Old-Time Radio Names: Zenith, Zero and Tao
I’m sure you’re all really busy making preparations to celebrate National Radio Day tomorrow, the day set aside to commemorate old time radio—I but hope you can take some time out to look at these interesting vintage radio character names we’ve dug up.
They date back to a time, from the 1930s to the fifties, when listening to the radio was the only home entertainment there was, aside from harmonizing around the piano. Moms tuned in to their daily soap operas— often only fifteen minutes long—as they feather-dusted and darned Junior’s socks, before Junior rushed home from school to hear the latest adventure of Don Winslow of the Navy. And in the evening the whole family would gather around the big console to laugh at Baby Snooks or shudder at Suspense Theater.
Many of these shows were populated with great old names you don’t hear any more, from exotic flowers like Geranium (used not once but in two different shows), Gardenia, Lotus and Tulip, to unusual word names like Fury, Casino and Tweed.
Here are some of the most interesting examples, with the titles of the mostly long-forgotten soaps and space odysseys they appeared in:
Casino—Home of the Brave
Inza Burrage—Frank Merriweill
Lorelei Kilbourne—Big Town
Marilly—Mayor of the Town
Zenith Sambrini—Ma Perkins
Cosmo Topper—The Adventures of Topper
Eben Crowell—Four Corners, U.S.A
Goodman Ace—Easy Aces
Oogie Pringle—A Date With Judy
Robespierre—The Baby Snooks Show
Scotson Webb—Girl Alone
Ulysses Hink—Dear Mom
Anything here that strikes your fancy?
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