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  

49

1

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

33.33% (57 of 171 votes)

28

4

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

67.29% (325 of 483 votes)

58

4

Hawaii

State

4.17% (1 of 24 votes)

61

4

Japan

Location

0% (0 of 39 votes)

59

5

King Edward VII

Monarch

0% (0 of 0 votes)

34

6

Adolf Hitler

World Leader

55.43% (541 of 976 votes)

43

6

H. V. Kaltenborn

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

60

6

Neville Chamberlain

Politician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

27

7

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

67.29% (325 of 483 votes)

72

8

Herbert Morrison

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

29

9

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

67.29% (325 of 483 votes)

54

10

Orson Welles

Actor

7.69% (3 of 39 votes)

63

10

Mercury Theater on the Air

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 1 votes)

64

11

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

65

11

The Amos 'n Andy Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

66

12

Ed Wynn

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

67

12

Jack Benny

Comedian

0% (0 of 0 votes)

68

13

Charles Lindbergh

Aviator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

69

14

Jack Dempsey

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

70

14

Gene Tunney

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

30

15

Calvin Coolidge

U.S. President

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

2

16

Georges Carpentier

Boxer

100% (1 of 1 votes)

71

16

Jack Dempsey

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

39

17

Bing Crosby

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

4

18

AT&T

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

40

18

John W. Davis

Attorney

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

46

18

Democratic Party

Organization

42.96% (684 of 1592 votes)

5

20

Arthur Godfrey

Radio Personality

100% (3 of 3 votes)

26

20

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

67.29% (325 of 483 votes)

87

21

Edward R. Murrow

Commentator

0% (0 of 6 votes)

3

22

AT&T

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

56

22

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

5.88% (1 of 17 votes)

73

23

Joe Louis

Boxer

0% (0 of 2 votes)

74

23

Max Schmeling

Boxer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

75

24

General Electric

Corporation

0% (0 of 0 votes)

76

25

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

77

26

Jack Benny

Comedian

0% (0 of 0 votes)

78

26

Fred Allen

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

79

27

Eddie Cantor

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

80

28

Arturo Toscanini

Conductor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

14

29

New York Giants

Sports Team

100% (3 of 3 votes)

22

29

New York Yankees

Sports Team

69.38% (222 of 320 votes)

38

29

Grantland Rice

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

17

30

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

85.71% (6 of 7 votes)

85

30

William S. Paley

TV Executive

0% (0 of 0 votes)

86

33

Rudy Vallee

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

6

34

F.C.C.

Organization

100% (1 of 1 votes)

81

35

Gracie Allen

Comedienne

0% (0 of 0 votes)

31

38

New York City, New York

Location

66.67% (40 of 60 votes)

57

38

England

Location

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

83

39

Edward R. Murrow

Commentator

0% (0 of 6 votes)

84

40

Mary Margaret McBride

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

37

41

H. V. Kaltenborn

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

82

42

George D. Hay

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 1 votes)

7

43

Louella Parsons

Commentator

100% (1 of 1 votes)

97

44

Irna Phillips

Screenwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

8

45

Gabriel Heatter

Radio Personality

100% (1 of 1 votes)

98

45

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

95

46

King George VI Windsor

Monarch

0% (0 of 5 votes)

96

49

Benny Goodman

Bandleader

0% (0 of 0 votes)

36

50

Jesse Owens

Athlete

53.06% (26 of 49 votes)

94

50

The Olympic Games

Event

0% (0 of 4 votes)

53

51

Orson Welles

Actor

7.69% (3 of 39 votes)

16

58

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

85.71% (6 of 7 votes)

52

58

Thomas Alva Edison

Inventor

20.0% (2 of 10 votes)

45

59

Agnes Moorehead

Actress

43.79% (67 of 153 votes)

9

62

Arthur Godfrey

Radio Personality

100% (3 of 3 votes)

90

63

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

91

63

The Amos 'n Andy Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

10

64

Gerald L.K. Smith

Politician

100% (1 of 1 votes)

92

64

Huey Long

U.S. Governor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

93

64

Charles Coughlin

Religious Figure

0% (0 of 0 votes)

88

65

Cecil B. DeMille

Filmmaker

0% (0 of 0 votes)

89

66

Kate Smith

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

42

67

Mae West

Actress

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

112

67

Edgar Bergen

Ventriloquist

0% (0 of 3 votes)

117

67

Charlie McCarthy

Toy

0% (0 of 3 votes)

32

68

Ku Klux Klan

Organization

65.86% (847 of 1286 votes)

51

68

Superman

Hero

22.73% (5 of 22 votes)

114

68

Bud Collyer

TV Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

115

69

Dragnet

TV Series

0% (0 of 2 votes)

11

70

BBC

TV Network

100% (2 of 2 votes)

116

70

King George V

Monarch

0% (0 of 1 votes)

113

71

Hugo Black

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

0% (0 of 0 votes)

18

72

Herbert Clark Hoover

U.S. President

83.33% (5 of 6 votes)

20

72

Will Rogers

Comedian

80.0% (4 of 5 votes)

25

74

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

67.29% (325 of 483 votes)

44

74

Republican Party

Organization

49.21% (436 of 886 votes)

110

75

Gunsmoke

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

1

76

Dolores Del Rio

Actress

100% (5 of 5 votes)

19

76

D.W. Griffith

Filmmaker

83.33% (5 of 6 votes)

24

76

Gloria Swanson

Actress

68.70% (79 of 115 votes)

48

76

Charlie Chaplin

Actor

33.33% (10 of 30 votes)

62

76

Norma Talmadge

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

108

76

John Barrymore

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

111

76

Mary Pickford

Actress

0% (0 of 1 votes)

118

76

Douglas Fairbanks

Actor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

109

80

Bob and Ray

Comedians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

55

81

Orson Welles

Actor

7.69% (3 of 39 votes)

99

81

Burgess Meredith

Actor

0% (0 of 2 votes)

100

82

Joe Penner

Comedian

0% (0 of 0 votes)

101

83

William L. Shirer

Commentator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

47

84

William Shakespeare

Playwright

37.50% (18 of 48 votes)

102

84

John Barrymore

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

21

86

Will Rogers

Comedian

80.0% (4 of 5 votes)

23

87

Lionel Barrymore

Actor

69.18% (110 of 159 votes)

12

89

Jerry Colonna

Comedian

100% (24 of 24 votes)

35

89

Bob Hope

Comedian

54.55% (12 of 22 votes)

103

89

Yehudi Menuhin

Violinist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

15

91

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

85.71% (6 of 7 votes)

33

92

Mercedes McCambridge

Actress

60.0% (3 of 5 votes)

50

92

Tony Randall

Actor

32.00% (48 of 150 votes)

105

92

Eva Marie Saint

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

106

94

Walter Winchell

Commentator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

107

96

Dorothy Kilgallen

Commentator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

13

98

William Gillette

Actor

100% (1 of 1 votes)

41

99

Truth or Consequences

TV Series

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

104

100

Alan B. Shepard, Jr.

Astronaut

0% (0 of 0 votes)