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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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July 25, 2016 07:04 PM PDT
The Baffled Book Keeper (Aired November 3, 1950)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational.

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July 25, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
Death Stalks The Hunter (Aired April 26, 1949)
Big Town is a radio show that aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne, with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Wilson from 1942 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in the radio series. When Big Town moved to television, the program was telecast live, but in 1952 the production switched to film after the move from New York City to Hollywood. The television series ran on CBS from 1950 through 1954, continuing on NBC from 1955 through 1956. Repeat episodes aired on the DuMont Network (under the title City Assignment) while Big Town was still showing first-run episodes on CBS. Reruns were also shown under the titles Heart of the City, Headline and Byline Steve Wilson. THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1949. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Death Stalks The Hunter". Wealthy playboy George Martin has been killed while hunting, but it was no accident. AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." AFRS fill: "Mr. and Mrs. North" in "Frizby Klizby." Internal evidence indicates this show was broadcast during the war, however, the program has been dated April 26, 1949 (perhaps April 26, 1944?). Peter Lorre (AFRS host). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Policewoman Mixup (Aired December 3, 1950)
Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. The show began as one of the first radio comedy serials, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. After the series was first broadcast in 1928, it grew in popularity and became a huge influence on the radio serials that followed. No other TV or radio show has ever equaled its hold on the American public," wrote Yale civil rights professor Melvin Patrick Ely."They depicted Afro-American life while minimizing references to race." The radio audience, white and black, tuned in each night to listen to the adventures of characters they all cared about. Amos 'n' Andy had"all the pathos, humor, vanity, glory , problems and solutions that beset ordinary mortals and therein lies its universal appeal," explained journalist Roy Wilkins in 1931. THIS EPISODE: December 3, 1950. "Policewoman Mixup" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Rinso. "Amos" starts the show by saying, "We're on the air for Rinso for the third and last time." This makes little sense in itself, in addition, Rinso sponsored the show through and including the broadcast of December 31, 1950. Ken Niles fluffs Sapphire's name at the start of the show, calling her, "Sarah." When Sapphire's cousin, Sarah Thompson, comes for a visit, The Kingfish quickly sets up an escort bureau to get Andy to chauffer her around. The boys end up kidnapping a policewoman! Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Lou Lubin, Ernestine Wade, Johnny Lee, Jeff Alexander (music), Ken Niles (announcer), Roy Glenn. 32:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Dead Come Back (Aired June 14, 1946)
According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era. But the investment shows. And indeed, well into its almost six years of syndication, the series continued to pull respectable audience shares. The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1946. Program #9. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "The Dead Come Back". Commercials added locally. Lefty O'Connor kills Dr. Miller and escapes from the asylum, but Dr. Miller returns again and again! Raymond Morgan (host), Joseph Julian, William Morwood (writer), Anton M. Leader (director), Charles Paul (organist), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
The Mark Of Shame (Aired May 4, 1947)
When it comes to The Hall of Fantasy, there are some mysteries that persist to this day. Maybe that's appropriate, because it claimed to be "the series of radio dramas dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual, and the unknown." One mystery that remains unknown is who the announcer actually was. His lines were so over-the-top, maybe he wished to remain anonymous. But it's this same dead serious approach to monsters, horror, and the supernatural that makes this series so much fun to listen to in a modern context. Despite this campy dimension to the program, do not assume that the series wasn't scary. Many episodes were rather frightening. If the dark, desolate atmospheres didn't get at your nerves, the down-beat endings usually did. THIS EPISODE: May 4, 1947. CBS network, KALL, Salt Lake City origination. "The Mark Of Shame". Commercials deleted. A dying man's curse comes back to haunt a soldier after a fateful duel. The story is based on, "Evaline's Visitant" by Miss Braden. Miss Braden (author), Robert Olsen (adaptor), Richard Thorne (performer, producer, director), Beth Caulder, Archie Hugely, Ken Jensen, Mike Larogo, Earl Donaldson (music), Nefi Sorenson (engineer). 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2016 11:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Missing Corpse (Aired April 4, 1941)
