The NBC Chimes Museum A Celebration Of Old–Time Radio’s Most Famous Signature


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We are pleased to present to you on this site the surviving internal NBC correspondence regarding the NBC Chimes and their use on radio, as preserved in the Library of Congress. These documents formed the research basis for both this site and Radio Remembered’s “Three Famous Notes of Broadcasting History - The NBC Chimes”.

Click any link in the secondary navigation bar above to read actual NBC correspondence, internal and external, concerning the NBC Chimes and their development. This correspondence spans a period roughly from 1933 through 1953, and is organized by subject. The correspondence is presented in chronological sequence within each subject.

Press clippings and publicity announcements are included as well, and are interspersed among the correspondence based on their dates of publication.

The far right link in the navigation bar above will take you to our updated audio holdings. At this time they contain all the material from the original version of this site, plus modern digital recordings of a Rangertone chimes machine. All audio is now embedded, so no one has to worry about keeping track of downloads or browser windows.