When you listen to old radio broadcasts such as the War of the World or this Dick Tracy radio feature, you can hear Americans having the kind of fast talking and inflections you associate with old-time radio:
Did people really talk like that? On the Honeymooners, you can see similar things when Norton speaks. It's not always as fast, but the focus of the topics, the way they interrupt each other, etc. is very different from today. Did everyday people speak like this?
In your answers, if you could link to some youtube videos or soundcloud recordings of how regular Americans used to speak in the past, and comment on the differences between that, radio and current speech patterns, that would be great.