Those of us who weren’t around in the glory days of network radio had two ways to hear old broadcasts—either through nostalgia programmes on a local station or by picking up a record manufactured by one of a number of companies specialising in old-time radio.
Those of you who were around back then had two ways to hear the shows—either on the radio or by picking up a record containing the broadcasts.
No, I don’t mean transcriptions that were supplied to radio stations for broadcast. I was surprised to discover some ads for a company which pressed copies of radio shows on 78s for home listening.
The ads are from 1947. What’s disappointing is the records don’t feature actual broadcasts; I suppose back then it was a selling point as networks didn’t think anyone wanted to listen to rerun shows. So what’s on them? Jack Benny may have referred to these albums on his show of December 7, 1947.
Jack: You know, Dennis, I made a whole album of records. A lot of comedy with my cast and a couple of violin solos.
Dennis: You did?
Jack: Yeah. You know, you can get them in any music store.
Dennis: Is there anything else you want to advertise before I leave?
If anyone out there knows about these albums, post a comment.