Awesome Site of the Week: OTRCat.com
In our never ending quest to highlight some of the best sites on the Internet, First Arkansas News launched its Awesome Site of the Week series a couple of weeks ago. The goal here is simple — there are some pretty darn great sites out there that may have escaped your attention. We want to brag on the sites that are incredibly useful, informative or entertaining but might not get the attention they deserve.
So, stop in every week and see what awesomeness you might have missed. You can thank us later.
Now, it’s time for full disclosure. We’ve loved OTRCat.com for quite some time. Back when we started the famed Weekend OTR Series, The Cat generously granted us permission to download old time radio programs from his site and post them here. That, in itself, is pretty awesome.
But, The Cat was awesome long before letting us borrow shows and post them here. Indeed, First Arkansas News owner/editor Ethan C. Nobles has been a customer for years. Why? The Cat sells compact discs stuffed with MP3s covering most of the great shows from the Golden Age of Radio. That means it costs just a few pennies per show, but that cost goes up when you order audio CDs instead of ones in MP3 format. That, of course, is because it is possible to stuff a lot more MP3s on a disc than what is allowed under traditional, CD audio format.
What’s available through OTRCat.com? Collections of just about anything you want — Dragnet, Sam Spade, Gunsmoke, Fibber McGee and Molly, Burns & Allen, the Jack Benny Show and a whole lot more. The chances are good that there are some shows over there with which you are not familiar, but that’s OK because The Cat as posted samples all over the place — complete programs that you can listen to and determine whether or not you like them.
Want more? How does fast shipping, great customer service and bonus “sampler” discs sound? You get a lot of bang for the buck over there, and The Cat is a heck of a nice guy, to boot.
The site is easy to navigate and that’s a good thing as there are some many different series available. The only real complaint I have is that you’ll not find a single episode of Lum and Abner for sale, but you can’t really blame The Cat for that — there’s an active copyright in place (apparently) and the distribution of those programs is very guarded.
If you are a fan of old time radio, OTRCat.com is well worth a visit. The shows are inexpensive and there is a lot to see and do even if you don’t buy anything. The historical archives, alone, are well worth a visit.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.