R U Sitting Comfortably?
Old Time Radio on Demand
to Download and Listen to All the Old Time Radio Shows You Want"
That is the tag line on the RUSC (R U Sitting
Comfortably?) website. Having been a longtime fan of the old
radio shows, I gratefully accepted an offer by co-owner Joy Norris to
poke around the website that she and her husband Ned have created. RUSC
is a subscription-based collection of hundreds, nay thousands of programs
from "The Golden Age of Radio" that are available for your listening
pleasure either streaming live or as a download for listening to at
a later time.
A list (like the one to the
left) of the main show categories appears on every page for easy
access. Not only are more familiar comedy titles like Abbot &
Costello, Milton Berle, and Father Knows Best
included, but lesser known shows like My Fiend Irma, and
Life With Luigi are also available. Are you a detective story
fan? If so, then listen to The Adventures of Sam Spade,
Charlie Chan, The Shadow, or Nightbeat. I have
listened to dozens of old
Dragnet radio shows over the years. Even quiz shows like You
Bet Your Life and Beat the Band can be used to try your
knowledge of trivia. If you think your IQ is higher than it needs to
be, I recommend anything from the Soap Opera series. Sports enthusiasts
will appreciate recorded broadcasts of boxing matches and football games
from days of yore.
of my favorite old-time radio broadcasters is
Jean Shepherd (original assignee of
K2ORS call sign), who spent many years at WOR in New York
City. Jean was the consummate storyteller capable of recounting in detail
his experiences in the U.S. Army, during his youth, and throughout life
when faced with many unique circumstances. His biggest career break
came following a Christmas 1962 broadcast of "Duel in the Snow, or Red
Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid," a story which came from his book
God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash," and became the basis of the
hit movie "A
quick look at
Archive.org is always a good way to find out how long
(at least) a website has been around because
a chart like the one here shows the dates on which it captured samples
of the site. Sure enough, just as claimed, rusc.com has been on Archive.org's
radar since way back in 1999 (the same year rfcafe.com
was born, btw).
RUSC Radio Show Listing can be downloaded as a PDF file. It
contains nearly 2,000 pages of brief synopses for hundreds of shows,
including data on date first broadcast, main star(s),
show length in minutes and seconds, and has a fully categorized table
of contents. A mobile version of the RUSC website is available to make
listening on the go even easier.
Tour" of RUSC is provided to quickly orient you to the vast resources
(25,000+ items) made available. An ever-changing
"Top 10" list is maintained alerting you to the most popular shows currently
being listened to or downloaded. You can add them or any other episodes
to your play list. Ned regularly writes editorial articles on various
topics related to his radio show collection. Graphical charts can be
displayed indicating current popularity based on show category or series.
RUSC guarantees your complete satisfaction or your subscription
payment will be refunded.
Click here to
start your trial.
Posted March 4,