Gangbusters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories. Beginning with a barrage of loud sound effects — guns firing and tires squealing — this intrusive introduction led to the popular catch phrase "came on like Gang Busters."The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 4, 1941. Program #232. Blue Network. "The Case Of The Missing Corpse". Sponsored by: Sloan's Liniment. Two bullets in the head fail to discourage a determined Negro witness (Louis Baker) to a bombing. Last minute police bulletin: watch for Clifford Davidson, escaped convict, Oklahoma. "Gangbusters Nationwide Clues." Attention Southwest: Negro wanted for murder. Black, kinky hair, left eye punctured and may be out, three razor slashes on left shoulder. Attention New England: James Joseph Horan, J.J.H. tattoed on right arm, large ears, eye crossed. He's wanted for bank robbery. The program leaves the air after this broadcast until October 10, 1941. Charles Stark (announcer). 29:39 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Vaudeville Team (Aired February 25, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat. THIS EPISODE: February 25, 1947. "Vaudeville Team" CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. The Grand Caliph of The Loyal Order Of Benevolent Zebras is coming to town. Mel and Mr. Colby plan to do a comedy routine at the celebration. Alan Reed, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Mac Benoff (writer), Mary Jane Croft, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra. 24:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Red Ladies (Aired February 25, 1953)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. I Was a Communist for the FBI consisted of 78 episodes syndicated by the Frederick W. Ziv Company to more than 600 stations, including KNX in Los Angeles, California, with original episodes running from April 23, 1952 to October 14, 1953. THIS EPISODE: February 25, 1953. Program #45. ZIV Syndication. "The Red Ladies". Commercials added locally. Cvetic is ordered to assist "The Woman's Peace League." The date is subject to correction. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer). Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
Little Old Lady (Aired November 29, 1945)
Under the capable direction of Dee Englebach and accompanied by the music of Leith Stevens, Powell floated through his lines with the help of such competents as Lou Merrill, Gerald Mohr, Gloria Blondell, Tony Barrett, and Lurene Tuttle. Peter Leeds played Rogue's friend Eugor, an obscure play on names with Eugor spelling Rogue backwards. The gimmick in Rogue's Gallery was the presence of an alter ego, "Eugor," who arrived in the middle of the show to give Rogue enough information for his final deduction. Eugor was a state of mind, achieved when Rogue was knocked unconcious. During the summer of 1946, the show was billed as Bandwagon Mysteries, with a tip of the hat to the sponsor. In the summer of 1947, it was again revived on NBC Sundays for Fitch, with Barry Sullivan in the title role. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 29, 1945. Mutual network. "Lovely Little Old Lady". Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Shaving Cream. Conchita Morales hires Richard Rogue to get back her old love letters, while the title old lady invites Richard in for tea and knockout drops. A good story. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Gerald Mohr, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds. 32:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
Rogue's Gallery - Triangle Murder Case (Aired February 21, 1946)
Rogue's Gallery came to the Mutual network on September 27, 1945 with Dick Powell portraying Richard Rogue, a private detective who invariably ended up getting knocked out each week and spending his dream time in acerbic conversation with his subconscious self, Eugor. Rogue's Gallery was, in a sense, Dick Powell's rehearsal for Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Powell played private detective Richard Rogue, who trailed luscious blondes, protected witness, and did whatever else detectives do to make a living. It was a good series, though not destined to make much of a mark. Under the capable direction of Dee Englebach and accompanied by the music of Leith Stevens, Powell floated through his lines with the help of such competents as Lou Merrill, Gerald Mohr, Gloria Blondell, Tony Barrett, and Lurene Tuttle. Peter Leeds played Rogue's friend Eugor, an obscure play on names with Eugor spelling Rogue backwards. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 21, 1946. Mutual network. "The Triangle Murder Case". Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Shaving Cream. The managing editor of "The Chronicle" has been murdered after tangling with "The Alibi Master," an unethical attorney. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Gerald Mohr, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Peter Leeds. 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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