There has been 100 years of cinema....50 years of television...and yet there are still more quality radio show episodes than both combined. Its amazing how everyone is clammering about When is it coming out on DVD? when radio shows have barely even been released on CD. And most the time they are individual episodes and not complete seasons/series.
Luckily, there are dedicated people who have kept the spirit of radio shows alive. Not only through informative websites but also by distributing the shows via the alt.binaries.sounds.radio.oldtime newsgroup.
Think about this...an average CD holds about 2-3 hours worth of music. In mp3 format, that same CD can hold 50 or more hours worth of radio shows. And if youre lucky enough to get an Apple iPod which has at least 5 gigs of storage...well...dont get me started.
And yes, I know many of these shows came out decades before the television shows Im comparing them to. But, hey...if I reversed the comparison would you understand what I was talking about? Oh...damn...well, okay...just bear with me.
Just like the television page, this one is divided into three sections.
Section One: Shows which Im currently gathering information on. This probably means I havent seen enough of the shows yet to review them.
Section Two: Shows which are next to research. If you know of any good sources of information on these series then please let me know.
Second Three: A VERY long list of programs Ill probably never get to. Either theyre too old, too obscure or just havent caught my eye enough to move them up.
Bradbury Thirteen - These thirteen stories are Bradbury standards expertly reinacted. Theres also a fourteen episode which consists of an interview with the author.
CBS Radio Mystery Theater - Truly astounding hour long dramas. Starting in 1974, this series through 1982 and had a total of 1400 shows. (yes, 1400!) Several well known television , broadway, and movie stars lent their voices to these radio plays including Agnes Moorehead, Fred Gwynne, Tony Roberts, John Lithgow, and Kier Dullea to name a few.
Lights Out, Everybody / Drop Dead - The Twilight Zone of radio. Incredibly intricate stories beautifully told. Creator Arch Obler won several awards, including at least one Peobody. Anyone who has cherished and respected Rod Serlings work owe it to themselves to hear this series.
LUX - The Cliff Notes of radio programs. One wonders if teachers ever assigned these to their class. And just like CBSRMT, a massive amount of episodes were created. From 1934 to 1955 there were 927 broadcasts.