Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vinyl Records & Radio Shows

When I was growing up, the radio was an really important piece of electronic equipment in our house. I was never allowed to touch it and I didn't dare change the station. I remember listening to the radio shows, especially during the summer holidays. The radio went on first thing in the morning and I don't remember when it was turned off at night.

I grew up on a farm in mid-western Ontario. Country music channels were abundant enough. I grew up listening to Crystal Gale, Johnny Cash and the likes. I remember my godmother writing out songs that she had taped off of the radio. She would figure out the chords and she would sing them. I grew up singing these songs, too. But in truth, my favorite listening time was spent listening to the stories. I still love the old time radio shows. I don't listen to the radio that much anymore. But I do love the shows. I also love the records with stories.

We had one those mid-century modern hi-fi record player consoles. I believe it still stands in the farmhouse kitchen. It looked something like this. Do you remember these?
I would love to own one again, but we really don't have the room for one. We do have a smaller record player that we play old vinyl records on. You can get children's records at thrift stores and garage sales for really cheap, if you are lucky. My kids love listening to the fairy stories and the music. But truth be known, we live in a modern world and good quality records are hard to come by. That is why I am thankful for people who reproduce the vinyl records and radio shows into convenient mp3 files.

You can download mp3 files and burn them onto a cd or load onto your nifty Ipod or generic mp3 player and enjoy the music and stories all over again. One such website is Kiddie Records Weekly. They have converted a few hundred vinyl records from their own personal collection in downloadable mp3 files. Another great source for good old-fashioned radio shows is on the homeschool freebie of the day website. The Erskine family runs this website. They offer something free everyday and use their radio show packages to fund the website. If you subscribe to their newsletter, you can get really great deals. The really good radio show packages are offered once or twice a year and are fairly cheap. You get so much for your money, it is really worth it. The kids and I have not been disappointed by anything we purchased from them. I am not receiving any profits from mentioning the above named vendors for mentioning them here. I just want to share with you some good old fashioned fun that we happen to love. 

If you know of any other great resources that are free or are inexpensive, please let me know. The kids and I love to listen to stories. We are also great fans of audio books, but that is a whole other story.

1 comment:

  1. Oh awesome!! Have you heard about Librivox? It is my favorite homeschool resource!


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