My Latest Obsession
When driving in my car, I like to listen to talk radio. Something about peoples' voices is soothing to me. Anywho, every Sunday, there is a radio show on called "When Radio Was" and it showcases radio shows from the 1940s and 1950s. In short, this program rocks. I listen to it every chance I can and one day an idea hit me, somewhere on the internet there has to be people that have mp3s of The Shadow, Suspense, and other fun shows. How right I was.
I found this place called The Digital Deli that offers FTP access to something like 64,000 old radio shows. The downside is that you have to pay for access but on the upside, they are cheap and fast. I am paying $6.50 for a gig of mp3s and that equates to around sixty hours of radio shows. Yes, your ears are not playing tricks on you, I am actually paying to download mp3s. The world has started to come to an end somewhere and snowboarding passes are being sold in Hell. Yes, I would have downloaded them elsewhere if I could have found complete collections of them and at the same level of quality that the Digital Deli has them for but alas, I could not. Either way, if you want to hear some old radio shows and you don't mind shelling out $6.50 for them, the Digital Deli is the place to go. I am glad there are people out there archiving these shows because radio was the foundation of home entertainment for the better part of three decades in the U.S. and it would be a shame to lose all of those fun radio moments.
This is an example of the past meeting the present that I think is cool. Here you have me, a guy that was born in 1980, being able to listen to stuff that had been off the air for almost thirty years by the time I was born. I am able to download episodes of "The Shadow" and pop them on my iPod to listen to them at my convenience. How freaking cool is that?