Magazine article Insight on the News

Yesterday's Radio Today!

Magazine article Insight on the News

Yesterday's Radio Today!

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A old-time radio buff is using state-of-the-art technology to broadcast programs from radio's golden era, promoting the network as family friendly and morally uplifting.

For more than 15 years, a family-oriented guy in Richardson, Texas, has been producing an around-the-clock stream of audio that is completely G-rated -- the YesterdayUSA Radio Network. Although a lot of people around the world hear it via the Internet at www.yesterdayusa.com, it's also aired to thousands of homes and businesses via satellites.

YesterdayUSA is the only old-time radio programming on the Internet that streams live audio all the time. Most networks are like jukeboxes: Listeners must request discrete programs, one after another. But this station can be left on all the time.

Its main staple is old-time radio, much of it from radio's golden days. The quality of the sound and the content varies, largely because Bill Bragg, the driving force behind the network, relies on volunteers to produce the shows that are broadcast. In addition to pretaped programs, Bragg, his new wife, Kim, and several Dallas-area friends are live on the air each night. It's a talkfest, but Bragg manages to bring on great guests each week.

Ironically, because most of the people from the "nostalgia era" are now dead, Bragg often ends up interviewing the children of famous people. He recently spoke with the grandson of Emil Berliner, the man who invented the flat phonograph record. The younger Berliner talked about the evolution of the gramophone (as his grandfather called it) and about the painting of the dog listening to the record player, His Master's Voice. …

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