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Old Time Radio FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about nostalgic (old-time, 'golden age') radio programs.

This FAQ about nostalgic (old-time, 'golden age') radio programs was compiled and written by Lou Genco webmaster@old-time.com with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright (c) Lou Genco. All rights reserved. Not-for-profit distribution encouraged as long as this document is reproduced in its entirety, unedited, and with this copyright notice intact.

-01. What is "OTR"?
OTR is an acronym for Old Time Radio, a term loosely ...
-02. You haven't mentioned OTR music, why not?
There was a good deal of big band, bluegrass, country and ...
-03. Where can I buy recordings of old radio shows?
There are several individuals and companies willing to ...
-04. Which vendors have (lower prices) (higher quality) (faster response)? (Old Time Radio)
Prices, quality and service differ somewhat among all vendors....
-05. Are OTR shows rebroadcast? If so, where and when?
Yes, several AM and FM radio stations, satellite feeds, ...
-06. I remember a great show called (x). When was it aired? (Old Time Radio)
If the show was heard nationwide, look through the ...
-07. Are there any books about OTR?
Yes, there are many books related to OTR. See ...
-08. Does anybody trade tapes of OTR shows?
Yes. Check with the various on-line OTR services. Leave a ...
-09. What's this stuff about Copyright? (Old Time Radio)
The copyrights on some OTR shows have expired. Several ...
-10. How can I get my local radio or TV station to broadcast OTR programming?
Call the station and tell them of the many people who like ...
-11. I have some old transcriptions and tapes, how can I make them sound better? (Old Time Radio)
You might try using a good equalizer and/or digital ...
-12. Are there any OTR clubs near me?
Check the club listings in the Old-Time WWW page, and leave ...
-13. I have some OTR tapes of the same program, but their dates are different. Why?
Sometimes broadcasts are dated according to their ...
-14. Is there any place where I can get a complete listing of all the episodes in a particular program series? (Old Time Radio)
Some on-line OTR collectors have contributed Program Logs ...
-15. Is there any place where I can get a written synopsis of the plots or themes of OTR programs?
Again, some vendors include this information with ...
-16. Is there a World Wide Web page (URL) that I can access for more information? (Old Time Radio)
Yes, there are several WWW sites. Each site contains ...
-17. Is there an email newsletter on OTR? How do I subscribe to it?
Several newsletters currently exist. Here his how to get ...
-18. What ever happened to the person that played [insert character] on [insert name of show]? (Old Time Radio)
Check the Personality Pages at www.old-time.com for ...
-19. What is the best way to archive OTR programs?
The most popular way seemed to be reel-reel tapes, using each ...
-20. My old reels squeak. Why does this happen, and can I fix it? (Old Time Radio)
There are at least two causes for squeaky reels on a reel-...
-21. Where can I find more information about antique radios?
An excellent place for discussions about antique radios,...
-22. What is the best radio / antenna to get distant OTR stations?
Several readers have been acclaiming the GE SuperRadio III as ...
-23. Is there a group for modern radio drama ("new-time radio")?
There are several USENET groups whose charters include ...
-24. I have only email access to the Net. Can I still get the files at your site? (The Official Old-Time Radio (OTR) FAQ)
-25. I have never heard "Old Time Radio". Can I get an audio sample via Internet?
Yes, if you have a suitable WWW browser and sound card. ...
-26. I have lots of loose OTR cassettes filling my drawers. Is there a better way to store these things?
Collectors with lots of cassettes seem to use just ...
-28. I am interested in re-creating some OTR drama. Where can I get scripts?
Check your local or national OTR clubs. Many have a ...
-29. I can hear what sounds like another program playing in the background on many of my OTR tapes. Is this due to the tuning on the old radio or to the tape recorder that recorded the program?
In addition to the old radio being mistuned, similar ...
-30. Can I chat with other OTR fans on the internet?
Yes. Lois Culver (lois@chatlink.com) and other OTR fans ...
-32. Is there an internet news group for old time radio?
Yes. alt.radio.oldtime is available via some news servers. ...
-33. OTR network shows were usually heard at the same local time, no matter what the time zone. How did they do this?
Two ways: Many networks used telephone lines to carry the ...
-34. I'd like all the information there is about [insert name of OTR show]. Is there a FAQ that covers all the shows ever on the radio?
No. There are many books (Remember them? They have words ...
-35. Is there any information on OTR conventions?
Yes. There are several. Here are some of the larger ones:...
-36. Are there any WWW Bulletin Boards where I can post OTR questions and read OTR information?
Yes. Try Old Time Radio Bulletin Boards ...
-37. I would like to find recordings of [fill in rare OTR show name]. I have seen the show mentioned in Jay Hickerson's book, but haven't seen the show in any of the paper or on-line catalogs. How do I get this show?
Jack French, an expert on old-time radio and editor of ...
-38. I see a lot of OTR MP3s on the WWW. Are these worth collecting? How about the OTR CD-ROMs being offered on the WWW, are they worth the money?
Just as with home made recordings of any type, the quality ...
-39. Were any of the old-time radio personalities interviewed recently? Where can I find these interviews?
A large number of OTR personalities were interviewed by ...
-40. What MP3 player is best for OTR?
MP3s can be played on most computers, memory (RAM)-...
-41. I keep reading/hearing about the LOC hoarding a bunch of unreleased OTR episodes. Is this true? How can I get them?
The Library of Congress (LOC) does indeed store copies of ...
-42. Where can I find OTR to download?
The number and location of FTP sites that provide OTR ...
-43. I bought some CDs with OTR MP3s. Some of the programs sound pretty bad. Why is this, and how can I make them sound better? If I make an audio CD from the MP3s, will it be better?
Wow. The answer to that question could fill a whole FAQ ...









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