Memories From The Past
Turn Your Radio On
Your Radio On And Listen To The Music”1
In the mid-to-late-1940’s our family had a counter model
Montgomery-Ward Airliner™ radio in a dark brown case.
The radio sat on the kitchen counter at the end by the doorway into
the dinning room.
This was before TV, when the radio was the principal form of
non-print news and entertainment for most homes.
I spent quite a lot of time for a young boy sitting in this corner,
listening to the marvel of air born transmissions from around the area and
exotic stations from faraway places such as WCKY, Cincinnati One, Ohio;
WWVA, Wheeling, West Virginia; WLAC, Nashville, Tennessee.
We lived a 5-minute walk or less if you ran,
from Lynn Garden Elementary School. When
the weather was warm in the fall and spring, quite often I would run home
for lunch. Or least that was the reason given.
After school, before supper, you could catch up on the latest
happenings it the serials, Terry and The Pirates, The Green Hornet, Sky
King, Dick Tracy, Hopalong Cassidy, Red Ryder, Superman.
In the evenings, a wide variety of shows were offered; Ted
Mack’s Amateur Hour , The Creeking Door, A Date With Judy, Burns and
Allen, The Great Gildersleeve, Gunsmoke, Bob Hope, Red Skeleton, The
Shadow, Amos and Andy, Duffy’s Tavern, Dragnet, Edgar Bergen and Charlie
McCarthy, Gangbusters and many variety and music shows.
Some made the transition to early TV, some failed.
There were sports action, baseball, football and The Wednesday
Night Fights, sponsored by Gillette Blue Blades.
My mother would listen to soap operas in the afternoon when working
inside, doing washing, ironing, canning vegetables or cooking.
Some I remember, Stella Dallas, Ma Perkins, Lorenzo Jones, One
Man’s Family, Pepper Youngs Family, just to name a few.
Although not all programs were not sponsored by soap products, this
seems to be where they derived their genre’s name.
Your Radio On, Albert
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