Living Past

Thanks to Bethel, a fabulous woman (and an incredible entrepreneur), and her sharing her discovery of podcasts on social media, I have a new source of entertainment. When I first saw her post, I patted myself on the back that I wasn’t the last adopter of the technology. I normally am. Then, however, I read her follow up responses that enlightened me about a whole new type of podcasts that I never dreamed were available: rebroadcasts of 1940’s and 1950’s radio shows. Relic Radio is AWESOME!

 

Relic Radio

 

I love that modern technology is enabling me to enjoy programs from a pre-tv era. It’s so me!

The first channel I subscribed to was sci fi. I wasn’t sure how dated it would be, but the stories hold up remarkably well. I went a little nuts and had a sci fi marathon.

Growing up, in our living room was a painting of Tom listening to a radio show.

Tom and the Radio

Being a tv addict as a child, I couldn’t understand how someone could get drawn into a show that was only sound. Now I get it and feel much closer to the boy in the picture (who has a birthday today!).

In a conversation with Ms. M on Academy Awards night, we both agreed that so many of the films today that are aimed at younger audiences have a gagillion cuts. There are no scenes that run straight through. Okay, maybe I’m very “Get off my lawn!”, but I am still a huge fan of long scenes with few if any cuts. I think that is what drew me in to the movie Lincoln. Steven Spielberg allowed the scenes to develop organically. It was an old-school decision, which I felt worked well with the subject matter (and of course my sensibilities – a prime concern of Mr. Spielberg, I’m sure).

With the Relic Radio podcast subscriptions, I now have a seemingly unending supply of imagination-inducing programs awaiting me. It is a connection to the past, which as anyone who has read this blog more than once knows is very important to me.

Have you ever listened to a radio show? or What triggers your “Get off my lawn”/”kids these days” sensibilities?

4 thoughts on “Living Past”

  1. Oh this is SO you, Tammy – my friend who has such a penchant and appreciation for vintage. Part of your soul belongs in that time long ago – I feel it and I’m sure you do. And happy birthday to “Tom,” he’s a testament to how wonderful step-fathers can be and how honorable men can bless.

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    1. My mother has always said that I have an old soul. I must agree. When it came to competitive dance, my aesthetics were solidly with the style that was popular in the 1970s. I’ve been left behind!

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  2. Oh yeah, I’ve listened to some old radio shows before and loved them. In fact, one of my fondest memories growing up was when my family and I would take a road trip somewhere because once in a while that meant we would bring along a series of tapes of old radio shows. We mostly listened to Abbott and Costello. I think I heard their “Who’s on first?” skit as it was originally broadcast a dozen times. Good times. This brings back memories.

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    1. Relic has a comedy channel that I haven’t explored yet. The Abbott and Costello reference was enough to get me to go check it out. Even more entertainment! Thanks, Steve!

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