Fondest/earliest OTR memories
- My earliest OTR memories are of lying in the back seat of the car, watching the stars go past the windows, listening to CBSRMT with my mom & dad in the front seats. No matter what the trip was - back from a hockey game, or the cabin, or grandma's place in Starkweather ND, or from Winnipeg - listening to CBSRMT was always my favorite part of the trip.
My fondest memory was a few years later when I saved up lawn mowing money and bought a Heathkit radio. The next few days, I rushed home after school each day to fire up the soldering iron and work on the radio. Of course, it didn't work when I put the battery in, but after a bit of tweaking, I finally had my very own working radio. And the only thing I ever remember listening to was CBSRMT, under the covers. It was even better than the back seat of the car - partly because I built the radio, but mainly because it was the first time the signal stayed strong enough to hear an entire episode!
- I don't know when I first came across OTR. Being born in 1950, and
just passing the 54 mark, my early memories were tv. My family got the
second tv in town in 1948, six months before the local station went on
the air and all there was to see was the Indian head test pattern. which
filled the living room with visitors gazing at this marvel.
I never remember my family talking about radio. They were modern
folk and radio was "passé". Once the tv was delivered the radio went
off somewhere. I do remember being about five and passing though the
kitchen and my mother was doing something and listening to a soap opera.
I have no idea what the program was.
I was around 11 or 12 before I thought much about radio (about the
time the last shows were going off the air and I didn't even know they
were on the air) and that was reading a book on radio shows with a part
about Fred Allen and a sample of a script.
It wasn't until I was in my early to mid 20s that otr really came
along, listening to the occasional program from a distant station coming
in and out on the car radio from time to time. But I could never find
that station at home.
One time I was driving in a pouring thunderstorm with lots of
lightning and thunder on a rather desolate two lane road listening to
the radio when a murder mystery came on. Talk about atmosphere! :)
A local radio station here would play an hour of otr in the late '70s
on Sunday evening.
In the early '90s I learned about SPERDVAC and joined for their vast
cassette library. At the time the net was pretty much unknown and .mp3
was unthought of. Now there is a real boom in otr compared to those
days in the no otr desert.
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