Documenting EARLY Radio

By Elizabeth McLeod

Elizabeth McLeod Elizabeth McLeod has collected and researched pre-1935 radio programming for more than twenty years. Her interest in OTR dates back to her teenage years, when she discovered rebroadcasts of historic shows on WMEX, Boston. Since then she's accumulated a collection of about five thousand programs, many of them unusual and rare. Her specific interests include, in addition to the very early material, the work of Fred Allen, band remotes, Vic & Sade, news material from all eras, and baseball broadcasts. Professionally, Elizabeth has more than fifteen years experience in radio journalism, and is currently staff writer for The Cybercasters, an Internet-based company specializing in on-line publicity material for the computer industry (, and is also a contributing writer for the CBS Radio Network program "Sound*Bytes." You can contact Elizabeth with question, comments, or trade proposals by e-mail at Elizabeth is a resident of Rockland, Maine.

The following pages contain a scholarly and easily-readable investigation of very early recording media that was used during the early days of radio. A list of recordings of earliest radio shows is also shown. Some images and soundbytes are provided.

Index to Documenting Early Radio:

More information on the first appearances of several golden-age radio shows is at the Golden Age page at this site.

Text and Soundbytes: Elizabeth McLeod

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