If you ever wonder when an old time radio first started and who appeared in the shows then Radiogoldindex.com is the place to find that information.
The start here link on the front page takes you to the page with options on the letting the reader look at lists of shows or artists. The lists have a separate listing for each letter of the alphabet.
For instance if you ever wondered how many old time radio shows Frank Sinatra was on just go to S and scroll down till you see his name. Then when you see his name it shows he was in 387 old time radio shows.
Rocky Fortune Episode Listed
Then when you click on his name you see his first show was America Dances that was broadcast on July 19, 1939. When scrolling down to October 6, 1953 the name of his own show Rocky Fortune appears on the list.
His last show before the death of old time radio on September 30, 1962 was on June 1, 1962 which was a broadcast of his concert from Royal Festival Hall in London. The other shows after that date are either rebroadcasts of shows broadcast during old time radio days or were broadcast in later years.
Use Same Process To Find Particular Show
You can repeat the process when looking for a particular show. For instance go to programs to find Calling All Cars and you will see there are 305 episodes of the show listed but the first show is missing from the list. Episode 2 was broadcast on December 6, 1933 and the last episode was heard on September 11, 1939.
The lists are not all inclusive but probably the best source of information about the details of a particular program online as of today.
This is a sample listing for a Fibber McGee and Molly show broadcast two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor:
11688. Fibber McGee and Molly. December 9, 1941. NBC net, WMAQ Chicago aircheck. Sponsored by: Johnson’s Wax. The show starts with war news and a war message from the Johnson Company. At the end of the show, the cast and audience sing a patriotic song. Fibber “can get it for you wholesale,” 40% off everything! Martha Tilton, Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Billy Mills and His Orchestra, Don Quinn (writer), The King’s Men, Isabel Randolph, Gale Gordon, Bill Thompson, Billy Mills. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.
I have not seen this many details about any old time radio show at any other site. The best thing is that if you have the complete collection for a particular show you can know ahead of time what a particular show is about.
I have no financial connection with Radio Gold Index and this article is strictly for informational purposes.