Don’t Touch That Dial: public domain archive of radio audio

Ken Burns' Empire of the Air: The Men who Made Radio
Ken Burns’ EMPIRE OF THE AIR: The Men who Made Radio

Growing up, Web Watch remembers tuning in the local radio station that would air a Sunday evening block of old-time radio programs.

We’d listen to replays of The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Ozzie & Harriett, and other programs, always entranced by the storytelling.  Hey, what did we know?  We didn’t even get any Ovaltine to drink.

But if you haven’t heard how good some of those old radio programs really were, you may want to pop over to DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL, an online archive of radio programs that have turned up in the public domain.

Programs like:

  • Blackstone, The Magic Detective
  • Ellery Queen’s Minute Mystery
  • Have Gun Will Travel
  • Inner Sanctum
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Mel Blanc Show
  • Superman
  • Tales of Tomorrow
  • You Bet Your Life

In addition, DTTD also has posted various advertisements or station IDs that would also have aired in the same timeframe. 

All in all, if you’re trying to relive radio’s golden days (or relive what it was like to tune in that local radio station on a Sunday evening like Web Watch used to do), then you may want to give Don’t Touch That Dial! a visit.