Why should anyone take the time to listen to radio shows that are at least fifty years old?
Aside from the fun of them, there are lots of reasons! Writers, screenwriters and actors would do well to study these broadcasts for what worked and what didn't work. Anyone interested in the power of storytelling and how to keep the attention of an audience should pay attention to how these shows were set up and paced. History or English teachers may find audio material to use in their classes. Travel writers, tour guides and travel agents just might pick up some hints for making their stories more intriguing as well. Stuck in bed with a bad cold? Try listening to vintage radio broadcasts instead of watching television. They're better for you. On a long car trip? Bring your vintage radio broadcasts with you for entertainment on the road!
There are some drawbacks to Old Time Radio. Some episodes have become so dated over time that they don't bring much enjoyment to the modern listener. Aside from that, they are not racially balanced, feminist or gay friendly by modern standards. These shows are indicative of their own time. They addressed some of these issues but in their own ways.
It is important to note that both Suspense and Escape had female scriptwriters. Suspense was a showcase for actresses and provided them with parts that ran the gamut! Escape can be easily criticized for portraying stereotypes of foreign cultures without the sensitivity that we would expect today. Yet, at the same time, they openly addressed issues of racism and colonialism in episodes that are still true and compelling. These are some of the reasons why Suspense and Escape can still command a modern audience.
Now you know the benefits and the limitations of vintage radio.