Favorite Old Time Radio Shows
Do you think itís true that we seniors live too much in the past? I donít think so. Most seniors that I know are quite active with busy lives but most of us do have good memories. Some little something we run across or do or hear will trigger those memories. Thatís what happened when I thought of old radio programs we used to listen to.
Actually what made me think of the radio was the vacuum. I had to do some cleaning and thought it was so much easier when we didn't have carpet and just ran a dust mop. There was no T. V. to watch so we turned on the radio and were entertained while we did our work. Then I got to thinking of some of the programs we listened to,so I thought I would list some of them and maybe you remember them too. I canít possibly list them all, you would never cease reading. So, I will just list some of my favorites.
Of course as a child I didnít listen to the radio very much in summer or when the weather was nice. I was outside playing.
I remember very well the soap operaís my grandmother never missed.
"Ma Perkins," "The Guiding Light," "One Mans Family," " Life Can Be Beautiful,"and my favorite, "Dr. Christian." The actor who played Dr. Christian was Jean Hersholt. He had the softest and kindest voice and I just loved him. His nurse was , " Nurse Judy" played by Rosemary De Camp and I wanted to be a nurse when I "grew up."
Another show my grandmother never missed that I loved was Don McNeillís Breakfast Club. Don always asked for a moment of silent prayer, "Each in his own words, each in his own way." Can you imagine that happening on any radio or T. V. show these days?
Then there were the comedy shows.
"Amos and Andy," with Amosí famous line, "Ain't dat sumpin'?"
Lum and Abner," "Lum Eddards" and "Abner Peabody" and the "Jot 'Em Down Store."
"Fibber McGee and Molly," they lived in Wistful Vista and you better watch out and not open Fibberís closet!
The "Aldrich Family," Always opened with Henryís mother calling, "Hen-reeee! Henry Aldrich!" Henry was always in trouble.
"Abbott & Costello," need I say more?
"Our Miss Brooks," A loveable school teacher.
"Red Skelton," I really loved Red!
"The Charlie McCarthy Show" Edgar Bergen and his puppet Charlie.
"The Great Gildersleeve" A real "ladie's man". He thought.
Who could ever forget, "Burns and Allen," George Burns and Gracie Allen, "Just a love nest, cozy and sweet."
"Can You Top This?" comedians would try to top each otherís jokes.
Now for the mystery shows.
"Inner Sanctum," with the eerie, creaking door.
"The Shadow," "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"
"Mr. District Attorney"
"Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons."
"I Love a Mystery."
The adventures of "The Thin Man" with Nick and Nora Charles" and their dog Asta.
Some other favorites, " Jack Armstrong," the all American boy, "The Cisco Kid," and his sidekick "Pancho," The "Lone Ranger," and his side kick " Tonto." "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon." And "Terry and the Pirates."
" The Grand Ole Opry," with Roy Acuff, "The King of Country Music" and a variety of stars like,
Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, 'Stringbean', 'Uncle' Dave Macon, Minnie Pearl, George Morgan, Jim Reeves, Tex Ritter, 'Grandpa' Jones, and Jamup and Honey," Little Jimmy, "Tater" Dickens, just to name a few.
"Your Hit Parade," a variety of singers with the top songs of the day.
One I never missed was the "Chuck Wagon Gang," A family gospel group that came on every Saturday night from Del Rio, Texas. What great harmony they had!
A couple of the quiz shows we listened to were,
"Take It or Leave It"
"You Bet Your Life" With Groucho Marx
Then of course there was the news broadcasts that I didn't care for as a child but I remember hearing Walter Winchell. He always came on with, ďGood evening, Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press!Ē
I realize that if you lived in a different locale, you may not have heard of some of these but I hope you recall a few.
Until next time,