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Walter Cronkite: The 60 Greatest Old-Time Radio Shows of the 20th Century

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It is with great pride that Radio Spirits has teamed with Walter Cronkite in selecting The 60 Greatest Old Time Radio Shows of the 20th century. You'll hear Orson Welles' legendary "War of the World's", Abbott and Costello's famous "Who's on First?" routine, Jack Benny's hilarious "Money or Your Life" show and many more oldtime radio favorites! This unparalleled collection includes a booklet containing rare photographs and a detailed history on each of the 60 greatest old-time radio shows of the 20th century and a foreword written by Walter Cronkite. This collection also includes a wonderful audio foreword detailing the history of radio by Walter Cronkite.

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The advent of the VCR has made the movies of the 1930s and 1940s available to a contemporary audience, but radio shows from that era have remained elusive. This wonderful collection sets out to rectify that problem, offering 60 shows from that golden age of radio. The range of entertainment--the set contains 20 hours of material--is breathtaking, running the gamut from comedy routines (Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First") through mystery serials ("The Saint" with Vincent Prince) to variety shows (Jack Benny's "Money or Your Life") and radio plays (Orson Welles's infamous 1937 "panic broadcast" of the "War of the Worlds"). The table of contents reads like a "Who's Who" of entertainment legends--Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Groucho Marx--and classic characters--Sam Spade, the Shadow, the Lone Ranger.

The collection also has tremendous historical cachet, providing an intriguing glimpse of the sensibilities of a bygone era. Retro buffs will be delighted by the vintage radio ads that accompany the broadcasts. These unbelievably enthusiastic pitches for cigarettes and hair tonics are fascinating, occasionally hilarious reminders that these were very different times: in one 1946 broadcast, Camel Cigarettes boasts of the cartons of smokes it donated to veterans' hospitals. As both a time capsule and a survey of first-rate entertainment, the collection is a treasure, whether you were raised on radio or are uncovering its charms for the first time. (Running time: 30 hours) --Andrew Neiland

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Walter Cronkite Audio Forward
  2. The Mercury Theatre on the Air/The War of the Worlds

Disc: 2

  1. The Abbott and Costello Show/Who's on First
  2. The Adventures of Philip Marlowe/Red Wind

Disc: 3

  1. The Chase and Sanborn Hour

Disc: 4

  1. The Six Shooter/Britt Ponset's Christmas Carol
  2. The Baby Snooks Show/Report Card Blues

Disc: 5

  1. Escape/Leinengen Vs. The Ants
  2. Fibber McGee and Molly/I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Disc: 6

  1. On a Note of Triumph

Disc: 7

  1. The CBS Radio Workshop/Brave New World, Pt. 1
  2. The CBS Radio Workshop/Brave New World, Pt. 2

Disc: 8

  1. The Burns and Allen Show
  2. The Jack Benny Program

Disc: 9

  1. The Lux Radio Theatre/The Jazz Singer

Disc: 10

  1. Suspense/Sorry, Wrong Number
  2. Grand Central Station/Miracle for Christmas

Disc: 11

  1. Philco Radio Time/The Road to Hollywood
  2. The Saint/The Corpse Said Ouch

Disc: 12

  1. Have Gun, Will Travel/From Here to Boston
  2. Vic and Sade/Muted Silver Moonbeam Chimes
  3. The Lum and Abner Show/Traditional Christmas Show

Disc: 13

  1. We Hold These Truths

Disc: 14

  1. Arthur Godfrey Time
  2. Walter Winchell Show
  3. X-Minus One
  4. The Adventures of Superman/Origin Retold

Disc: 15

  1. The Mecury Summer Theater
  2. Big Town/Death Rides the Highway

Disc: 16

  1. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar/ The Told Matter, Pt. 1
  2. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar/ The Told Matter, Pt. 2
  3. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar/ The Told Matter, Pt. 3
  4. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar/ The Told Matter, Pt. 4
  5. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar/ The Told Matter, Pt. 5

Disc: 17

  1. Columbia Presents Corwin/The Undecided Molecule
  2. Dimension X/The Martian Chronicles

Disc: 18

  1. The Eddie Cantor Show
  2. Escape/Three Skeleton Key

Disc: 19

  1. The Chase and Sanborn Hour/The Garden of Eden

Disc: 20

  1. The Cavalcade of America/Native Land, Pt. 1
  2. The Cavalcade of America/Native Land, Pt. 2

Disc: 21

  1. The Fred Allen Show
  2. Lights Out/Cat Wife

Disc: 22

  1. The Jack Benny Program/Money or Your Life
  2. The Jack Benny Program [In the Show After "Money or Your Life"]

Disc: 23

  1. Dick Tracy in B-Flat [Command Performance]
  2. Columbia Presents Corwin/Fourteen August

Disc: 24

  1. Dragnet/Rifle for Christmas
  2. The Shadow

Disc: 25

  1. The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective/The Death Bed Caper
  2. The Bickersons

Disc: 26

  1. Inner Sanctum Mysteries/The Shadow of Death
  2. The Great Gildersleeve/McGee's Christmad Gifts

Disc: 27

  1. I Love Lucy
  2. Arch Oboler's Plays/Johnny Got His Gun

Disc: 28

  1. Suspense/Backseat Driver
  2. The Lone Ranger: Origin Show

Disc: 29

  1. Gunsmoke/The Photographer
  2. Let's Pretend/Mell-A-Lot

Disc: 30

  1. Bold Venture/Deadly Merchandise
  2. Quiet Please/The Thing on the Fourble Board


Product details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
  • Audio CD edition
  • Number of Discs: 30
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Radio Spirits
  • ASIN: 1570192448
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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