The Singles and Doubles Collection: Single Episodes A-C

(4.9 stars; 9 reviews)


This is a work in progress. This OTRR Collection is a Non-Certified one, containing series in which currently only one or two episodes are known to exist -- hence the name: "Singles and Doubles Collection". Almost every type genre is included. Radio -- called by some The Theater of the Mind -- has been with us since 1920 when stations WWJ of Detroit and KDKA of Pittsburg made the first regular commercial broadcasts. The first program aimed at entertaining the unseen audience followed close behind. Over the years since then, literally thousands of series have been broadcast nationally and thousands more in regional or local markets. Some endured for a few years, others for 20 or 30, and some unfortunately only had one episode broadcast. Of those thousands, some series saw some of their episodes saved for the future, some saw nearly all and others only one or two episodes. While the goal of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group is to preserve radios past by collecting, and archiving as many different series as possible and making them available to the community, we do not want to let the series that only had a minimum number of episodes to survive go unpreserved for future generations. To that end we have put together this unique collection of series. Most of the programs you will find here will be totally unfamilar to you, but they are informative and entertaining none the less. This is the second version of this collection that we have released. Since the first collection new broadcasts have surfaced, and others will undoubtely be found in the future. When and if that occurs, we will release a version three. From comedy to drama to cooking shows to music, you'll hear it all here, and every episode will be unique and different. They run the gamut, from the middle 20s to the early 70s, all showing us a glimpse of the past, when things were slower and families gathered round the radio each evening. Times when each person was hearing the same thing, but created a different picture in their minds of what the characters looked like, the scenery, location, and most important the sounds. Sounds that each found a different meaning in, but one that entertained, educated, and made the world a smaller place, where you could hear those stories that in the past were told to just a few, gathered round the dinner table, at a campfire, or in small audiences, but now the whole world could hear and enjoy. Some of these episodes may be misnamed or misdated. If you find such, please let us know. Additionally there may be some dead air space at the beginning or ending of some episodes. This is not one of our certified sets, it is being provided as a way to obtain those series in which only one or two shows have survived. This page contains Series beginning with the letters A through C. A text file containing a list of the MP3 files found on this page appears near the bottom of the page. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Coca Cola Top Notchers 28:32
Coca Cola Top Notchers 28:20
Cliff & Lolly - The Nuts Of Harmony 11:52
Black Magic 12:27
Black Magic (2) 12:41
Ben Pollack - Guest - Helen Roland 0:29
Black Ghost 13:19
Black Ghost 26:03
Carefree Carnival - First Song - You Are My Lucky Star 29:02
Blue Coal Minstrels - First Song - Moan You Moaners 13:55
Blue Coal Minstrels - First Song - A Good Man is hard to Find 13:35
Continental Trio - First Song - Bye Bye Blues 10:52
Continental Trio - First Song - Confession 10:19
Bring 'Em Back Alive - The Giant Jungle Man 14:09
Bring 'Em Back Alive - Ghost Tiger Of Sungai 14:20
Beau Brummel - The Dutchess Stolen Letter 29:21
Colgate House Party - The Fishing Story 26:42
Caroll Gibbons - I Wish I Were Twins 13:43
Caroll Gibbons - Who Do You Think You Are 13:27
Circus Night In Silvertown - Masked Marvel 29:19
Clint Noble & His Ochestra 10:07
Bakers Broadcast 30:25
Bakers Broadcast 30:25
The Babbett Sisters 12:26
Court Of Human Relations 29:26
Chesterfield Presents 30:16
Chesterfield Presents 30:16
Carlyle Steven's Sketch Book 29:35
Bob Becker 6:53
Cedar Valley Hillbillies 14:32
The Circle 1:01:57
Brushwood Mercantile Company 15:22
Betty Jane Rhodes Show 14:45
The Black Chapel - The Mahogany Coffin 13:39
Crime & Death Take No Holidays - Ralph Gramm Robs Bank 14:30
