Museum Members - Free (Museum Members should call the museum and speak to a Front Desk representative to register)
Ease yourself into easier times every Sunday in February as you listen to popular radio broadcasts from the Golden Age of Radio. A narrator will discuss the impacts popular radio shows had on daily life from the 1920s until the mid-1950s, and the influences of radio broadcast programming.
A Four-Week Series Presented By Midway Village Museum
Golden Ages of Radio Radio Shows Schedule
You must register for each radio show program separately for each week. The schedule or the shows are below:
Sunday, February 7 . 2 pm Enjoy two tales from the show "Whistler," which focus on tales of crime and fate. The narrator known only as the Whistler acts as the main character's voice of reason or guilty conscience. The museum will present two shows on this date " Beyond Reasonable Doubt" and "Stranger in the House."
Sunday, February 14 . 2 pm Celebrate Valentine's Day with two classic radio families and their Valentine's hijinks. Listen to a presentation of the Ozzie and Harriet Show "Buying A Valentine," and My Favorite Husband's "Valentine's Day."
Sunday, February 21 . 2 pm This week's radio show brings out mystery and suspense. The popular 1942 mystery drama “Adventures of a Thin Man,” and female detective “Candy Matson” from 1950 are spotlighted this week.
Sunday, February 28 . 2 pm The four-week series program finale is two half-hour radio shows featuring President Abraham Lincoln. "Cavalcade of America" and "You Were There" are this week's historical-themed radio shows.
The registration deadline is 4 pm Friday prior to the Sunday afternoon program. A Zoom link for each program will be sent to your email by each Friday prior to the Sunday program.
Midway Village Museum will re-create popular radio shows from the era of old time radio each Sunday in February.
The four-part series are one-hour programs blending history education with entertainment and are presented via Zoom.
If you do not have Zoom technology available, please contact Caitlin Treece, Educator, to determine a different format for your viewing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-397-9112, ext. 106.
The Golden Age of Radio is also known as the Old Time Radio era in the United States. The radio was the first and dominant electronic home entertainment medium from the early 1920s until the invention of the television. Commercial radio broadcasting lasted through the 1950s when television gradually became the popular electronic medium of choice for scripted programming, variety and dramatic shows. It was common to gather around the home radio to listen a variety of entertaining programs.
Genres were created specifically for radio with many of the popular shows relocating to television as the popularity of radio declined. Old Time Radio Shows included mystery serials, soap operas, quiz shows, talent shows, daytime and evening variety hours and situation comedies just to name a few. Now, you can tune into Zoom Sundays to listen to popular radio shows of an era gone by.
Questions about this program? Contact Caitlin Treece, Educator, at 815-397-9112 or email@example.com.