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SUBMITTED by Harold Cheetham, Sunshine Radio Museum (26-Jul-2011)

Old Time Radio (OTR) and the Golden Age of Radio are phrases used to refer to American radio programs mainly broadcast during the 1920s through the late 1950s.

Vintage radio is fondly remembered for fanfares and show openings, running gags, trademark sounds and newsworthy events, such as the headlines after The War of the Worlds was dramatized on Orson Welles' Mercury Theater on the Air. Others recall the creaking-door sound effect on Inner Sanctum Mysteries, the Dragnet theme music, the "Hi-Yo, Silver!" call of the Lone Ranger or the cackle of The Shadow: "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows." In the early 1950s, music radio began to replace the many familiar comedy / drama favorites. The end of the era is often marked by the final CBS broadcasts of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar on September 30, 1962. Radio was our link to the world beyond our community.

Through the efforts of the Sunshine Radio Museum in Sodus, Old Time Radio Shows can now be heard in Sodus. Broadcasting the shows through a small AM transmitter, the radio shows are broadcast on the AM dial at 770. Shows are broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be enjoyed by sitting in your car in front of the museum, across the street in the public park, or in the municipal parking lot also located across the street. You are also invited to stop in when the museum is open and listen inside the building in the FREE 1st floor exhibit area. The museum is located on the 2nd floor and guided tours are available to groups of 10 people or more. There is a small admission charge for the guided tour but the 1st floor exhibit area is FREE to everyone to come in and enjoy.

The schedule of programs playing each week can be found posted in the front window of the building or by stopping in and picking up a free schedule. Shows change weekly and include comedy, Big Band music, mystery shows, historical broadcasts, westerns, and other type shows from the era.

The museum is located inside the Sunrad building at 8 East Main Street in Sodus and the hours are currently Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri 9AM till 5PM. The 1st floor free exhibit is open during these hours while the museum on the 2nd floor is available for tours by appointment only at this time.


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