So last year the OTR bug bit me again (as you can tell by looking here). Being that this is the age of iTunes, I wondered to myself if there were any old time radio podcasts and sure enough there are a number of them. The very best of which is the Jack Benny Show – OTR Podcast! hosted by “Buck Benny”.
It’s a great podcast where Buck often gives great behind the scenes information and speaks about the history of the show, characters, actors and crew before getting on with the actual broadcasts. This is why I really love it. If you’re an OTR buff, this is a fun way to learn a bit more history and I find these stories fascinating. I wouldn’t mind if Buck devoted an entire podcast to just TALKING about OTR.
Other than that, the main selling point for me is Jack Benny’s show but don’t let the name of the podcast fool you (as it did me originally)– there’s a variety of shows posted by Buck. Gunsmoke, Phil Harris & Alice Faye, Fibber McGee & Molly, Suspense, Bob Hope, Command Performance, Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen and Fred Allen are shows that are always in rotation.
If you have even a passing interest in the golden age of radio, this is a must-listen podcast!
BTW – I hope everyone had a great Halloween. I had planned on dressing up but ended up with a terrible headache all day and just chilled watching some horror movies all night and the premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC. I loved the comic book, so I expected the show to decent… it was spectacular. Great production values, surprising amount of gore for cable. It looked and felt like a movie. Can’t wait for next week’s episode! I wonder how closely they’re gonna follow the book.