You can't spell "Mother" without OTR

It’s been a bit quiet around here of late—we even missed posting a Pitch Perfect on Monday for the first time since that recurring feature debuted—as we’ve been under the weather (we’re also job-hunting, which, by necessity, claims much of our time), but we did want to share the following:

Mother’s Day, as ads and emails remind all of us relentlessly, is just around the corner, and the good folks at, purveyors of collections of old-time radio programming, are offering a number of programs free for the streaming.

All the shows have a “Mother” theme, natch, but a number of genres are covered: dramas, cop shows, private eye programs, westerns, and, as you can see below, comedies.

We’re sharing a Burns and Allen program entitled “Gracie’s Mother Visits” that originally aired on May 20, 1948, in which George has an encounter with his mother-in-law that finds him having to repair all the plumbing and electrical wiring in his home.

Burn and Allen: “Gracie’s Mother Visits” (25:09)

We think you’ll find the offerings at OTRcat well worth your consideration, and at these prices—free—they certainly can’t be beat.

P.S. If you’re still in the market for a Mother’s Day present, you could do a lot worse than buying your dear mom a VIP Live365 membership. She’ll be able to listen to Cladrite Radio and hundreds of other Live365 stations commercial-free, and you’ll be showing your support for the music here at Cladrite Radio (we get a cut of membership fees). Just follow the VIP membership link to the left for more info.

Thrills and chills, gratis (Old Time Radio Catalog), a terrific source for collections of vintage radio programming from the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, is, in the spirit of the season, offering a selection of scary programs for your listening pleasure, free of charge.

That’s right, all the Halloween thrills and chills you can handle, and they won’t cost you a dime—though you might find you’re tempted to spring for some of their terrific collections of OTR programs, shiver-inducing or otherwise, once you’ve sampled their wares.

You can shudder to the likes of Inner Sanctum, Quiet, Please, Suspense, The Whistler, and other memorably macabre programs.

Give ’em a listen, and tell ’em Cladrite Radio sent you!