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

Aug 22, 2014

#1147, Mystery, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons “Murder in the Air” 2/24/44 CBS, It’s a Crime, Mr. Collins “Red Hot Mama” 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

Aug 21, 2014

#1146, Comedy, Fred Allen Show 10/25/39 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

Aug 20, 2014

#1145, Romance, Campbell Playhouse “Peter Ibbetson” 9/10/39 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

Aug 19, 2014

#1144, Series, Adventures by Morse “City of the Dead” Part 3 1/22/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#37” 11/25/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The McCormack Matter” Part 3 10/5/55 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

Aug 18, 2014

#1143, Crime, Molle Mystery Theater “Solo Performance” 5/21/48 NBC, The Line-Up 7/15/52 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

Aug 15, 2014

#1142, Variety, March of Dimes 1/23/44 Mutual

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 14, 2014

#1141, Horror, Weird Circle “The Niche of Doom” 1943 NBC Syndicated, Escape “The Silent Horror” 8/22/51 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

Aug 13, 2014

#1140, Quiz, Information, Please “Guests: James Wallace, Al Smith” 6/20/41 NBC Blue, Quiz Kids 1/28/51 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

Aug 12, 2014

#1137, Mystery, Casey Crime Photographer “Box of Death” 4/17/47 CBS, The Saint “The Saint Goes Underground” 7/31/49 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 12, 2014

#1139, Western, Six Shooter 9/27/53 NBC, Luke Slaughter of Tombstone “Henry Fell” 4/20/58 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

Aug 11, 2014

#1136, Comedy, Red Skelton Show “Fear” 10/17/51 CBS, Jack Benny Program “Guests: Vincent Price, Claudette Colbert, Fletcher Markle” 2/6/49 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

Aug 11, 2014

#1138, True History, V-E Day Coverage 5/8/45 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 8, 2014

#1135, Romance, Stars Over Hollywood “The Truth Pays Off” 3/15/52 CBS, Obsession / La Rosa Hollywood Theater of Stars “The North Wind” 12/4/50 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

Aug 7, 2014

#1134, Series, Adventures By Morse “City of the Dead” Episode #2 1/15/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#36” 11/24/41 WGN Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The McCormack Matter” Part 2 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

Aug 6, 2014

#1133, Crime, Counterspy “The Case of the Murdering Messenger” 8/25/49 ABC, The Whistler “A Matter of Time” 2/24/52 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

Aug 5, 2014

#1132, Variety, Good News of 1939 “Guest: Joan Crawford” 11/17/38 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 4, 2014

#1131, Horror, The Mysterious Traveler “The Man Insects Hated” 7/27/47 MBS, Suspense “Return to Dust” 2/1/59 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

Aug 1, 2014

#1130, Quiz, On Your Mark 10/6/48 WOR – NY, Can You Top This? 12/5/47 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

Jul 31, 2014

#1129, Western, Fort Laramie “Winter Soldier” 6/17/56 CBS, Wild Bill Hickok “Windmill on the River” 1/19/53 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

Jul 30, 2014

#1128, True History, 1945 in Review 12/25/45 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

Jul 29, 2014

#1127, Mystery, Adventures of Nero Wolfe “Case of the Vanishing Shells” 2/2/51 NBC, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes “Case of the Accidental Murderess” 11/26/45 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

Jul 28, 2014

#1126, Comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly “Car Shopping” 10/9/45 NBC, Academy Award Theater “The Front Page” 6/22/46 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

Jul 25, 2014

#1125, Romance, Bright Star “Patience’s Romance” 4/16/53 Syndicated, Gulf Screen Guild Theater “Winter in Paris” 3/3/40 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

Jul 24, 2014

#1124, Series, Adventures By Morse “City of the Dead” 1/8/44 Syndicated, Terry and the Pirates “#35” 11/21/41 WGN, Chicago, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar “The McCormack Matter” 10/3/55 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

Jul 23, 2014

#1123, Crime, This is Your FBI “The Friendly Hitchhiker” 8/16/46 ABC, Philo Vance “The Merry Murder Case” 10/3/46 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

Jul 22, 2014

#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.

Tuned to Yesterday

Jul 21, 2014

#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.

Tuned to Yesterday

Jul 18, 2014

#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.

Tuned to Yesterday

Jul 17, 2014

#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.

Tuned to Yesterday

Jul 16, 2014

#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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