148 episodes

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Podcast revisits the great horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, including tales from Suspense, Lights Out Everybody, The Witch’s Tale, The Shadow, and more. Each episode features a classic, or maybe-not-so classic story from the scary old-time radio vault, complete with historical notes and nerdy trivia. At the end of each podcast, your hosts, Tim, Joshua and Eric discuss the merits of the story and decide whether or not it stands the test of time.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Ghoulish Delights

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8, 136 Ratings

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Podcast revisits the great horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, including tales from Suspense, Lights Out Everybody, The Witch’s Tale, The Shadow, and more. Each episode features a classic, or maybe-not-so classic story from the scary old-time radio vault, complete with historical notes and nerdy trivia. At the end of each podcast, your hosts, Tim, Joshua and Eric discuss the merits of the story and decide whether or not it stands the test of time.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

Rochefish ,

Give Them Money! And then More Money!

Just doubled my monthly Patreon contribution thanks to your endlessly entertaining podcast. Love you guys.

Now, for your consideration, creeps...

The Good, the Bad, and Joe Friday

The Good
Escape #161: Four Went Home: December 14, 1952

I’ve revisited “Four Went Home” many times. It was around the third listen when I realized why I loved it: I feel like the sixth prisoner in the bunks-- the quiet, new guy. Despite the lack of the narrator’s past tense, the story and production are one of the most subtly intimate experiences I’ve had with OTR.

(Side note: Something about the misplaced words in the tune of “As Time Goes By” gets me every time. It perfectly conveys that tension we experience when our mind is not on our task at hand.)

The Bad
Lights Out #108: Battle of the Magicians: December 7, 1938 (or July 27, 1946)

There is a fine line between infallible hero and jerkface, especially one who takes pleasure in defeating an idiot.

Who knew Willis Cooper loved people falling from great heights so much?

Oh, and zombies can’t eat salt, in case you didn’t know.

Just listen for some good, fun, old-time confusion.

Joe Friday
Dragnet #316: The Big Ruling: September 6, 1955

The end of this one caught me by surprise. I’m guessing that the LAPD and/or Jack Webb were not happy about California’s supreme court ruling, handed down just a few months before this episode was released. I’m curious if they changed their tune eventually.

Your undying fan,

Tim

Dixiegirl56 ,

Awesome Show!

I just discovered this show this week and I'm already up to episode 13. What a great show. I like old radio shows, particularly this genre. However, what I really love about this podcast is the group of guys deconstructing the old show afterward. They're hysterically funny and perceptive. The banter and jokes keep me laughing throughout. A couple of the old shows were really awful but hearing them review it and talk about what was wrong and what was right really is interesting and they make is such fun. They're good at this, too, because I find myself listening more for the things they talk about.

Great job, guys.

ProfessorMango29 ,

Great shows and fun banter

Edit: Thank you for featuring Fletcher two weeks in a row and highlighting the great work of women in radio!
Like Joshua, I grew up listening to old time radio on cassette tapes—including a boxed-set of the Shadow. So I really connected with this show. I also love the good-natured ribbing between the three hosts who seem to genuinely enjoy doing this together. I only wish they had a few more representations of the important women who broke new ground in old time radio—as regular actresses, writers, and as leaders of foley effects (Ora Nichols). Even though they’re more traditional detective stories, I’d love to hear a Phyl Coe mystery or two—maybe The Double X Mystery. They did a fun thing where people could win a prize for solving the mystery.

Top Podcasts In TV & Film

Listeners Also Subscribed To