To make your stay really feel like a trip back in time,
we have set up an AM radio broadcasting station inside Olde
Surber Station that recreates the golden age of radio. This
low-power AM radiostation broadcasts hiostoric music, comedy,
mysteries and dramas for the 1930's, 40's and 50's.
We have two vintage AM radios receivers, one in the parlor
and one in the kitchen, that you can tune to receive our
AM station. Even better, you can choose from a wide variety
of programs to listen to throughout your stay. We have over
2400 hours of great programs.
Here are just a few listening suggestions:
The War of the Worlds
On Halloween night, Sunday October 30, 1938 from 8:00 to
9:00 pm, the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) broadcast
the Mercury Theatre's presentation of H.G. Wells "The
War of the Worlds." The narrator and director was Orson
Wells and his incredibly suspenseful version of the story
was so realistic it caused widespread panic on the east
coast of the US. You can tune in and listen to the original
broadcast (if you dare). Then stay tuned and listen to "H.G.
Wells meets Orson Wells" a live broadcast of the meeting
beween the writer of "The War of the Worlds."
This is followed by "Theater of the Imagination"
a commentary about the genius of Orson Wells. Listening
time: 1 hr 46 mins.
September 21, 1939 WJVS Washington, D. C.
Turn on the radio exactly at 6:00 am in the morning and
listen to the entire broadcast day of this typical radio
station. You'll listen to Arthur Godfrey, numerous soap
operas, dramas, comedies, music, news, and President Roosevelt's
Address to Congress. It's a typical day in the month that
Hitler invaded Poland and started World War II. Listening
time: 19 hrs. (6:00 am to 1:00 am)
Spend June 6, 1944 (D-Day ) at home glued to the radio
You may have seen the movies
"Saving Private Ryan" and the "The Longest
Day" which depict the allied invasion of Hitler's "Fortress
Europe" on June 6, 1944 from the soldiers' points of
view, but did you ever think what is was like for your grandparents
as they sat at home glued to the radio praying that our
boys would make it through that fateful day? Well here's
you chance. You can listen to the entire boradcast on the
day that changed the world. Listneing time: 23 hrs 45 mins.
The following day, visit the National
D-Day Memorial in nearby Bedford, VA. Then come home
a listen that night to the songs of World War II on our
vintage AM radios.
Lucky Strike present "Your Hit Parade"
This top-10 musical varitey show sarted in 1935 and lasted
for twenty years (the last five as a television program).
It was arguably the most listened to radio show ever. It
featured many famous singers and during and after World
War II, Frank Sinatra was a singing host of the show and
Doris Day was a regular. We have many hours of this wonderful
musical show which we're sure you will love.
Bluegrass and Old Time Music
Our own Jack Lewis hosts a radio show that features the
music of unsigned bluegrass, old time and gospel music bands,
discusses their style of playing and lets you know where
to go to hear these bands live. His show has received rave
reviews for its educational and entertainment value. There
are 25 one-hour episodes for your listening enjoyment.
Orson Wells broadcasting "The War of the Worlds"
by H. G. Wells, October 30th 1938.
D-Day June 6, 1944
Lucky Strike presents "Your Hit Parade
Jack's "Bluegrass and Old Time Music Radio Show"
has received rave reviews.