You may have heard this before, but before there was HDTV, there was just regular TV, kind of pixilated. Before there was cable and satellite TV, there was just regular broadcast TV, received -- for free -- via an antenna. Before there were remote controls, people had to get up to change the channels (all 13 of them). Before there was color, there was black-and-white. And before all that, there was no picture at all... just sound. And they called it radio.

People used to listen to all kinds of things on the radio: talk shows, music shows, comedy shows, adventure shows. Sometimes actors stepped up to the mike to re-create famous movies for radio. Sometimes comic books, comic strips and pulp novels were adapted into radio. Some of the most famous radio shows were 'Little Orphan Annie,' 'The Cisco Kid,' 'Fibber McGee and Molly,' 'Dick Tracy,' 'Flash Gordon,' 'The Lone Ranger,' 'The Shadow,' 'War of the Worlds,' 'You Bet Your Life' and 'The Green Hornet.' That last was actually created for the radio, and only later evolved into a comic book, TV show, and the new Michel Gondry film that opens this week.
Radio Days Movie Poster
Radio Days
PG1987
In Theaters on December 26, 1990

A middle-aged man looks back on his childhood in Rockaway, N.Y., in a series of vignettes focused on... Read More

A Christmas Story Movie Poster
A Christmas Story
PG1983
Based on 8 critics

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry... Read More

Good Morning, Vietnam Movie Poster
Good Morning, Vietnam
R1987
In Theaters on March 2, 2001

Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into... Read More

Pump Up the Volume Movie Poster
Pump Up the Volume
R1990
Based on 16 critics

In Arizona, an introverted and insightful teenager, Mark Hunter (Christian Slater), finds an outlet for... Read More

A Prairie Home Companion Movie Poster
A Prairie Home Companion
PG-132006
Based on 38 critics

A private investigator (Kevin Kline) keeps tabs on the proceedings as guests, cast and crew (Meryl Streep,... Read More

Talk to Me Movie Poster
Talk to Me
R2007
Based on 33 critics

Outspoken ex-convict Ralph "Petey" Greene (Don Cheadle) talks his way onto the air at a white-owned radio... Read More

Me and Orson Welles Movie Poster
Me and Orson Welles
PG-132008
Based on 30 critics

After a chance encounter, theater-loving teen Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) gets the opportunity of a lifetime... Read More

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