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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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) 

Old-Time Radio Downloads

  • The Clock (A Helping Hand)
  • Calling All Detectives (Jerry Framed For Murder)
  • Right To Happiness  

Museum of Yesterday

  • Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons (Case of the Missing Witness)
  • Carolyn Day, Detective
  • Adventures of Sonny and Buddy (Cornered)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club (Stubborn Men)
  • Texaco Town with Eddie Cantor (Eddie’s Birthday)
  • Ma Perkins (Ma and Faye Meet Tom)  


  • Crisco’s Radio Newspaper (February 29, 1944)
  • Hollywood is On The Air (Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs)
  • Adventures of Horatio Hornblower (First Command)  

Find A Grave

  • Adventures of the Sea Hound (Trapped Below)
  • Betty & Bob (Arrive in Small Town Walton)
  • Aladdin Lamp (Mexicali Rose)
  • Just Plain Bill (Poison Fruit)
  • Webb Pierce (Wondering)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • NBC’s Radio City Playhouse (Ground Floor Window)
  • 5 Minute Mystery (Signal Block)
  • Big Band Remote (Freddy Nagel & His Orchestra)    


  • Dangerous Assignment (Sunken Ships)
  • Bill Stern Show (Dizzy Dean)  

Digital Deli

  • The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (Athletic Trophies)
  • The Goldbergs (Sylvia and Molly Face Each Other)
  • Aunt Mary (Lefty Visits David)  


  • The Hardy Family (Family Night Watchman)
  • Baby Snooks (Cake Writing)
  • Cinnamon Bear (Rhyming Rabbit)  


  • Adventures of Captain Courage
  • Daredevils of Hollywood (Cliff Lyons)
  • High Adventure (Drums Along The River)  

Digital Deli

  • Candy Matson (Devil In The Deep Freeze)
  • Cecil and Sally (Cecil Fights Over A Parking Spot)
  • Calling All Detectives (Restaurant With No Customers)

Seattle Times

  • Incredible, But True (Trail of the Werebeast)
  • U.N. Radio – Alistair Cooke, narrator (A Friendly Warning)
  • 1943 Kentucky Derby (Count Fleet)
  • Phil Rizzuto’s Sports Caravan (Bill Stern)

All About Jazz

  • The Man Called X (Worth Her Weight In Gold)
  • CBC Radio News (1946 Tornado Report)
  • Big Band Remote (Fats Waller 1938)  

Concert Vault

  • Who Said That? (Robert Trout, Henry Morgan, Madge Evans)
  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club (Shoe Salesman)
  • Count Basie and His Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing (1945)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Mayor of the Town (War Orphan)
  • Carolyn Day, Detective
  • Adventures of Ace Williams (Duel with Don Carlos)  

Radio Classics

  • The Aldrich Family (Henry’s Engagement)
  • Incredible, But True (The Dusk Is Deceptive)
  • Mary Foster, The Editor’s Daughter (Mary Is Upset)  

Speaking of Radio

  • Baby Snooks (Psychoanalyzed)
  • Young In Heart (Treasure Island)
  • You Can’t Win (Maharaja’s Millions)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen (1937)
  • Friendly Five Footnotes (1931)
  • Secrets of Scotland Yard (Absent-Minded Professor)  

Marketing Keys

  • True Adventures of Junior G Men (Footprint That Solved a Crime)
  • Pepper Young’s Family (Peggy Needs New Clothes)
  • This Is The Story (Army Music)