Best Heirloom podcasts we could find (Updated September 2018)
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Heirlooms enrich your family's stories and can unlock pieces of your past. In the My Family Heirloom Podcast we'll explore the history behind our guests' favorite family keepsakes -- and how to preserve them for future generations!
 
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Retired Biology_Environmental Science educator... passion for old time radio... protecting the environment, civil rights, and audio/video editing for local radio and TV station production. Produced 60+ OTR re-enactments with local actors. 13 years as radio host for "Audio Theater". Currently co-host a show on local cable TV called "Don't Dis' My Ability" and produce a storytelling program called "True Tales Live" which is found on Soundcloud and Itunes.
 
Heirloom Meals Radio: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today...and Tomorrow. Take a walk down food memory lane with mothers, grandmothers and grandchildren as we discuss treasured family recipes, traditions and memories.
 
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"Stars of Jazz" was an attempt to give listeners an education in the American art form of Jazz music. The radio and television show was hosted by Bobby Troup. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with his first musical hit being "Daddy" which became a number 1 hit for the Sammy Kaye Orchestra in 1941. Troup was a captain in the M ...…
 
"It Pays To Be Ignorant"... was a radio comedy show that was popular for 9 years on 3 networks. The series was really a spoof on the authoritative academic discussions that were evident on such authoritative panel series as "Quz Kids" and "Information Please". Program was broadcast on all three networks (Mutual, CBS, and NBC) at different times ...…
 
Well, Planet Man fans, here is the conclusion of the series. The last 4 episodes edited back-to-back in one track. Episode 75: Dantro and Robot T21 Are Joined As One. Episode 76: Can Slats Control the Jet? Episode 77: Death for Dantro Approaches Episode 78: End of the Adventure - Series Conclusion. All the episodes can be found on this podcast. ...…
 
This was the last one-man show that the 81 year old Groucho Marx performed. It was a tremendous hit.. NPR featured it but the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress selected it for preservation as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant"... I think all three apply. Celebrate Groucho Marx's life by listening ...…
 
Orson Welles produced, directed, and starred in this 52 episode series based on the character Harry Lime from Graham Greene's novel "The Third Man". It is played as a "prequel" because the character of Harry Lime died at the end of "The Third Man"... Harry is a criminal with a conscience. Recorded and syndicated from London in 1951-52. This tra ...…
 
Orson Welles produced, directed, and starred in this 52 episode series based on the character Harry Lime from Graham Greene's novel "The Third Man". It is played as a "prequel" because the character of Harry Lime died at the end of "The Third Man"... Harry is a criminal with a conscience. Recorded and syndicated from London in 1951-52. This tra ...…
 
Track features an introduction outlining a brief history of the anthology series on CBS radio, Suspense. Then a synopsis of the the track "Menace in Wax". Note that this show was originally broadcast in 1942, with WW II not going well for the USA... so the end of the show features an announcement about gas rationing in order to save rubber for ...…
 
This track features two back-to-back remote broadcasts from NYC. One via the Armed Forces Radio Service and the other by CBS's One Night Stand program. The AFRS broadcast of the Sammy Kaye (photo) Orchestra from the Hotel Astor in NYC took place on Aug 27, 1945. The second from CBS was broadcast from the same location, but in the summer of 1951 ...…
 
Track has brief intro to Audio Theatre... and "imagination" followed by intro to this rebroadcast of the 1940 CBS Forecast program featuring the first of a series of plays "The Lodger" that would eventually become the 20 year, 965 episode series known as "Suspense". Alfred Hitchcock produces and directs his first radio drama with Edmund Gwen, H ...…
 
Episode 5 of this wonderful "down home" series featuring the daily events in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Gook and their adopted son, Rush. On the air for 14 years (1932-46) achieving a listener base of 7 million people per episode in 1943! The dialog was so natural that it could be taking place in a home, not on the radio! This is the 5th ...…
 
