Television without pictures.

When television was still an unrealized dream, the king of imagination was a piece of furniture about the size of a picnic basket. Every day shortly after sunset, America would pull her chair up to this little box and spend a delightful evening as the magic of fiction was made to come alive.

During the Golden Age of Radio, radio programs featured adventure, comedy, drama, horror, mystery, musical variety, romance, thrillers—along with classical music concerts, big band remotes, farm reports, news and commentary, panel discussions, quiz shows, sports broadcasts, talent shows and weather forecasts.

In the early 1940’s, radio programs reflected America’s involvement in World War II. As the number of news and human interest programs grew, evening variety, musical, quiz, and audience participation programs shrunk. During this time, evening dramatic programs exploded in growth. During the middle to late 1940’s, radio drama reached its peak, then came the expansion of television, causing it to quickly fade into history.

1940s.org Presents: Lux Radio Theater

Lux Radio Theater, a long-run classic radio anthology series, was broadcast once a week on the NBC Blue Network (1934-35); CBS (1935-54) and NBC (1954-55). These hour-long radio programs were performed live before studio audiences. During the years on CBS in Hollywood, Lux Radio Theater was broadcast from the Lux Radio Playhouse located at 1615 North Vine Street in Hollywood, one block south of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. It became the most popular dramatic anthology series on radio, broadcast for more than 20 years.

Initially, the series adapted Broadway plays during its first two seasons before it began adapting films. Lux Radio Theater tried to feature as many of the original stars of the original stage and film productions as possible. Abbott and Costello, Lauren Bacall, Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Dan Duryea, Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Vivien Leigh, Myrna Loy, Agnes Moorehead, Vincent Price, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, Gene Tierney, John Wayne, and Orson Welles, to name just a few of the film legends who appeared on the show.

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Below you’ll find shows that were originally broadcast in the 1940s, click on any title to begin an hour of pure entertainment.

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The following radio shows aired weekly, and ran at least some part of the 1940s. Advertisers are also listed, if known.

Adventures of Ellery Queen Bromo Seltzer, Anacin 1939 – 1948
Adventures of Sam Spade Wildroot 1946 – 1951
Amos ‘n’ Andy Pepsodent, Campbell Soup, Rinso, Rexall 1928 – 1960
Bing Crosby Cremo, Chesterfield, Woodbury, Kraft, Philco 1931 – 1956
Captain Midnight Skelly Oil, Ovaltine 1939 – 1949
Creaking Door 555 Cigarettes
Crime Club Sustained 1946 – 1947
Dragnet Fatima, Chesterfield 1949 – 1957
Duffy’s Tavern Shick, Sanka, Ipana 1941 – 1952
Edgar Bergen – Charlie McCarthy Chase & Sanborn Coffee, Coca-Cola (1937) – 1954
Escape Richfield Oil, Ford 1947 – 1954
Falcon Several – see description 1943 – 1954
Fibber McGee & Molly Johnson’s Wax 1935 – 1956
Glenn Miller Show Chesterfield Cigarettes 1939 – 1942
Green Hornet General Mills, Orange Crush 1936 – 1953
Hermit’s Cave Olga Coal 1940 – 1944
Jeff Regan, Investigator 1948 – 1950
Lights Out Ironized Yeast, Energine, Snow White Bleach 1934 – 1947
Lone Ranger Silvercup, Bond Bread, Cheerios 1933 – 1956
Molle Mystery Theatre Molle shaving cream 1943 – 1954
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons Bi-So-Dol, Kolynos, Chesterfield 1937 – 1955
Murder at Midnight 1946 – 1947
Mysterious Traveler Sustained 1943 – 1952
Pat Novak for Hire 1946 – 1949
Sealed Book 1945
Shadow Blue Coal 1930 – 1954
Sherlock Holmes George Washington Coffee, Household Finance 1930 – 1956
Smilin’ Ed’s Buster Brown Gang Buster Brown Shoes 1929(?) – 1953
Straight Arrow Nabisco 1948 – 1951
Suspense Roma Wines, Autolite, Philip Morris, Marlboro, Kellogs 1942 – 1962
The Inner Sanctum Carters, Colgate, Bromo Seltzer, Mars 1941 – 1951
This is Your FBI Equitable Life; Sustained 1945 – 1953
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Raleigh, Kool, Nature’s Remedy, others 1934 – 1946
Whistler Signal Oil 1942 – 1955
Will Bradley Orchestra 1940s