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Antique Radio - The History Of
The Radio Film Library

Price: $14.97     SKU: A37     Qty:

This classic antique radio DVD is a collection of films highlighting the early history of radio. It includes a late 40's behind the scenes tour of NBC Radio at the Rockefeller Center in New York City (an important part of the history of American broadcasting), a demonstration of how sound effects were done in the 30's and 40's, how antique radio actually works to deliver the entertainment to your house, a fascinating look at how radio was used to help win World War II and much more. All in all, this collection is a marvelous testament of the history of the radio.

Here are all the films that make up this historical antique radio collection:

Back of the Mike (1938)


Take a backstage look at the inside of a 1930's radio studio and learn how they made all those wonderful sound effects in 1930's radio. The film is shot from the perspective of a boy listening to an antique radio show and imagining what is happening and then flipping to the radio station where it is showing the men and women making the sound effects that are making the western radio show come alive for this boy.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 9:15

Behind Your Radio Dial: The Story of NBC


Take a tour of NBC's radio and television broadcasting facilities at Rockefeller Center, New York City. This tour demonstrates various shows and news broadcasts as they are happening - including Fibber McGee and Molly, the NBC orchestra, a news announcement and much more. It is a fascinating look at the state of the art in radio and television in the 1940's - highlighting the history of news broacasting and the history of radio and broadcasting as seen through the eyes of the NBC studio.

Producer: National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 24:04

Hear and Now


Educational film on how an antique radio operates to bring important news and information to the American Citizens in both good and bad times. It has examples of many everyday events covered by radio as well as how it can serve as an important medium to communicate during important Cold War events and natural disasters. This is an excellent vintage radio presentation.

Producer: Unknown
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 18:04

Independent Radio Station (1951)


Training film about the New York Radio Station, WMCA, an independently owned vintage radio station owned by the Nathan Straus family. The film shows the day to day activities that are performed to keep a locally owned radio station operating. This is a testament to the changing nature of radio history as antique family owned radio stations were swept aside for huge multimedia congolmerates.

Producer: Mitchell Film Associates
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 18:02

On the Air (1937)


Learn how your vintage radio worked in the 1930's. This film explores how all the pieces of an antique radio show come together to make a radio performance that can be listened to someone in the home or riding in the automobile listening on their antique car radio. It shows how all the pieces from the orchestra to the actors are all live and it is interesting to see that they are all dessed as though they were performing before a live audience.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 9:53

Radio and Television (1940)

This film is a promotion for people to come work in radio and television. It shows the various occupations in the industry at every skill level and how people can participate in these wonderful new communciation mediums. It is an interesting piece of radio broadcasting history.

Producer: Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:30

Voice of Victory (1944)


This is a fascinating wartime film showing how the military and amateur HAM radio operators worked in unision to be sure that radios for the war effort were being built with the quality and durability that was needed out in the battlefield. The film also shows how they built the Hallicrafters HT-4/BC-610 radios.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 27:14

The Big Bounce (1960)


Learn the origins and operations of the Echo comminications satellite and how scientists learned how radio signals can be bounced off a big balloon. What is really interesting is that there is talk about extending modern cellular service by bouncing signals off balloons so this makes a very interesting example of how vintage radio technologies sometimes become new technologies again.

Producer: Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 14:23

Radio at War


Follow the story of two brothers who both grew up with a strong interest in radio. See how they build their skills at home on HAM radio sets and then later sign up for the war and use those radio skills to help bring victory to the United States.

Producer: Ganz (William J.) Co.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 20:36

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