|ABOUT THE YESTERDAY USA RADIO NETWORKS|
Founded in 1983 as the official international voice of the National Museum Of Communications, Inc., a 501 © (3) non profit-tax exempt organization; the network is the brainchild of radio historian Bill Bragg. YUSA airs only old time radio shows 24 hours a day and utilizes an all volunteer staff of over 50 OTR professionals from across the US and Canada; including country music superstar Ronnie Milsap and Frank Bresee (the voice of “Little Beaver” on old time radio’s Red Ryder Program).
The Station gained national attention by being the first outlet to re-broadcast public domain OTR Programs via satellite! “We were also first on Cable Television and the first OTR Streaming Network on the Internet”, says Bragg. The Station can also be heard on numerous low-power AM & FM Radio Stations, Cellular and Dial-up Telephones, on the new iPods & iTunes systems and in over 2,000 Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Over 62 hours of unique programs are offered during each 2-week period; including daily live broadcasts from Dallas/Ft.Worth and/or Hollywood, CA. Celebrity interviews from the likes of Tony Curtis, Pat Boone and James Arnes; along with rare music from Edison cylinder records round out the format. “Another of our firsts is our live coverage of the Old Time Radio Conventions in Newark, NJ. and on the West Coast”, reminds Bragg; “and there is never a charge to listen or a commercial interruption of any kind!” The Station supports it’s self via listener monetary donations and with the proceeds from it’s annual Auction on the last Sunday in November.
The normal internet audio quality short falls and limitations have become an asset for Yesterday USA; allowing the old programs to sound exactly as they did during the golden days of radio. “Great script writing and the biggest celebrities in show business are missing from today’s standard radio formats, and since thousands of the original shows were carefully preserved years ago, we’re suddenly the guys with all the new toys!”; says Bragg. The YUSA studios not only still have turntables and open-reel tape machines in use, but the wind-up Edison Phonograph with morning glory horn is used to air the circa 1899 cylinder records that are a part of their 90 thousand item audio archive.