Old Time Radio Thursdays – #024: Documentary – The First Fifty Years Of Radio History

The short intro: For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Old Time Radio is the phrase generally used to refer to the time when radio was (mostly) live, and was full of a variety of different shows, as opposed to simply being a means for record labels to use robots to promote the top records of the day. Old Time Radio Thursdays is my chance to explore some of those old radio shows, their connections (both old and new) to movies, and hopefully to encourage some of the rest of you to take a look at a probably unfamiliar source of entertainment that I truly love. If you want more info on OTR, and some examples of the variety of shows that were made, be sure to check out this introductory post.

I ran across this audio documentary, The First 50 Years of Radio History the other day, and thought that it might be a good way to begin the new year of Old Time Radio Thursdays. I haven’t really been able to find out much about it, beyond the little bit of information given to us in the opening by the host, Ben Brooks, who says he was a radio and television columnist for the New York Daily News. The documentary was obviously produced in the early 1970’s in order to celebrate the first broadcast of radio station KDKA which took place in November 1920.

If anyone out there has any other information about Mr. Brooks, or the circumstances under which this documentary was produced, I’d love to know more. In the meantime, let’s just sit back and let Mr.. Brooks and his guests reminisce about the first 50 years of this great medium.

Until next time, Happy Listening!

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