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Location: Philadelphia, PA.
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Bob Camardella began podcasting at Podomatic in October 2005 and at the Radio Nostalgia Network at Libsyn.com in January 2006...


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October 23, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
The Pelican's Roost (Aired June 28, 1950)
Marlowe was a more complex character than some of his hard boiled brethren. Sure he could handle a gun and take a beating. But, he was more than just a tough guy, he had gone to college, could play chess, and appreciated classical music. He also had his own strong ethical standards and turned down jobs that didn't measure up to those standards. By the late 1940's Marlowe had moved to the big screen, with Marlowe played by Dick Powell, Robert Mitchum, and Humphrey Bogart. One of those movies, Murder My Sweet, was responsible for Marlowe's first appearance on radio when it was presented on Lux Radio Theatre on June 11, 1945 starring Dick Powell and Clair Trevor. In April, 1947 the New York Times announced that the summer replacement for Bob Hope would be a new adventure-mystery series, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. THIS EPISODE June 28, 1950. CBS network. "The Pelican's Roost". Sponsored by: Spearmint Gum. Lynn Russell hires Marlowe, even though it looks like she's a killer. A corpse with an ice pick through the neck and mascara for a blonde, leads to the solution of the case. Gerald Mohr, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Lillian Buyeff, John Dehner, Jack Kruschen, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Lawrence Dobkin, Georgia Ellis, David Ellis, Paul Dubov, Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor). 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 23, 2017 10:31 AM PDT
An Accountant Looks Over Books (Aired April 27, 1951)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1951. "An Accountant Looks Over Books" - NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Chesterfield, Anacin. When the Tavern's books don't balance, Archie tries to "Take It Or Leave It" with guest Phil Baker. Phil plays, "The Tennessee Waltz" on his accordion. The system cue has been deleted. Ed Gardner, Hazel Shermet, Phil Baker, Bert Gordon, Bing Crosby (commercial spokesman), Bob Hope (commercial spokesman). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 23, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Something On His Mind (1968) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This series was written by Michael McCabe and was produced in South Africa. It was a replacement for another series McCabe produced, called SF68. That series adapted famous Sci-fi stories to radio, and it seems to have been the place where McCabe honed his craft. The subject matter to Beyond Midnight was more horror oriented, including madness, murder, and supernatural sleuths! What survives today doesn't involve a horror host per se, but a few include framing narration (by someone involved in the plot) while others just start up the story with no announcer or lead-in whatsoever. So it's possible the regular host or announcer was left off (edited out) of the recordings. The host-- if there was one-- may have only been heard by those who listened to this series when it first aired. It's another radio mystery we may never know for sure, but we're lucky to at least have some of the recordings!

