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As most Joy Boys fans know, Ed Walker hosted an old-time radio program called The Big Broadcast for over 20 years on WAMU. We recently received a large number of Big Broadcast recordings, mostly of complete shows, recorded off the air between 1993 and 1999. Ed Walker hosts each show, and some also include John Hickman, the founder of The Big Broadcast.

Thanks to Ismail "Turk" Nuri, Major USAF (Retired) for providing these tapes.

For over 200 complete shows, please see below. But first, here is a quick sample:
The Big Broadcast - show intro from March 6, 1994

Here is the last Big Broadcast program recorded by Ed Walker. It aired on October 25, 2015. Click here to listen or download the full show (4 hours).

Contents of Ed's last show, with many of his favorite programs)
Stan Freberg (CBS, Aug 4 1957) - "Herman Horn on Hi Fi" (show #4)
Dragnet (NBC) - "The Big Sorrow" w/Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Gunsmoke (CBS, Dec 27 1952) - "The Cabin"
Ed's collection of favorite radio bloopers
The Joy Boys - "As the Worm Turns"
Fibber McGee & Molly (NBC, Dec 23 1947) - Fibber loses his keys in the snow
The Jack Benny Show (Jan 7 1945) - w/Mel Blanc
Escape (CBS) - "Three Skeleton Key" w/Vincent Price
Lux Radio Theatre - "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" w/Walter Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Lovejoy

And here is our complete collection of Ed's Big Broadcast programs, organized by year. Each link takes you to a large ZIP file (4-10 GB) and each ZIP contains as many as 47 MP3 files. For the dates of all these programs, click here.

Shows from 1993 (24 shows)
Shows from 1994 (46 shows)
Shows from 1995 (47 shows)
Shows from 1996 (40 shows)
Shows from 1997 (42 shows)
Shows from 1998 (36 shows)
Shows from 1999 (23 shows)

More About Ed Walker's Work at WAMU

Ed Walker passed away on October 26, just hours after his last edition of The Big Broadcast aired on WAMU. For more information, please visit these links:
           WAMU article about Ed
           The Big Broadcast page at WAMU
           Washington Post coverage of the final show

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