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Listen for FREE to the best shows from the Golden Age of Radio.

Radio Spirits presents its nationally-syndicated program When Radio Was which features a selection of Old Time Radio (OTR) shows and is hosted by Greg Bell.

Access an archive of recent shows.

Featuring great series such as Sam Spade, Jack Benny, Johnny Dollar, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Green Hornet, Life of Riley, and many others. An optional subscription service allows you to stream and download even more programs on-demand from our vast library of thousands of classic radio programs.

iOS background play allows you to listen while you do other things on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Fully integrated with iPod/audio controls.

AirPlay will allow you to stream the shows to your Apple TV or bluetooth speaker.

Runs on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

• Length of subscription 
1 Month Auto-Renewable Subscription: premium radio shows full access for 1 month 
3 Month Auto-Renewable Subscription: premium radio shows full access for 3 Months 
6 Month Auto-Renewable Subscription: premium radio shows full access for 6 Months 
12 Month Auto-Renewable Subscription: premium radio shows full access for 12 Months 
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• Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable

For more great Old Time Radio, be sure to visit www.radiospirits.com and listen to our Sirius XM RadioClassics channel 148.

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What’s New

Version 3.0.1

- Performance improvements
- Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
250 Ratings

250 Ratings

yeraqt ,


This what’s me and my teenagers here these great stories without waiting through long commercial breaks on the radio when we used to sit in the car just to hear these because it was the only place that got reception. Several times each story it backs up a few seconds and repeats but it is not completely unbearable. I don’t know if this is a flaw and maybe if fixed would be better but even my teenagers don’t complain. I’m just glad that myself and my children are able to even hear these gems from an era gone bye.

RaceGoer ,

Great new App!

Radio Spirits has put out a great new app. As any OTR listener probably knows, free OTR is readily available on the net and via various apps. The problem of course the sound quality varies from excellent to terrible. Radio Spirits shows always had superlative sound, but was expensive at best.
They now have a reasonably priced subscription, with a great selection of shows, and it’s a whole new OTR experience. Highly recommended!

Midway42 ,

Great content, outdated app...

Love Radio Spirits and Wen Radio Was, their content is great. The app however is a very different story. It has not kept up with iOS updates, the current version is over three years old. It is in dire need of an update. It's so bad that it will no longer run on my my iPad or iPhone. When I try to open the app it instantly crashes.
Other issues of concern are the aggressive ads on the app that frequently hijack your phone to take you to the App Store to buy the app they're peddling. If you can get the app to work and stream a program it will frequently stop in the middle of a program, temporarily pause, and then back up a few seconds and continue the stream.
I hope Radio Spirits will address these issues and update the app. It used to be so enjoyable.


19.6 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
In-App Purchases
  1. Monthly Plan $7.99
  2. 12 Months Plan $47.99
  3. 3 Months Plan $17.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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