Mommy, What Is Twitter?

Mommy, What is Twitter?I received this email this week:

Hey Ron, love the podcast and my favorite segments are A Moment in Time and the OTR commercials.  I can’t get enough history and both of those really hit home reminding us what life was like before social media swallowed us whole. People could react to what was happening in their own homes but really had to think about what they would do or say about it. Letters to the editor had to be well thought out and concise in order to get into print, but your voice was heard. Here is to simpler times and to you for reminding us of our past. – Brian Kano from Austin, Texas

I love how you think Brian. You hit the nail on the head as to why I play the old stuff. We are good people, but we have become lost in how we communicate with each other. I wonder what our president’s approval rate would have been in the 1940s. Twitter did not exist back and then, and the Russians were one of our allies. Just a random thought from your friendly podcaster.

Thank you for your great comment, Brian, I do appreciate it.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: On the show this week we have a mini Horror Express with Jason Dowd. Jason gives us an update on his trip to graveyard he told us about in episode #361. Also on the program, Angela shares two stories from her family’s Haitian heritage. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

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RAS #377 – Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitarium

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we return to the classics with an OTR episode from X-Minus One. It is a creepy science fiction tale called Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitarium. We also have two ghost stories from our listeners, and a brand new edition of A Moment In Time from September 2, 1945.

Featured Story – Our featured story comes from old-time radio series X-Minus One. It is a crossover consisting of horror, crime drama, and science fiction. This one is well acted and written, which was the norm for all of X-Minus One productions. It is titled Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitarium and this version aired on July 14, 1955.

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True Or False With OTR

I got to thinking today, about the history of OTR and want to dispel some myths, confirm some facts, and we will do this with a game I call True Or False. All you have do is make a guess.

Old Time Radio LogoQ1:  OTR stands for Other Terrestrial Radio?

Well, no that doesn’t even make any sense. OTR stands for Old Time Radio. The old-time radio era, sometimes referred to as the Golden Age of Radio, was an era of radio programming in the United States during which radio was the dominant electronic home entertainment medium. It began with the birth of commercial radio broadcasting in the early 1920s and lasted through the 1940s when television gradually superseded radio as the medium of choice for scripted programming, variety, and dramatic shows.

Q2: It is a fact that everyone during the golden age of radio listened to the medium and that there was a radio in every home?

That would be false. According to a 1947 C. E. Hooper survey, 82 out of 100 Americans were found to be radio listeners. A variety of new entertainment formats and genres were created for the new medium, many of which later migrated to television: radio plays, mystery serials, soap operas, quiz shows, talent shows, daytime and evening variety hours, situation comedies, play-by-play sports, children’s shows, cooking shows, and more. Believe it or not even today there is not a TV in every home.

Q3: The earliest form of Old Time Radio was found in Paris in 1890?

That is true, broadcasts of live drama, comedy, music, and news that characterize the Golden Age of Radio had a precedent in the Théâtrophone, commercially introduced in Paris in 1890 and available as late as 1932. It allowed subscribers to eavesdrop on live stage performances and hear news reports by means of a network of telephone lines. The development of radio eliminated the wires and subscription charges from this concept.

Q4: The first OTR program broadcast in the United States took place on Christmas Eve 1906?

Very True! On Christmas Eve 1906, Reginald Fessenden is said to have broadcast the first radio program, consisting of some violin playing and passages from the Bible. While Fessenden’s role as an inventor and early radio experimenter is not in dispute, several contemporary radio researchers have questioned whether the Christmas Eve broadcast took place, or whether the date was, in fact, several weeks earlier. The first apparent published reference to the event was made in 1928 by H.P. Davis, Vice President of Westinghouse, in a lecture given at Harvard University.

I could go on and on with questions answers on this topic. I will visit this subject again later on down the road in volume two.  Thank you for reading!

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week we return to some good ole old time radio with a classic science fiction story from X-Minus One. We have the best of your stories and head back in time to hear a speech given by Douglas MacArthur. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

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RAS #376 – The DeStoto Orbs

On Ron’s Amazing Stories have two critical emails to review, two stories from you guys, and Sylvia Shults is back with another installment of Ghost Stories With Sylvia. I have put together another round of old-time radio commercials and we end the show with a short story written by James Baldwin. So, press play already!

Program Note: Sylvia Shults is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and the strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons and The Spirits of Christmas. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more on her WordPress Home Page.

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When You’ve Been Gone

Ron's Amazing StoriesYou may have noticed that the blog has been missed a few times the last few weeks. That was because of personal issues where I had to make some time-based choices. To me, it was a no brainer. Take care of family, produce the show or write a blog. I’ll bet you can guess the order I choose.

While I don’t promise that from now on there will be a blog each week I will always try to make that happen.

-Ron

BTW: Yes I am aware that this is not the best blog I could have written. It was one of those weeks!x

This Week’s Podcast:

Sylvia Shults is back this week with another installment of Ghost Stories With Sylvia. We have an amazing Orb story from Alabama,  A classic short story, and OTR Commercials with an automotive theme. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

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