What's the big deal about Old Time Radio?
Most people think that only people who grew up listening to old time radio, buy our discs. WRONG!!
The biggest block of listeners and buyers of old time radio shows are in their 40's. We have customers that range from 18-90. OTR (Old Time Radio) listeners regard these shows as an alternative to TV and movies. Not that the Hollywood or TV is going under, it's just that there are times and circumstances where listening to OTR makes a great alternative. You can listen to the shows anywhere, they're very inexpensive to collect, and the shows themselves are great! Radio shows lack the visual dimension of TV and movies, but they more than make up for it with good scriptwriting, acting, and production values.
There are a few things that make listening and collecting old time radio shows more popular than ever........here's just a few.
1. OTR shows don't have the "gross out" factor that a lot of TV shows and movies do. You can still get scared listening to an OTR horror show without seeing somebody's guts falling out, or their head exploding, no nudity either. There's not a single show we sell that you would not feel comfortable listening to with kids around. Sometimes on videos these things make the story flow better. On the other hand, a lot of people think that they use the "gross out" factor to support weak story writing or acting.....who knows? But with old time radio you needn't worry about that.
2. Somewhat mentioned above, people are more often taking note on just how good these stories were, and how good the actors and actresses were.
3. OTR takes us back to a more comfortable time. Not to say you had to be sitting in front of the family radio in the 1940s, most listeners aren't that old anyways. But we feel that those were better times.
4. It's inexpensive, some MP3 CDs have 60 hours of listening for just $5.79. That's quality entertainment for about 10 cents an hour.
5. OTR shows are more readily available. True "collectors" of old time radio shows used to have to sift and listen through spools of reel-to-reel tape, and boxes full of transcription discs to get the shows they wanted. Now you can get sometimes the complete series of shows, all on one CD without all the work. (This is how I got started, I've been a collector for almost 40 years).
6. It's a great connection to our past. Enjoy the show that you, your parents, and grandparents listened to.
7. It's a fantastic family and friends activity. Listen to some great shows with a group, put some shows in the CD player of your car when you're on a trip, and especially during this time of year, you can listen to some of the best old old time radio while you're trimming your tree, wrapping gifts, etc.
Now, if you're new to old time radio, or already a listener, you have the best source for buying and collecting old time radio shows...........Eddie's Old Time Radio, we know that there are a couple of other companies that do what we do, but here's why we're fast becoming the biggest and in our humble opinion, the best.
1. First, we're collectors and listeners ourselves. We know our shows, radio history, etc.
2. We manufacture our discs for collectors. If you look at the "Why Buy From Eddie's" tab on the left you'll see a couple of our discs. ALL of our discs have cover artwork relevant to the show on the disc. This makes for a fun, good looking CD, great for gifts, and great for collectors who rake pride in what they collect. In addition, all of our discs are full edge to hub printed. That means our great graphics are printed from the edge of the CD, to the center. There's no big circle of clear plastic around the hub, just beautiful pro designed artwork.
3. We won't give you a bunch of phony baloney testimonials from Steve C. in California. I do want to use one though, please see picture below, this is from The Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Sound & Broadcasting Division. I have colored over the signature for privacy purposes.
There are a lot more reasons to buy from Eddie's, but you won't know about all of them until you actually order from us...
Fast Shipping...Almost always next day. We guarantee within 48 hours
Great Selection...We don't want to have the biggest selection, we want to have the best! Shows that had a real audience when it was aired, and now as well. Don't waste your time scrolling through obscure shows. If you want something that isn't listed, call or email us, we have it.
Almost every show we sell is available as a Regular Audio CD!
The Best Looking CDs.....by far! We do not sell generically labeled CDs, or thermal printed. Our CDs are special. They're printed on special high-gloss CDs, similar to what you would buy at a retail store like Target or Best Buy. We use commercial CD printers. And each CD has a different label.
Low Prices, $5.99 is a bargain! If you wanted to, you could probably search the internet and find a lot of these shows from download sites....but, do you really know what you're downloading? Does it have spyware, malware, or viruses? Do you want to search around and try to download 50 different files, compile them, convert to standard MP3 or Audio format, buy the blanks, get a burning program, buy the CDs and then burn them yourself?
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We are a Veteran Owned Business. We are a member of the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). If you go to the home page of this site, you'll see an image of a dog-tag, click on that, and you'll be taken to our verification page.
We update our website and shows on a regular basis. I have seen sites that have not been updated for years, but still have a shopping cart attached. Are they even still in business? We have been doing this for many years, but in 2006 it got to the point we became a full time business.
We take great pride in our dedication to the hobby of collecting old time radio shows, our commitment to great customer service, and to the art of producing high quality, great looking CDs.
At this time I would like to give credit to a few people and organizations who have dedicated them to the hobby of collecting old time radio shows. Eddies Old Time Radio provides a service of compiling, and reproducing old time radio shows on attractive professionally printed CDs, but truly we are standing on the shoulders of people like:
The Old Time Radio Researchers Group
And Numerous Old Time Radio Collector Clubs and Organizations.
The above mentioned people are only a few that come to mind at the moment. Some are researchers, some run stations that play Old Time Radio Shows, some are just champions of this great hobby. But it's because of their efforts that we've been able to make Eddiesotr.com a viable business, that allows me to work with something I am very passionate about, Old Time Radio.
I became an old time radio fan while stationed overseas, listening to broadcasts over the Armed Forces Radio Station. I started my collection by putting a reel to reel tape recorder, with a microphone, next to my radio during AFRS broadcasts. As you can imagine the sound quality wasn't very good! But I became hooked, and over the last 40 years I have collected, bought, and traded until I had quite a sizeable collection. In fact, right now, I would say that Eddies Old Time Radio may have the largest or close to the largest, collection available.
While collecting these great shows I became frustrated with the quality, looks, and business practices of companies that sell old time radio shows. It was then that the light went on in my head to get into this business myself. My goals were to provide the best available quality of shows, on CDs that looked professional, at a reasonable price. I, as do 1000s of my customers feel that those goals have been met. But again, this was only made possible by the people mentioned above. I'll update that list soon. If I have forgotten someone right now, I'm sorry, I'll get them there soon. Thanks again, and enjoy the shows.