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


  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club
  • Jack Birch
  • June’s My Girl

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Strange Doctor Weird (House Where Death Lived)
  • Special Investigator (Fake Diploma Mill)
  • Songs That Made Them Famous (Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • The Life of Riley ($5.00 is Missing)
  • Bill Stern’s Sports Newsreel (J. Edgar Hoover)  

USA Today

Paul Hitchcock hosts this special program of The Golden Age of Radio, a reflection on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Through rare and vintage audio, an historical perspective on the attack of the U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii that destroyed or damaged nearly twenty American naval vessels, over three hundred airplanes, and where more than twenty-four hundred Americans died in the attack, including civilians. 


  • Adventures of Sam Spade (Bow Window Caper)
  • Aladdin Lamp
  • Myrt & Marge (Plan to Open Theater)  

Hake's Auctions

  • Mark Trail (Chief Lightfoot)
  • Incredible, But True (Dead Man’s Mirror)
  • Police Reporter (The Case of Warren J. Lincoln)

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Royal Gelatin Hour (Rudy Vallee, Edgar Bergen, Tyrone Power, Muriel Kirkland, Bob Hope)  

Found A Grave

  • Grape Nuts Program (Tony Martin and Bob Burns)
  • Jane Endicott, Reporter (“Girl Bites Dog”)
  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club  


  • 5 Minute Mystery (The Bookcase)
  • Daredevils of Hollywood (Bob Rose)
  • Camel Caravan w/Benny Goodman


  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (Racehorse Piledriver Matter)
  • 1947 Kentucky Derby Broadcast
  • Hilltop House (Hawaiian Honeymoon Plans)  


  • Mr. and Mrs. North (The Contagious Confession)
  • Leo Is On The Air (I Married An Angel)

Lone Star Flight Museum

  • Melody Ranch with Gene Autry (Buck and Kate)
  • Columbia Workshop (The Wonderful Day)  

Fine Art America

  • Crime Club (Mr. Smith’s Hat)
  • Edward R. Murrow Commentary
  • Once Upon A Time  


  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club (Anniversary Gift)
  • We Want a Touchdown (Colgate vs. NYU)
  • Wild Bill Elliott (Mystery of the Vanishing Stagecoach)


  • Jubilee (Louis Armstrong, Theresa Harris)
  • Baby Snooks (House Breaking)
  • Romance of Helen Trent (Helen Walks Into a Trap)

Old Time Radio Researchers Group

  • Police Woman (Case of the Scheming Bridegroom)
  • Aladdin Lamp
  • The Whistler (Death Has A Thirst)

Radio Spirits

  • Romance of the Ranchos (Rancho San Jose)
  • The American Trail (Louis and Clark Expedition)
  • 1945 Kentucky Derby  


  • Adventures in Research (Fight Against Fire)
  • 1942 All-Star Baseball Game
  • Crime Classics (Checkered Life & Sudden Death of James Fisk)  

Radio Spirits

  • Mail Call (Edward G. Robinson, Ann Miller, Dick Powell)
  • The Tenth Man (Love Without Words)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Suspense (The Burning Court)
  • Incredible, But True (Two Men in The Moon)
  • Vic and Sade (Wildflowers)
  • U.N. Radio: The Fight Against Polio (narrated by Frank Sinatra)  

Big Band Spotlight

  • Bright Star (Susan Runs for Mayor)
  • WJSV News with Elmer Davis (1939)
  • Big Band Remote (Woody Herman and His Orchestra)

Google Sites

  • Jell-O Program starring Jack Benny
  • Chesterfield Supper Club (Johnny Johnson)  

Spy Guys and Gals

  • Mysterious Traveler (Beware of Tomorrow)
  • 5 Minute Mystery (Case of Oversight)
  • Secret Agent K-7 Returns (Poisonous Gas)    


  • Frontier Gentleman (The Lost Mine)
  • Lum & Abner (National Farm Safety Week)
  • Al Overand & His Orchestra  


  • Tribute to the Dairy Industry (Bob Hope, George Burns and Gracie Allen)
  • Movie Previews (Dancing Coed)
  • True or False (Postal Clerks vs. League of Women Voters)  

Owens Valley History

  • Richfield Reporter
  • Colonel Jack
  • Death Valley Days (Shoo Fly)  

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Pat Novak For Hire (John Brown Gambling Ring)
  • Chandu The Magician (Journey Up The Nile)  

IMP Awards

  • Hollywood Is On The Air (Mr. Bug Goes To Town)
  • Blue Coal Minstrels
  • Hello Americans (Orson Welles)  

Awake At Midnight

  • Molle Mystery Theatre (Alibi For Murder)
  • Blackstone, The Magic Detective (The Missing Brooch)
  • Incredible, But True (The Man Who Saw Everything)  

Star Fam

  • Lightning Jim
  • Sunway Vitamins Program with Buddy Starcher
  • Lou Holtz Laugh Club