The Golden Age of Radio
At a time when television and technology provide detailed images and immediate news updates, it may be hard for today's younger people to imagine a clunky radio as the centerpiece of family entertainment. But those of a certain age remember the Golden Age of Radio, when listeners clamored for music, dramas, comedians, quiz shows and more, transmitted over the airwaves. Here's a look at some of the most famous radio performers.
"Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" is a documentary about Gertrude Berg, seen here in an undated photo. Berg created, wrote and starred in "The Goldbergs," a popular radio show that ran from 1929 to 1946.
"The Adventures of Superman" radio show cast, from left, Jackie Kelk (Jimmy Olsen), Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Jackson Beck (Beany Martin) and Clayton "Bud" Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent), in an undated photo.
Orson Welles reads from his script in the 1938 broadcast of his radio show "The War of the Worlds." Wells' account of a Martian invasion of Earth created widespread panic in thousands of listeners.
Groucho Marx, right, hosts his NBC radio show, "You Bet Your Life," with announcer George Fenneman in an udated photo.
In an undated photo, Hattie McDaniel plays the title character in "The Beulah Show."
Perry Como croons on his radio show, "The Supper Club," in an udated photo.
Sportswriter Grantland Rice and tennis star Helen Wills Moody in a radio broadcast in 1932.
In an undated photo, Gracie Allen and George Burns perform with Mel Blanc, right, during a radio broadcast.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks on a fireside chat radio program in an undated photo.
Bob Hope, left, Frank Sinatra, Mack Millar, Bing Crosby and Louis Schurr talk on the set of Hope's radio show in 1948 in Hollywood.
Comedian Bob Hope, left, and singer Bing Crosby rehearse for Hope's radio show in 1949 in Los Angeles.
In an undated photo, Gertrude Berg plays Molly Goldberg in "The Goldbergs."
Burns and Allen, the husband-and-wife comedy team of George Burns and Gracie Allen, perform on their hit radio show in an undated photo.