Happy 2020 from Cladrite Radio!

As 2019 comes to a close, all of us at Cladrite Radio would like to wish all our listeners, followers and readers a peaceful and prosperous 2020; we sincerely hope the new year brings you only good things!

We especially want to thank our Patreon supporters, without whom Cladrite Radio simply couldn’t exist. We’re so grateful to each of you for your support.

If you’re a regular listener to Cladrite Radio and would like to help ensure that we remain alive and streaming through 2020 and beyond, please consider visiting our Patreon page. You can sign on for as little as $2 a month, and if you’re already a patron, you might wish to bump up your monthly amount in the new year.

It’s an ongoing struggle for us to cover our monthly expenses (primarily streaming, hosting and licensing fees), and without the support of our listeners, we simply couldn’t continue. So if you enjoy our toe-tapping tunes and the content we share at cladriteradio.com and on social media and would like to help us remain alive and streaming, now’s the perfect time to join us as a Patreon supporter. It’s one new year’s resolution that will pay dividends, and toe-tapping ones at that.

Happy New Year from Your Pals at Cladrite Radio!

Cab Calloway and his orchestra at NYC’s Cotton Club on New Year’s Eve, 1937? That would make for a memorable New Year’s Eve, indeed! Where do we buy our time-machine tickets?

Happy New Year to Cladrite readers and listeners everywhere! If Cladrite Radio goes off the air tomorrow, as we fear it will (it’s out of our hands—see this post for more info), please keep your eyes on this space, where we’ll post any new developments.

Happy New Year -- Cab Calloway and his orchestra at the Cotton Club on New Year's Eve, 1937

Spend New Year’s Eve with the Marxes & the Charleses

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? We’re not referencing the classic song of that name (a favorite of ours, by the way); we’re asking the question. Because Turner Classic Movies has arranged a day of programming that, for our money, negates any need to even think of joining the inebriated hordes who’ll be out on the town, paying too much to have too little fun. Stay home instead, and enjoy the Marx Brothers all day and Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta, too) all night!

The Marx Brothers‘ first—and finest—seven pictures will air (slightly out of order, which is a bit of a head-scratcher) beginning at 8:15 a.m. ET, followed by all six Thin Man movies (which are being shown in proper order) beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

It’s nearly 23 hours of programming, so you’ll want to get plenty of rest tonight.

New Year's Eve -- Duck Soup and After the Thin Man posters

Ring In the New Year, OTR-style!

A vintage clock that says Happy New YearThe hours remaining in 2014 are dwindling down, and the way we figure it, odds are pretty good that you’re looking to kill a little time right about now.

You’re either stuck at the office on New Year’s Eve, but with precious little to actually do. Or you’re at home, idle in the hours before tonight’s festivities begin.

Either way, you could surely use a pleasing distraction.

As we’ve stated in this space before, we have nothing whatsoever to do with OTRCat, purveyors of audio collections of old-time radio programs. We don’t benefit in any way from offering plugs for them.

But we enjoy listening to old radio programs and we like it that, when major holidays roll around, the good folks at OTRCat make it a practice to offer a round-up of timely broadcasts for the streaming (or, if you prefer, the downloading), absolutely free.

Today, as you might guess, they’ve got a line-up of a half-dozen shows with a New Year theme, and the range of genres and decades is impressive. You can catch everything from comedies (Fibber McGee and Molly, Jack Benny) to mystery-horror (The Whistler) and even westerns (Gunsmoke).

Speaking of The Whistler, we’re sharing that one below, just to whet your appetite—but we strongly recommend you head over to OTRCat.com to see the entire line-up. And why not consider making a purchase of one of their entertaining collections of OTR programs while you’re at it, just to show your appreciation for their seasonal generosity?

The Whistler: “The First Year” (12/31/1947; 29:01)