Original RADIO Broadcast LPs Too

Back in April of this year I posted a selection of old LP’s that contained some of the best old radio programs from the early days of the medium. It was entitled Original Radio Broadcast LPs and I’m sure that explains the title of this post!

This post contains eight more selections that I just recently came across in a local flea market. Let’s have a look at them:

Radio LPs 1

Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were the two most famous singing cowboys of the old West. Although I rather doubt real cowboys went around crooning on horseback, it was fun to hear them whoop it up and shoot it up at the same time!

Gene rode onto his first show, Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch, on January 1st, 1940. Along with his ranch hands he sang songs, told stories, and kidded around to every kids delight!

The album above was produced by Golden Age Records in 1977.

Radio LPs 2

You would think having a ventriloquist appear on radio would be a bad idea, but Edgar Bergen, along with his dummy Charlie McCarthy, made it work. They appeared together on radio from 1928 to 1948 making this comedy duo (?) the stars of one of the longest-running programs ever to hit the airwaves!

The album above was produced by Mark56 Records in 1974.

Radio LPs 3

Time to get tough with one of the most well-known golden age gangster serials of all time. Gang Busters first appeared of radio on January 15th, 1936 and was still being heard, loudly, in 1957. It featured actual descriptions of wanted criminals which was credited with the capture of 110 wanted men. Now that’s entertainment with a purpose!

The album above was produced by Visual Drama Inc. in 1977.

Radio LPs 4

Anybody remember this guy? The Jack Benny Program ran from 1932 to 1958 and I think he may have ended up on television. What could I possibly say about this man and his legacy that you wouldn’t already know? So I’ll just say that this record has episodes from 1933.

The album above was produced by Mark56 Records in 1976.

Radio LPs 5

Mystery and detective shows were on every radio station with varying degrees of success. No doubt you’ve heard of The Thin Man, Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, Charlie Chan, and maybe even Boston Blackie and Bulldog Drummond. But you may not have heard of Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons. It ran from 1937 to 1955 and featured a soft-spoken ‘kindly investigator’ who always got his man!

The album above was produced by Radiola in 1975.

Radio LPs 7

Family programming was a big hit in the early days of radio and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was one of the most popular shows of this type, eventually ending up on television and launching the singing career of one Ricky Nelson. This LP features a show in the series which aired on October 5th, 1951. The complete series started in 1946 and ran until 1954. It made the transition to television in 1952.

The flip side of this LP features an episode from the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show from 1948 (not pictured).

The album above was produced by Radiola in 1979.

Radio LPs 8

This LP is a bit unique in that it contains a biography of the man and not an excerpt from a radio show of his own. On February 28th, 1956, Fred Allen narrated the ‘adventures’ of W. C. Fields with the help of several Hollywood A-listers. It also contains a comedy routine by Fields called ‘W. C. Fields Drinks a Glass of Water!’ Only on Radio.

The album above was produced by Radiola in 1975.

The last of the eight albums featured in this post is very special to me. I’ve posted before about my love of The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. There, in Greenfield Village, you can visit the Menlo Park laboratories of Thomas Edison. In those laboratories you will see one of only 9 working Edison phonographs in the world! Too cool.

Radio LPs 6

At first, Mr. Edison was determined to force culture on the masses by only recording music and entertainment that he himself viewed as good. This led to poor sales as companies like RCA and others had no problem publishing whatever garbage the masses wanted to hear! It took awhile, but finally Mr. Edison relented and also put out what the people wanted.

This particular collection is beyond awesome! It was released under a special arrangement with The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village and contains historical recordings dating back to the first ever record from 1888 and including other recording firsts through to 1929.

The album above was produced by Mark56 Records in 1978.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look into the early days of radio via these great LP’s. If you’d like to do more research into the history of radio, please read my review of the book This is Radio, from which I drew most of my information for this post.

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