Bunny Berigan - From Manhattan Center, New York 25:23
Beauty That Endures 14:38
Colonel Jack - First Song - Old Wagoneer 12:41
Colonel Jack - First Song - Under the Double Eagle 12:42
Campbell's Short Short Story - Success Story 14:56
Bishop & the Gargoyle - Jennifer Botts Case 28:09
Brighter World 13:49
Beyond Reasonable Doubt 30:43
The Baptist Hour 28:51
Contact Dave Elman 15:41
Confidentally Yours (2) 13:48
Cats And Jammers 27:34
Bringing up Father - First Show 12:12
Captain Flagg And Sergeant Quirt 29:27
Chats About Dogs (41-12-07) 14:11
Bible Week (41-12-07) 28:03
Jane Endicott, Reporter 14:41
Breakfast at Sardi's - Lum & Abner Interview 7:16
Columbia Wartime Bureau - They Burned The Books 28:17
Chill Wills Show - Gail Robbins 15:10
Busy Mr Bingle - Miss Pepper's Getting Married 28:17
The Black Hood 14:25
Campana Serenade 24:49
Black Castle - Jungle Adventure 14:46
Coronet Little Show - Episode Titled 'The Gift of the Magi' 12:33
Christmas Eve At The Front - Guest - Bob Hope 1:14:44
Chet Huntley News 13:16
Morning in Manhattan 24:02
Cass Daley Show (44-08-18) 29:52
Blind Date 14:01
Cimmaron Tavern - Clue Of The Sabre (Chapter 2) 14:22
Barnaby - Planting a Victory Garden 29:05
The Bullock's Show - Universe on Parade 29:32
Beatrice Kay Show - Wet Picnic (45-07-03 29:24
Cities Service (45-08-10) 29:54
Betty Crocker (45-08-10) 14:27
Between the Bookends 14:03
Congressional Medal Of Honor - Gen. Jonathan Wainwright 28:25
John B Kennedy 15:05
Bogart Presents - Dead Man - (45-09-14) 29:59
Bennetts, The (Audition) 29:06
Cricket On The Hearth 25:26
Board Of Missing Heirs - Estate of John B Fontane (46-03-31) 28:33
County Sheriff 29:13
The Bill Thompson Show 29:01
Broadway Talks Back 29:23
Burl Ives - First Song - I'll Go No More A Roving 14:12
Burl Ives - Cowboy Songs (47-12-19) 14:23
Bob Barkley, Undercover Agent - Tyler Forest 29:44
Chiquita - Christmas Program 15:12
Bob And Victoria - Larry and Candy Plot (47-03-10) 15:04
Collegians, The - First Song - Old Man River 14:02
Bob And Victoria - Vicky jealous of Candy (47-04-04) (2) 15:08
Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick 38:42
Bride And Groom - First Couple - W Marshall & B Garvin 29:49
Crime Cases Of Warden Lawes - Case 43587-M Stands for Murder 15:25
Cases Of Mr Ace - Man Named Judas 27:40
Betty Crocker Magazine - Guest - Miss Kerr 10:09
Barbara Welles Show - Guest - Jimmy Stewart 29:33
Buakhage News (47-07-31) 14:50
Crossroads - Audition 25:59
Criminal At Large 31:08
Ballads By Brooks - Guest - Marion Wiggins 15:34
California Caravan Show 28:01
Career Of Alice Blair 14:06
Career Of Alice Blair (2) 14:07
Cases Of Mr Ace - Key to a Booby Trap 27:32
Critics Circle Theater - A Streetcar named Desire 30:25
AStreecar Named Desire 29:57
The Big Talent Hunt 25:35
Club Hollywood - Guest - Barry Sullivan 27:45
Let's Talk Hollywood 29:02
Bimbo from Limbo 14:43
Country Barn Dance 2:48
Crime on the Waterfront 35:31
Bob Hawk Show 28:49
Carter Sisters - Guest - Chet Atkins 15:04
Citizen Of The World 58:57
Battle Of The Bands - Barnet, Herman, Kenton 44:20
Beat The Clock 29:02
Charmer And The Dell 29:52
The Croupier 29:43
Crime Correspondent - Episode Titled 'The Chair For Dino' (2) 30:32
Comedy Playhouse - School For Scandal 1:00:59
Club 930 31:14
B & D Chucklewagon - First Song - I've been down to Texas (49-12-26) 14:51
Carson Robinson And His Buckaroos 15:03
Bob Connor - This Couldn't Happen Again 11:44
Bonnie Baker Show - Audition 3:51
B&D Chucklewagon - First Song - Oh Caterina 14:44
B&D Chucklewagon - First Song - Oh Caterina 29:31
Beyond This World (50-03-23) 30:13
Cloud Nine - Paris 29:50
Bunco Squad - Case Of The Bookworm 29:24
Behold A Woman 29:59
Count Your Blessings 31:25
Cliche Club - Guest - Gypsy Rose Lee 28:33
Batman Mystery Club - The Monster of Dumphrey's Hall 12:53
Barry And Betty - Dream Awhile 5:03
Cass Daley Show - Guest - Basil Rathbone 29:08
Columbia County Caravan 7:30
Cedric Adam's Easy Five 4:39
Black Night - Guest - Dan Dowd 30:04
Chris Conway, Rocket Ranger 11:17
Billion Dollar Show (52-08-28) 27:36
Balance of the Night - What's the Matter with Father ( Aud) 31:06
Cowboy Church Of The Air 28:29
Cowboy Church Of The Air 28:16
But Why 29:25
Babe Didrikson Zaharias Sports Show 12:30
Club Thirteen Hundred 43:15
Conversation - Guest - Fred Allen 27:21
Bill Goodwin Show - Guest Ralph Helfer 51:18
