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Turn Your Radio On

Kenny Stallard

“Turn 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.  Farm and Fun Time, broadcast over WOPI, Bristol, Tenn.-Va. was on at noon.  You could listen to guest performers Flat and Scruggs, Mack Wiseman and The Carter Family.

     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.

1 Turn Your Radio On, Albert Brumley ©1938

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