I used to be a huge fan of pre-television radio programs back in the 70's. Thanks for the tips guys, you've just restored a forgotten pastime of mine! Only this time I can enjoy the old shows whilst puffing away on my pipe.
For a real treat tune in to Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall shows. You will find them in the Audio Vault (Kraft Music Hall) on bingcrosby.com.
+1 for Jean Shepherd. His nighttime shows on WOR (New York) were, and are, classics!
I remember as a child having the first radio in the neighborhood and listening to Fibber McGee and Molly, and having dozens of neighbors on the porch listening to the radio thru the screen windows , Mom didn't like it much not that she was not a caring person, but Cajun hospitality meant she had to serve all of them coffee. Whew!
I too have a large MP3 collection, but the favorites I return to over and over include (in no special order):
Johnny Dollar (Bob Bailey of course), ILAM, Vic & Sade, Gunsmoke, Information Please, Adventures of Sam Spade, Great Gildersleeve
All the time. In fact, I usually play an episode of Great Detectives of Old Time Radio (http://www.greatdetectives.net/detectives/) to put me to sleep. (Stop laughing. I started listening to a transistor radio to put me to sleep when I was 4.)
I listen to:
and many others.
I have been listening to old time radio since my father turned me onto it when I was a kid. He obtained some cassettes of old shows back when getting them on 8-track was still an option.