I was reading the news from Turkey Lake on Shirl’s blog over at:
http://ncbelmontbelle.blogspot.com/ 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, Beulah, Amos 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’. .
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!
TV is great, but that RCA Radio caused your mind to soar!
1973 Citreon Lane Museum Nashville