Top 5 Must Listen Old Timey Radio Shows
Before there were television reality shows or game shows where contestants compete for dates with a single bachelor, people would spend time sitting around the radio and listen to popular shows for entertainment. While those days of the radio were long outdone by television, it is still fun to listen to the shows of days gone by. So paying homage to those days gone by here are the Top 5 Old Timey Radio Shows You Must Listen to.
Old Timey Radio Shows #5 – Lone Ranger
“Hi, Yo Silver Away!” was the famous cry to action from this radio series that started in 1933 and told the story of a cowboy left for dead but survived and became the masked Lone Ranger. Along with his sidekick Tonto, the show featured many different actors in the voice of the cowboy hero like Earle Graser, Blake Beemer, and others while John Todd played Tonto for most of the show’s radio run. The Lone Ranger became an early Television hit that ran from 1949 until 1957 and has had a number of movies and books since.
Old Timey Radio Shows #4 – Amos n’ Andy
One of radio’s first comedy hits, it tells the story of two friends living in Harlem. The original radio show ran from 1928 until 1960. It was a controversial show as Amos, Andy and several of the other characters of the show were black, but writers and stars of the show behind the mics, were white. A Television series ran from 1951 to 1953 with different (and black) actors portraying the roles but it was canceled partly because of pressure from the NAACP accusing the show of being more about racial stereotypes.
Old Timey Radio Shows #3 – The Shadow
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” The line kicked off this radio superhero show from 1937 until 1954. The story told of Lamont Cranston who became The Shadow, a masked hero who had the ability to cloud men’s minds and become invisible. For its first few seasons, it starred a young Orson Wells as the voice of Lamont Cranston and Agness Moorehead as his female sidekick Margo Lane. The series was originally spawned from comic books but The Shadow has also been made into television shows, movies, and even video games.
#2 – The Jack Benny Program
The radio show starring comedian Jack Benny ran from 1932 until 1955. It featured Benny as himself with his manservant, Rochester, as the notoriously cheap Benny. Benny was most famous for his (bad) violin playing and the line “Your Money or your life” from a robber to which Benny replied, “I’m thinking it over!” The shows spawned a television series from 1950 until 1965.
#1 – You Bet Your Life
The quiz show hosted by comedian Groucho Marx ran on radio from 1947 until 1960. The show featured one man and one woman answering questions for money but the Groucho interviews with contestants were just as memorable than the trivia questions themselves. Bonus prizes were awarded if the contestants said the “Secret Word” that was different in each episode. Much like other popular radio shows it made the leap to TV where it ran on NBC from 1950 until 1961 and still airs on repeats today.