ABC Radio Workshop xx-xx-xx Mars Is Heaven 26:59
Think the Word 27:43
The AFRA Refresher Course Workshop Of The Air - Night Flight 28:15
Seward's Folly 14:30
AFRS - Big Noise From Winnetka 14:30
AFRS Presents - Angelus 29:30
ASCAP On Parade - Guest W. C. Handy 7:12
A Common Virtue - The Battle for Iwo Jima 14:39
A L Alexanders Board Of Mediation 28:13
A Little Bit of Everything 1:01:47
A Man With A Cause - Guest Henry Fonda 29:10
A New Mood In Music - Audition 15:08
A Song And A Story 14:52
A Voice In The Night - Stolen Necklace 29:34
A Voice In The Night - Case Of The Detective 28:18
A Woman Of America - Story Of Prudence Dane 13:21
165 36:56
A & P Gypsies - First Song - It's Just A Memory 36:56
Across The Dial 20:24
Action Eighty - Project Sailfish 1:34
Action Theater 33:11
Ad Club Drama - WW2 Recap 13:02
Adam And Evie 4:25
Addresses - Frank Knox, Sec Of Navy 31:06
Broadway Matinee 14:36
Adopted Daughter - Jonathan Has Land Problems 13:37
Adventure - Monsieur Beaucaire 23:23
Adventure, Inc - Pappy Boyington 26:24
Adventure Parade - Bells Of Linden Sing 13:41
Adventure Parade - Bells Of Linden Sing 13:54
Adventure Trails - Stampede On The Chisholm Trail 15:47
Adventure Is Your Heritage - The Invisible Century 13:54
Adventure Of Captain Courage - Off To The Indies 14:09
Adventures Of Santa - Workshop Burnt Down 12:16
Adventures Of Santa - Kent Kidnapped 11:28
Adventures Of Ted Drake - The Case of the Invisible Thief 29:54
The Lone Wolf 25:09
Scarlet Cloak, The (Audition) 30:48
Adventures With Admiral Byrd - Mail Coming 11:27
Adventures In Science 14:28
Adventures Of Ali Oop 12:03
Adventures Of Jane Arden - Murder on an Elevator 10:42
Affairs Of Dr Gentry 13:20
Air Force Hour - First Song - Triumph Of Old Glory 29:45
Air Force Hour - First Song - June Is Bustin' Out All Over 29:59
The Listening Post 29:10
Air National Guard Show - Flying High 13:46
Al Trace and His Silly Symphonists - First Song 'American Polka' 14:14
Alven Helfer News - Lead Story Berlin Blockade 4:29
Amanda Of Honeymoon Hill - Grandmothers Fight over Grandchild 13:28
Amazing Mr Tutt - Advice To A Young Lawyer 29:02
The Amazing Mr Smith 27:01
Amazing Nero Wolfe - The Shakespeare Portfolio 29:29
America Calling - A Salute To The Greek Nation 1:21:26
America Dances - With Count Basie 24:25
America Sings - Me And My Shadow 23:58
Andre Kostalantaz - Guest Lily Pons 29:58
Andy Russell Show - Episode Ti 14:52
Anniversary Show 56:00
Armstrong Of The SBI - Deadliest Of The Species 32:36
Armstrong Theater Of Today - Thunder & The Miracle 30:34
Armstrong Theater of Today - Silhouette 25:26
Arnold Grimms Daughter - Stan Has A Surprise for Connie 15:00
Art Bakers Notebook - 10th Anniversary Show 29:06
Art Bakers Notebook xx-xx-xx 334AFRS 4:55
Art Gilmore Show - Valley Of The Old Men 14:30
Arthur Mann 0:06
Asa Martin Show 14:09
Americans At Work 1:01:08
Atlantic Spotlight 29:47
Alex Dreier's Weekly News Analysys 29:10
Attorney At Law - Case Of The Asia Express 29:53
Attorney For Defence - Murder of Charles Stuart Grant 30:18
Closed Circuit 530828 Promotional Announcements 13:07
CountryParsonProgram63-06-23 29:41
CountryParsonProgram63-07-28 28:59
Happy The Humbug 23:04
Woman's Home Companion 26:16
Sundial 1:00:00
Let's Sing and Swing 14:25
Familiar Melodies 14:57
Blueberry Hill - Guest - Hattie McDaniel 28:47
Captain Courage 14:35
Captain Danger - The Alternative 13:53
Chief Grey Wolf's Teepee 13:10
Constance Bennett Calls 14:11
Captian Courage (2) 14:57
Chief Grey Wolf's Teepee (2) 11:11
Counterfeit - Dynamiter in Suede Shoes 12:32
C P MacGregor Show - The Outward Voyage 25:16
Colgate Cavalcade 29:22
Corn Cobblers Show 14:34
The Choraliers - First Song - Rosalie 15:03
Beechnut Hour - Phil Baker 15:34
Behind The Story - Modern Jonah 14:04
Bob Connor - From Fort Worth 11:46
Bob Smith Show - Guest - Donald Duck 24:30
By The People - The Burning of Washington 25:15
Cadbury Time - Time We Three 12:28
Children's Story - Captain One Eye Disappears 12:29
Children's Story - Missing Whistle 14:02
Christmas For Eve - Lorriane Day 25:49
Christmas With Love - James Gleason 26:53
Cobbs, The - My Hero 29:05
Colin Doyle, Crime Doctor - Case of the Bad Actor 25:55
Crazy Quilt - First Song - Because He Reminds Me Of You 15:45
Crazy Quilt - First Song - I'll Do Anything You Do. 15:21
Crow and the Quail - Jud Montrose Case 27:34
The Black Chapel - The Crawling Terror 14:13


