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Like Warner Brothers cartoons (Merrie Melodies, Looney Tunes) of old? There are lots of references which are now obscure but never fear there is an old website out there with a glossary of terms at Warner Bros Cartoon Companion - see Warner Bros Cartoon Companion or see archive.org copy.
Date order filmography of Warner Brothers Cartoons. || Music by Raymond Scott used in the cartoons - from archive.org.

My Music and on-line audio and radio links are now on their own page.| Star Trek, Babylon 5 and SF links

Radio: I have a section of this website dedicated to early (1925-1940) articles on radio and television.

For many years (1978 to 2006 : not 1973 as the BBC state) Radio 4 used to start up with the Radio 4 theme, but there is an archived BBC web page about it (NB the stream is no longer available) : BBC Radio 4 UK theme. The theme was placed on the Radio 4 web site in response to the thousands who complained about its removal from the broadcast day (now the file has gone!) and in 2006 a CD single was released which made the top 30 for a week. There are several new recordings of it on youtube. eg Radio 4 theme

I have an episode list of the BBC Radio comedy series The Men from the Ministry.
For a good TMFTM site, Gary Schajer's cannot be beaten . Did you know that there were South African and Finnish variants of the Ministry?

I have on this site a very large (83k) listing of radio and tv shows by Tony Hancock.
Some of my favourite UK radio programs are dealt with very well on Steve Arnolds excellent British Comedy web site. Also see Epguides Radio List and also The Global British Comedy Collabrative with episode guides in PDF and DOC format via archive.org.
Radio episode lists for: Dad's Army from archive.org.
Yes Minister ||   It Sticks Out Half a Mile ||   All Gas & Gaiters. ||    The Navy Lark from wikipedia.
   Take it from here first lines. |   | The Navy Lark First lines

Search RADIOLISTINGS using Google: An excellent resource for old UK radio program lists is "Radio Listings" (sadly a site rewrite has hidden the content pages!!! Nothing can be found or seen with javascript off. BUT you could use this Google search of their website which returns visible pages:
As of 6/19 using the google cache sometimes gave many more useful results than clicking the direct link. Going back to before the site was rewritten here is a working archive.org copy from 10.17

For listings of US old time radio shows, a large set of lists are at OTRSite.com. For more on old radio programs including downloads and streams take a look at my music page which has lots of other things on it too.

A superb radio comedy web site is an unofficial Just a Minute homage , with episode guide and transcripts. || There is also a possibly 24/7 stream of JAM programs from a Facebook streamer. Link is to a .pls on Internet-radio .

I enjoy Alistair Cooke's program Letter from America. A huge number of these were available on the BBC website to listen to or to read, but in 2021 a rotten redesign hid them away somewhere. There are a few (the BBC have more if you can locate them) to be found on archive.org: Up to 1960s    |   1969-1980    |   1981-1988    |   1989-1992    |   1993-1996    |   1997-2000    |   2001-2004

Search for UK radio drama: For a British slant on radio drama programs (but no audio), Diversity has lots of information on British drama - search by anything listed in Radio Times radio pages (title, actor, director etc) here:

To identify old British radio programs and research BBC radio and tv programs, I find the BBC Program Index website useful. Scroll down for page content.
Note that due to use of OCR some names may not be correct and be prepared to search separately on two items to locate a program! eg program name then if that fails try an actor or director. You can also see programs on any particular date. Some programs alas never had much detail in Radio Times. As their own search uses the most modern scripting, here is my own none-script search form for them:

Search BBC Genome:

Television TV viewers can enjoy P Hills British TV Comedy database with brief synopses and some episode guides (from 2015 web archive), or see lots of episode lists and guides at Epguides.com (who now have some UK radio shows also).

The next two websites seem to have been hijacked, or have made a dreadful error, and for the time being I am linking to copies of the websites at archive.org and suggest you do not provide the apparent website with any personal information.

I am fond of I Love Lucy which has not been shown in the UK for some time, and the radio program which came before it, My Favorite Husband.

Encyclopaedia of Television was once a useful website but has become a paywall with no accessible navigation, (images only, javascript only, no visible content) - it was US based but covered UK TV shows as well- indexes articles on shows and actors. Try this archived link (2012): TV museum on webarchive.org


My favorite cartoons include:
The late Frank Dickens used to draw Bristow.    ||   free fall

From webarchive: Meldrum tv for testcards and TV nostalgia.


Short Wave Radio: ADDX 24 hour list of frequencies [Hörfahrpläne]


youtube without scripts At present Youtube is very hostile to who it serves its pages to, refusing old browsers and requiring scripting enabled. Here is a rather simpler search you can use, using "Invideous" coding. Type the video you are looking for in the input box below the word "INVIDEOUS" when the page comes up.
Easy to select date period, length and so on.
Invideous Japan does not need a proxy- ignore the Japanese and use the search box as usual. When you have selected your video there is even a DOWNLOAD button to use....select 360p or 720p as you prefer.
     An alternative using the same coding but in English is Yewtube - however this uses elliptical curve so I have to access it via a proxy.


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