Category Archives: Soap Opera

Soap Operas in Old Time Radio

It doesn’t seem long ago that homes with multiple television sets were becoming common place. Then it became rare to find a house that didn’t have some sort of high speed connection to the Internet. Now it is common to … Continue reading

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Irna Phillips: Mother of the Soap Opera

The Soap Opera is considered a “Woman’s Genre”, not only because housewives are the primary audience, but because the form was invented and perfected by women in the man’s world of network broadcasting. These women included Anne Hummert, who teamed … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air: More Rare Soaps… more sobbing and organ music…

That brings us to our big collection of Rare Soap Operas. Old Time Radio Catalog has scoured the collection to find the best Tear Jerkers from the era of Dish-Pan Romance. A lot of the profit that the Networks made … Continue reading

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Rare Old Time Radio Soap Operas

Love is in the air over in old time radio! They’ve been hanging Paper Cupids everywhere and have been busy listening to some old Rare Soap Operas. If anything can  get you in a Romantic Mood it’s the Sob-fest after … Continue reading

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The Hummert Radio Factory

Half of all the advertising revenue generated by daytime programming in the 30s and 40s came from programs created by Anne and Frank Hummert. Anne’s father believed that it was a waste of money to educate a girl, so she … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Sudsy Land of the Radio Soap Opera!

In the early 1930s radio was still much in its infancy as both an entertainment and advertising medium. Most of the ‘serious’ creative work was being directed towards what would become known as the “prime-time hours,” that period of the … Continue reading

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Mister District Attorney debuted on the radio 4-3-1939

Today in 1939 Mr. District Attorney was heard for the first time on the radio. The radio crime-adventure serial followed the ‘champion of the people’ and was originally a 15-minute nightly program. In this broadcast, Mr. DA (Dwight Weist) goes … Continue reading

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