Famous Weekly Shows

Here is a list of some of the old-time radio programs that were broadcast at least once a week. If you see something with yellow highlighting, click on it to read a short history of the show, or to hear a short sound clip.

If you are interested in listening to old commercials, you can find some of them in our OTR Commercials page.




DayTimeNetworkSeriesSponsorYears
varvarCBS, NBC, ABCAdventures of Ellery Queen Bromo Seltzer, Anacin1939 - 1948
var~8:00 PMABC, CBS, NBCAdventures of Sam Spade Wildroot1946 - 1951
var~ 8 or 9 PMNBC, CBS, Mut, ABCAdventures of The Thin Man, TheWoodbury, Post, Pabst, Heinz1941 - 1950
Fri or SunvarNBC, CBSAmos 'n' AndyPepsodent, Campbell Soup, Rinso, Rexall1928 - 1960
varvarCBS, NBCBing CrosbyCremo, Chesterfield, Woodbury, Kraft, Philco, GE,others1931 - 1956
Tue8:00pMUT, ?The Black MuseumUsually sustained. F. Savor Co.1952
var5:45pWGN, Mut, NBCCaptain MidnightSkelly Oil, Ovaltine1939 - 1949
var9:00 PM Creaking Door555 Cigarettes 
Mon - Fri8:00 PMCBSCrime ClassicsSustained1953 - 1954
Sat8 or 10 PMMutualCrime ClubSustained1946 - 1947
Mon2:30pNBC BlueDel Courtney Orchestra 1939
Mon or ThuvarNBCDragnet Fatima, Chesterfield1949 - 1957
SatvarCBS, NBCDuffy's TavernShick, Sanka, Ipana1941 - 1952
var~8:00 - 9:30 PMNBC, CBSEdgar Bergen - Charlie McCarthyChase & Sanborn Coffee, Coca-Cola, Richard Hudnut(1937) - 1954
varvarCBSEscapeRichfield Oil, Ford1947 - 1954
Sun~7:00 - 8:30 PMMut, NBCFalconSeveral - see description1943 - 1954
var9:30 PMNBCFibber McGee & MollyJohnson's Wax1935 - 1956 [1959]
var7:15 or 10:00pCBSGlenn Miller ShowChesterfield Cigarettes1939 - 1942
VarvarNBC Blue, Mutual, ABCGreen HornetGeneral Mills, Orange Crush1936 - 1953
Tue & ThurvarCBSGunsmokeChesterfield, L&M, Post Cereals, Buick1952 - 1961
var6:05pCBSHave Gun, Will TravelSeveral1958 - 1960
var11:30 PMWJRHermit's CaveOlga Coal1940 - 1944
Sun CBSJeff Regan, Investigator 1948 - 1950
TuevarNBC, CBS, ABCLights OutIronized Yeast, Energine, Snow White Bleach, Eversharp1934 - 1947
Sat SynLives of Harry Lime, The
(The Third Man)
 1951 - 1952
var7:30P 5:30PMUT ABC NBCLone RangerSilvercup, Bond Bread, Cheerios1933 - 1956
   Master of MysteryMajestic Radios1931 - 1934
 8 - 9:30 PMNBC, CBS, ABCMolle Mystery TheatreMolle shaving cream1943 - 1954
MWF?varNBC Blue, CBS, NBCMr. Keen, Tracer of Lost PersonsBi-So-Dol, Kolynos, Chesterfield, Proctor & Gamble1937 - 1955
var9:30 or 10:30 PMWJZ, MutMurder at Midnight?1946 - 1947 [1950]
var9:00 PMMutualMysterious TravelerSustained1943 - 1952
MonvarABCPat Novak for Hire 1946 - 1949
Wed8:00 PMNBCPete Kelly's Blues 1951
var10:30MutualSealed Book?1945
Sun5:00 PMMutualShadowBlue Coal1930 - 1954
SunvarNBC, Mut, ABC, BBCSherlock HolmesGeorge Washington Coffee, Household Finance, Bromo Quinine, Petri Wine, Semler Co., Trimount1930 - 1956
SunvarCBS, NBC, ABCSmilin' Ed's Buster Brown GangBuster Brown Shoes1929(?) - 1953
var8:00 PMMutualStraight ArrowNabisco1948 - 1951
var~8:00 PMCBSSuspenseRoma Wines, Autolite, Philip Morris, Marlboro, Kellogs1942 - 1962
Mon8-9 PMCBS, ABCThe Inner SanctumCarters, Colgate, Bromo Seltzer, Mars1941 - 1951
var8:30 PMABCThis is Your FBIEquitable Life; Sustained1945 - 1953
FriVarCBS, NBC, Mut, ABCTommy Dorsey OrchestraRaleigh, Kool, Nature's Remedy, others1934 - 1946
Var8:00 PM?CBSWhistlerSignal Oil1942 - 1955
SunVarNBCWill Bradley Orchestra 1940s
Var8-9 PMNBCX Minus 1Street & Smith, Bromo; Pabst1955 - 1958
varvarCBSYours Truly, Johnny DollarUsually Sustained, Wrigley1949 - 1962



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