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

Feb 24, 2015

#1283, Drama, Damon Runyon Theater "Hold 'Em Yale" 12/26/48 Syndicated, Screen Guild Theater "Song For Clotilda" 2/19/49 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

Feb 23, 2015

#1282, Mystery, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar "The King's Necklace Matter" 3/17/53 CBS, Danger With Granger "A Promise of Rain" 1956 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

Feb 20, 2015

#1281, Horror, Quiet Please "Three-Thousand Words" 8/23/48 MBS, Suspense "Return Trip" 6/27/46 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

Feb 19, 2015

#1280, True History, Then and Now "The First Fifty Years" 9/17/36 CBS, Globe Theater "One Life to Lose" 9/18/45 CBS / 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

Feb 18, 2015

#1279, Science Fiction, Armed Forces Theater "Johnny Cartwright's Camera" 7/22/44 AFRS, X Minus One "Nightmare" 7/21/55 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

Feb 17, 2015

#1278, Sitcom. Phil Harris / Alice Faye Show "mother's Day" 5/8/49 NBC, Adventures of Maisie 7/13/50 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

Feb 16, 2015

#1277, Western, Gunsmoke "Bone Hunters" 12/11/54 CBS, Frontier Gentleman "Duel For the School Marm" 6/1/58 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

Feb 13, 2015

#1276, Adventure, Dangerous Assignment 6/24/53 NBC, Escape "The Ambassador of Poker" 4/7/50 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

Feb 12, 2015

#1275, Comedy, Alan Young Show "The Winter Lodge" 12/4/45 ABC, Abbott and Costello Show 4/5/45 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

Feb 11, 2015

#1267, Series, Les Miserables "Conclusion" Part 7 (final) 9/3/37 MBS, Shadow of Fu Manchu "Episode #20" 6/21/39 Syndicated, Firefighters "Episode #7" 11/22/49 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

Feb 10, 2015

#1266, Series, Les Miserables "The Barricade" Part 6 8/27/37 MBS, Shadow of Fu Manchu "Episode #19" 6/19/39 Syndicated, Firefighters "Episode #6" 11/21/49 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

Feb 9, 2015

#1265, Series, Les Miserables "The Grave" Part 5 8/20/37 MBS, Shadow of Fu Manchu "Episode #18" 6/16/39 Syndicated, Firefighters "Episode #5" 11/18/49 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

Feb 6, 2015

#1264, Horror, Inner Sanctum "Death Wears a Lonely Smile" 4/4/49 CBS, Suspense "The Doctor Prescribed Death" 2/2/43 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

Feb 5, 2015

#1263, Science Fiction, X Minus One "Cold Equations" 8/25/55 NBC, Beyond Tomorrow "Requiem" 4/5/50 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

Feb 4, 2015

#1262, Mystery, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Hand of Providential Matter" 11/1/59 CBS, Adventures of Ellery Queen, "The Three Frogs" 4/29/48 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

Feb 3, 2015

#1261, True History, America's Town Hall Meeting of the Air, "Should The President's Civil Rights Program Be Adopted?" 3/23/48 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

Feb 2, 2015

#1260, Crime, Screen Directors' Playhouse "The Damned Don't Cry" 4/5/51 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

Jan 26, 2015

#1259, Sitcom, The Aldrich Family “The Tuxedo” 1949 NBC, Our Miss Brooks “Foreign Exchange Teachers” 1/24/54 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

Jan 23, 2015

#1258, Western, Tales of the Texas Rangers “Open and Shut” 11/11/51 NBC, Luke Slaughter of Tombstone “Tracks Out of Tombstone” 3/2/58 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

Jan 22, 2015

#1257, Series, Les Miserables “Cosette” Part 4 9/13/37 MBS, Shadow of Fu Manchu “#17” 6/14/39 Syndicated, Firefighters “Episode #4” 11/17/49 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

Jan 21, 2015

#1256, Drama, Arch Oboler’s Plays “Strange Morning” 4/5/45 MBS, LaRosa Hollywood Theater of Stars “Citizen Tommy Connecticut” 10/10/49 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

Jan 20, 2015

#1255, Comedy, Joan Davis Time 3/11/46 CBS, Milton Berle Show “Salute to New York” 1/27/48 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

Jan 19, 2015

#1254, Horror, The Creaking Door “I See Ghosts” later 1940’s AUS, Creeps By Night “The Hunt” 5/9/44 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

Jan 16, 2015

#1253, Science Fiction, Quiet, Please “The Pathetic Fallacy” 2/2/48 MBS, Dimension X “The Last Objective” 6/3/51 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

Jan 15, 2015

#1252, Mystery, Adventures of Sam Spade “Sam and Psyche” 8/2/46 CBS, Nick Carter, Master Detective “The Alphabet Club” 7/22/45 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

Jan 14, 2015

#1251, True History, Cavalcade of America “Abraham Lincoln in the War Years” 2/13/40 NBC, Encore Theater “White Angel” 7/9/46 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

Jan 13, 2015

#1250, Crime, It’s a Crime, Mr. Collins “The Lost Film” 1956 Syndicated, Crime Classics “Madeline Smith, Maid or Murderess…Which?” 1/20/54 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

Jan 12, 2015

#1249, Sitcom, The Magnificent Montague “4th of July Picnic” 6/30/51 NBC, My Friend Irma “Going to Hollywood” 1952 CBS / 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

Jan 9, 2015

#1248, Western, Gunsmoke “Amy’s Good Deed” 11/27/55 CBS, Quiet, Please “A Red and White Guidon” 2/9/48 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

Jan 8, 2015

#1247, Series, Les Miserables “The Trial” Part 3 8/6/37 MBS, Shadow of Fu Manchu “#16” 6/12/39 Syndicated, Firefighters “Episode #3” 11/16/49 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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