PastBlast: The First 75 Years of Radio

Have a seat in a retro radio studio, and take the controls! Relive every era of radio broadcasting alongside great personalities like a young Howard Stern (before he grew his hair long), Casey Kasem, Dick Clark, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and George and Gracie Burns before their television days. Almost 1,000 rare, historic photos from radio's golden past, plus audio clips of hundreds of your favorite old shows, like The Shadow, The Adventures of Superman, and The Lone Ranger, and top hits from every decade.

Relive the memories of radio's first 75 years, from its invention through the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. You'll hear clips from shows on the Blue and Red Networks, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), National Broadcasting Company (NBC), American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Mutual Broadcasting System, and hundreds of radio stations.

Click the classic microphone to hear historic audio of legendary stations from coast to coast, some no longer on the air. Great AMs and FMs like WLW, KDKA, WABC, KNX, WKBW, WIXY, WHN, KOIL, KLIF, WMCA, WNBC, WDRC, WFIL, KFRC, KQV, WKNR, WMEX, WOWO, XERB, KHJ, WCFL, WLS, KYNO, CKLW, WRKO, and hundreds more. Sing along to old radio jingles and commercials.

Hear historic moments on the radio: audio clips of the first commercial broadcast, on KDKA in Pittsburgh; President Roosevelt telling America, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"; Lowell Thomas' broadcast of Lindbergh's landing in Paris; the explosion of the Hindenburg; Walter Cronkite reporting the deaths of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; live broadcasts of the moon landing; breaking news of the attack on Pearl Harbor; and hundreds of other audio clips.

We scoured archives to find never-before-published photos of old radio studios and equipment, and pictures of the radio greats and the casts of the shows that entertained millions. Click the radio dial for The Green Hornet, Buck Rogers, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Sky King, Art Linkletter, Henry Morgan, Spike Jones, Dave Garroway, Jimmie Durante, The original Grand Ole Opry, Baby Snooks, Bob & Ray, Howdy Doody, Groucho Marx, Amos & Andy, Milton Berle, The Adventures of Superman, Charlie McCarthy, Buck Rogers, Abbot & Costello's classic "Who's on First," Jack Armstrong: All American Boy, The March of Time, Judy Canova, Fibber McGee & Molly, Ma Perkins, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Martin Block, Make Believe Ballroom, Dick Tracy, Ray Bolger, Gunsmoke, The Shadow, Dragnet, and more.

View the magical '50s, '60s, '70s, when rock 'n' roll made history, with DJs like Wolfman Jack, Cousin Brucie Morrow, Don Imus, The Real Don Steele, Stan Freberg, Dick Biondi, Joey Reynolds, Scott Muni, JJ Jeffries, Jay Cook, Alan Freed, Gary Gears, Roby Yonge, Rick Dees, Chuck Dunaway, Dr. Don Rose, Gordon McLendon, Dick Heatherton, Humble Harve, Gary Stevens, Arnie Ginsburg, Wink Martindale, Jack Armstrong, Herb Oscar Anderson, Charlie Van Dyke, Jim Tabor, Dick Orkin's Chickenman and The Tooth Fairy, plus hundreds more.

If you love radio, you'll have a BLAST from the PAST with PASTBLAST as we take you through radio audio and visual history. The app is based on the book Blast From the Past: A Pictorial History of Radio's First 75 Years by B. Eric Rhoads.

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