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Radio Shows

Before TV’s popularity soared, families used to gather around the radio. Several vaudeville stars got their start with a radio show, including Abbott & Costello and Amos & Andy.

The longest running radio show is the Grand Ole Opry. It’s first broadcast was on November 28, 1925 on 650 WSM AM radio. The Grand Ole Opry is still broadcast on WSM every Saturday evening at seven. (You can find the Opry broadcast on Sirius-XM radio.)

Perhaps the best known radio show was en episode of The Mercury Theatre on the Air that was broadcasted on October 30, 1938 and was entitled The War of the Worlds. The episode was directed and narrated by actor Orson Welles and was adapted from the H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds (1898). Radio listeners truly believed that the events were occurring and you can only imagine the panic and terror that ensued.