Tuned to Yesterday

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Decades ago, WRVO began broadcasting old time radio with a small collection comprising twenty reel to reel tapes. Programs like The Whistler, The Jack Benny Show, Fibber McGee and Molly, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, and Gunsmoke.  Today the collection includes nearly 5,000 reels and well over 16,000 broadcasts.

In 1970, Ellen Robinson, an old time radio enthusiast, joined several clubs that circulated classic radio shows on reel to reel. At that time, she offered to allow WRVO to make copies, and our collection grew. By the 1990s WRVO possessed approximately 7,500 programs.

This bolstering of our audio archive reached an unprecedented level when WRVO listener Ted Nettleton donated his collection of over 1,000 tapes – everything from comedy and mystery classics to operas and old movie sound tracks (and we mean the entire tracks!). Within these two collections are thousands of well known programs and hundreds of rarities including broadcasts of Kate Smith, RCA’s Magic Key, and a detective show unearthed for the first time in 50 years, The Affairs of Peter Salem.  In 2008 Ron Zolweg donated another 900 tapes that helped to fill gaps in the WRVO library.  Old time radio fans Ed Clute and Art Pierce helped develop our collection as well.

The Zolweg collection, and those donated by Ellen Robinson and Ted Nettleton, are meticulously catalogued.  Those catalogs provide the comprehensive information heard during the on air introduction of each program.  The entire collection has been named in memory of Ellen Robinson.  Without her early assistance and the eventual donation to WRVO of her entire, extraordinary collection, Tuned to Yesterday would not be possible.

Tuned to Yesterday now airs at the same time, 10 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.  WRVO also presents two hours on WRVO-Remix.  Learn how to listen to WRVO-Remix here...

 Broadcast Disclaimer: According to our research of the programs in our collection, most of the shows we air are in the public domain, or we have agreements with certain copyright holders. In presenting these programs on our air with historical integrity, it is not our intention to broadcast unauthorized copyrighted material. Additionally, we do not sell the programs. If you are a copyright holder of any of these, ‘golden age of radio’ shows, please contact us at playhouse@wrvo.org.

Tuned to Yesterday

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#1216, Crime, Nick Harris, Detective “The Young Shoplifter” (Part 1) 7/1/38 Syndicated, Nick Harris, Detective “The Young Shoplifter” (Part 2) 7/8/38 Syndicated, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The Fiddle Faddle Matter” 7/9/61 CBS.

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 26, 2014

#1215, Variety, Radio Hall of Fame 3/5/44 NBC Blue

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 25, 2014

#1214, Horror, Inner Sanctum “Only the Dead Die Twice” 3/23/49 CBS, Lights Out “Knock at the Door” 12/15/42 CBS.

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 24, 2014

#1213, Quiz, Quick as a Flash 3/16/47 MBS, You Bet Your Life 10/19/49 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 21, 2014

#1212, Western, Frontier Gentleman “Beljoy’s Prisoner” 6/8/56 CBS, Fort Laramie “Playing Indian” 1/22/56 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 20, 2014

#1211, True History, Freedom USA “Embargo on Santa Granada” 3/30/52 Syndicated, Treasury Salute “Jane Adams” 6/12/44 Syndicated, That Was the Year “1909” 1935 Syndicated

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 19, 2014

#1210, Mystery, Secrets of Scotland Yard “The Galloping Major” 1950 Syndicated, The Whistler “Decision” 12/24/47 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 18, 2014

#1209, Comedy, Front Line Theater “Someone Suitable” 3/12/44 AFRS, Lum and Abner “Cedric the Hermit” 6/12/42 NBC Blue, Vic and Sade 2/17/42 NBC Blue

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 17, 2014

#1208, Romance, Hallmark Playhouse “Cimarron” 9/9/48 CBS, Damon Runyon Theater “Baseball Hattie” 6/26/49 Syndicated.

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 14, 2014

#1207, Series, The Adventurer’s Club “The Lost Tomb” Part 2 2/15/47 CBS, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 4/12/39 MBS, Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen “Major Moto Spotted” 1937 Syndicated.

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 13, 2014

#1206, Crime, I Was a Communist for the FBI “A Riot Made to Order” 6/1/52 Syndicated, Counterspy “Case of the Sweepstake Murder” 10/4/49 ABC

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 12, 2014

#1205, Variety, Texaco Star Theater with Fred Allen 2/5/41 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 11, 2014

#1204, Series, Adventurer’s Club “The Lost Tomb” Part 1 2/8/47 CBS, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 4/10/49 Mutual,  Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen 1937 Syndicated.

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 10, 2014

#1203, Series, Adventures By Morse “City of the Dead” Part 10 (final) 3/11/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#44” 12/4/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The Molly K. Matter” Part 5 (final) 10/14/55 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 7, 2014

#1202, Series, Adventures By Morse “City of the Dead” Part 9 3/4/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#43” 12/3/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The Molly K. Matter” Part 4 10/13/55 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 6, 2014

#1201, Horror, Weird Circle “The Old Nurse’s Story” 5/14/44 Syndicated, Hall of Fantasy “Stone’s Revenge” 8/17/53 Syndicated

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 5, 2014

#1200, Quiz, Information, Please “Guest: Rex Stout” NBC, You Bet Your Life 11/22/50 NBC

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 4, 2014

#1199, Western, Screen Directors’ Playhouse “The Paleface” 3/3/50  NBC, Roy Rogers 3/4/51 MBS / AFRS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Nov 3, 2014

#1198, True History, Biographies in Sound “The Wonderful World of Robert Benchley” 5/8/56 NBC

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 31, 2014

#1197, Mystery, The Falcon “The Case of the Substitute Target” 1/21/51 NBC, Suspense “Goodbye, Ms. Lizzie Borden” 10/4/55 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 30, 2014

#1196, Comedy, Harry Von Zell Show (Audition Program) 3/18/46

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 29, 2014

#1195, Romance, Lux Radio Theater “The Moon’s Our Home” 2/10/41 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 28, 2014

#1194, Series, Adventures By Morse “City of the Dead” Part 8 2/26/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#42” 12/2/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The Molly K. Matter” Part 3 10/12/55 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 27, 2014

#1193, Crime, Gangbusters “The Case of the Ape Bandit” 11/1/40 NBC Blue, Dragnet “The Big Customer” 6/22/54 NBC /  AFRS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 24, 2014

#1192, Variety, Royal Gelatin Hour (with Rudy Vallee) 5/20/37 NBC

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 23, 2014

#1191, Horror, Suspense “The Companion” 11/15/59 CBS, The Sealed Book “I’ll Die Laughing” 5/27/45 MBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 22, 2014

#1190, Quiz, Double or Nothing 4/20/47 MBS, Break the Bank (undated broadcast) early 1950’s NBC

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 21, 2014

#1189, Western, Dr. Six-Gun 10/24/54 NBC, Have Gun, Will Travel “The Five Books of Owen Deaver” 3/22/59 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 20, 2014

#1188, True History, The Passing Parade “American Millionaires” 1950 AFRS, Mr. President 7/10/47 ABC

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 17, 2014

#1187, Mystery, Nick Carter, Master Detective “The Numbers Murders” 10/1/44 MBS, Mr. and Mrs. North “The Premature Corpse” 2/12/52 CBS

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

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