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30Oct/100

Old Time Country Music

Last week, I took a look at the available jazz old time radio out there. Now, for old time country and Western fans, this post is for you.

1) Hank Williams

Hank Williams, Sr. had two seperate radio shows. The first was his "Health and Happiness Show" from 1949, of which there are four episodes available on the Internet Archive, and his Mother's Best Flour Show which ran in 1950-51, which the Old Time Radio Researchers has released as a certified set with 67 episodes.

2) Gene Autry

The singing cowboy has a wide variety of his Melody Ranch Recordings available at the Internet Archive.

3) Johnny Cash

The one recording of the Johnny Cash show available provides an interesting glimpse of an American legend in the making. The recording comes from 1954, the year before Cash's first record hit the market. A 22-year old Cash was hosting his very broadcast and sounded quite a bit nervous. It's a very different Johnny Cash who would sing songs like "Ring of Fire" and "Boy Named Sue" with such gusto and confidence. Worth a listen for a different look at the man in Black.

4) Grand Ole Opry

If you think of country music, the first place you think of is the Grand Ole Opry.  The archive has 30 recordings with such stars as Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, and Red Foley. Speaking of Foley, eight episodes of his show are available as well.

5) Pat O'Daniel and His Hillbilly Boys

The OTRR has a good collection this interesting 1930s radio show from Texas. It also includes a fascinating story of how Pat O'Daniel used the radio show to build a political career that include  stints as Governor of Texas and U.S. Senator.

6) Pinto Pete and His Ranch Hands:

Anothers 1930s show featuring 15 minutes of Cowboy music.

7) Armed Forces Radio Programs

Just like with jazz, Soldiers who loved country music were entertained with some of their favorites. First was Melody Roundup which was hosted by many stars that would be fans of country and cowboy and music such as Lum and Abner, Roy Rogers, and Bill Boyd (best known for playing Hopalong Cassidy on the radio). A later show sponsored by the Navy and Airforce was Country Music Time.

8) 10-2-4 Ranch

Sponsored by Dr. Pepper which urged people to Dr. Pepper at 10, 2, and 4 to help with energy sags in the middle of the day, this 15 minute show featured good country music.

In our third part, we'll look at some of the shows that featured music as a matter of course, along with some classical music, and other miscellaneous music shows.

30Oct/100

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29Oct/100

EP0265: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Mickey McQueen Matter

Edmond O'Brien

An old friend of Johnny's comes to him for help only to change his mind, and then turn up dead the next day.

Original Air Date: August 17, 1950

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28Oct/100

EP0264: Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearing Scientists

Basil Rathbone

Holmes wants to retire, but is in demand to solve one last case before taking up bee farming.

Original Air Date: April 8, 1946

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27Oct/101

EP0263: Let George Do It: Lady in Distress

Bob Bailey

With George out of town on a wild goose chase, Brooksie is tricked into impersonating a night club singer, and finds herself charged with murder.

Original Air Date: April 25, 1949

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26Oct/100

EP0262: Jeff Regan: Gentlemen Prefer Horses

Regan is hired by a jockey to find a missing man.

Original Air Date: August 27, 1950

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25Oct/100

EP0261: Screen Director’s Playhouse: Chicago Deadline

Alan Ladd

A reporter (Alan Ladd) finds a woman dead of TB and is determined to find out why she died.

Original Air Date: March 24, 1950

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23Oct/100

All that Jazz

As I've listened to old time radio, I've acquired a taste for classic Jazz, particularly the instrumentals.

However, old time radio music can be hard to find unless you know what you're looking for.  Over the next three weeks, we'll be sharing some great sources for finding classic music, and we'll start with some Jazzy Stuff.

The Big Band Remotes:

The Internet Archive features two seperate sets of Big Band Remotes featuring greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, and much more. This is a treasure trove of great Jazz:

Band Remotes

Bind Band Remotes

AFRS Jive:

When Americans went overseas to fight World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Services played a critical role in maintaining morale, as they shared radio programs and music programs from back home. The Jazz program for the AFRS was, "GI Jive." A nice collection of these recordings is available here along with other AFRS programs such as, "Mail Call."  Two smaller but slightly better quality versions of twenty GI Jive are available here and here.

1920s Jazz Collection:

Not actually old time rado, but rather some very early Jazz 78 records.  Still, this collection of truly Golden oldies aged to 80-95 years old is worth a listen, thought not all of the 120 + songs would be qualified as jazz.

Bing Crosby:

Bing Crosby was an American institution for decades, and he made a lot of radio appearances and hosted many radio show. The Internet Archive has two Bing Crosby collections. The first is an eclectic selection of Crosby radio shows from the 30s, 40s, and 50s.  Many of these are of lower 24kbps quality, but there are some good recordings in there as well.  The second collection is the Old Time Radio Researchers set of the Bing Crosby-Rosemany Clooney show that ran from 1960-62 . Between these two collection, there's more than 400 episodes of Bing Crosby radio available.

Al Jolson:

Jolson was one of the most noted entertainers in Vaudeville and early films, including the classic, The Jazz Singer. The Al Jolson collection includes guest appearances on Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Eddie Cantor's show, along with episodes he hosted for the Kraft Music Hall and the Shell Chateau.

Next week, we'll take a look at some great country and folk music available. If you've got a program you'd like to share, let me know about it in the comments.

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22Oct/100

EP0260: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Blood River Matter

Edmond O'Brien

Johnny heads to a small town to investigate the murder of an insured 

Original Air Date: August 7, 1950

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21Oct/100

EP0259: Sherlock Holmes: The April Fools Adventure

Basil Rathbones

Watson joins in an April Fools prank on Sherlock Holmes.

Original Air Date: April 1, 1946

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