I love radio plays. I think it started back in junior high when my art teacher played Sorry, Wrong Number for us during a class one day. Over the years, I sought out other recordings for sale or at the library, but they were hard to come by. I was able to get my hands on some BBC radio plays, but I was always disappointed to know that there are thousands of radio productions I would never hear. Fortunately, someone has decided to make these old recording available in podcast form.
I found Relic Radio’s channel, The Horror, while sifting through the channels on my iPod. In the last week, I’ve listened to approximately 25 episodes and loved every one.
Each episode is between 25 and 45 minutes long. There are episodes containing famous actors like Peter Lorre and Vincent Price. Some of the episodes go back to the 30′s and 40′s while others are much more recent. I had no idea there were radio plays being recording in the US as late as 1981. Though some of the older stories have cracks and pops, most of the recordings are clear with decent sound quality.
Don’t worry if you’re not into horror. Relic Radio has channels for comedy, the westerns, war stories, and more. Once I’ve caught up on the older horror posts, I’m looking forward to spending some time on the Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and Strange Tales.
The podcasts are all available for free. The site is funded by donations from listeners. I would encourage anyone who enjoys books on tape to head on over. It’s worth checking out the recordings whether you’ve listened to radio plays in the past or are trying them out for the first time.
You can visit Relic Radio at http://relicradio.com.
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