Old Time Radio Thursdays – #025: OTR Sound Effects – Back Of The Mike (1937)

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.

back_of_the_mike_thOne of the most important yet all-too-often overlooked features of Old Time Radio is the sound effects, and thee way that they helped to shape the pictures that were being created in one’s mind. Without them, radio would have been just a bunch of people talking to each other or describing what was going on, but with them… wow, what a difference!

Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of information on this short, which is entitled Back of the Mike, except that it was created in 1937 (or 1938, dates vary) and was sponsored by / is an ad for the Chevrolet division of the General Motors Corporation.

Whatever its origins, however, it’s a fascinating look not only at the power of sound effects, but how they were created behind the scenes.

Next time: back to our regular format with a look at one of the great old radio shows and its classic Hollywood connections. Until then, Happy Listening!


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