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.
Pump Up the Volume
R1990
Based on 16 critics

Shy teen (Christian Slater) blasts his suburb as pirate talk-radio DJ. Read More

A Prairie Home Companion
PG-132006
Based on 38 critics

The cast and crew of a long-running radio show prepare for the final broadcast. Read More

Talk to Me
R2007
Based on 33 critics

Radio host Ralph "Petey" Greene gives voice to the black movement in 1960s Washington, D.C. Read More

Me & Orson Welles
PG-132008
Based on 30 critics

A high-school student gets a part in Orson Welles' famous production of "Julius Caesar." Read More

Radio Days
PG1987
In Theaters on December 26th, 1990

Boy's (Seth Green) life and cigarette girl's (Mia Farrow) story recall wartime radio. Read More

A Christmas Story
PG1983
Based on 8 critics

A boy (Peter Billingsley) tries to convince his parents to get him a BB gun. Read More

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Good Morning Vietnam
R1987
In Theaters on March 2nd, 2001

Airman Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) wakes up 1965 Saigon as a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio. Read More

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