Thursday, January 23, 2014

Watching the Radio


I was reading the news from Turkey Lake on Shirl’s blog over at:  and was reminded of days gone by (that happens a lot to an old ‘39’ year old man).


Some of my greatest enjoyment was found around that old tube type radio.  My TOP radio program was the Lone Ranger. He came on in our area at 5pm, Monday Wednesday and Friday. I could quote the whole introduction ..something like this:  “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, from out of the past comes the thundering hoof beats of A fiery horse with the speed of light! A cloud of dust and a hearty ‘Hi-Yo, Silver!’ The Lone Ranger!


You that know, remember it took ‘forever’ for the tubes to heat up (about a minute), when you were anxious to hear YOUR program.

Ahhh, there was Mr. & Mrs North, The Green Hornet, The FBI in Peace and War, Richard Diamond, The Fat man, Fibber Magee and Molly, BeulahAmos and Andy, Ohhhhh yes, The Squeaking Door and the Shadow.



I could ‘see’ all these programs, the radio stirred an imagination. I knew exactly what each character looked like. Strange there were times the Lone Ranger put on a disguise to trap the bad guys and I could see him so plain, being an old prospector or salesman. I rode with the masked man and Tonto. I ordered the mask and secret code.


Funny, when TV came along, I was disappointed in what the Lone Ranger looked like, he was too ‘pretty’. Surprised smile.


When I visited my sister Kat who lived out in the woods in one of the houses our family men had built, she listened to all the soap operas. The only one I remember was. “Oxydol’s own Ma Perkins”. A lady who managed a Lumber yard. She was a self sufficient Widow. Kat would turn up the volume  and you could hear it allover the woods.


When I was older and listened to the radio while trying to drive and Sherry bothering me trying to smooch to the music, the disc jockey sounded like a 6’3” man weighing 180 and when you finally saw him he might be 5’6 120lbs.

Those radio days were great. I remember some no one else does. There was one on Sunday night called “Stroke of Fate” was great. Oh yeah, and @10pm the big lead in ….“In Dodge City there was only one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that was with Matt Dillon, United States Marshall.”


William Conrad as Matt Dillon, voice was perfect, but not the looks for TV!

Fun times, watching the Radio!

Nite Shipslog


TV is great, but that RCA Radio caused your mind to soar!



1973 Citreon  Lane Museum Nashville


shirl72 said...

Goodness does that bring back
memories. You are right you
would visualize the people the
way you wanted them to look. I
guess you call it Visual Aids.
That is funny how you would sit
and listen to the radio.

My have things have changed. It is wonderful to have the older things brought to mind and remember.

How many times do we say this?
"Love the good ole days".

Chatty Crone said...

I remember all of them - but not on the radio. I was born the year television was invented.

I didn't know that soap operas were on the radio.

And I forget what only the shadow knows - what evil lurks where?


Paula said...

Mama listened to Stella Dallas but she made me go outside. She thought it was too racy for my young ears. I guess our radio was battery because I only remember that and them listening to news about the air raids and war news.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I don't remember listening to the radio much. We must have had one, but I only remember waking up and smelling coffee brewing and hearing the morning news that my mom and dad listened to. I do remember the first TV we had and what a treat it was! As I got older the radio was listened to for music mostly by then tv had taken over.

betty said...

My mom would always have the radio on when we were growing up, listening to music as she did her stuff around the house. Now we turn the radio on when we go out and Koda is left home alone to give him some company.

I think listening to programs on the radio requires lots of imagination and attentiveness to keep listening to what is going on in case one might miss something. These days with all the "fancy" gadgets on the TV and whatnot, we can miss something on it and still catch what is going on.

Now son listens to Pandora radio, a site he has to pay for (99 cents a month) but can pick what he wants to listen to. For $3.99 a month you can get it commercial free; he's cheap and does the 99 cents, but the commercials don't last long and occur maybe after every 5-6 songs just briefly.



Stories are best left to the imagination. That is what made radio great.

Sheila Y said...

I've heard Dad speak of fibber magee and I've heard of several others. Too bad that genre gave way to TV. We is cold, how bout you? Take care, Sheila.

Louis la Vache said...

Great post, Jack! «Louis», being 29 as opposed to your 39, arrived at the tail end of the peak of the radio era and just in time for the beginning of the TV era. So his memories are more of The Lone Ranger on TV rather than radio; of Captain Kangaroo and the TV version of Superman - and of course, the Saturday morning cartoons. :-)

That Citroën SM you show was popular among airplane pilots. It was a high-tech car for its time and that must have appealed to the pilots. The poor build quality of the Citroëns of the time (ditto Renault and Peugeot) doomed them in the U.S. It strikes «Louis» as odd that the French manufacturers sell in every market but the U.S. and Canada now. Citroën built a limousine version of the SM that was used by the president and prime minister of France. Now, Citroën and Peugeot have merged and Renault is no longer nationalized. The build quality on the French cars is now very good - and Renault owns a big chunk of Nissan.

salemslot9 said...

I won a replica of an old radio
that resembles your photo
I remember my Mother saying
only the shadow knows
I like the lone ranger's voice