Episode 4 of this wonderful "down home" series featuring the daily events in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Gook and their adopted son, Rush. On the air for 14 years (1932-46) achieving a listener base of 7 million people per episode in 1943! The dialog was so natural that it could be taking place in a home, not on the radio! This is the 4th ...…
 
Track includes introduction to this 10 minute episode... background info for the Vic and Sade series can be found at the beginning of "Bacon Sandwiches" and " Smelly Clark's Big Date"... on this podcast. True folk humor of an ordinary family dealing with ordinary things... over 7 million people listened to this 3 day-per-week show for a good sh ...…
 
Three exciting episodes of "The Planet Man" edited into one audio track. After this, there are only 4 episodes remaining in the series. A brief synopsis of each episode is included at the start of the track... had a little fun with filling in the "commercial gaps" that this syndicated series left for stations to do with what they wished... so I ...…
 
Track consists of some background material on the Lux Radio Series and a few "tidbits" about the production of the film... followed by the 1 hr "National Velvet" radio adaptation starring Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor and Donald Crisp recreating their film roles. Definitely lives up to the standards of Lux Radio Theatre which had a 21 year ru ...…
 
One of my favorite series... Crime Classics. The Intro to the track provides about 2 1/2 minutes of background on the series and the detail with which it was produced to maintain authenticity. The production of this series is a story in itself. Lew Merrill plays Thomas Hyland, our narrator. He was so good at what he did, and because the actor p ...…
 
One of my favorite series... Crime Classics. The Intro to the track provides about 2 1/2 minutes of background on the series and the detail with which it was produced to maintain authenticity. The production of this series is a story in itself. Lew Merrill plays Thomas Hyland, our narrator. He was so good at what he did, and because the actor p ...…
 
From the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service comes a SECOND program of "One Night Stand" featuring the Vincent Lopez Orchestra broadcasting from the Grill Room of the Hotel Taft in New York City ... a 1959 broadcast. Track begins with background material on Vincent Lopez and his musical career and then takes the listener into a rebroadcas ...…
 
From the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service comes "One Night Stand" featuring the Vincent Lopez Orchestra broadcasting from the Grill Room of the Hotel Taft in New York City ... a 1959 broadcast. This is the first of two such programs on Heirloom Radio. Track begins with background material on Vincent Lopez and his musical career and the ...…
 
Another excellent episode of "The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective starring Howard Duff and Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary, Effie. Tongue and cheek character of Spade compared to Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade in the Academy Award winning "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston. Fun to listen to here, on Itunes or Google Play Musi ...…
 
Starring Howard Duff as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, this tongue in cheek version of Sam Spade is very different from Humphrey Bogart's portrayal of the character in "The Maltese Falcon"... well written, acted, and good production values (sound effects, music) make this series fun to listen to 70 years after they were fir ...…
 
From March 13, 1948 comes an hour long "Suspense" thriller produced by Robert Montgomery and directed by Anton Leader. Starring Eddie Bracken as Vince and William Conrad as his brother-in-law cop... this is an audio noir fiction story expertly produced, directed, and acted. Track has an intro to the story... with brief synopsis. This particular ...…
 
Arch Oboler was the writer and director of the "Lights Out" series beginning in 1936, having taken over from Wyllis Cooper who began the series in 1933. The show was aired late in the evening, closer to the "witching hour" and listeners were warned if they were timid, best not to listen to the show! Though by today's standards, these stories mi ...…
 
Episode 2 on Heriloom Radio of "Vic and Sade" a 15 min sitcom basically featuring 3 characters discussing common every day events in their lives... and it was a hugely popular show averaging 7 million listeners and on the air from 1932 to 1946 and again in 1957. The intro will give you the background on the series and introduce the characters o ...…
 
A premier episode on Heriloom Radio of "Vic and Sade" a 15 min sitcom basically featuring 3 characters discussing common every day events in their lives... and it was a hugely popular show averaging 7 million listeners and on the air from 1932 to 1946 and again in 1957. The intro will give you the background on the series and introduce the char ...…
 
