Golden Age of Radio

Sundays, 2PM to 3PM

Morehead State Public Radio presents classic, old-time radio programs from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. On each program of the Golden Age of Radio, enjoy thrilling westerns, classic comedy, exciting adventure and suspense.


The period of the 1930’s through the 1950’s was known as radio’s ‘golden age,’ where the radio was the central piece of furniture in the average family’s living room. Parents and children would gather around the radio to hear the latest installment of their favorite show, hear the latest news and enjoy a variety of big band, classical and country music.


Throughout this period, radio had a mass appeal by uniting and connecting people of all ages. Radio provided a source of inspiration with heroes such as the Lone Ranger, Speed Gibson and Superman; provided laughter with Abbott and Costello, Lucille Ball and Mel Blanc; featured movie stars, vocalists and celebrities on variety shows such as the Grand Ole Opry, All-Star Western Theatre and Jack Benny Hour; and promoted old-fashioned American family values on programs such as Gunsmoke, Frontier Fighters and The Six Shooter.


Podcast Link

Music Trade Ads Data Base

  • Romance (A Quiet Wedding)
  • Baby Snooks (Jokes For Jack)
  • Big Band Remote (Freddy Nagel & His Orchestra)  

Ohio History Connection

  • The Avenger (Death Meets The Boat)
  • Adventures of Superman (The Baby From Krypton)
  • 1943 Radio News (Wartime Rations)  

National Endowment For The Humanities

  • WSM Tall Tales (The Bell Witch)
  • Incredible, But True (The Burglar of Blackpool)
  • Information Please   

Heritage Auctions

On this special edition of The Golden Age of Radio, a presentation of Mercury Theater on the Air’s original radio production of “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells.

The program airs at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 31.

Starring Orson Welles, the Mercury Theatre on the Air was an hour-long dramatic radio series which began in the summer of 1938 on the CBS Radio Network. 

On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of mysterious creatures and terrifying war machines moving toward New York City. 

New York Times

  • Bob and Ray (Birthday Time)
  • NBC Short Story (The Rocket)



  • A Case For Dr. Morelle (Sleepwalker)
  • Hollywood Is On The Air – One In A Million (1936)  

From the Vaults

  • Faultless Starch Time (Bob Atcher and Mary Jane Johnson)
  • Discovering The Dead Sea Scrolls (Gerard Fay)
  • Obsession (Ann Gwynn)


Orange County Register

  • Eddy Arnold Show
  • 5 Minute Mystery (Return Mr. Lawrence)
  • New Adventures of Nero Wolfe (Dear Dead Lady)


  • Educating Archie
  • Incredible, But True
  • Big Band Remote (Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra)  

Internet Archives

  • Call The Police (The Crooked Fight)
  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club
  • Danny O’Neil Show  

Children’s Media Archive

  • Rate Your Mate
  • Raggedy Ann Show
  • Cecil and Sally  

Tube Radio Land

  • Academy Award Theater (Snow White)
  • Aladdin Lamp
  • Joyce Jordan, M.D.  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • David Harding – Counterspy (Housing Racket)
  • The Planet Man (Cosmic Communicator)
  • Daredevils of Hollywood (Matt Gillman)  

Western Clippings

  • Amelia Earhart Speech (Future of Women in Flying)
  • Junior Miss
  • 1937 Santa Anita Handicap
  • Hollywood Star Time (Riders of The Purple Sage)  

Old Radio

  • Adventures of Captain Courage
  • The Line-Up (Candy Store Murder)  

Internet Archives

  • Baby Snooks (Sneaky Snooks)
  • Fireside Tales (Old Storm Along)
  • One Man’s Family (Roberta Begins to Sense a Rival)  

The Atlantic

  • I Deal In Crime (The Abigail Murray Case)
  • Incredible, But True (The Room Upstairs)
  • Living In An Atomic Age with Bertrand Russell (Limits of Human Powers)  

Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Doctor Davey – The Happiest Man on Earth
  • Bill Stern Show (Connie Mack)
  • Houseboat Hannah  

Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings

  • Hollywood Star Theater (A Question of Time)
  • The Tide Show (Jack Smith and Ginny Simms)
  • 1949 Kentucky Derby    

Home Theater Forum

  • Adventures of Maisie (Honeymoon Suite Mix-up)
  • 5 Minute Mystery (Carnival Murder)
  • Dr. Tim Detective (Guest in Number 2)  

Time Magazine, Getty

On this special program of The Golden Age of Radio, Paul Hitchcock offers a reflection on World War II and The Battle of Normandy, when more than 150,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on a fifty mile stretch of beach in France’s Normandy region. Through vintage audio and rare news reports, an historical perspective on D-Day, which began on June 6, 1944.

Bay Area Radio Museum

  • Norman Corwin’s Fourteen August (Orson Welles)
  • CBS Live Remote Broadcast (1945)
  • Early Years of Radio Station KQW  


  • Leo Is On The Air (Marx Brothers Go West)
  • Abie’s Irish Rose (Abie Buys a Store)  

Radio Spirits

  • The Man From Homicide (Old Man Kelso)
  • Cecil and Sally (Lost Car)
  • Career of Alice Blair  


  • The Railroad Hour (Anything Goes)
  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club  


  • Phyl Coe (Case of the Dead Magician)
  • Great Scenes from Great Plays (Little Women)

Radio Spirits

  • The Henry Morgan Show (Strange Men of History)
  • Edward R. Murrow (London, 1941)
  • Daredevils of Hollywood (Cecil Kellogg)  

Comic Book Realm

  • Adventures of Dick Cole (Boxing Match)
  • Incredible, But True (Valley of Doom)
  • Freddy Nagel & His Orchestra (1947)


  • Quiet, Please (One For The Book)
  • Hollywood Is On The Air (Life Begins For Andy Hardy)  


  • Sports Answer Man
  • Calling All Detectives
  • Smiths of San Fernando