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.


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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  

Kentucky Derby

  • Stories Are For Fun (The Horse Who Had His Picture In The Paper)
  • 1946 Kentucky Derby (Clem McCarthy, WHAS)
  • Adventures of Steve Canyon (Fortune of Rubies)  

San Luis Obispo Tribune

  • Seal of the Don (Dying Eduardo Brings News)
  • Pueblo Serenade (Cuban Rhumba)
  • Refreshment Club (Don McNeill and Coca-Cola Orchestra)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • El Lobo Rides Again
  • Spotlight Story (The Ghost of Kellum Pond)
  • The Hermit’s Cave (The House on Lost Man’s Bluff)  

Frontier Playhouse

  • Air Mail Mystery (In The Next Room)
  • Baby Snooks (Hunting Trip)
  • Cisco Kid (The Man Trapped In The Cave)  

Vintage Stardust, IMDb

  • NBC War Telescope (January 29, 1944)
  • AFRS One Night Stand (Harry James & His Orchestra)  

Classic Movie Favorites

  • The Halls of Ivy (The Snowman)
  • Aladdin Lamp
  • Chick Carter, Boy Detective (In Pursuit of the Fat Man)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • John Steele, Adventurer (Cargo Unknown)
  • Carolyn Day-Detective
  • I Love A Mystery (Million Dollar Curse)  

Los Angeles Times

  • Adventures of the Scarlet Cloak
  • American Trail (Northwest Ordinance)
  • Five Minute Mystery (A Rose By Any Other Name)  

The Radio Historian

  • It Pays To Be Ignorant (What Is A Detour?)
  • Cecil and Sally (Window Shopping)
  • Adventures of Danny Marsdon (National Unity)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Carolyn Day, Detective
  • Hollywood Is On The Air (Northwest Mounted Police)
  • Encore Theater (Yellowjack)  


  • Command Performance U.S.A. (Don Ameche, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore)
  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club
  • Big Band Remotes (Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra)  


  • Tarzan of the Apes
  • Clyde Beatty Show (Man Eater of Burma)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Incredible, But True (Death Makes A Landing)
  • Strange Wills (The Mad Concerto)
  • Bill Stern’s Sports Newsreel (Gene Autry)  

Henrico Citizen

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. 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.  

Everlasting Star

  • Alan Young Show (Alan Buys A Water Heater)
  • Backstage Wife (Larry Plans To Go On A Picnic)
  • Friendly Five Footnotes

SCV History in Pictures

  • Obsession (Tailored For Murder)
  • Behind The Scenes in Hollywood (Creating Breastplates for The Robe)
  • Daredevils of Hollywood (Ione Reed)