Quite Uplifting

(5 stars)

Thank you with great appreciation for everyone's hard work. It means a lot to be able to tune into the past like this. Not just the wonderful music and programs, but the underlying social flavors of: beliefs, standards, mores, speech syntax, , etc. I LOVE listening and "staging it all in my mind". I am not old enough to have lived through the times covered, but I am 67 yrs old now, and was raised by my grandmother, who was raised by HER grandmother. This skipping-time-spans (if you'll forgive me) of more 'normal' aged parent influence, brought a broader history span to my upbringing, from those who experienced the times first-hand, thereby making the history come alive with their personal knowledge. That complimented with these wonderful radio programs make this experience PRICELESS to me. I cannot express my heartfelt gratitude accurately.

When things were slower and families gathered round the radio each evening...

(5 stars)

In your description, when I read the following: **'when things were slower and families gathered round the radio each evening. Times when each person was hearing the same thing, but created a different picture in their minds of what the characters looked like, the scenery, location, and most important the sounds..'** It blew my mind! ...Seriously! ! ! I don't need fast-moving tech or video games or social media, all I need is to feel the way you described so succinctly with those words put simply yet beautifully as you did, allowing my mind to conjure up imagery of minds conjuring up imagery hehe. I am but 46 and was not around back in those days of family radio evenings, oh how I would have loved to share such a thing with my family. This is not a review. I wanted only to say THANK YOU to the people responsible for sharing such a special thing with the world as these shows and best of all your memories of those days that sound so wonderful. I know. I must be romanticizing a time that I will never quite see or experience the hardships of. Yes, that will be true to a point but isn't it also true that we can romanticize the good parts whilst acknowledging the existence of the hardships too. I think so. I know one thing! I would give all my technology away today and trade in my uper-powered beast of a PC, my Samsung tablet and phone and take, in its place, a couple or 3 valve radios. One for the living room, kitchen and bedroom! Then I'd make new house rules. Certain nights would be radio night. But I would play old time shows on those nights because the cr4p they put out today wouldn't be worthy of sharing with the family. Autotuned lean-sipping morons, no thanks. The Shadow? YeeeessssSS! PS. Some of these unknown shows are wondrous! It is great to hear 'new' old time radio!

