This is the January 14, 1939 edition of Radio Guide, a weekly publication that listed the shows that could be found on the AM broadcast radio and also listed some of the Shortwave Radio broadcasts that could be found. This issue is Volume 8, Number 13, for the week ending January 14, 1939.
The AM Broadcast listings are for the Midwestern region, with Radio Stations in states including Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and others. In addition to a daily guide listed by time, there is also a nice Program Locator with programs listed alphabetically. You’ll find vintage programs including Amos ‘n’ Andy, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Burns & Allen, Betty Crocker, Ethyl Gasoline, Bob Hope, Jack Armstrong, Lone Ranger, and many more.
The Shortwave listings are near the end and cover about 60 stations located worldwide, coming from countries including Cuba, Australia, Russia, Poland, El Salvador, and others.
The first half of the Magazine includes articles and editorials. On the inside of the front cover is a fascinating letter titled Note to FDR (President Roosevelt), complaining about the lack of TV stations on the air. Another story to be found is Gateway To Hollywood and is about a talent search Radio program looking to find new Hollywood stars – an American Idol of its day!
You’ll also find Eddie Cantor’s Sideline, Hollywood Showdown, and The Radio Tattler covering news and happenings. Several articles and pages cover music of the day. Even the advertisements provide an interesting window to life in the late 1930’s. Did you know you could start a potato chip business in your kitchen buying potatoes for 2 cents a pound and selling the chips for 35 cents a pound!
The Magazine is a large format, 13-3/4 inches high by 10-3/4 inches wide. It is staple bound and contains 38 pages.
The binding is beginning to loosen but pages are all still attached. The covers show light soil with a light Blue stain towards the top edges on the back cover. Inside pages show browning from age, but the paper is solid. The overall condition of this 70 year old publication is very good with no significant problems (see pictures above).
This is a great window into the past at a most significant time in history. The Great Depression was in its waning days, World War II was about to engulf the country, and TV was in its infancy. Broadcast Radio was in its golden days. This 1939 issue of Radio Guide would make a wonderful addition to any collection!