From the series "Murder at Midnight" originally started on ABC in 1946 and eventually syndicated to the Mutual Network and others... comes "The Dead Hand"... Excellent story, excellent production standards... music, sound effects... quality actors... make this a really high class suspense/thriller. Anton M. Leader was one of the directors of th ...…
 
Gracie Allen ran for President in 1940... started as a radio gag, but wound up being more than anyone could have expected. This track features one of many shows that moved the plot line along as Gracie ran under the umbrella of The Surprise Party... Gracie is pitted against the Democrats and Republicans in Wisconsin Primary and is worried that ...…
 
Okay, Space Cadets... if you have been following "The Planet Man" for the first 68 Episodes.... here are Episodes 69, 70, and 71 with only 8 episodes remaining in the series. On this track you will hear Episode 69: A ride on a transporter for Dantro and Slats takes them to Orienter! Episode 70: It's "The Day of the Robot" by proclamation of Rob ...…
 
"Mission Completed" stars Jimmy Stewart as a paralyzed veteran who spent time in a Japanese POW camp during WW II. While in the hospital after the war, he believes the florist who works in the hospital is the Japanese commandant of the POW camp... and he wants REVENGE!Excellent episode of "Suspense" superbly acted by Jimmy Stewart...Listen here ...…
 
Track contains an introduction that includes brief background history of the CBS Suspense radio program. There is an intro to the story "The Cave of Ali Baba" and then the 30 minute episode originally broadcast on Aug 19, 1942. "Suspense" was the most popular dramatic series on radio.. and had a run of 20 years, 1942-62, producing 945 episodes, ...…
 
A very popular husband-wife mystery detective team.... with some humor. Based on Dashielle Hammett's 1933 short stories, 1934 novel and 5 MGM motion Pictures... Les Damon (photo) stars as Nick Charles and Claudia Morgan as Nora Charles... and they work as a team to solve more cases than the local police! Series ran from 1941 to 1950 with Morgan ...…
 
Here is a short skit from the Maxwell House Coffee Time show on January 23, 1941 entitled "Flat Tire" It features Snooks, Daddy, Robspierre (her baby brother) and a repair shop employee. Fannie Brice (Snooks) did not have her own show until 1944. Hanley Stafford plays "Lancelot Daddy Higgins". Very funny skit... you can hear why she got her own ...…
 
President Roosevelt, after delivering his State of the Union Address to Congress, gave about a 20 minute broadcast via radio to the American people. The message was important because it dealt with the ongoing "Battle of the Bulge" that had begun in December of 1944. Allies lost 100,000 soldiers during the German Blitzkrieg. FDR's speech was an ...…
 
The Railroad Hour radio adaptation of the comedy operetta "The Merry Widow" - Starring Jeannette MacDonald. Gordon MacRae is the narrator and also stars in the story. There is a memorable radio commercial edited in at the beginning... Edsel Car 1958... Note: Jeanette MacDonald could really hit those HIGH notes! ;) Intro has background info on t ...…
 
The Railroad Hour radio adaptation of Victor Herbert's Academy Award Winning Film, "Naughty Marietta" based on the operetta. Jeanette MacDonald recreates her film role in this radio version. Gordon MacRae is the narrator and also stars in the story. There is a memorable radio commercial edited in at the beginning... Speedy Alka-Seltzer.... Jean ...…
 
Radio had a great many entertaining genres, but it also had news. This was extremely important during WW II as it was the first time Americans heard what was happening, in many cases, while it was happening. They no longer had to wait to read it in the paper the next day. This was REAL TIME. I put together segments that I call "History Through ...…
 
Here is another one of the fantastic recordings of an original live broadcast via the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) during WW II... the show was known as "The Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands" and was heard 5 nights a week as they broadcast from different military bases all over the country and featured the most popular bands of the era. T ...…
 
This is an episode of the Historical Adventure series, the Scarlet Pimpernel. The intro gives the background of the program as one of the first British radio shows to appear regularly on American radio. There have been movies and even some more recent BBC radio adaptations of the series. This series ran 1952-53 with 50 episodes... Listen here, ...…
 