Errors in collection

(0 stars)

41-12-08_xxx_Adventure_Story.mp3 was Let's Sing and Swing from 12-12-08 (broadcast on NBC Red at 1330 with news of the declaration of war) 41-12-08_xxxx_Adventure_Story.mp3 is apparently the second half of Let's Sing and Swing) theo has pointed out that American Forum Economic Forecast for 1949 is actually Happy the Humbug (same date) Best Sellers 45-09-20 was John B. Kennedy 48-07-25 Behind The Front Page was Let's Talk Hollywood Bob Smith Show should be dated 47-08-25 47-04-26xxxBreakfastwithDorothyandDick.mp3 s/b dated 47-05-09 Broadway Matinee 44-06-07 was Morning in Manhattan (same date) By The People (12) The Burning of Washington.mp3 is mislabeled. It was By The People (47) Forest Fire.mp3 47-xx-xx007CareerOfAliceBlair2.mp3 and 47-xx-xx008CareerOfAliceBlair2.mp3 - At least 3 episodes of Career of Alice Blair exist in mp3 49-11-29xxxClub930.mp3 There at least 3 episodes of Club 930 available. This file is also misdated and should be 49-11-24. Note the reference to it being Thanksgiving. xx-xx-xx136ColgateCavalcade1_64kb.mp3 was mislabeled. (This is the second file labeled Colgate Cavalcade). It was a closed circuit broadcast that I have seen labeled as Closed Circuit 52-11-26.mp3 Under C's, 49-09-21xxxTremaynesThe.mp3 was The Croupier (same date) Under C's, 49-11-10xxxNBCLittleTheater.mp3 was Comedy Playhouse - School for Scandal (same date)

Americans At Work errors

(0 stars)

I found two within them...but I forgot which error later in the set led me to the right one for 390321... Both shows were for that date Singles_and_Doubles_Collection_39-09-21_xxx_Americans_At_Work.mp3 is an episode for Women's Home Companion Singles_and_Doubles_Collection_39-09-21_xxxx_Americans_At_Work.mp3 is an episode of Sundial *** 50-01-09xxxBandDChucklewagon-FirstSong-OhCaterina.mp3 (64Kbps) is from the Dave Garroway Show and I'm still trying to pinpoint a date on this one... I thought that this was a week earlier than posted earlier (when I heard the new show The Halls Of Ivy at the end...since its premiere was the Friday before that) and removed the comment... There was confirmation on this by a Wisconsin newspaper at the time with the Mel Torme appearance...

what a fascinating collection

(5 stars)

something for everyone, something from every thing. We have news, entertainment, music and commentary. I used to fantasize about running my own utopian school, and I imagine for "History" class I would have "my students" listen to some of these broadcasts as an adjunct to the regular studies. I also imagine most people are like myself, that place themselves in another dimension, passing through space-time when hearing these recorded broadcasts, going right back to the 1930s. So glad these are available and so grateful for the uploader.

Clint Noble

(0 stars)

While the file says this programme is from July 3, 1936 (a Friday), and the broadcast itself indicates it ran from 6:15 to 6:30 EDT, the Associated Press programme listing for that time slot show "M. Contreras Orchestra." Several of the programmes mentioned, namely Ford Bond's sportscast, Billy and Betty, and Tom Howard's Jamboree, ran only on WEAF while the rest of the Red Network broadcast other programming. This aircheck was likely preserved because of the WEAF announcer breaking up after someone whistling in the background.

An interesting grab bag

(4 stars)

I listened with my OTR group to a file randomly. We got "Crime & Death Take No Holidays - Ralph Gramm Robs Bank" and was it ever a surprise! It was soooo interesting to hear what people put on the air back then. Then, you could get a stinker, too, so it's definitely a grab bag. I'm glad it's all free!

Treasure Trove of Radio Rarities

(5 stars)

Great collection of rare radio programs, in many cases the only known episode to survive. Includes appearances by Henry Fonda, Bob Hope, Johnny Mercer, Burl Ives, Chill Wills, Gypsy Rose Lee, Hattie McDaniel, Lum n' Abner, Cass Daley.