Avatar
All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

RIP Old Time Radio

Empower Wisconsin | June 19, 2020

MADISON — Goodbye “Gunsmoke” and “The Great Gildersleeve.” So long to “The Shadow” and “Jack Benny.” 

The Cancel Culture has claimed another victim: The Golden Age of Radio. 

Wisconsin Public Radio recently announced it’s canceling “Old Time Radio Drama,” a long-time weekend programming staple that brought back many of the radio classics from the Greatest Generation — the shows many Baby Boomers grew up on. 

Why? 

Some of the shows, originally broadcast 60, 70, 80 years ago, are deemed “racist and sexist” by the progressive folks at the taxpayer-funded Wisconsin Public Radio. 

“Despite significant effort over the years, it has been nearly impossible to find historic programs without offensive and outdated content,” Mike Crane, WPR’s director, said in a press release. 

That’s the problem for much of media amid the disastrous culture wars. Everything’s offensive to the perpetually aggrieved. So everything must go.  

Once upon a time the left fought against burning books, movies, TV shows, radio programs. Now they’re outright banning them. 

Such is the case with the ridiculously woke HBO. Recently HBO Max said it would temporarily remove classic Civil War drama “Gone With the Wind” from its lineup until it can add “cultural context” to the movie. 

Good grief. 

Frankly, my dear, we don’t give a damn about HBO, but we are offended by all of the offended. 

Classic radio shows — when radio was king — are a significant and vital part of U.S. history. They entertained and connected a country in depression, at war and on the rise. They were magical, transportive, inspirational pastimes enjoyed by many, many millions of listeners, of all races, in their time. And yes, some were patently racist, by today’s standards, and even yesterday’s standards. 

But they are part of the warts, scars, birthmarks, dimples and cleft chins of the body Americana. 

The cultural elites, the deciders of what is good and bad, what we can write and think and feel, not only want to provide “cultural context” to our shared past, they want to burn it down. 

Last weekend, Wisconsin Public Radio held a funeral for Old Time Radio Drama. It’s gone with the wind, so to speak. The long-running program’s time slot will be filled by something called PRX Remix, featuring “some of the best stories, podcasts and documentaries from independent creators …” 

Goodbye Golden Age of Radio. 

Listen to more:

Explore More
Biden’s stagnation plan

Biden’s stagnation plan

If you like stagnation and recession, you’re going to love Joe Biden’s tax plan. That’s according to Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s top economic advisor. 

Read More »

October 21, 2020
All Woke Up: AP’s quiet riot

All Woke Up: AP’s quiet riot

The Associated Press, which likes to think of itself as the “definitive source of independent journalism,” is now advising against reporters using the term “riot” when describing, well, a riot. 

Read More »

October 21, 2020
UW students paid to take COVID tests

UW students paid to take COVID tests

University of Wisconsin-Madison students can pick up a quick $10 — if they agree to take a COVID-19 test. A source this week told Empower Wisconsin that some students were earning as much as $40 per COVID test, so we checked into it.

Read More »

October 21, 2020
1.8 million ‘ghost voters’

1.8 million ‘ghost voters’

Judicial Watch has released a comparison study of Census Bureau population statistics and state voter registration data to reveal a notable disparity. The watch dog group is now warning of potential voter fraud and “dirty” voter rolls.

Read More »

October 21, 2020
Stoughton teaching racist antiracism

Stoughton teaching racist antiracism

For parents who believe fleeing liberal cities for the suburbs will free their children from the racist Woke indoctrination smothering public school curriculum, think again. 

Read More »

October 20, 2020
Facebook turns lights out on La Crosse Republicans

Facebook turns lights out on La Crosse Republicans

On Monday evening, the La Crosse County Republican Party learned that the social network giant had turned the lights out on its Facebook page — just two weeks before the November election. 

Read More »

October 20, 2020
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *