For those of us who grew up in the age of television and the internet, Woody Allen's 1987 film Radio Days is a window into the bygone era of radio. Allen's nostalgic masterpiece recounts many of the legendary stories of radio, while also depicting the importance that radio played in his family's home.
Not long ago, I met a young man in his early twenties who was stunned to learn that people once listened to shows and stories over the radio. ("You mean like plays and stuff?") He thought that my fellow dinner companions and I were making this up, so I recommended that he watch Radio Days.
Well, many of us who appreciate the golden age of radio didn't actually experience the era. Fortunately, Woody Allen did, and he put his storytelling skills to work to show us what we missed. The clip below comes from the beginning of the film.