Tuned to Yesterday

10 p.m. to midnight - Nightly

Tuned to Yesterday Podcasts

Tuned to Yesterday Broadcast Schedule

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.

PODCAST NOTE: If you're keeping track of the show numbers themselves, you will soon start to notice them with a lower number and in a descending order. These are shows that have either yet to be posted or have been with the audio lost following a website change a few years ago. - Mark Lavonier / June 2016

Tuned to Yesterday

Jan 8, 2016

#1535, Science Fiction, The Mysterious Traveler "The Big Brain" 3/14/50 MBS, X Minus One "A Wind is Rising" 10/3/57 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

Jan 7, 2016

#1534, Mystery, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar "The Bayou Body Matter" 11/15/59 CBS, Johnny Madero Pier 23 "Find Pete Sutro" 6/18/47 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 6, 2016

#1533, Drama, CBS Radio Workshop "The Silent Witness" 7/14/57 CBS, Quiet, Please "Shadow of the Wings" 4/17/49 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

Jan 5, 2016

#1532, Horror, The Witch's Tale "Rockabye Baby" 7/25/32 MBS, Hall of Fantasy "Man Sized in Marble" 4/10/47 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

Jan 4, 2016

#1531, Comedy, Judy Canova Show 10/23/48 NBC, People Are Funny 1/12/54 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 1, 2016

#1530. Western, Have Gun Will Travel "Strange Vendetta" 11/23/58 CBS, Frontier Town "Five Gallons of Poison" 4/2/49 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: New Year's Special

Dec 31, 2015

Tuned to Yesterday presents: New Year’s of Yesteryear! Enjoy an hour of moments from some of your favorite old time radio shows to hear how they celebrated another year gone by. Golden age of radio comedians Jack Benny, Milton Berle and Fred Allen deliver some great New Year’s routines, and you’ll hear how the holiday was featured in dramatic shows like Ma Perkins, Wild Bill Hickok and Sherlock Holmes, as well as how celebrations were heard during wartime and on big band stages.

Tuned to Yesterday

Dec 30, 2015

#1529, True History, Eyes Aloft 9/7/42 NBC, Cavalcade of America "Yankee Doodle Debbie" 9/26/50 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

Dec 29, 2015

#1528, Variety, Continental Celebrity Club "Guest: Ann Rutherford" 1/12/46 CBS, Birdseye Open House "Guest: Groucho Marx" 2/21/46 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

Dec 28, 2015

#1526, Crime, Lux Radio Theater "Johnny O'Clock" 5/6/46 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

Dec 25, 2015

#1525. Science Fiction, Exploring Tomorrow "The Mimic" 3/19/58 MBS, X Minus One "One Thousand Dollars a Plate" 3/21/56 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

Dec 24, 2015

#1524, Mystery, Night Beat 7/31/52 NBC, Box 13 "Killer at Large" 1/10/49 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

Dec 23, 2015

#1523, Drama, Screen Directors' Playhouse "Thelma Jordan" 3/15/51 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

Dec 22, 2015

#1522, Horror, The Whistler "Death Demands a Payment" 12/19/43 CBS, The Haunting Hour "Death By Request" 9/8/45 NBC Syndication.

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

Tuned to Yesterday

Dec 21, 2015

#1521, Comedy, Milton Berle Show "Salute to California" 2/10/48 NBC, Jack Benny Show 4/25/54 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

Dec 18, 2015

#1520, Western, Lux Radio Theater "The Westerner" 9/23/40 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

Dec 17, 2015

#1519, True History, Tomorrow 10/17/56 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

Dec 16, 2015

#1518, Variety, Royal Gelatin Hour with Rudy Vallee "Guest: Ed Wynn" 12/3/36 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

Dec 15, 2015

#1516, Horror, Lights Out "They Met at Dorset" 2/23/43 CBS, Suspense "The Giant of Thermopylae" 5/3/54 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

Dec 14, 2015

#1515, Comedy, You Bet Your Life 3/12/52 CBS, Abbott and Costello 4/17/47 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

Dec 11, 2015

#1514, Western, Wild Bill Hickok 5/30/52 MBS, Lightning Jim "The Snake Strikes" 1944 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

Dec 10, 2015

#1513, True History, March of Time 4/5/35 CBS, That Was the Year "1924" 1935 Syndicated, Adventures in Research "The Perfect Clock" 2/11/47 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

Dec 9, 2015

#1512, Variety, The Magic Key 3/22/36 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

Dec 8, 2015

#1510, Crime, Boston Blackie "Broken Clock Murder" 1/12/49 MBS, Pat Novak For Hire "Jack of Clubs" 2/20/49 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

Dec 7, 2015

#1509, Science Fiction, Dimension X "Child's Play" 6/24/51 NBC, Murder at Midnight "Terror Out of Space" 2/24/47 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

Dec 4, 2015

#1508, Mystery, Adventures of Sam Spade "The Cheesecake Caper" 11/6/49 CBS, Suspense "The Search for Henri LeFevre" 7/6/44 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

Dec 3, 2015

#1507, Drama, mr. ace and Jane "Jane Dreams About a Horse" 5/1/48 CBS (title spelling is correct-ML), The Marriage "The Grandfather Clock" 1/17/54 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

Dec 2, 2015

#1506, Horror, Escape "Dead of the Night" 3/21/47 CBS, Quiet Please "Clarissa" 4/19/48 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

Dec 1, 2015

#1505, Comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly "The Con Man" 11/25/41 NBC, Wednesday With You "Harry's Birthday" 7/18/45 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

Nov 30, 2015

#1504, True History, Hallmark Playhouse "Stephen Foster: America's Troubadour" 12/27/51 CBS, American Adventure "Runaway Justice" 1/12/56 NBC.

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

Pages