Skip to comments.RIP Old Time Radio
Posted on 06/19/2020 8:46:55 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
MADISON, WI Goodbye Gunsmoke and The Great Gildersleeve. So long to The Shadow and Jack Benny.
The Cancel Culture has claimed another victim: The Golden Age of Radio.
Wisconsin Public Radio recently announced its canceling Old Time Radio Drama, a long-time weekend programming staple that brought back many of the radio classics from the Greatest Generation the shows many Baby Boomers grew up on.
Some of the shows, originally broadcast 60, 70, 80 years ago, are deemed racist and sexist by the progressive folks at the taxpayer-funded Wisconsin Public Radio.
Despite significant effort over the years, it has been nearly impossible to find historic programs without offensive and outdated content, said Mike Crane, WPRs director, said in a press release.
Thats the problem for much of media amid the disastrous culture wars. Everythings offensive to the perpetually aggrieved. So everything must go.
Once upon a time the left fought against burning books, movies, TV shows, radio programs. Now theyre outright banning them.
Such is the case with the ridiculously woke HBO. Recently HBO Max said it would temporarily remove classic Civil War drama Gone With the Wind from its lineup until it can add cultural context to the movie.
Frankly, my dear, we dont give a damn about HBO, but we are offended by all of the offended.
Classic radio shows when radio was king are a significant and vital part of U.S. history. They entertained and connected a country in depression, at war and on the rise. They were magical, transportive, inspirational pastimes enjoyed by many, many millions of listeners, of all races, in their time. And yes, some were patently racist, by todays standards, and even yesterdays standards.
But they are part of the warts, scars, birthmarks, dimples and cleft chins of the body Americana.
The cultural elites, the deciders of what is good and bad, what we can write and think and feel, not only want to provide cultural context to our shared past, they want to burn it down.
Last weekend, Wisconsin Public Radio held a funeral for Old Time Radio Drama. Its gone with the wind, so to speak. The long-running programs time slot will be filled by something called PRX Remix, featuring some of the best stories, podcasts and documentaries from independent creators
Goodbye Golden Age of Radio.
If it isnt racist well say it is anyway .....
Wait until Amazon tells Google about your book buying habits!!!!
Why stop there? Defund NPR altogether.
When I was a lad in the ‘70s, my father had us listen to “The Shadow”, which was broadcast by WELI-960 in New Haven, CT on Sunday nights. I enjoyed it, and took out tapes from the library, especially “Burns and Allen”, “Fibber McGee and Mollie”, “Lum and Abner”, and “Amos and Andy” were good too, as was “I Love a Mystery”.
That said, there is no longer much need for public radio to broadcast these anymore as many more are available online on-demand.
Get the “Simple Radio” app on your phone. Then search for “Pumpkin FM”...eight plus channels of old time radio, broadcast from LONDON.
That's because you're a freak Mike.
There was a Great YouTube channel of WWII broadcasts that got removed because they included broadcasts of Hitler’s speeches.
I always read 1984 as a warning, not a how to.
I'm sure the OTR audience is going to tune into a rehash of the usual, old, dull NPR crap. I wonder how long it will be until they start removing this kind of programming from TV.
I’d like to think that everything humanity has dine has been recorded in Heaven.
“Get the Simple Radio app on your phone. Then search for Pumpkin FM...eight plus channels of old time radio, broadcast from LONDON.”
Thanks; will try it.
There are multiple web sites that feature old time radio shows. I remember when Gunsmoke was still on the airwaves when I was around six years old in 1958.
I have sold used books on Amazon for-ever. I recently closed my store and am not looking back.
It feels great! :)
Controversial TV or radio.
When they like it—”If you don’t like it,
just change the channel.”
When they don’t: “It must be banned.
Nobody gets to enjoy it.”
I gave up my XM subscription but they have
an old time radio channel. Some local radio stations may run the occasional show and
old time radio shows have been put out on
CD, cassette, or download.Youtube too.
The song I’m an Indian Too from Annie Get Your Gun—taken out of recent productions.
Some old cartoons removed for racist/stereotypical content.Disney shies away from Song of the South (renaming Splash Mountain, next?) though Zip a Dee
doo Dah from the film is still well known.
Yeah, ban “Amos and Andy”, but continue to show the Tyler Perry “Madea” movies. They are much more woke. (Or are they).
My old man told me that one night was particularly dreary, thunder storms and howling winds and he thought 'oh boy, this is going to make Inner Sanctum extra spooky tonight!' Then the power went out and he tought 'Oh wow, it's REALLY going to be spooky listening in the dark now!'
Except radios didn't run on batteries back then. And so a ten year old learned an important lesson ....
Anyway, I suppose a 10 year old back in the day might think it was creepy fun but I wasn't tempted to listen to more of them.
This is just more “removal” of history, as the world moves to another Dark Age. Without history, or some reference with which to compare what is now going with what what been already done, the world is doomed to repeat errors and mistakes endlessly, until a new Age of Enlightenment dawns.
Make sure that much of this is safely archived in secure locations, and keep it redundant.
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