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October 23, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Storm In A Teacup (Aired January 11, 1948)
First Show: 10-05-47 Last Show: 07-01-49 Number Shows: 78 (39 on NBC, 39 on CBS) Audition Show: none known Series Description: The Ford Theater, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, presented hour long dramas first on NBC for one only season. The series moved to CBS for its second and last season. There were 39 NBC and 39 CBS hour- long shows (not verified). The show initially received an unfavorable review from the New York Times for poor script adaptation but was still highly rated for the actors' performance and overall production. The show was supposed to feature only original scripts but had to forgo that plan due to lack of quality material. THIS EPISODE: January 11, 1948. NBC network. "Storm In A Teacup". Sponsored by: Ford. A fine comedy about a small-town journalist who tackles the town's pompous mayor, running for re-election. Arthur Kohl, Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Brad Barker, Geoffrey Bryant, Gene Leonard, Amzie Strickland, Frank Behrens, Sanford Bickart, Eva Condon, Karl Swenson, Wendell Holmes, Jackson Beck, Art Carney, Les Tremayne, Adelaide Klein, Carl Eastman, Dan Ocko, Ted Osborne. 59:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 22, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
The Million Dollar Murder Case (Aired March 15, 1949)
S.S. Van Dine's Philo Vance remains arguably the most aristocratic of the popular Gentleman Detectives of the modern era of Detective Fiction. He clearly possessed every bit of the arrogance of Sherlock Holmes, Gregory Hood, and even Ellery Queen. But one counter that, as an aristocrat with no lack of self-confidence, at the very least he wasn't hobbled by either cocaine addiction or an overbearing father. Indeed he's arguably most like Gregory Hood in many aspects of his basic personality. His other possible rival, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, clearly possessed every bit of the requisite arrogance. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 15, 1949. Program #36. ZIV Syndication. "The Million Dollar Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Mr. Simmons is a wealthy old man. He's built a high wall around his property. An "electric eye" and a gun adds to his sense of security. Of course, he is soon found murdered. A deaf butler and a dissatisfied secretary indicate a possible "inside job." The cops catch the killer, but Vance disagrees with the identity of the culprit. He explains the case implausibly, with a rented helicopter! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 26:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 22, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
The Rolling Stone Matter (Aired May 11, 1958)
Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case.No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Dollar was just another hard-boiled detective in a medium that was overloaded with the stereotype. Charles Russell, the first to play the role, would throw silver dollars to bellboys and waiters. Luckily, this trite gimmick did not survive long. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1958. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Rolling Stone Matter". A beautiful pink diamond is stolen. Bob Bailey, Jack Johnstone (writer, producer, director), Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Roy Rowan (announcer), Forrest Lewis, Bob Bruce, Russell Thorson, Joseph Kearns. 28:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 22, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
Room At The Bottom (Aired June 29, 1969)
Dad's Army" as the platoon mainly consist of Old Soldiers.From week to week they would become entangled in many exploits while defending Walmington from a possible invasion and any interference from the Local Air Raid Warden. Although a comedy series, "Dad's Army" probably depicted more of an accurate version of the Home Guard than anyone could actually realise. Initially it was felt the series was maybe mocking England's finest hour and its first episodes were reviewed with great criticism. However, Jimmy Perry , David Croft and the cast felt that the show had many strengths and so did the steady flow of the British public which began following the Walmington-On-Sea platoon's exploits on Television each week. In 1969, "Dad's Army" embarked on its first Colour TV series, and with that success followed. A feature length film based on the series was made by Columbia Pictures in 1971, and a stage show based on the series toured the UK between 1975 - 76. THIS EPISODE: June 29, 1969. S01 - E17 "Room At The Bottom". It's determined by GHQ that Captain Mainwaring has never held a commission, and he is demoted to Private. Sergeant Wilson takes temporary charge as Mainwaring attempts to regain his command. (Although made in colour, this episode survived only as a 16mm black & white film recording. A new technology, developed by the BBC, allowed the hidden colour signal which had accidentally been preserved in the monochrome film print to be used to restore the episode to colour. The restored version was broadcast on BBC 2 on 13th December 2008. 27:38.

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October 22, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
Resolution1841 (Aired January 2, 1942)
Dark Fantasy was a short series with tales of the weird, adventures of the supernatural, created for you by Scott Bishop. The series aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942. Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown. Originating from radio station WKY, Oklahoma City, it was written by Scott Bishop (of Mysterious Traveler and The Sealed Book fame) and was heard Fridays over stations. Tom Paxton served as announcer. The shows covered horror, science fiction and murder mysteries. Although a short series, the shows are excellent with some stories way ahead of their time. THIS EPISODE: January 2, 1942. Program #7. NBC net, WKY, Oklahoma City origination. "Resolution 1841". Sustaining. Scott Bishop (writer), Tom Paxton (announcer), Charles Carshon, Mary Jo Curtis, Eleanor Naylor Corin, Ben Morris. 28:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
Death Spins A Web (Aired April 1, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." The Sealed Book was very much its own production, despite the extraordinary similarities to the Mysterious Traveler, and it doesn't diminish yet another well-mounted supernatural drama series that has, over the years, found its own loyal following separate and apart from that of The Mysterious Traveler. THIS EPISODE: April 1, 1945. Program #3. Mutual network. "Death Spins A Web". Sustaining. A program of "...all the secrets and mysteries of mankind... tales of murder, of madness, of dark deeds beyond belief." This program has also been dated June 3, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
The Key To Death (Aired September 15, 1952)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. Beginning March 26, 1951, the Frederic W. Ziv Company syndicated 78 episodes. Heard on 423 stations, the 30-minute series earned $4000 weekly for Bogart and Bacall.

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