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Library Of Radio Classics – relive those nostalgic radio shows from the good ole days

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All this HD, flat screen, 4K television nonsense is fine as far as it goes, but there’s no denying that the romance has gone out of broadcasting nowadays, along with those fine old wooden cabinets and burnished chrome. And when it comes to real olden goldie retro glory, there’s little to beat a rip roarin’ radio show. No high resolution necessary, just fine audio.

This Library Of Radio Classics is a standard rechargeable portable MP3 player loaded up with a collection of some of the finest radio shows of their time (or are those rose tinted spectacles we’re wearing here?). The Lone Ranger, Dr Kildare, Dragnet, Abbott & Costello, the list contains over 300 hours of vintage radio programming.

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There are 35 radio shows to choose from, all selectable at the press of a button from the scrolling menu. The roster of broadcasts even includes some vintage radio ads with those totally manic jingles and catch phrases. Delicious. You won’t get the tasty wooden cabinet featured in the main photo – although there’s nothing stopping you from ripping the guts out of grandpa’s old unit in the attic and using the speakers – but the player does come with earbuds for private enjoyment if you’re a little embarrassed by Bob Hope and Father Knows Best. Priced at $69.95.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • Ron Geraci

    I’m glad to see the price is dropping on this ($69.99 is better than $99.99) for this product, but please know that you’re likely still badly over-paying for a generic MP3 player that’s been pre-loaded with public domain content you can download free on a multitude of websites. For a list of those sites, please see my blog post “Old-Time Radio Shows: Why I Listen to This Ancient Crap” at http://themintyplum.com/?p=82.

    To get an equivalent but more versatile product, I’d purchase a simple MP3 player for half the price and then load it with radio shows of your own choosing from the wide free choices available. As you determine which particular programs you like and don’t like, you can update your player’s contents to reflect your tastes.

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