The Senior Seminar this week was about Old-Time Radio Shows. The lecturer was the same man who has done the programs on ragtime and jazz. He must have an enormous collection of CDs and DVDs of these musical programs and now the radio shows. He’s always well prepared. It amuses me, though, to watch him as he plays a CD or DVD. He twists the button of his shirt, the one right on top of his tummy. I doubt he even knows he’s doing it.
He played excerpts from three shows for us. One was “The Shadow” which I’ve heard of but had never heard. The other two shows were totally unknown to me. As I watched the other seminar participants who were smiling and nodding as they listened, I came to the conclusion I’m too young to know these programs. The lecturer said most of them were on the air in 1938 which was before I was even a gleam in my father’s eye. No wonder I didn’t know them.
One of our local radio stations plays some of the old-time shows on Saturday or Sunday night after midnight. I occasionally hear a bit of it if I’m up especially late. I like those old shows.
Do you ever listen to old-time radio shows? Do you prefer comedies or mysteries? How old does a show have to be to be considered “old time radio?”