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Academy Award Theater
The Academy Award Theater program is a lost gem
in Old Time Radio history. It only lasted one season, in 1946,
but it had terrific headliner stars, usually in roles that they
played in movies, and high production values. Just as examples,
the first show starred Bette Davis in Jezebel. Other shows had
Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, Henry Fonda in Young Mister
Lincoln, and Gregory Peck in the Keys of the Kingdom. These were
the heavy hitters of Hollywood, and they appeared in these half
hour shows on the radio.
Perhaps the reason the show only lasted one season
is that getting these stars was expensive, a star could get up
to $4,000 for a single episode, getting the rights to good scripts
to showcase the stars was difficult, and this is the same territory
as Lux Radio Theater and the Screen Guild Theater programs.
Old Time Radio Programs
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|All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You
can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3
players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play
them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.
The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly.
Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the
volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can
be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples
to get a feel for how the programs sound.
|You can purchase these episodes on CD or you can
|To purchase on CD:
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- You save money on the cost of the episodes and you don't
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- To open a zip file you need software to "unzip"
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computer doesn't have an unzip program, you can get one from
the internet. The most popular is probably winzip (www.winzip.com),
however, we use Zip Wizard by Coffeecup Software because its
pretty good, easy to use, and free. (http://www.coffeecup.com/zip-wizard/)
- The files are large - it will take you a few minutes to
download each file. Each zip file is around 40MBs. A full
CD worth of episodes takes about 14 large files. if you are
on a dial-up connection, we highly recommend you buy a CD.
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