Jewish Old Time Radio Programs

Although there were many Jewish radio stars, there were few old time radio series dedicated to Jewish family, faith, and tradition during the golden age of radio.  Some of the favorites old time radio series about Jews include:

  1. The Goldbergs
  2. Eternal Light
  3. Mama Bloom’s Brood
  4. People Take the Lead
  5. Golden Door
  6. Eternal Light
  7. Abies Irish Rose
  8. Yehui Menuhin recordings

A great read on the subject is Radio and the Jews: The Untold Story of How Radio Influenced America’s Image of Jews, 1920s-1950s By David S. and Susan Siegel.

Enjoy an episode from Mama Bloom’s Brood from 1934 entitled “Mrs Fink Told Off”:

The Eternal Light Radio Program Begins in 1944

For over forty years, The Eternal Light radio program captured the interest of their listeners. Premiering on October 8, 1944, The Eternal Light series brought hope to an audience still embroiled in World War II. Programming included stories of human perseverance, humanitarian efforts, interviews, debates and Bible story reenactments. The show was produced by the Jewish Theological Seminary, in partnership with the NBC radio-broadcasting network.

Dr. Moshe Davis moderated the weekly program that often included celebrity guests. E. G. Marshall, Joan Crawford, Joseph Cotton and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel are among the list of those who appeared on The Eternal Light show. Although the radio series continued broadcasting into the 1980’s, its popularity led to the development of a televised series in 1952, in which NBC added the televised show to their Sunday morning faith programming line-up.

Enjoy this episode from October 15, 1944 “Emannuel God with Us”:

http://www.otrcat.net/otr6/eternal_light_441015_02_emannuel_god_with_us_otrcat.com_.mp3