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 mark@wrvo.org.

Tuned to Yesterday

Oct 6, 2014

#1178, True History, Stage Struck “The Life and Career of Florenz Ziegfeld” 3/21/54 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 3, 2014

#1177, Mystery, New Adventures of Michael Shayne “The Case of the Hunted Bride” 7/22/48 Syndicated, Suspense “The Man Who Knew How” 8/10/44 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 2, 2014

#1176, Comedy, Lux Radio Theater “The Physician in Spite of Himself” 7/13/53 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 1, 2014

#1175, Romance, Gulf Screen Guild Theater “Ninotchka” 4/21/40 CBS, Screen Directors’ Playhouse “Love Crazy” 8/19/49 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

Sep 30, 2014

#1174, Adventures By Morse “City of the Dead” Part 6 2/12/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#40” 11/28/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The Molly K. Matter” 10/10/55 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

Sep 29, 2014

#1173, Crime, Squad Room “Ferris Wheel” 1954 MBS, Night Beat 6/19/52 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

Sep 26, 2014

#1172, Variety, The Magic Key 3/1/36 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

Sep 25, 2014

#1171, Horror, Hermit’s Cave “Mystery of the Thing” 1940’s Syndicated, Macabre “The Crystalline Man” 1/1/62 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

Sep 24, 2014

#1170, Quiz, Stop the Music 1/21/51 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

Sep 23, 2014

#1169, Western, Tales of the Texas Rangers “White Elephant” 10/28/51 NBC, Gunsmoke “The Gambler” 10/7/56 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

Sep 22, 2014

#1168, True History, Eyes Aloft 2/15/43 NBC, American Adventure “The Orchid” 1124/55 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

Sep 19, 2014

#1167, Mystery, Hercule Poirot “Death in the Golden Gate” 1947 MBS, Police Headquarters “The Mansfield Necklace” 1932 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

Sep 18, 2014

#1166, Comedy, Milton Berle Show “Salute to Health and Relaxation” 4/13/48 NBC, Fibber McGee and Company “Mrs. Uppington’s Diamond” 3/14/39 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

Sep 17, 2014

#1165, Romance, Theater Guild “Cyrano de Bergerac” 10/12/47 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

Sep 16, 2014

#1164, Series,  Adventures by Morse “City of the Dead” Part 5 2/5/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#39” 11/27/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The McCormack Matter” Part 5 (final) 10/7/55 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

Sep 15, 2014

#1163, Crime, Indictment “Brother’s Fight” 1958 CBS, Crime Club “Death Blew Out the Match” 12/2/46 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

Sep 12, 2014

#1162, Variety, The Ford Show “Guest: Carmen Miranda” 4/2/47 CBS, Kraft Music hall “Guest: Cary Grant” 3/4/48 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

Sep 11, 2014

#1161, Horror, Inner Sanctum “Till Death Do Us Part” 9/14/52 ABC, Arch Oboler’s Plays “The Voice Within You” 7/29/39 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

Sep 10, 2014

#1160, Quiz, Twenty Questions “Guest: Sylvan Levin” 4/6/46 MBS, Quiz of Two Cities “Chicago vs. New York” 11/5/44 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

Sep 9, 2014

#1159, Western, Have Gun, Will Travel “The Monster of Moonridge” 3/8/59 CBS, Gunsmoke “Claustrophobia” 6/26/54 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

Sep 8, 2014

#1158, True History, This is Radio 8/3/40 Mutual, An American in England “Home is Where You Hang Your Helmet” 12/8/42 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

Sep 5, 2014

#1157, Mystery, Lux Radio Theater “The Thin Man” 6/8/36 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

Sep 4, 2014

#1156, Comedy, Steve Allen Show “Guest: Eve Arden” 6/21/52 CBS / AFRS, Jimmy Durante Show 4/21/50 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

Sep 3, 2014

#1155, Romance, First Nighter Program “A Good Joe” 1/6/53 NBC, Romance “To Live Again” 7/2/51 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

Sep 2, 2014

#1154, Series, Adventures by Morse “City of the Dead” Part 4 1/29/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#38” 11/26/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The McCormack Matter” 10/6/55 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

Sep 1, 2014

#1153, Crime, Dragnet “The Big Look” 5/11/54 NBC / AFRS, Boston Blackie “The Case of the Three-Way Split” 7/23/45 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

Aug 29, 2014

#1152, Variety, Camel Caravan “Benny Goodman’s Swing School” 11/16/37 CBS, Birdseye Open House “Guest: Charles Laughton” 5/24/45 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

Aug 28, 2014

#1151, Horror, The Haunting Hour “The Sixth Button” 1945 NBC, Quiet, Please “A Night to Forget” 3/22/48 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

Aug 27, 2014

#1150, Quiz, Dr. IQ 7/17/49 NBC, Second Chance 8/1/55 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

Aug 26, 2014

#1149, Western, Frontier Gentleman “The Cowboy” 5/25/58 CBS, Hawk Larabee “The California Kid” 10/18/47 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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