As an Old Time Radio hobbyist, I am often asked, "What is your favorite Old Time Radio Program?" I would be hard pressed to designate any program as my absolute favorite but, certainly, The Great Gildersleeve would be a front runner for that honor should I be forced to choose. At the very least I would have to consider it one of my "desert island" programs. The show's longevity alone is testimony to it's broad-based appeal, beginning life in the months just prior to America's entry into the Second World War and continuing through the decline of network radio through the mid fifties.

          Broadcasting's first bona fide spin-off, the program follows the exploits of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve as he leaves Wistful Vista, where he was the perfect foil for Fibber Mcgee and takes on the stewardship of the estate of his niece and nephew, Marjorie and Leroy Forrester.    The Gildersleeve Project began as one hobbyist's effort to acquire and share this wonderful program with all OTR enthusiasts who enjoy this kind of wholesome family entertainment.  At one time, the MP3 encodes appearing on this page were considered the gold standard.  Partly as a result of shose efforts, today, Gildersleeve programs in MP3 format are ubiquitous on the web.  All of the shows previously available here are now available on  Or you can use this page to link to the programs on that site. and the Gildersleeve Project continue to work to improve the quality of programs available to the OTR collecting community.  From time to time these improved recordings will be made available through traditional clubs, online sharing groups and other means that may develop in the future.

     I hope you find your visit to this site informative and pleasant.  Please click on the links below to learn more about the Great Gildersleeve or to visit one of our recommended OTR sites. 


The Original Gildersleeve Project Program encodes on

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Stories for Children 

Elizabeth Thomsen's Gildersleeve Page  


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