Bing Crosby radio show with guests Ella Fitzgerald and Jazz violinist Joe Venuti... this Christmas season show only has one Christmas themed song in it... Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Jazz Version... Intro features history of the series and a list of the songs that will be heard on the track. Excellent show highlighting the talents of all t ...…
 
From 1945... originally broadcast from the Cotton Club in NYC... it is Duke Ellington and his Orchestra on "Date With Duke" via the Armed Forces Radio Service. Intro to the track include background on the show and a list of the songs that will be heard. This program was considered to be one of the most popular Jazz/Big Band series on radio main ...…
 
The Crime Club is a group of people who get together to discuss a crime novel a the local library. However, in the radio program, what starts out as a "reading" and "discussion" melts into a re-creation of the actual crime... sort of like a "flashback" in a film. The show was designed to promote the sales of Doubleday Publishing Company Mystery ...…
 
Monty Woolley stars as Edwin Montague... a man who despises radio but the only job he can find as an out-of-work actor is on radio! He plays "Uncle Goodheart" in an afternoon Soap Opera... but now he has a chance to return to the stage as Romeo in "Romeo in Juliet" ... the only problem is that Edwin sports a mustache and beard (photo) and he is ...…
 
From the acclaimed NBC University Theater.... where one could actually earn college credits for listening, answering questions, and participating in a discussion of the story and author, comes the first radio adaptation of George Orwell's 1948 novel "1984". Track begins with some background information on Heirloom Radio and an introduction to t ...…
 
Okay, Planet Man fans, here are 3 more of the exciting adventures of The Planet Man and his friend Slats as they continue on overcoming one crisis after another. This track has episodes 66 (Fighting The Insect Men); 67 (A New Adventure Begins); 68 (Robot Civlization!)edited back-to-back with a few "original" bits added at the breaking points in ...…
 
Okay, Planet Man fans, here are 3 more of the exciting adventures of The Planet Man and his friend Slats as they continue on overcoming one crisis after another. This track has episodes 63 (The Insect Men Planet); 64 (Destroy the Generator!); 65 (Dantro Frees the Prisoners)edited back-to-back with a few "original" bits added at the breaking poi ...…
 
Have Gun Will Travel was a western series that actually began on television first, and then radio. It usually went the other way around. Richard Boone starred at the TV Paladin with John Dehner taking the role in the radio version. Though the character had the same name, because of each of the actor's interpretation of Paladin, they were very d ...…
 
A wonderful radio adaptation of the 1944 film that starred Charles Laughton, Margaret O'Brien (Academy Award Winner for Meet Me In St. Louis) and Robert Young.... Tom Drake plays Young's role in the radio adaptation but Laughton and a 7 year old Margaret O'Brien recreate their film roles. This comedy/drama by Oscar Wilde was set during WW II... ...…
 
George Burns and Gracie Allen return with another of their Maxwell House Coffee program gems! Track begins with a audio clip by famed Director, Writer, Producer, Norman Corwin (who I had the privilege of interviewing in 2005)as he speaks on the magic of sound.... then a brief background on Burns and Allen... followed by a 1 minute episode of "R ...…
 
One of my favorite comedy duos... George Burns and Gracie Allen... Track has some background on the history of Burns and Allen ... prior to the show ... you will hear a classic OTR commercial for Life Buoy Soap... the famous "Beee Ohhh" .... something we all need to worry about as the temperatures get warmer! :) Burns and Allen were on the radi ...…
 
Originally broadcast on June 6, 1948, The Summer Electric Hour featuring the Frankie Carle Orchestra. This show was a CBS production sponsored the electric power companies of the United States. The track includes background information on Frankie Carle followed by the audio track of the original broadcast. Carle was known as "The Wizard of the ...…
 
Originally broadcast live from the Coconut Grove, Hotel Ambassador in L.A. on September 2, 1951... One Night Stand ... an NBC and Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast of the Frankie Carle Orchestra. Track has some background information on Frankie Carle followed by the audio track of the original broadcast from 1951. Carle was known as "The Wiz ...…
 
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