Primary Sources

Radio Programs Online

Library of Congress Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division holds vast numbers of films. Most are not available online, but copies can sometimes be purchased. Many of these films are available through American Memory and the Prelinger Archives of "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films in the Internet Archive (select Search Moving Images). If the film you want is not evident on the LC website, enquire directly as the collection is not fully cataloged.

OTR.Network Library offers "Old Time Radio" programs.

Prelinger Archives includes films, radio audio clips, news clips, educational films, advertisements, industry films, etc.


Radio Advertising in the 1920s and 1930s

Selling Stuff During the Golden Age of Radio

Documentary Collections

Public Broadcasting PolicyBase (1945-2012): Key documents about the history, purpose, policy and structure of public broadcasting in the US.

Periodicals The Online Radio & TV Library offers an enormous collection of radio/TV magazines.

Ratings, Statistics The Online Radio & TV Library offers ratings (Arbitron and other statistics).

Secondary Sources, Context and Background

Chronologies, Dictionaries, Directories, Encyclopedias, Handbooks The Online Radio & TV Library offers station logs and schedules and other material.

American radio networks: a history, by Jim Cox. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2009, 228 p.
Widener | Harvard Depository | PN1991.3.U6 C63 2009

Encyclopedia of American radio, 1920-1960, by Luther F. Sies. 2nd ed. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2008. 2 v.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.2 .S57 2008

The encyclopedia of American radio: an A-Z guide to radio from Jack Benny to Howard Stern, by Ron Lackmann. Updated ed. New York: Facts On File, 2000, 370 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.3.U6 L29 2000

Encyclopedia of black radio in the United States, 1921-1955, by Ryan Ellett. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2012, 208 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.8.A35 E45 2012

Historical dictionary of American radio, ed. by Donald G. Godfrey and Frederic A. Leigh. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998, 485 p.
Baker Business | Stacks -- LC Books | PN1991.2 .H57 1998
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.2 .H57 1998

Historical dictionary of old-time radio, by Robert C. Reinehr, Jon D. Swartz. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2008, 305 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.3.U6 R45 2008

A history of broadcasting in the United States, by Douglas Gomery. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2008, 357 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1990.6.U5 G66 2008

Key concepts in radio studies, by Hugh Chignell. Los Angeles ; London: SAGE, 2009, 191 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.5 .C46 2009x

On the air: the encyclopedia of old-time radio, by John Dunning. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, 822 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.3.U6 D8 1998x

Radio broadcasting from 1920 to 1990: an annotated bibliography, by Diane Foxhill Carothers. New York: Garland Pub., 1991, 564 p.
Widener | Harvard Depository | PN1991.5.Z99 C37 1991x

Radio program openings and closings, 1931-1972, by Vincent Terrace. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2003, 278 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.3.U6 T44 2003

Same time-- same station: an A-Z guide to radio from Jack Benny to Howard Stern, by Ron Lackmann. New York: Facts on File, 1996, 370 p.
Widener | Harvard Depository | PN1991.3.U6 L32 1996x

Tune in yesterday: the ultimate encyclopedia of old-time radio, 1925-1976, by John Dunning. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1976, 703 p.
Widener | WID-LC | PN1991.3.U6 D8

Biographical Sources

Museum of Broadcast Communications includes the Radio Hall of Fame offering short biographies of numerous radio figures.