Author: Dan Howland

Old Time Radio Advent Calendars

Old Time Radio Advent Calendars

The Cinnamon Bear was a wildly popular radio serial adventure for children which began its initial run in 1937. It was a 26-episode, daily, 15-minute transcribed show, which was intended to run from just after Thanksgiving until Christmas. And talk about long-running — the show appeared on commercial stations well into the 1980s, and even now, shows up on community radio stations. I think my introduction to the show was in the early 2000s on the University of Portland’s KDUP, which just left all 26 episodes running on a continuous loop while school was out during the Winter.

In addition to being a radio star, the Cinnamon Bear was a costumed character who appeared as one of Santa’s helpers at various department stores around the country. The show and character were especially popular in the Pacific Northwest, in fact, the Portland Spirit cruise lines have annual Cinnamon Bear Cruises to this day.

Naturally, something this popular spawned imitations; I haven’t listened to Jump Jump and the Ice Queen or Jonathan Thomas and his Christmas on the Moon yet, but I doubt they can hold a candle to Cinnamon Bear.

Here are links to’s collections of all three serials…

1937 – The Cinnamon Bear

1938 – Jump Jump and the Ice Queen

1938 – Jonathan Thomas and his Christmas on the Moon

Some Streaming OTR Stations to Tide You Over Until Our Next Episode

Some Streaming OTR Stations to Tide You Over Until Our Next Episode

Tom and I will be back with a new episode eventually. Tom’s hard drive with our most recent episode (“Our Show of Shows Goes HOLLYWOOD!”) was lost in an apartment fire, so we figure we’ll take the opportunity to make a new version sometime soon. New and improved. Shorter, tighter episodes. It’ll be a challenge, because half the reason we do the podcast is to hang out with each other and ramble, but I think we’re up to it.

Anyway, here’s a nice list of streaming Old Time Radio stations for your listening pleasure in the meanwhile.

Relic Radio
Hank’s Old-Time Radio
Old Time Radio Fan
Old Time Radio USA
Bygolly Old Time Radio
20th Century Radio
Antioch Broadcasting Network

Episode 06: OTR vs. Nazis

Episode 06: OTR vs. Nazis

Tom and Dan look at American civil rights and the fight against Nazis during the golden age of Old Time Radio. This episode includes: Father Coughlin, Eddie Cantor, “Dear Adolf,” “You Can’t Do Business With Hitler,” “Battle Of The Warsaw Ghetto,” more from the “Orson Welles Commentaries,” “New World A-Coming,” “Destination Freedom,” “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party,” Jean Shepherd’s tale of the March on Washington, and, of course, Superman battling the thinly-disguised KKK  in “The Clan of the Fiery Cross.”

Episode 05: Orson Welles

Episode 05: Orson Welles

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Tom and Dan discuss the radio career of Orson Welles. Clips in this episode range from his 1937 radio adaptation of Les Miserables, right up to the 1951-52 series The Lives of Harry Lime — several episodes of which Orson wrote, and one of which was later adapted for the screenplay of the film Mr. Arkadin.

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