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Click to play The Saint #41, 'Greed Causes Murder', from Oct 29, 1947

The Saint #41, 'Greed Causes Murder', from Oct 29, 1947

Use the player above to play the Jam Handy Short, 'On The Air,'
featuring the CBS Radio Network circa 1937

There's a vast knowledge base available to both collectors and students of The Golden Age of Radio and the technology and sociology surrounding Radio's Golden Age era. Both formal and archival education resources are readily available almost anywhere in the civilized world. Here's some excellent sources to point you in the right direction.

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100 Years of Free French Radio

A Brief History of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

C.E. "Sonny" Clutter's RadiolaGuy Virtual Museum

California Historical Radio Society (CHRS)

Edisonia--Everything Edison

Elizabeth McLeod's Broadcasting History Resources

John Jenkins' 'SparkMuseum' of Vintage Radio and Scientific Apparatus

The Library of American Broadcasting of the University of Maryland

Michael Biel's 'A History of Radio Broadcast Recordings'

Museum of Radio and Technology, Inc

NRK Norwegian National Radio Site - History Pages

Rich Samuels' 'Broadcasting in Chicago: 1921-1989 (and thereafter)'

ScreenSound Australia's Education Resources and Programs

Terry Muncey's Radio Era Archives

The Museum of Broadcast Communications

The Museum of Television & Radio

The Role of the ABC in Educational Radio Broadcasting

The Yiddish Radio Project

Thomas White's U.S. Early Radio History


California Historical Radio Society (CHRS)
The California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) is a non-profit corporation chartered in the State of California. CHRS was formed in 1974 to promote the restoration and preservation of early radio and broadcasting. Our goal is to provide the opportunity to exchange ideas and information on the history of radio, particularly in the West, with emphasis in collecting, literature, programs, and the restoration and display of early equipment. The Journal of the Society is furnished free of charge to members. Yearly membership dues are $20 (U.S. funds)

The Library of American Broadcasting
The Library of American Broadcasting holds a wide-ranging collection of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections, oral histories, photographs, scripts and vertical files devoted exclusively to the history of broadcasting.

Founded in 1972 as the Broadcast Pioneers Library, it was housed in the headquarters of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C., until 1994, when it became part of the University of Maryland Libraries.

LAB Staff welcome all telephone and e-mail research requests. Please use the reference request query form . For reproduction costs, see our Fees page.

The Library is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday-Friday, and is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. It is housed in Hornbake Library along with the University's other broadcast-related collection, the National Public Broadcasting Archives. For directions to the Library, consult our Directions page. If you would like information about visiting the campus for an extended length of time, consult the campus Visitors page. For further information, contact the Library of American Broadcasting.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications
The Museum Broadcast Communications is the premiere broadcast museum in America and home to the only National Radio Hall of Fame. The MBC opened to the public in 1987 in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. From 1992 until 2003, the MBC was located in the Chicago Cultural Center. The Museum is currently building its new 70,000 square-foot facility at State and Kinzie Streets.

Their mission is to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform, and entertain through our archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to our resources. The MBC is a not-for-profit organization that has offered opportunities for public learning to a diverse population since 1987. The MBC has promoted broad community access through its exhibitions, archives, and innovative programs and resources, including over 180 Public Programs since its opening.

Thomas White's U.S. Early Radio History
An assortment of highlights -- plus a few lowlifes -- about early U.S. radio history. Over time more articles will be added, to cover additional topics and expand on the existing ones. (This webpage was begun September 30, 1996, and was located at until March 11, 2003).

John Jenkins' 'SparkMuseum' of Vintage Radio and Scientific Apparatus
Welcome to John Jenkins' "virtual" radio and scientific instruments museum where he displays radios and other items he's collected over more than 35 years. One of the very best in the entire country. This extraordinary collection ranks as one of the best collections of early radio and artifacts from the dawn of the age of electricity, with many of the pieces on display at the American Museum of Radio in Bellingham, Washington.

C.E. "Sonny" Clutter's RadiolaGuy Virtual Museum
While this is a commercial site, it contains a wealth of information on both old radios and televisions, not available anywhere else on the Net. Sonny's Virtual Museum is filled with information and photos of rare and interesting vintage radio equipment.

Link to Elizabeth McLeod, Leading Radio Historian

Elizabeth McLeod's Broadcasting History Resources
Here you'll find several articles by one of the foremost Radio Historians in the U.S., Elizabeth McLeod. Her site also contains a series of artcles on General Broadcast History Resources, Specific Topical Articles, Preservation Issues, and Research Tools, The accuracy and depth of her sources are legendary, and you'll find the information she's compiled about the History of the Golden Age of Radio both fascinating and amusing.

Rich Samuels' 'Broadcasting in Chicago: 1921-1989 (and thereafter)': An On-line Museum of Broadcast History
Rich Samuel's Site is a veritable treasure trove for the Golden Age Radio Broadcasting enthusiast. Every page is filled with fascinating trivia and remembrances of Chicago Broadcasting from 1921, through the Golden Age of Radio, right on through to the Golden Age of Television Years. Rich Samuels, the curator of these pages, is a correspondent for the "Chicago Tonight" show, which airs Monday through Thursdays at 7 PM on WTTW, Channel 11, Chicago's PBS outlet. Rich has also contributed segments to the "ArtBeat Chicago" program and documentaries to the "Chicago Stories" and "Chicago Matters" series.
From 1973 to 1990, Rich was a reporter at WMAQ-TV, NBC's owned-and-operated television station.

