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Golden Age Radio FTP Server Sites


With the proliferation of thousands of FTP, Podcast, and other 'me-too' sites on the Internet, we can no longer recommend any but a handful of Golden Age Radio providers and these only because we're first-person familiar with their motivations and mode of operation. As more preservation-motivated FTP sites arise, we'll attempt to include more choices in the future.

Please feel free to notify us via any of our hundreds of 'Comments Please!' buttons throughout the site if you discover a Vintage Radio FTP resource or site of interest. We'd be happy to post it here.

It's unfortunate that Golden Age Radio Preservation has been supplanted by thousands of low quality, highly commercialized 'otr' sites and groups--so much so, that the initials 'otr' are beginning to represent the lowest common denominator of the vintage Radio collecting community. Click on the 'Transcriptions' button at the right for more quality choices.

We would respectfully suggest that if you truly love, respect, and honor the Golden Age of Radio, that you seek out and support only those sites and providers who genuinely promote--and contribute to-- Golden Age Radio Preservation (e.g., they actually contribute something to Golden Age Radio Preservation, rather than simply passing along a collection of BitTorrent file dumps from other BitTorrent users). The one recurring theme We'd leave with you is to absolutely stay away from any site offering audio books or extravagant numbers of available recordings. Simply put, they're in no way representative of the vintage Radio preservation movement.

There's a right way and a wrong way to operate an FTP service. OTR distributors such as OTR Network Libary, OTRDepot.com, Tennessee Bill OTR, LibSyn.com, OTRDays.com, OTRCat.com and SpartaRadio.com represent everything wrong with this otherwise uplifting hobby.

In the process of redeveloping the web and ftp sites, we've discovered some reprehensible and frankly unfathomable shenanigans by would-be Golden Age Radio "History" site wannabes, as follows:

  • OTRCat.com, via its OTRDays.com surrogate had, for 2 years subtly embedded an 'http://www.digitaldeliftp-sucks.com' link with an 'HREF' command at the colon after the word 'Google' on its OTRDays.com index page. The effect of this, given the number of affiliates he's acquired over that period, was to have Google crawl that defamatory embedded code thousands, if not millions of times over that period, littering Google's deep caches with hundreds of thousands of negative references to our digitaldeliftp.com web crawls, queries, and link recommendations. This is the same OTRCat.com that was embedding hundreds of Amazon.com links in the source code behind hundreds of WikiPedia OTR Articles. Why? Well it's obvious if one has no scruples whatsoever. Every time an unsuspecting WikiPedia visitor clicked one of those 'informational' links it took them to Amazon.com with OTRCat.com's Amazon Vendor Account code cleverly embedded in the link to as to get credit for it from Amazon.com's Vendor referral system. Now here's a screen shot of the OTRDays.com screen that defamed us:



    Here's [was--it's long since been flushed out now] a link to OTRDay's Google Cache (for a few more days, anyway). Hover over the colon yourself. And here's irrefutable proof from that same cached OTRDays source code:



  • WE've grown from an initial five pages, to as many as 5,600 pages, what with galleries, cover art, CD-Labels, spot ads, show listings, articles, logs, etc., but are we somehow perceived as a threat to OTRCat's multi-thousand dollar monthly operations on the Internet? Can the little Digital Deli Online with no advertisers, no sponsors, no Google Ad-Sense, or Google Ad-Words, possibly be a threat to OTRCat, SpartaRadio, WikiPedia OTR, LOFCOM.com, Old Time Radio Researcher's Group, or any of the other sites who perceive us a competing voice or choice to them? Apparently so.

    They're 'OTR'. We're Golden Age Radio. The above examples should give you an indication of the stark contrasts between commercial OTR hoarders and altruistic Golden Age Radio preservationists. The two camps are so far apart on the continuum of vintage radio history preservation as to be laughable by way of any comparison.

    And competition for what?:
    • Advertising Income? Ain't any.
    • Link placement on Search Engines? We don't pay for any.
    • Ad-Sense or Ad-Words traffic or per-click income? We ain't got any.
    • Market share? That's laughable, we definitely ain't got any of that. Nor do we seek any level of 'OTR' market share to begin with. We're an information and Radio History site.

  • So what's their motivation?
    Venality? Mischief making? Megalomaniacal empire building, such as the OTRR? Or perhaps it's simply that, from our first six months on the internet, we ended up on the first page of any Google Search for Golden Age Radio, the first page of Yahoo for any search for Golden Age Radio, and the first pages of both MSN and Alexa, for either Golden Age Radio or Old Time Radio. Alexa is the most interesting example of all. We've literally begged them to remove us from their Old Time Radio category, going back almost 6 years now, and they still routinely list us among the top eight Old Time Radio websites on the Internet. Now really, how do you answer that?

  • What is it that gripes these 'commercial OTR' people so much?
    Our success based on nothing other than Google's Web Crawls? Devoid of paying Google for placement, generating distracting, annoying AdSense or AdWords nonsense all over our current 4,600 pages? Or for that matter, annoying, distracting banner ads, or pop-ups all over our pages? What do any of those things have to do with educating our visitors on preserving and enjoying Golden Age Radio? Nothing. Exactly!

You may well ask why we've wasted so much web space and effort recounting this 'commercial OTR' nonsense. The bottom line--for us, anyway--has been from the outset of the first incarnation of our five-page Digital Deli Online, to raise the bar in this endeavor. To attempt to get all of the more questionable elements of the various 'commercial OTR' factions to remember what we're all striving for in the end--hopefully, anyway: a concerted, well researched, well documented, preservation effort to save, rehabilitate, preserve, and obviously enjoy the hundreds of thousands of Golden Age Radio Recordings that still remain--un-downsampled, un-clipped, un-spliced and as close to their original fidelity as technology and art allow. And believe me, transcoding Electrical Transcriptions discs and reels from the Golden Age of Radio is as much an art as a technical skill set.

As always, we welcome your thoughts, impressions, or criticism--pro or con. You need but message us on any of the hundreds of 'Comments, Please!' icons throughout the site.


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American RadioWorks

"AMERICAN RADIOWORKS® is the national documentary unit of Minnesota Public Radio. ARW is public radio's largest documentary production unit; it creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. ARW is based at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul with staff journalists in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, C.A., and Durham, N.C."




Non-Golden Age Radio FTP Download Sites


Frank's Vinyl Musem

Frank LaRosa's collection of wierd and interesting (some Golden Age) MP3 recordings.

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The Adventures Of Topper, 'Malveena's Mother Visits', from August 30, 1945
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