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.

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10:00am

Tue July 22, 2014
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

#1122, Variety, Command Performance #145 “MC: Ethel Merman” 11/1/44 AFRS, Paul Whiteman Presents “Guests: Burns and Allen” 6/13/43 NBC

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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10:00am

Mon July 21, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1121, Horror, Dark Fantasy “Curse of the Neanderthal” 1/2/42 NBC, Cabin B-13 “The Sleep of Death” 12/26/48 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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10:00am

Fri July 18, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1120, Quiz, Double or Nothing 9/8/44 MBS, You Bet Your Life 1/16/52 NBC

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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10:00am

Thu July 17, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1119, Western, Cisco Kid “Waters of the Flood” mid 1950’s Syndicated, Gunsmoke “The Killer” 2/13/53 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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10:00am

Wed July 16, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1118, True History, Hallmark Playhouse “Bride of Fortune” 11/10/49 CBS, Inheritance “The Burning of Washington” 3/20/55 NBC

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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10:00am

Tue July 15, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1117, Mystery, Ellery Queen “The Armchair Detective” 3/18/48 ABC, Suspense “The Mystery of the Marie Roget” 2/7/60 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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10:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1116, Comedy, Jack Carson Show “Arrested for Singing” 2/21/45 CBS, Bob Hope Show “Guest: Terry Moore” 1/14/53 NBC

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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10:00am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1115, Crime, Lux Radio Theater “The Woman in the Window” 6/25/45 CBS / AFRS

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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4:57pm

Thu July 10, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1114, Sitcom, Mel Blanc Show “Music Man Contest” 10/1/46 CBS, Duffy’s Tavern 5/18/47 NBC

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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10:00am

Wed July 9, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1113, Horror, Weird Circle “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” 1944 NBC Syndication, Lights Out “Valse Triste” 12/29/42 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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10:00am

Tue July 8, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1112, Comedy, The New Edgar Bergen Hour “Guest: Jack benny” 11/25/55 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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10:00am

Mon July 7, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1111, Mystery, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe “The Vital Statistic” 3/14/50 CBS, Box 13 “The Treasure of Hang Lee” 12/20/48 Syndicated

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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10:00am

Fri July 4, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1110, True History, Tales of the Foreign Service “State Department Couriers” 6/21/46 NBC, You Are There “The Execution of Charles I” 1/9/49 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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10:00am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1109, Drama, Mercury Summer Theater “Life With Adam” 7/19/46 CBS, Surprise Ending 7/29/45 (Audition)

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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10:00am

Wed July 2, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1108, Science Fiction, Exploring Tomorrow “The Adventure of the Beauty Queen” 6/25/58 MBS, X Minus One “The Cave of Night” 2/1/56 NBC

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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12:20pm

Tue July 1, 2014
TTY "At the Movies"

Live showing: Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman

Enjoy your favorite old time radio programs on the big screen, once again, with Tuned to Yesterday. We present Tuned to Yesterday: At the Movies with Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman, the 1944 mystery-thriller starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Gale Sondergaard. Based on the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, this adventure follows Holmes' investigation of a series of so-called "pajama suicides." The cunning villain is as poisonous as a spider. 

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10:00am

Tue July 1, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1107, Western, All-Star Western Theater “The Man From Alabama” 10/20/46 CBS, This is My Best “You Can’t Have Cake and Eat It” 12/11/45 CBS / AFRS

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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10:00am

Mon June 30, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1106, Adventure, The Sea Hound “God of Vengeance” 8/26/48 ABC, Rocky Fortune “Rocket Racket” 3/23/54 NBC

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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10:00am

Fri June 27, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1105, Crime, Suspense “Rave Notice” 6/1/58 CBS, 21st Precinct 7/7/54 CBS / AFRS

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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10:00am

Thu June 26, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1104, Sitcom, Abbott and Costello Show “Guest: Peter Lorre” 1/13/44 NBC, Honest Harold “Cleaning Out the Cellar” 4/18/51 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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10:00am

Wed June 25, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1103, Horror, Inner Sanctum “Tempo on Blood” 1/12/48 CBS / AFRS, Suspense “The Diary of Saphronia Winters” 8/17/44 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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10:00am

Tue June 24, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1102, Comedy, Lux Radio Theater “The Awful Truth” 3/10/41 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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10:00am

Mon June 23, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1101, Mystery, Broadway Is My Beat “Jimmy Hunt’s Suicide” 1/14/50 CBS, Mystery House “Death at Deadline” 8/26/45 MBS

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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10:00am

Fri June 20, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1100, True History, Biographies in Sound “Thornton Wilder: Keeper of the Time Capsule” 3/27/56 NBC

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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10:00am

Thu June 19, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1099, Drama, Silver Theater “Escape From Tomorrow” Part 1 2/12/39 CBS, Silver Theater “Escape From Tomorrow” Part 2 2/19/39 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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10:00am

Wed June 18, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1098, Science Fiction, Hall of Fantasy “The Return From Death” 4/6/53 Mutual, Radio Guild “The Ineffable Essence of Nothing” 4/13/40 NBC Blue

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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10:00am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1097, Western, Hollywood Sound Stage “The Ox Bow Incident” 1/17/52 CBS, Have Gun, Will Travel “Oil” 10/30/60 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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10:00am

Mon June 16, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1096, Adventure, The Clyde Beatty Show “Land of the Giants” late 1940’s Syndicated, Tarzan “The Arena of Death” 4/10/52 Mutual

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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10:00am

Fri June 13, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1095, Crime, The Big Story “Rolf K. Mills Story” 5/19/48 NBC, The Whistler “Quiet Suicide” 2/18/48 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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10:00am

Thu June 12, 2014
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Tuned to Yesterday

#1094, Sitcom, Life of Riley “Riley is Blackmailed” 4/26/47 NBC, Halls of Ivy “Charter / Founder’s Day” 1/27/50 NBC

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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