Are these radio series from the 1940s or a different decade?

Before seeing our favorite shows, we had to listen to them on the radio.

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Remember when you could turn on the radio and listen to your favorite show? From Westerns to situational comedies and dramas, radio series brought fun into residents' homes before television took over.

A lot of those popular series from decades like the 1940s were turned into television shows. You might know the names, but are these from the '40s or a different decade?

Good luck.

  1. Is "A Date with Judy" a radio series from the '40s?
  2. Is "Mayor of the Town" a radio series from the '40s?
  3. Is "Gunsmoke" a radio series from the '40s?
  4. Is "Have Gun - Will Travel" a radio series from the '40s?
  5. Is "Perry Mason" a radio series from the '40s?
  6. Is "Cavalcade of America" a radio series from the '40s?
  7. Is "Meet Millie" a radio series from the '40s?
  8. Is "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" a radio series from the '40s?
  9. Is "The Campbell Playhouse" a radio series from the '40s?
  10. Is "Suspense" a radio series from the '40s?

Are these radio series from the 1940s or a different decade?

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Snickers 11 months ago
5/10, then again I wasn't born until 1957.
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JHP 11 months ago
A quiz to really data mine us old farts
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JHP 11 months ago
It was a radio show for sure. I listen to a lot of old time radio shows on XM ch 148. (not trying to be a shill). They play superman and Green HA-net:)
Snickers 11 months ago
Yes there were Superman serials back in the 40's as well as Batman and many others. Always had a cliffhanger on the end to get people to come back next week to see how it ends
retro6 11 months ago
8/10. Not bad. Sometimes commuting to work ii listen to Radio Classics in Sirius and catch the Suspense episodes.
Wendy57 11 months ago
7/10
I’m glad to say that I’m a bit too young to remember these, but, not too old to guess.
TheKodakKid Wendy57 11 months ago
All of these programs ended their original run years before I was born. However, I’ve heard multiple episodes of all but two of them.
graceful1970 11 months ago
Here's the moment of truth. You got 6 out of 10
vinman63 11 months ago
Missed out on Fibber McGee and Molly not only was it a main show during the 40 but spawn the great Gilldersleeve, and Beulah along with a TV show
TheKodakKid vinman63 11 months ago
“The Great Gildersleeve” is considered radio’s very first spin off program.
BrittReid 11 months ago
7/10 A wee bit before my time. You forgot The Green Hornet.
Big3Fan BrittReid 11 months ago
Your alter ego!
RobertK 11 months ago
7 of 10. Not too bad considering I wasn't around in the 40's. What sorta helped was a radio station I used to listen to in my workshop. They used to play old radio serials every Saturday evening, along with vintage Big Band music.
CaptainDunsel 11 months ago
7/10
I missed #1, #2, and #8
The only ones I was certain of were #5 (because I'm a big PM fan) and #10 (because my Dad used to write for the show).
KJExpress CaptainDunsel 11 months ago
That's pretty cool about your dad.
TheKodakKid CaptainDunsel 11 months ago
“Suspense” was one of the top radio programs of all time. Even when budgets caused cast changes from top name stars to radio regulars, those performers still delivered superior acting. The scripts were always well written. (Wondering who your dad was, because I’ve had to have heard some of his work.)

“Suspense” was one of the two last scripted programs from the Golden Age of Radio to be broadcast. The other was “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.” They would broadcast their last episode on the same night.
ncadams27 TheKodakKid 11 months ago
September 1962
ClingPeaches TheKodakKid 11 months ago
Suspense is my all time favorite OTR show. I am a huge OTR fan and have an internet radio still programmed with gobs of OTR stations. It’s how I sleep at night. That started when I was a kid in the 70s listening to CBS Radio Mystery Theater when they seemingly tried to revive radio dramas. Loved it, still listen to that one at night too.
KJExpress 11 months ago
9/10. Made it all the way to the end and then KABOOM! Missed #10. 🤦‍♀️
Maverick66 11 months ago
6/10. Mostly guesses as this is a bit before my time.
Big3Fan 11 months ago
Eight again. I'm a big fan of Radio Classics on SiriusXM, but I couldn't remember MotT and should have remembered TAoOaH.
MrsPhilHarris 11 months ago
4/10 😳 As someone who listens to old time radio on a daily basis, I am extremely disappointed in myself for getting such a crappy score. 🤨
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Aww. You must not have held your mouth right while answering!
(Is that just a Southern saying?)
RARE when I best you - got 7 of 10. Missed A Date With Judy, Gunsmoke and Campbell Playhouse (the only one I've listened to). SUSPENSE and THE WHISTER are my faves
I don’t know what happened. 🤔 I should have aced it. I hang my head in shame. 😟
LeeWithers MrsPhilHarris 9 months ago
Georgia Ellis played radio's Kitty Russell on the original Gunsmoke.
MrsPhilHarris LeeWithers 9 months ago
I kind of like her character on the radio. More of a “fun-time girl” than the tv Kitty.
texasluva 11 months ago
7 out 10. More then half guess work 🙄.
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