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Heatbeat Theater Old Time Radio Program

½ hour drama episodes


The Salvation Army sponsored The Heartbeat Theatre which gives dramatic accounts of regular people helping others through illness, tragedy, heartbreak, and more. Each episode illustrates that with faith, optimism, and the help of good Samaritans, any problem can be worked out. Many of the characters in the show either volunteer as Salvation Army Officers or live in a Salvation Army sponsored home.

There are numerous examples of how the organization aids others in need in every facet of life. The show quotes Bible verses and proclaims the power of prayer, but manages to come off as not too preachy. The radio production was not aimed at evangelizing for the Salvation Army, but rather at highlighting the Army's work in communities as well as its history. From Heartbeat Theater, listeners learned that the Salvation Army has its own missing persons division and the origin of the Organization's ubiquitous red kettles.

The program covered such serious topics as bigotry, alcoholism, murder, tornadoes, suicide, train wrecks, small town gossip, public cynicism, loneliness, deadbeat husbands, cheating wives, and the familiar Old Time Radio standby of old women dying on toboggans. 

The show originated from Hollywood and early episodes  featured many actors who had appeared during the golden age of radio. However, rarely did Heartbeat Theater land the big stars. Instead, those who had been character actors in the golden age were likely to find themselves starring in the plays.

Heartbeat Theater may be the very last “Old Time Radio” program. It first aired in 1956 and the last episode signed off in 1985. In 1985 it was estimated that the production cost half of the Salvation Army's media budget.

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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 download them.
To purchase on CD: To download:

Click on the Buy on CD button. A few dollars will be added for shipping depending on your zip code and how many CDs you order. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account). You will receive a receipt from Paypal. We will mail you the CD(s) within a few days. Usually we get the CDs in the mail the next day. Shipping usually takes 2-3 days via USPS. The episodes will be in mp3 format.



  • You save money on the cost of the episodes and you don't pay any shipping.
  • Click on the Download button. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account).
  • After you pay you will be returned to our site to a page with a series of links to zip files. Click on the links to download the zip files. These episodes are downloadable in large zip files.
  • To open a zip file you need software to "unzip" it. Your computer may already have unzip software, if this is the case, just click on the file and your software will automatically open up and you can unzip the files. If your 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.
  • You will receive an e-mail receipt from Paypal, and we will send you an additional e-mail with the links.


Buy on CD: $4.50

Download only $3.50

Heartbeat Theater - 25 episodes


581109 Success.mp3

581116 The Sighting.mp3

581116 The Sighting2.mp3

5902xx The Story Behind Guy.mp3

5902xx The Story Behind Kis.mp3

5902xx The Story Behind My .mp3

5902xx The Story Behind Okl.mp3

590426 The Last Witness.mp3

590503 The Lucky Break.mp3

590510 Say to the Mountain.mp3

590510 Say to the Mountain2.mp3

590517 The Ghost of Dant001.mp3

590517 The Ghost of Danton .mp3

590726 The Con Man.mp3

590809 Lie.mp3

590830 Once A Thief.mp3

590906 A Good Angel.mp3

591220 Kettle.mp3

591227 Yuan Tan.mp3

600117 Abstract.mp3

600124 Count of Nine.mp3

610312 A Case in Point.mp3

611217 In His Footsteps.mp3

611231 Hand on my Shoulder.mp3

690831 The Education of Mr .mp3

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