Over the past few months, I have become interested in listening to Old Time Radio shows from as far back as the 1940’s and as recent as the 1970’s. The shows vary from sci-fi to horror and are excellent examples of how entertainment does not have to include spectacular visual effects to be effective. Sound effects, music, and good voice characterizations make for very entertaining listening when paired up with well written and interesting stories.
Several of my favorites are based on stories written long ago and include “The Monkey’s Paw”, “There Will Come Soft Rains”, and “Child’s Play”. The first, “he Monkey’s Paw, is a creepy story that touches on the peril of “three wishes”. “There Will Come Soft Rains” consists of two stories by Ray Bradbury; the first about an automated home of the future that continues to operate and serve it’s human masters who have long been burned to silhouette by an atomic bomb. The last story, Child’s Play, is about cloning and the perils of creating a machine that can duplicate anybody.
There are several series of Old Time Radio that I have been listening to including: Inner Sanctum, Escape!, Suspense, The Horror, X Minus One, and Strange Tales. Several of these have duplicate episodes of some stories but all area available in the Internet Archive and are downloadable as MP3 files that can be listened to whenever I want. Various well-known actors have appeared in these stories including Mary Astor, Helen Hayes, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, Claude Rains, Frank Sinatra, and Orson Welles. Some of these Old Time Radio shows have hundreds of episodes so I’ll have enough entertainment for years!