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

Jul 7, 2014

#1111, Mystery, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe “The Vital Statistic” 3/14/50 CBS, Box 13 “The Treasure of Hang Lee” 12/20/48 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 4, 2014

#1110, True History, Tales of the Foreign Service “State Department Couriers” 6/21/46 NBC, You Are There “The Execution of Charles I” 1/9/49 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

Jul 3, 2014

#1109, Drama, Mercury Summer Theater “Life With Adam” 7/19/46 CBS, Surprise Ending 7/29/45 (Audition)

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 2, 2014

#1108, Science Fiction, Exploring Tomorrow “The Adventure of the Beauty Queen” 6/25/58 MBS, X Minus One “The Cave of Night” 2/1/56 NBC

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this live film showing! Stay tuned for the next Tuned to Yesterday movie presentation.

Tuned to Yesterday

Jul 1, 2014

#1107, Western, All-Star Western Theater “The Man From Alabama” 10/20/46 CBS, This is My Best “You Can’t Have Cake and Eat It” 12/11/45 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

Jun 30, 2014

#1106, Adventure, The Sea Hound “God of Vengeance” 8/26/48 ABC, Rocky Fortune “Rocket Racket” 3/23/54 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

Jun 27, 2014

#1105, Crime, Suspense “Rave Notice” 6/1/58 CBS, 21st Precinct 7/7/54 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

Jun 26, 2014

#1104, Sitcom, Abbott and Costello Show “Guest: Peter Lorre” 1/13/44 NBC, Honest Harold “Cleaning Out the Cellar” 4/18/51 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

Jun 25, 2014

#1103, Horror, Inner Sanctum “Tempo on Blood” 1/12/48 CBS / AFRS, Suspense “The Diary of Saphronia Winters” 8/17/44 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

Jun 24, 2014

#1102, Comedy, Lux Radio Theater “The Awful Truth” 3/10/41 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

Jun 23, 2014

#1101, Mystery, Broadway Is My Beat “Jimmy Hunt’s Suicide” 1/14/50 CBS, Mystery House “Death at Deadline” 8/26/45 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

Jun 20, 2014

#1100, True History, Biographies in Sound “Thornton Wilder: Keeper of the Time Capsule” 3/27/56 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

Jun 19, 2014

#1099, Drama, Silver Theater “Escape From Tomorrow” Part 1 2/12/39 CBS, Silver Theater “Escape From Tomorrow” Part 2 2/19/39 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

Jun 18, 2014

#1098, Science Fiction, Hall of Fantasy “The Return From Death” 4/6/53 Mutual, Radio Guild “The Ineffable Essence of Nothing” 4/13/40 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

Jun 17, 2014

#1097, Western, Hollywood Sound Stage “The Ox Bow Incident” 1/17/52 CBS, Have Gun, Will Travel “Oil” 10/30/60 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

Jun 16, 2014

#1096, Adventure, The Clyde Beatty Show “Land of the Giants” late 1940’s Syndicated, Tarzan “The Arena of Death” 4/10/52 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

Jun 13, 2014

#1095, Crime, The Big Story “Rolf K. Mills Story” 5/19/48 NBC, The Whistler “Quiet Suicide” 2/18/48 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

Jun 12, 2014

#1094, Sitcom, Life of Riley “Riley is Blackmailed” 4/26/47 NBC, Halls of Ivy “Charter / Founder’s Day” 1/27/50 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

Jun 11, 2014

#1093, Horror, Murder at Midnight “The House That Time Forgot” 10/19/46 Syndicated, Sleep No More “Evening / The Flowering of a Strange Orchid” 4/24/57 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

Jun 10, 2014

#1092, Comedy, Jimmy Durante show “Guest: Dorothy Lamour” 11/12/47 NBC, Bob Burns Show 5/20/43 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

Jun 9, 2014

#1091, Mystery, Richard Diamond, Private Detective “Big-Foot Grafton” 8/30/53 AFRS, Pat Novak For Hire “John St. John” 5/21/49 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

Jun 6, 2014

#1090, True History, Defense For America “Military Manufacturing” 3/15/41 NBC, Our Freedom’s Blessings “The Little Black Box” 4/19/52 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

Jun 5, 2014

#1089, Drama, Lux Radio Theater “A Tale of Two Cities” 3/26/45 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

Jun 4, 2014

#1088, Science Fiction, X Minus One “Early Model” 7/11/51 NBC, Columbia Workshop “R.U.R.” 4/18/37 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

Jun 3, 2014

#1087, Western, Hopalong Cassidy “The Shell Game” 1950 Syndicated, Frontier Town “Gun Trouble Valley” 1949 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

Jun 2, 2014

#1086, Adventure, NBC University Theater “Heart of Darkness” 5/15/49 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

May 30, 2014

#1085, Crime, Dragnet “The Big Revue” 7/13/54 NBC / AFRS, Crime Classics “The Good Ship Jane” 1/6/54 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

May 29, 2014

#1084, Sitcom, The Great Gildersleeve “In Love” 6/28/42 NBC, Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet “Stock Market Advice” 10/28/49 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

May 28, 2014

#1083, Horror, Macabre “The Avenger” 12/18/61 AFRS, The Hermit’s Cave “The Black Band” 1944 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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