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  

35

1

War

Event

65.68% (111 of 169 votes)

60

1

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

33.33% (60 of 180 votes)

120

1

Charles Collingwood

Commentator

0% (0 of 1 votes)

28

4

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

73.40% (345 of 470 votes)

68

4

Japan

Location

25.97% (20 of 77 votes)

74

4

Hawaii

State

17.14% (6 of 35 votes)

89

5

King Edward VII

Monarch

0% (0 of 0 votes)

1

6

Neville Chamberlain

Politician

100% (2 of 2 votes)

39

6

Adolf Hitler

World Leader

54.82% (529 of 965 votes)

49

6

H. V. Kaltenborn

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

29

7

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

73.40% (345 of 470 votes)

88

8

Herbert Morrison

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 1 votes)

30

9

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

73.40% (345 of 470 votes)

67

10

Orson Welles

Actor

26.92% (14 of 52 votes)

87

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)

82

11

The Amos 'n Andy Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

19

12

Gracie Allen

Comedienne

100% (1 of 1 votes)

75

12

Jack Benny

Comedian

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

83

12

Ed Wynn

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

121

12

Eddie Cantor

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

123

12

George Burns

Comedian

0% (0 of 7 votes)

84

13

Charles Lindbergh

Aviator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

85

14

Jack Dempsey

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

86

14

Gene Tunney

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

53

15

Calvin Coolidge

U.S. President

38.46% (5 of 13 votes)

45

16

Georges Carpentier

Boxer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

81

16

Jack Dempsey

Boxer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

56

17

Bing Crosby

Vocalist

36.00% (9 of 25 votes)

3

18

AT&T

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

46

18

John W. Davis

Attorney

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

54

18

Democratic Party

Organization

37.72% (694 of 1840 votes)

4

20

Arthur Godfrey

Radio Personality

100% (3 of 3 votes)

31

20

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

73.40% (345 of 470 votes)

80

21

Edward R. Murrow

Commentator

0% (0 of 11 votes)

7

22

AT&T

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

26

22

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

77.00% (154 of 200 votes)

61

23

Joe Louis

Boxer

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

99

23

Max Schmeling

Boxer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

5

24

General Electric

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

6

25

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

100% (1 of 1 votes)

76

26

Jack Benny

Comedian

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

77

26

Fred Allen

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

78

27

Eddie Cantor

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

79

28

Arturo Toscanini

Conductor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

18

29

New York Giants

Sports Team

100% (3 of 3 votes)

33

29

New York Yankees

Sports Team

70.29% (265 of 377 votes)

44

29

Grantland Rice

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

23

30

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

95.00% (19 of 20 votes)

104

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)

10

35

Gracie Allen

Comedienne

100% (1 of 1 votes)

124

37

Jim and Marian Jordan

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 7 votes)

27

38

New York City, New York

Location

75.00% (51 of 68 votes)

72

38

England

Location

21.82% (12 of 55 votes)

102

39

Edward R. Murrow

Commentator

0% (0 of 11 votes)

103

40

Mary Margaret McBride

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

43

41

H. V. Kaltenborn

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

100

42

George D. Hay

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 1 votes)

11

43

Louella Parsons

Commentator

100% (1 of 1 votes)

42

44

Irna Phillips

Screenwriter

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

12

45

Gabriel Heatter

Radio Personality

100% (1 of 1 votes)

101

45

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

92

46

King George VI Windsor

Monarch

0% (0 of 5 votes)

41

49

Benny Goodman

Bandleader

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

40

50

Jesse Owens

Athlete

52.00% (26 of 50 votes)

91

50

The Olympic Games

Event

0% (0 of 5 votes)

66

51

Orson Welles

Actor

26.92% (14 of 52 votes)

22

58

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

95.00% (19 of 20 votes)

73

58

Thomas Alva Edison

Inventor

20.0% (2 of 10 votes)

51

59

Agnes Moorehead

Actress

40.61% (67 of 165 votes)

13

62

Arthur Godfrey

Radio Personality

100% (3 of 3 votes)

14

63

(Freeman and Charles) Gosden and Correll

Comedians

100% (1 of 1 votes)

96

63

The Amos 'n Andy Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

15

64

Gerald L.K. Smith

Politician

100% (1 of 1 votes)

97

64

Huey Long

U.S. Governor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

98

64

Charles Coughlin

Religious Figure

0% (0 of 0 votes)

94

65

Cecil B. DeMille

Filmmaker

0% (0 of 0 votes)

95

66

Kate Smith

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

62

67

Mae West

Actress

32.69% (17 of 52 votes)

93

67

Edgar Bergen

Ventriloquist

0% (0 of 3 votes)

119

67

Charlie McCarthy

Toy

0% (0 of 4 votes)

37

68

Ku Klux Klan

Organization

62.72% (910 of 1451 votes)

71

68

Superman

Hero

24.00% (6 of 25 votes)

105

68

Bud Collyer

TV Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

106

69

Dragnet

TV Series

0% (0 of 2 votes)

16

70

BBC

TV Network

100% (2 of 2 votes)

59

70

King George V

Monarch

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

107

71

Hugo Black

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

0% (0 of 0 votes)

38

72

Herbert Clark Hoover

U.S. President

57.69% (15 of 26 votes)

70

72

Will Rogers

Comedian

25.00% (4 of 16 votes)

32

74

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

73.40% (345 of 470 votes)

50

74

Republican Party

Organization

48.56% (438 of 902 votes)

111

75

Gunsmoke

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

24

76

D.W. Griffith

Filmmaker

88.89% (8 of 9 votes)

25

76

Dolores Del Rio

Actress

83.33% (5 of 6 votes)

34

76

Gloria Swanson

Actress

65.83% (79 of 120 votes)

58

76

Charlie Chaplin

Actor

33.33% (10 of 30 votes)

90

76

Norma Talmadge

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

112

76

Mary Pickford

Actress

0% (0 of 2 votes)

113

76

John Barrymore

Actor

0% (0 of 2 votes)

122

76

Douglas Fairbanks

Actor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

114

80

Bob and Ray

Comedians

0% (0 of 2 votes)

52

81

Burgess Meredith

Actor

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

65

81

Orson Welles

Actor

26.92% (14 of 52 votes)

108

82

Joe Penner

Comedian

0% (0 of 1 votes)

109

83

William L. Shirer

Commentator

0% (0 of 1 votes)

57

84

William Shakespeare

Playwright

35.29% (18 of 51 votes)

110

84

John Barrymore

Actor

0% (0 of 2 votes)

69

86

Will Rogers

Comedian

25.00% (4 of 16 votes)

36

87

Lionel Barrymore

Actor

65.09% (110 of 169 votes)

20

89

Jerry Colonna

Comedian

96.00% (24 of 25 votes)

55

89

Bob Hope

Comedian

37.21% (32 of 86 votes)

115

89

Yehudi Menuhin

Violinist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

21

91

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

95.00% (19 of 20 votes)

63

92

Tony Randall

Actor

31.58% (54 of 171 votes)

64

92

Mercedes McCambridge

Actress

27.27% (3 of 11 votes)

116

92

Eva Marie Saint

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

48

94

Walter Winchell

Commentator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

117

96

Dorothy Kilgallen

Commentator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

17

98

William Gillette

Actor

100% (2 of 2 votes)

47

99

Truth or Consequences

TV Series

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

118

100

Alan B. Shepard, Jr.

Astronaut

0% (0 of 1 votes)