Edisonia--Everything Edison
The 37,000 historic discs and cylinders in the collection were produced by the Edison company in West Orange between 1888 and 1929. No major sound recording collection with significant ties to the early industry is as unchanged or as complete as this one. Boasting a high number of unreleased and experimental recordings, the collection is supplemented by the papers in the Edison Archives, which document the recording process from artists' first auditions through recording sessions and the manufacturing process to the marketing of the commercial releases

Museum of Radio and Technology, Inc
Interested in Antique Radios? Visit the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, West Virginia near the tri-state corner of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

The Museum of Television & Radio
The former Museum of Television & Radio is a nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley in 1975 to collect and preserve television and radio programs and to make these programs available to the public. It has recentely reorganized to become the Paley Center for Media.

Since opening its doors in 1976, the Museum has expanded the collection to include more than 100,000 programs chosen for their artistic, cultural, and historical significance. The collection covers news, drama, public affairs programs, documentaries, the performing arts, children's programming, sports, comedy, and advertising.

Each year the Museum, using radio and television programs from the collection, organizes major exhibitions and screenings and listening series that focus on topics of social, historical, popular, or artistic interest. Seminars feature in-person discussions with writers, producers, directors, actors, and others involved with landmark programming. In addition, the Museum's comprehensive education program welcomes special interest groups and students from the elementary to the university level and encourages them to become critical thinkers by interpreting and analyzing radio and television programs.

Terry Muncey's Radio Era Archives
Yet another commericial site, The Radio Era Archives is a wealth of trivia, illustrations, schematics, and photos of old radios and transmitting and receiving equipment.

"Radio Era was started in 1995 after doing some research about whether anyone was creating digital archiving of old radio information, manuals and schematics. Electronics stores kind of look at you like you just landed from Mars if you even ask about things like "tubes" and stuff like that, and they had nothing that dealt with radios that were 40 or 50 years old. Likewise, Jerry found little at the local library, and found absolutely nothing in the book stores, so the die was cast . . . Jerry decided that he would single handedly try to archive these great old books and reference works and produce them into CD-ROM electronic publications.

Terry Muncey is the proprietor of REA, an antique radio nut, and also amateur radio operator since the early 50's and his call letters are W5OAS. To non-ham radio operators, this means nothing, but if you are a ham, you will understand how he became smitten with radios at a early and tender age.

So for 7 years now, he's been producing CD-ROM publications and the list is growing. If you want an electronic CD-ROM catalog from REA that you can print, go to the CD-ROM section and you can what they've amassed with their CD-ROM electronic publications."

The Yiddish Radio Project
All that survives from the "golden age" of Yiddish radio in the 1930s to '50s are a thousand fragile discs, rescued from storerooms, attics, and even dumpsters. But what a story they tell! The Yiddish Radio Project is a celebration of these recordings and of the forgotten geniuses and dreamers who created them. The exhibits on this site feature the Yiddish Radio Project radio documentaries that were first broadcast on NPR's "All Things Considered," rare Yiddish radio clips, archival photographs, and various ephemera from a forgotten radio universe.

A co-production of Sound Portraits Productions and Living Traditions, the Yiddish Radio Project is dedicated to rescuing every surviving recording from the golden age of Yiddish radio and to disseminating knowledge and interest in the forgotten radio renaissance these recordings bring to life. Through a series of NPR documentaries, a national tour of live events, an accompanying website, and CD compilations, the Yiddish Radio Project is committed to making a lasting educational, cultural, and artistic contribution to the appreciation of this important, overlooked chapter in the American experience.

Michael Biel's 'A History of Radio Broadcast Recordings'
Though only one page, this brief, but complete history of early radio recording technology is fascinating and succinct. (Michael Biel is professor of Radio-TV at Morehead State University in Kentucky and author of The Making and Use of Recordings in Broadcasting before 1936.)


ScreenSound Australia's Education Resources and Programs
ScreenSound Australia, the National Screen and Sound Archive, is the national audiovisual archive, playing a key role in documenting and interpreting the Australian experience and actively contributing to the development of Australia's audiovisual industry. We collect, store, preserve and make available screen and sound material relevant to Australia's culture. Through our skills and services we complement documentary heritage collections. We are leaders in the preservation, presentation and development of screen and sound culture in Australia

The Role of the ABC in Educational Radio Broadcasting (Australian Journal of Educational Technology)
Large questions about the future nag us all constantly, questions about the economic future of the country, about the future of work, about the future of the planet itself. Ways of escaping the force and the complexity of such questions range from escapism, to cynicism, to political conservatism, to environmental radicalism, to born again religion, to existential despair. But there are, I believe, a significant number of people who want complex answers and they look to the culture in general to provide them and the ABC, in particular. to refine, explain and express them. (The Australian Journal of Educational Technology is a refereed journal publishing research and review articles in educational technology, instructional design, educational applications of computer technologies, educational telecommunications and related areas).


A Brief History of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
This History of the CBC was written in 1976 and is a little dated now. Many things have changed. It will be updated as more material becomes available. Thanks to Ivan Harris, The Curator of the CBC Museum in The Canadian Broadcasting Centre, who allowed the scanning of its contents into digital form so that we can all learn a little about the the CBC and its role in the history of Broadcasting in Canada..


100 Years of Free French Radio
Request Page Translation from your browser for this execellent French site on 100 Years of History of French Radio. Lots of Bibliographic material and source material to draw upon.



NRK Norwegian National Radio Site - History Pages
In Norwegian. You'll need your browser to translate. Good site, with photos and historical references.