
- The Mercury Theater.
A site devoted to Orson Welles Mercury Theatre and later the Campbell
Theater. Many many downloads of the programs in very good quality.
Some are Real Audio, some are mp3, some are both. Be kind - the
bandwidth is limited and downloads are slow - don't take too much at
The site for fan-produced audio adventures. I remember watching Dr.
Who on BBC programs rebroadcast in Canada and being fascinated by this
Time Lord. Here are radio recreations of some of the old stories and
new ones too.
The Shadow - Master of Darkness. An enthusiast's site with little
real info since Conde Nast shut most Shadow sites down.
Links of Links
One of the most valuable possessions you can have is a list of links
like this page. There are many on the internet and these are my favourites
when it comes to Old Time Radio.
Audio Links. One of the references that everybody references.
OTR Share'nTrade. Enthusiasts looking to trade what they've got for
what they need/want.
OTR Share'nTrade. Download Sites. A list of sites where you can go
and find sites that MIGHT have downloads.
Juke Box. Dean Bagley has his own site but this is sort of a front
cover with many links to other sites.
Some sites are really about listening. They don't want you to download
although I'm not sure why. (But there are ways...try the media recorder
referenced on the software page.) But here are my favourites:
K-Surf 1260 AM Radio Dramas. Two new radio dramas a week to listen
to and enjoy.
WAMU -The Big Broadcast. Four hours of old time radio every week.
Although it's broadcast on Sunday, you can catch "last week's program"
- Rat Patrol Radio.
Music and authentic WWII radio excerpts on the Web.
- Olde Time
Radio. I hate the design. I hate the background noise. I love the
collection of streaming programs.
Web Ranger. Lots of programs to hear. Regular updates.
Real OTR. Replacing Cyber 49er, Real OTR has thousands of programs
on streaming audio. You do have to register - for a whole dollar using
PayPay or by SASE. Well worth it!
- BBC 7.
Click on the Listen Again button on the right side. Terrific BBC
programming - old and new.
Radio Fan. Real, modern radio - but some neat old stuff too.
Radio Spirits/Boston Pete. They really want to sell you stuff, but
there are a lot of programs you can listen too for free (except for
the occasional commercial).
Okay, so you've decided to bite the bullet and buy some OTR. Maybe its
because you want more, more, more. Or, maybe like me, you are on a dialup
connection - damn slow. A 6Mb mp3 file takes half-an-hour to download. I
know because when I started with OTR I set up my computer to start downloading at
about midnight and just let it go for about 6 or 7 hours to get about
100Mb a night. And this way the phone is being used at a time when my kids
don't "need" it.
First, take a good look at
ebay. When I got started, I bought
several, okay, a lot of CDs of mp3s for about a dollar each! Now you
can get DVDs loads with mp3 files for three or four dollars! What a
bargain and what a way to start your collection.
If you have a high
speed connection, take a look at these commercial sites. They are all
a good buy and run by honest folks.
- R U Sitting Comfortably (RUSC).
Good folks. Inexpensive by the month and no limit per month although
you are asked to be reasonable. About 7000 programs online.
Digital Deli. If you aren't too computer wise you may need
someone to help you with FTP. You pay about $7 or $8 per gigabyte -
that's 100 to 200 downloads depending on size. Do it anytime you
like. And, they have an amazing collection of both American,
Canadian, BBC, Australian and South African programs.
- Fear You
Can Hear. Not really a download site but for about $5 you
purchase a membership to assist this blind-oriented site to add
resources. Good selection of programs and lots of episodes to hear