Archive for January, 2007

The Gettysburg Address

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Also this week, we have a moving audio rendition of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as rendered by Darren Cacy… especially for those of you participating in our memorization contest. Check it out!


Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

This week’s program is a fun audio version of Carlo Collodi’s classic childrens’ book PINOCCHIO! This particular Pinocchio is voiced by none other than Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, so it should be quite a treat for the kids. Also, be advised the Collodi’s original Pinocchio is somewhat more aggressive and less sweetness and light than the Disney version.

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I don’t know… I’m just kind of run down this morning…

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Did you know you can get as much energy from ONE chewy, chocolatey TOOTSIE ROLL as you use in roller-skating 2 1/2 miles?
I think I’ll just drop by the store on my way to the post office and pick one up.

The Story of George Washington Carver

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Great Americans: The Story of George Washington Carver

I bet you have no idea how many products your family uses day in and day out that were created by George Washington Carver. He was an amazing, creative and dedicated man, with an amazing story.

Click here for this week’s newsletter & our program about Carver’s life and work! 

The Fourth Annual “Make Your Own Radio Show” Contest is here

Monday, January 22nd, 2007


It’s’s Fourth Annual

Woo hoo!!! It’s back! Ready to have some fun and make your OWN radio show?

We’ve got another really fun contest set up especially for homeschoolers of ALL ages!

We want you to create your own old time radio program… write a script, do the sound effects, act it out, record it — and then let us play it for thousands of families all around the world!

If you’ve enjoyed the radio shows that are featured free on our site…you know what you need to know to create your OWN audio “old time radio” story.

Ready to learn more? Click here for the official rules and how to get started on your project!

Adventure Week!

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

It’s Adventure Week here at homeschoolradioshows, with two exciting programs for you…

THE GIG OF THE SAGINAW… a true story of shipwreck and unbelievable heroism


A WOLF CALLED FANG… a young Indian boy adopts a killer wolf, much to the dismay of his tribe!

These are both great listening for the whole family!

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Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Our Program of the week: DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens!
Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 – 1870), pen-name “Boz”, was an English novelist. During his career Dickens achieved massive worldwide popularity, winning acclaim for his rich storytelling and memorable characters. Considered one of the English language’s greatest writers, he was the foremost novelist of the Victorian era as well as a vigorous social campaigner. The popularity of his novels and short stories during his lifetime and to the present is demonstrated by the fact that none have ever gone out of print. One his most popular books  is this week’s story, “David Copperfield”, first published in 1850, originally appeared in serial form (published in monthly installments).

Many elements within the novel follow events in Dickens’ own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of all of his novels. It was also Dickens’ “favourite child” — ie. his favorite book. This great hour-long radio version of Charles Dickens’ classic book, David Copperfield stars Boris Karloff with a great performance as the wicked Micawber. It  was originally broadcast on The Theater Guild on the Air, December 23rd, 1950.

Click here to get to it! 

Challenge: Memorize The Gettysburg Address!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

As of this writing, we have only 68 remaining copies of our Bonus Audio CD, “266 Words: The Forgotten Story of the Gettysburg Address” available as a free bonus when you purchase our new Four Great Americans collection. Now, we just had one of our customers who had just gotten their CDs email us to say that this particular presentation on the Gettysburg Address (the first thing they listened to in this collection) actually made one of her kids cry. They loved it, and they are playing the actual Address over and over until they know it by heart.

Well, that got us thinking about having a little challenge of our own, so here it is: Why not challenge YOUR kids to memorize that wonderful speech too? It is, after all, only 266 words — but you know, if your kids get it down now, they will likely carry those 266 words with them the rest of their life.

Here’s how to enter:

Tell your kids about this challenge and get them to memorize “The Gettysburg Address”. (Listening to our Audio CD
is one great way to do this, hint hint — but you can participate in this challenge even if you don’t purchase our new collection.) Once your kids do memorize the speech, record their recitation as an .mp3 file. Have them give their name and age, and then fire away. Email that file to us at: or post it on your own webpage and send us a link if you wish. (No cassettes in the mail for this particular contest, please.) In your email, give us your child’s name and age, and the state you live in.

What happens next: In our President’s Day newsletter, we will recognize your child’s achievement by posting their name on our website… and we might even post THEIR version of the speech here! Also, your kids will receive a VERY SPECIAL GIFT from us at that they will love. Fair enough? Then get those kids listening and memorizing… and send in those entries! Last day to enter is February 12, 2007. Go!

This Week’s Program - Little Women

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

This week’s program is a full hour radio adaptation of Louisa Mae Alcott’s “Little Women”, complete with Katherine Hepburn as Jo!

Click here to go to this week’s program 

It’s Here: Four Great Americans, our character-oriented American History course

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Dear Friends,

It’s HERE!

We wanted to give you a quick “heads up”
on this New Year’s Day, to let you know
our wonderful new character-oriented
American History course is ready for you
to check out — TODAY.

Woo hoo! We are SO excited!

This new resource, FOUR GREAT AMERICANS, presents the stories of the lives of
George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin,
Daniel Webster and
Abraham Lincoln.

Study these men’s lives…
their growing up years, their
failures and accomplishments,
and your children WILL discover the kind of
CHARACTER that made this country great.

In fact,
The DOZENS of resources in this collection
would make a delightful American History course
for your kids, and a SUPER-EASY course for YOU
to “teach” this New Year.
(Plus, it can be “configured” for listeners
and learners of ALL ages, …from
primaries to high school!)

Here’s the description page:

This collection is so chock full of great
audios, ebooks, unit studies & other goodies…
there’s just WAY too many to even try to list here.
Take a look and see for yourself.
It is WORTH your time.

Again, it’s at

Check it out… the sooner the better
(you’ll see why, and be glad you did)…

and we’ll see you tomorrow with
this week’s new “Living Book for the Ears”!

Best Wishes,
The Erskine Family