Been traveling for work a lot and not able to post but I have been listening and reading about OTR...I just finished this great read call "Listening In- Radio and the American Imagination" by Susan J Douglas. I recommend it highly, it does a great job telling the history yet analyzing the American Psyche during the golden years!
So on my recent trip to India I decide I needed a good read for the trip...so with no time to hit Barnes and Noble for something new I scanned my book shelf and pulled off Leonard Maltin's ( famous for being the movie critic on Entertainment Tonight for years!) The Great American Broadcast, a great book. I read this so many years ago that it was a whole new read for me and I enjoyed it so much!! Covering the era in such beautiful and romantic way it's obvious that Maltin loves the Golden age and the whole process that went into creating great radio.
I recommend it highly!!!
I just re-read the wonderful book by Gerald Nachman titled Raised On Radio. I first read this book several years ago and decided now that started this blog to give it a re-read and I loved It again.!His style is very matter of fact and his many great insider quotes and stories. It fun to know the inside stories of some radio's great stars. I highly recommend for anyone wanting to know more about OTR or are life long fans. It's available on Amazon and probably can be special ordered at Barnes and Nobles.
I downloaded a great app today for my I-pad it's called Old Time Radio Streamer it has dozens and dozens of internet radio channels with different Genre playing all kinds of shows and music from the golden age...Scrolling through right now I see Phillip Marlow, Fibber McGee and Molly, Lone Ranger, The Mercury Theatre, Dimension X, Red Skelton, Suspense, Sherlock Homes, Lights Out! and many, many more...These stations are like broadcast station and keep a schedule and do play some commercials but the App is Free and works wonderfully and very simple and easy to use (but KIM many of these stations do work on donations so if you find one you love support it so we can keep free sources providing us these wonderful shows).
It also has couple stations focused on British Programs (which are from golden age too but has programs from 60's on through today since the BBC continued doing all kinds of scripted and non-scripted-game shows and the like,well after the US networks gave up on it). I plan on getting to know some of these Brit shows so I can share what I find with you.
Check it out on your I-pad App Store under Old Time Radio Streamer..
I'm traveling in High Point NC this week for my day job; I'm here for the Spring Home Furnishing Show. As I made my way through the show I ran into these amazing prints. They are Little Big Book covers of Radio Patrol, a comic strip from the 1930's and 1940's and Gangbusters based on the long running real crime series....I thought they were super cool!!! If you are interested in these prints or more info here's their site printscharmingsoho.com.