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

Apr 10, 2015

#1320, Science Fiction, Suspense "A Strange Day in May" 9/9/62 CBS, Dimension X "Nightfall" 9/29/51 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

Apr 9, 2015

#1319, True History, White House Correspondents' Association Dinner 3/4/44 NBC (A variety style-dinner featuring Bob Hope, Ed Gardner and President Franklin Roosevelt).

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

Tuned to Yesterday

Apr 8, 2015

#1318, Western, Have Gun Will Travel "The Outlaw" 12/14/58 CBS, Fort Laramie "Loving Cup" 6/24/56 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

Apr 7, 2015

#1317, Comedy, Texaco Star Theater with Fred Allen 4/4/43 CBS, Jack Kirkwood 5/4/53 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

Apr 6, 2015

#1315, Adventure, Lux Radio Theater "Captain Carey, USA" 2/2/53 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

Apr 3, 2015

#1314, Comedy, Edgar Bergen / Charlie McCarthy Show 11/24/46 NBC, Fibber McGee and Molly 12/5/39 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

Apr 2, 2015

#1313, Drama, The Campbell Playhouse "The Magnificent Ambersons" 10/29/39 CBS.

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

We're bringing the golden age of radio to the silver screen once again -- Tuned to Yesterday "At the Movies" presents "Dragnet." The 1954 feature-length film follows "Dragnet" radio and TV series detectives Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) as they investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

Tuned to Yesterday

Apr 1, 2015

#1312, Mystery, Adventures of Sam Spade "The Prodigal Panda Caper" 12/29/50 NBC, Suspense "The Silver Shoe" 8/12/62 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

Mar 31, 2015

#1311, Horror, Witch's Tale "Tourists Accommodated" 3/3/38 MBS, Escape "Wild Oranges" 12/17/47 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

Mar 30, 2015

#1310, True History, This is Your Life "The Life of Charlie McCarthy" Parts 1 and 2 from March 1 and 8, 1950 on 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

Mar 27, 2015

#1309, Science Fiction, Suspense "That Real Crazy Infinity" 5/27/62 CBS, X Minus One "Saucer of Loneliness 1/9/57 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

Mar 26, 2015

#1307, Sitcom, Phone Again Finnegan "The Broken Window" 5/11/46 NBC, Blondie "Neighbor Trouble" 10/15/44 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

Mar 25, 2015

#1306, Western, Frontier Gentleman "A Meeting with Sitting Bull" 2/9/58 CBS, Gunsmoke "Mavis McCloud" 8/16/54 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

Mar 24, 2015

#1305, Adventure, Screen Directors' Playhouse "Prince of Foxes" 1/4/51 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

Mar 23, 2015

#1304, Comedy, Kiss and Make Up (with Milton Berle) 3/4/46 CBS, Jack Benny Show 3/2/52 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

Mar 20, 2015

#1303, Drama, The Marriage "Juvenile Court" 12/13/53 NBC, Rogers of the Gazette "Elyria Box Supper" 9/16/53 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

Mar 19, 2015

#1302, Mystery, Bulldog Drummond "Death Uses Disappearing Ink" 6/9/48 MBS, Johnny Madero Pier 23 7/23/47 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

Mar 18, 2015

#1301, Horror, Lights Out "The Fast One" 1/5/43 CBS, Hall of Fantasy "The Perfect Script" 2/13/47 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

Mar 17, 2015

#1300, True History, Rendezvous with Destiny "Profile of FDR" 3/27/46 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

Mar 16, 2015

#1299, Science Fiction, Theater of Romance "It Happened Tomorrow" 1/2/45 CBS, Dimension X "Untitled Story" 8/23/51 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

Mar 13, 2015

#1297, Sitcom, Life of Riley "Match Maker" 9/13/47 NBC, Abie's Irish Rose "Scarlet Fever" 6/17/44 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

Mar 12, 2015

#1296, Western, Lux Radio Theater "Shane" 2/22/55 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

Mar 11, 2015

#1295, Adventure, I Love Adventure "The Kwan Moon Dagger" 6/27/48 ABC, Let's Pretend "The Yellow Dwarf" 7/26/46 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

Mar 10, 2015

#1294, Comedy, Eddie Cantor Show "18th Radio Anniversary" 11/19/48 NBC, Bob Hope Show "Guest: Linda Darnell" 2/18/53 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

Mar 9, 2015

#1293, Drama, Seven Front Street "The Shiek" 5/4/47 MBS, Hollywood Star Time "Elmer the Great" 1/24/48 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

Mar 6, 2015

#1292, Mystery, Casey Crime Photographer "The Clue in the Clouds" 2/26/44 CBS, Philo Vance "The Case of the Girl Who Came Back" 7/26/45 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

Mar 5, 2015

#1291, Horror, The Mysterious Traveler "Death Has a Cold Breath" 3/29/49 MBS, Inner Sanctum "Song of the Slasher" 4/24/45 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

Mar 4, 2015

#1290, True History, D-Day Documentary "June 6, 1944" 2/16/45 NBC, Special Broadcast from Manila "General Jonathon M. Wainwright Surrender" 5/7/42 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

Mar 3, 2015

#1289, Science Fiction, Family Theater "U.F.O." 10/13/54 MBS, X Minus One "The Moon Is Green" 1/2/57 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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