|Answers To Questions For New Listeners
|Enjoy many hours of Old-Time Radio Broadcasts Audio Compact Discs. Experience first hand the suspense, the mystery and
the laughs that radio listeners enjoyed many years ago.
From the 1930's through the 1950's and then 1974 to 1982 with the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
What is a MP3 ?
Basically, MP3 (MPEG1 Layer3) is a file format for compressing sound into a small file with hardly any loss in quality.
High quality uncompressed digital audio files use a lot of storage space. A 1 minute clip of CD quality uncompressed audio takes around 10Mb of storage.
MP3 encoding can squeeze or compress the same audio clip into a 10th of the space with no loss in quality.
How can I play the radio shows on my computer?
There are different players you can download for free. Windows Media Player will work for most of the shows. I have found that some times for some reason a
show will not play on Windows Media Player. I use VLC player for all my media files (radio shows, music and videos) also there is Winamp player.
Can I listen to the radio shows on something besides my computer?
Some car CD players now play MP3s. My 2007 does not, my wife's 2009 does and one of our son's 2013 not only plays but displays the title, what track number
and how long you have been listen (see picture below).
We bought a DVD player for our home that plays MP3s. There is all kinds of portable players. Smaller ones that you can carry in your hand or bigger ones
(jam boxes) that have detachable speakers. It depends on how much money you want to spend and your needs. You can load them into iTunes and play
them on an iPod or IPad or drag and drop to your Android or Tablet.
A friend of ours goes to our site to downloads radio shows on his android and listens to them at work where there isn't WiFi. At home he streams them off his
phone and listens (he does not own a computer).
Some times the shows are not clear or the beginning /ending is missing. Why?
When you click on to an Old Time Radio show you are clicking on to a piece of history. In 1945 there were fewer than 7,000 working TV
sets in the country and only nine stations on the air; three in New York, two each in Chicago and Los Angeles, and one each in Philadelphia and
Schenectady, N.Y. It wasn't until themed 50s that television started to take off. What you had was black and white and a bad image. To buy a television was
something big. People didn't feel they had to have one yet. We still played outside, board games, read books and listened to the radio. It was not until 1965
that color TV booms at NBC and leads the way. By year's end, 96% of NBC's nighttime schedule is broadcast in color, along with all major programs, sports
events and specials.
The only reason these programs exist today is because recording engineers for the networks cut what are called "transcriptions" of the shows with a gigantic
record-cutting machine as they were being broadcast live. For example, CBS New York would cut one and CBS Hollywood would cut one, and if something
happened to either of the two or both, that show would no longer exist. After the "extinction" of dramatic radio from the United States during the sixties, the
networks decided no one would ever want to listen the shows again and began throwing them into the dumpsters by the thousands. It is a little known fact that
many of the programs you're hearing on this page would not exist if radio fans had not literally picked them out of dumpsters. The fact that we can listen to these
great shows is a small miracle.
The next time you listen to a radio show dated from 1930's to 1950's imagine no television around and this show is coming from your AM radio (which is your only
form of media entertainment) besides going to the theater.
We are going to explain some things about our site that may be new to some of you.
John and Sheila Peterson
Entering The Mind's Eye library includes thousands of radio programs and we plan to add more. Some of the finest actors,
performers, writers, producers, directors, and technical craftsmen delivered outstanding programming that fueled the
imagination of listeners with drama, comedy, westerns, detective stories, science fiction and adventure.
What separates Entering The Mind's Eye from all the other Old Time Radio sites is that every show for sale is on our site for
free. Which means other than a sample CD or a couple shows to sample. You know before you are buying.
Below is a link to the shows we offer at this time.
More to come.
Remember, imagination is a terrible thing to waste.