I think I am going to try to send out one blog entry each day showcasing great Old Time Radio for the Christmas season. Some of this will be recycled - but the links will be updated. Fingers crossed!
If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen to Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#82). He has a number of great programs available throughout the month of December on his great show. You can also get a large number of these programs at a variety or resources on the web. One place to find these shows is the 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive. This is a great resources for many of these wonderful radio shows!
Here is a old Westinghouse Radio that I saw on display at the John Wayne Airport (Orange County, California) in 2012. Thought it was appropriate.
One of the shows I really like is Nick Carter, Master Detective. He is...well, a master detective (bet you did not see that coming). On Christmas Day, 1943, Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure was broadcast. There are so many different programs that borrow from Dicken's A Christmas Carol, and this sorta does one better. Nick Carter starts out collecting money for his Settlement House Christmas Party and runs into a gentleman named Ben Rasper, who had many of the characteristics of Ebeneezer Scrooge. After turning down the opportunity to contribute to the party. Nick went out and figured out why we was so bitter this time of year. In the end, it is not ghosts from his past who change his views of Christmas, but some good detective work to find people from Ben Rasper's past to show him the true meaning of the holidays. So while it is not really at all like A Christmas Carol, it has so many of the elements without any of the spirits of Christmas present, past or yet to come!
Here is a link right to the Nick Carter Christmas show: Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure (December 25, 1943)
Here are some links to programs relating to Nick Carter:
- Nick Carter episodes via the Internet Archive
- Nick Carter on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Nick Carter on the Thrilling Detective Web Site
- Nick Carter Stories online via Project Gutenberg
- Also visit 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive.
25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas: