Top 100 Old Time Radio Moments of the 20th Century

Entertainment

Compiled by broadcast historian Elizabeth McLeod for History of American Broadcasting in 2003 * Missing: 8XK Becomes KDKA (19) * American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (31) * The Step On The Stair (36) * Fibber McGee and Molly (37) * NBC Radio Guild (47) * The Metropolitan Opera Begins Its Run (48) * The Shadow (51) * The Lone Ranger (53) * Vic and Sade (55) * Mrs. Wicker and Miss Mack (56) * Information Please quiz show (57) * Norman Corwin reads Bill of Rights (60) * WLS National Barn Dance (61) * Dr. Francis Townsend (64) * Pot O' Gold game show (73) * Senator Arthur Vandenburg’s Mock Fireside Mystery Chat (74) * Liberty Broadcasting System (77) * Harold Peary/‘The Great Gildersleeve’ Debuts (78) * Jessica Dragonette (79) * Don Becker's Weak-End Satires (85) * National Defense Test Day (88) * Elsie Hitz and Nick Dawson and the rise of Romantic Adventure (90) * One Man’s Family (92) * Arthur Bagley, ‘Network Radio's First Morning Man’ (93) * Wendell Hall (95) * Richard Kollmar of ‘Dorothy and Dick’ (96) * Phillips Lord (97)

This Category is Ranked. Sort by Ranking Based on Votes by clicking on Vote Ranking. Sort by the Collection's Ranking by clicking on List Ranking.

Vote RankingList Ranking  

28

1

War

Event

60.0% (102 of 170 votes)

56

1

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

33.33% (60 of 180 votes)

118

1

Charles Collingwood

Commentator

0% (0 of 1 votes)

23

4

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

60.70% (346 of 570 votes)

62

4

Japan

Location

30.49% (25 of 82 votes)

70

4

Hawaii

State

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

71

5

King Edward VII

Monarch

0% (0 of 0 votes)

1

6

Neville Chamberlain

Politician

100% (2 of 2 votes)

21

6

Adolf Hitler

World Leader

69.52% (1122 of 1614 votes)

41

6

H. V. Kaltenborn

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

24

7

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

60.70% (346 of 570 votes)

74

8

Herbert Morrison

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

25

9

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

60.70% (346 of 570 votes)

57

10

Orson Welles

Actor

32.31% (21 of 65 votes)

73

10

Mercury Theater on the Air

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 1 votes)

2

11

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

100% (1 of 1 votes)

75

11

The Amos 'n Andy Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

76

12

Ed Wynn

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

77

12

Jack Benny

Comedian

0% (0 of 6 votes)

119

12

Eddie Cantor

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

122

12

Gracie Allen

Comedienne

0% (0 of 0 votes)

123

12

George Burns

Comedian

0% (0 of 7 votes)

78

13

Charles Lindbergh

Aviator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

79

14

Jack Dempsey

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

80

14

Gene Tunney

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

47

15

Calvin Coolidge

U.S. President

41.67% (5 of 12 votes)

37

16

Georges Carpentier

Boxer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

81

16

Jack Dempsey

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

55

17

Bing Crosby

Vocalist

36.00% (9 of 25 votes)

3

18

AT&T

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

38

18

John W. Davis

Attorney

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

44

18

Democratic Party

Organization

43.12% (689 of 1598 votes)

4

20

Arthur Godfrey

Radio Personality

100% (3 of 3 votes)

26

20

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

60.70% (346 of 570 votes)

82

21

Edward R. Murrow

Commentator

0% (0 of 11 votes)

5

22

AT&T

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

31

22

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

52.07% (252 of 484 votes)

83

23

Joe Louis

Boxer

0% (0 of 2 votes)

84

23

Max Schmeling

Boxer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

6

24

General Electric

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

7

25

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

100% (1 of 1 votes)

85

26

Jack Benny

Comedian

0% (0 of 6 votes)

86

26

Fred Allen

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

87

27

Eddie Cantor

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

88

28

Arturo Toscanini

Conductor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

16

29

New York Giants

Sports Team

100% (3 of 3 votes)

20

29

New York Yankees

Sports Team

70.12% (568 of 810 votes)

35

29

Grantland Rice

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

52

30

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

38.00% (19 of 50 votes)

100

30

William S. Paley

TV Executive

0% (0 of 1 votes)

8

33

Rudy Vallee

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

9

34

F.C.C.

Organization

100% (2 of 2 votes)

101

35

Gracie Allen

Comedienne

0% (0 of 0 votes)

124

37

Jim and Marian Jordan

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 7 votes)

45

38

New York City, New York

Location

42.52% (54 of 127 votes)

58

38

England

Location

32.31% (21 of 65 votes)

98

39

Edward R. Murrow

Commentator

0% (0 of 11 votes)

99

40

Mary Margaret McBride

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

34

41

H. V. Kaltenborn

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

102

42

George D. Hay

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 1 votes)

10

43

Louella Parsons

Commentator

100% (2 of 2 votes)

33

44

Irna Phillips

Screenwriter

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

11

45

Gabriel Heatter

Radio Personality

100% (1 of 1 votes)

103

45

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

105

46

King George VI Windsor

Monarch

0% (0 of 5 votes)

106

49

Benny Goodman

Bandleader

0% (0 of 1 votes)

32

50

Jesse Owens

Athlete

52.00% (26 of 50 votes)

104

50

The Olympic Games

Event

0% (0 of 5 votes)

59

51

Orson Welles

Actor

32.31% (21 of 65 votes)

51

58

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

38.00% (19 of 50 votes)

68

58

Thomas Alva Edison

Inventor

20.0% (2 of 10 votes)

48

59

Agnes Moorehead

Actress

40.61% (67 of 165 votes)

12

62

Arthur Godfrey

Radio Personality

100% (3 of 3 votes)

13

63

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

100% (1 of 1 votes)

95

63

The Amos 'n Andy Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

14

64

Gerald L.K. Smith

Politician

100% (1 of 1 votes)

96

64

Huey Long

U.S. Governor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

97

64

Charles Coughlin

Religious Figure

0% (0 of 0 votes)

93

65

Cecil B. DeMille

Filmmaker

0% (0 of 4 votes)

94

66

Kate Smith

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

43

67

Mae West

Actress

48.57% (17 of 35 votes)

92

67

Edgar Bergen

Ventriloquist

0% (0 of 3 votes)

121

67

Charlie McCarthy

Toy

0% (0 of 4 votes)

22

68

Ku Klux Klan

Organization

64.73% (1123 of 1735 votes)

67

68

Superman

Hero

20.83% (5 of 24 votes)

90

68

Bud Collyer

TV Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

91

69

Dragnet

TV Series

0% (0 of 2 votes)

36

70

King George V

Monarch

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

69

70

BBC

TV Network

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

89

71

Hugo Black

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

0% (0 of 0 votes)

30

72

Herbert Clark Hoover

U.S. President

56.00% (14 of 25 votes)

65

72

Will Rogers

Comedian

25.00% (4 of 16 votes)

27

74

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

60.70% (346 of 570 votes)

42

74

Republican Party

Organization

48.93% (436 of 891 votes)

109

75

Gunsmoke

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

18

76

D.W. Griffith

Filmmaker

88.89% (8 of 9 votes)

19

76

Dolores Del Rio

Actress

83.33% (5 of 6 votes)

29

76

Gloria Swanson

Actress

58.52% (79 of 135 votes)

64

76

Charlie Chaplin

Actor

26.32% (10 of 38 votes)

72

76

Norma Talmadge

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

107

76

John Barrymore

Actor

0% (0 of 2 votes)

110

76

Mary Pickford

Actress

0% (0 of 2 votes)

120

76

Douglas Fairbanks

Actor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

108

80

Bob and Ray

Comedians

0% (0 of 2 votes)

49

81

Burgess Meredith

Actor

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

60

81

Orson Welles

Actor

32.31% (21 of 65 votes)

112

82

Joe Penner

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

113

83

William L. Shirer

Commentator

0% (0 of 1 votes)

54

84

William Shakespeare

Playwright

36.00% (18 of 50 votes)

114

84

John Barrymore

Actor

0% (0 of 2 votes)

66

86

Will Rogers

Comedian

25.00% (4 of 16 votes)

46

87

Lionel Barrymore

Actor

42.01% (113 of 269 votes)

17

89

Jerry Colonna

Comedian

96.00% (24 of 25 votes)

53

89

Bob Hope

Comedian

37.21% (32 of 86 votes)

111

89

Yehudi Menuhin

Violinist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

50

91

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

38.00% (19 of 50 votes)

61

92

Tony Randall

Actor

31.58% (54 of 171 votes)

63

92

Mercedes McCambridge

Actress

27.27% (3 of 11 votes)

115

92

Eva Marie Saint

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

40

94

Walter Winchell

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

116

96

Dorothy Kilgallen

Commentator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

15

98

William Gillette

Actor

100% (2 of 2 votes)

39

99

Truth or Consequences

TV Series

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

117

100

Alan B. Shepard, Jr.

Astronaut

0% (0 of 1 votes)