Do you sit in your work cubby all day listening to the classic rock station? Are you getting sick of hearing Alex Cohen’s golden voice on Day to Day? Do you sometimes wish you could travel back to the 1940s in order to listen to the radio shows of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” or, “The Adventures of Superman?” Well, buckle your shoes and tighten your petticoat because you’re about to go on a ride!
I’ve always wanted to listen to old time radio programs, but I could only find them as compilation CDs for $49.99. I’m just not sure I’m willing to shell out that kind of cash for something I’m not sure I’ll even like (seeing as how I’m not 70-years-old and, therefore, don’t remember the ‘ good ol’ days’).
Much to my surprise and exhilaration, I discovered a podcast of old time radio shows called, “Old Time Radio Shows” by Humphrey and Camardella Media Productions. They have various radio podcasts of Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Detective and genres of shows ranging from 1932 with Witch’s Tale, the first horror series made for radio, all the way through the early 1980s with Canadian and British radio programs.
While researching for this story, I discovered a plethora of Old Time Radio Shows that you can listen to. If you don’t have iTunes on your computer at work, fear not. Most of the shows stream through QuickTime after you click the “download this episode” link. There are a few that allow you to download episodes to your computer’s audio player, which I like because you can burn yourself a nice CD of radio shows to take with you on road trips.
Radiolovers.com This site is my favorite. They have shows listed by genre as well as alphabetically so if you don’t know the name of a show, you just want to listen to a western, this site will help you through that.
Free Old Time Radio Show This site is O.K. The selection is somewhat limited and they only lists shows alphabetically. One thing that makes them stand out is that they have the old, “Adventures of Superman,” which seems to be hard to find.
Old Time Radio Network This site has a whole lot of shows, but they only list them alphabetically and you have to use RealPlayer, which isn’t a problem unless you aren’t allowed to download applications on your work computer (my work PC came with QuickTime, so I am assuming that everyone else’s does too).
Free Old Time Radio Downloads This site is good because they have a lot of shows and they actually download to itunes for future easy listening. The only problem I have with it is that it only lists shows alphabetically, so you either have to know your old time radio, or you have to just throw caution to the wind and try anything.
In closing, I just want to say, don’t be a chump. Don’t pay for your radio shows. They are public domain and it is totally legal to download them for free. You can donate some bucks to your favorite website, but don’t buy the cow when you can get the milk for free!]]>
iFanboy.com is a website dedicated to talking about comics and nothing else. They write their own reviews as well as hosting an open forum for anyone to write a review. You can even virtually “pull” comics from their list of New This Week comics and write a review or comment on a review for each one. Comics are listed by how many are pulled that week.
The website is not the coolest part of iFanboy.com (although it is a pretty cool place to read what other people think of your favorite comics). It’s the podcasts. There are three regularly posted podcasts each week, a video podcast, a mini video podcast and, my favorite, the Pick of the Week podcast. On Pick of the Week, one of the three hosts, Josh Flanagan, Conor Kilpatrick or Ron Richards, takes his turn picking his favorite comic of the week and the others discuss whether his choice was awesome or stupid.
Conor is a diehard DC Comics (Superman, Batman, etc.) fan, while Ron is obsessed with Marvel Comics (X-Men, Spiderman, etc.). On any given podcast you will hear one of them say, ”I don’t know what’s going on with that story, I don’t read that title.” Josh plays the role of the mediator, loving comics from both distributors.
I’ve heard other comic podcasts, including Alter Ego’s Comic Cast, which has interviews with all my favorite comic book writers and artists, but iFanboy does it better. It’s the way they talk to each other. I feel like I am sitting around with a couple of true comic nerds, discussing the merits of Marvel’s Secret Invasion or arguing over which artists draws Superman better.
iFanboy doesn’t focus solely on the majors either. They dedicate time each week to comics from indie labels like Dark Horse and Image Comics too. I wish they would spend more time on some of the indie titles, but they try to get as much in as possible. Every week they complain about how much they have to read, so it would be impossible to ask them to cover everything.
I don’t read too many of the major titles, like Superman or Spiderman, but I love listening to these guys talk about it. I get to keep up on what’s going on in the DC and Marvel Universe without having to spend my entire paycheck on comics. Plus, I sound really cool when discussing Red Hulk with another comic book nerd, even though I’ve never read any of the issues.
Give the Pick of the Week podcast a listen. It’ll be an entertaining hour of fun and nerding out. You can download the podcasts straight from their website, ifanboy.com or you can get them through iTunes.