Radio and TV nostalgia

  • A&R BOOKSEARCH, High Close, Winnick Cross, Lanreath, Looe, PL13 2PF (01503-220246, 01503-220965). Huge 160-page catalogue of books including radio and TV programmes and nostalgia.
  • ADVENTURES IN CASSETTES, 5353 Nathan Lane, Plymouth, MN 55442, USA (00 1 800-328-0108). American old-time radio shows on tape.
  • BBC RADIO TAPES. A wide selection of old BBC radio programmes is available at outlets such as W.H. Smith. Catalogue from Video Plus Direct, Box 190, Peterborough, PE2 6UW (0800-258259). Publisher is BBC Enterprises, Woodlands, 80 Wood Lane, London, W12 0TT. (020-8576 2000).
  • ERSTWHILE RADIO, Box 2284, Peabody, MA 01960, USA. Nearly 5,000 old American radio shows.
  • EUROSOUND, 41 Swanmore Road, Boscombe East, Bournemouth, BH7 6PD. Recordings of wartime German radio broadcasts on cassette tape and some video tapes of newsreels, etc.. List available.
  • HAZELDENE ENTERTAINMENT, Hazeldene, George Street, Wordsley, Stourbridge, DY8 5YN. Mail order supplier of American classic radio programmes, catalogue free.
  • HISTORIA PUBLISHING, Box 5276, Bromsgrove, B61 0HZ (tel/fax 01527-870411). Web site: Video tapes and CDs on German wartime propaganda broadcasts.
  • INTERSTATE MUSIC Ltd, Box 74, Crawley, RH11 0LX. Transcriptions to CD of German songs from wartime propaganda broadcasts. Sold only through retailers, such as Red Lick Records (below).
  • Terence KAY, 52 Neeld Crescent, London, NW4 3RR (tel/fax 020-8202 8188). Books on all the performing arts by mail order plus stand at film fairs.
  • KEN'S (Joyce and Ken Graham). 29 High Street, Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, MK16 8AR (01908-610003). Ephemera specialist, with some old radio/TV magazines and books. Closed Thursdays.
  • KELLY BOOKS, 6 Redlands, Tiverton, EX16 6BU (01884-256170, fax 11884-251063). Email   Books and magazines on broadcasting, catalogues issues. Web site:
  • KINGFISHER CASSETTES, Box 1660, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444, Australia (00 61 2 6581 0576). Huge range of Australian radio shows of the 1940s-60s on tape, many featuring British artistes.
  • METRO GOLDEN MEMORIES. 5425 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60641, USA (00 1 312 736 4133). Shop devoted to old films, radio and TV shows, tapes, books, photos and so on. Mail order.
  • MUSIC INN, 7-11 West End Arcade, Nottingham, NG1 6JP (0115- 947 0754). Old-established record store with an extremely wide range of nostalgia titles on CD. Mail order specialists.
  • (Old Time Radio Catalog) has a large selection of nostalgic radio shows from the USA, Great Britain and South Africa. Visitors can stream or download full episodes in .mp3 format and read descriptions of performers and series broadcast from the 1920's to 1950's. Find them at
  • RADIO MYSTERY THEATER. All 1,399 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater - online searchable by plots, actors, and writers. Web site:
  • RADIO SHOWCASE, P.O. Box 4357, Santa Rosa, CA 95402, USA. Vendor of American old-time radio tapes.
  • RADIO SPIRITS, Box 2141, Schiller Park, IL 60176, USA (00 1 800 723 4648). Very commercial marketeer of old-time American radio shows. Mail order, thick colour catalogue.
  • RADIO WAVES, Box 515, Alvin, TX 77512, USA. Rare radio shows, horror and science fiction.
  • RED LICK RECORDS, Box 3, Portmadoc, Gwynedd, LL48 6AQ. (01766-770990, fax 01776-771010). Retailer for Interstate Records (above).
  • SCREENTHEMES, 3 Newland Close, Toton, Nottingham, NG9 6EQ (tel/fax 0115-973 2431). Thousands of current and deleted items by the world's top composers of television and film music.
  • SHOKUS VIDEO, Box 3125, Chatsworth, CA 91313, USA (00 1 818-704 0400, fax 00 1 818-701 0560). Mail order supplier of old TV programmes on tape, PAL as well as NTSC formats. Several shows that were shown on British TV are available, such as Robin Hood (different intro sequence from UK presentation), Highway Patrol and Amos & Andy.
  • STICHTING MEDIA COMMUNICATIE (SMC). Box 53121, 1007 RC, Amsterdam, Netherlands (00 31 20-662 1141 between 19.00 and 21.00 only). Rare radio recordings from 1950s, 60s, 70s.
  • SYMPOSIUM RECORDS, 110 Derwent Avenue, East Barnet, EN4 8LZ. Reminiscences of Radio, 1895-1995 is a 60 minute cassette of archive recordings (price is around 10, send SAE to confirm current price).
  • TV GUIDE SPECIALISTS, Box 20, Macomb, IL 61455, USA (+1 309-833 1809). Dealing in TV Guide and newspaper television magazines.
  • VINTAGE MAGAZINE COMPANY, 39/43 Brewer Street, London, W1R 3FD (020-7439 8525, fax 020-7439 8527). Some radio and TV weekly magazines and ephemera.

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