Today is a quickie. I’m going to talk about my love of Old Time Radio.
I love the comedies and sitcoms, so that’s what I’ve listed below. However if your interested in sci-fi, mysteries, Westerns, game shows….there’s something in the OTR world for you too! Leave a comment if you’re interested and I might do a post on some other genres.
Meanwhile, check out my favorite comedies below!
Fibber McGee–the original tall-tale telling, lovable wind-bag of a con artist. Just barely kept in check by his sensible, yet humorous, wife Molly. The show featured a nice sized cast of oddball characters: Wally Wimple, The Old Timer, Teeny, Mrs Uppington, Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Myrt. Each one had a slightly corny bit that was alway hilarious because they knew they were corny and made fun of themselves.
So come on over for a visit with the McGees and listen to one of Fibber’s tongue twisting tall tales.
Just a word of warning–don’t open the hall closet!
If you’ve not come across George Burns and Gracie Allen before, you owe it to yourself to check out their tv show, as well as the radio program. Gracie is the one only lovable scatter brain who’s illogical logic often shocks the viewer by its appearance of upside down common sense.
Gracie takes everything literally. If you ask should you dress for dinner she’ll be shocked that you would even think of coming without clothes.
She bought her father a full length mirror so he wouldn’t catch pneumonia–with only a half length mirror he was alway going out without his paints on.
She has a fool proof system to make sure her pot roast is done. Put on large pot roast and one small pot roast in the oven. When the little one burns, the big one is done.
Oh yes. And did you know Gracie ran for President?
Long suffering Father (who’s not always as right as you’d think), his wise wife and their 3 kids: dramatic Betty, scheming Bud, and tomboy Kathy. Come along and enjoy a day in the life of the Andersons!
The world’s biggest miser. The man who never got any older than 39. He owned a Maxwell, driven by faithful Rochestor.
You know you want to meet him. And it won’t cost a penny.
Wise-cracking, clumsy miss Brooks is the best English teacher in Madison High School. Yet she’s always locking horns with the blustery principal, Mr Conklin.
Another scatter brain and her long suffering roomate. You’ll swear she’s related to Gracie Allen!
The romantic crooner and his daffy clown of a sidekick…or is it really the other way around?
Starring Lucille Ball–the original I Love Lucy. Though, unfortunately, without Ricky Ricardo. Here Lucy is “Liz” the not-so-average wife of straight laced banker, George Cooper. But she’s still the same scheming, lovable redhead. And many of the radio episodes were reused down the road in I Love Lucy!
Played by a grown up Fanny Brice (complete with a babyish outfit and enormous hair bow), Baby Snooks was a scheming, wise-cracking child who drove her father nuts.
And last but not least…the talented Red Skelton with his many characters, all voiced by himself. Junior the Mean Widdle Kid, Clem Kadiddlehopper, Deadeye, Cauliflower McPugg, Willie Lump Lump…and the list goes on!
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s many more episodes to most of these shows. And I could easily have listed 20 programs.
I hope I’ve piqued your interest. OTR is great for housework, long car rides, making art….anything where your hands are busy but your mind is not!
So pick one that sounds interesting and enjoy!