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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
Category: Kids & Family
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...


by Bob Camardella
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July 28, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Pittsburgh Lil (Aired October 19, 1937)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1937. CBS network. Sponsored by: Rinso. The first show of the series. Steve Wilson is portrayed as a throughly unpleasant scandal-monger who decides to reveal that Mrs. Radsmith, a noted socialite in Big Town, is really "Pittsburgh Lil" from Alaska. Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Hanley Stafford, Paula Winslowe, Bill Wright, Carlton KaDell (announcer). 28:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 28, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Borrowed Knife (Aired November 7, 1951)
Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer.William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barry Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. THIS EPISODE: November 7, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Borrowed Knife". Sustaining. A corpse with a knife in his back follows a damsel in distress into Craig's office. Don Pardo (announcer), Elspeth Eric, Himan Brown (director), Louis Vittes (writer), Parker Fennelly, William Gargan. 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 28, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Archie Has Three Days To Live (Aired February 9, 1949)
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.

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July 28, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Murder At 10 Below (Aired November 26, 1953)
The Cisco Kid refers to a character found in numerous film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his 1907 short story "The Caballero's Way", published in the collection Heart of the West. In movies and television, the Kid was depicted as a heroic Mexican caballero, even though he was originally a cruel outlaw. The Cisco Kid came to radio October 2, 1942, with Jackson Beck in the title role and Louis Sorin as Pancho. With Vicki Vola and Bryna Raeburn in supporting roles and Michael Rye announcing, this series continued on Mutual until 1945. It was followed by another Mutual series in 1946, starring Jack Mather and Harry Lang, who continued to head the cast in the syndicated radio series of more than 600 episodes from 1947 to 1956.

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July 27, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Weird Circle - The Ghost's Touch (Aired September 17, 1944)
"The Weird Circle" was produced in New York City by the National Broadcasting Company, under the auspices of its Radio-Recording Division. Though best known for live programs over its Red and Blue Networks, NBC produced and recorded a great many shows for syndication to local stations, including such diverse dramatic programs as "Playhouse of Favorites", "Five Minute Mysteries", "Destiny Trails", and "Betty and Bob" (a five-a-week daily "soap opera" featuring Arlene Francis), as well as quarter-hour musical programs starring performers ranging from Carson Robison and his Buckaroos to Ferde Grofe and his Orchestra. The quality of these syndicated shows was, for the most part, consistent with NBC's regular prime-time fare and, a result, were often aired by local stations as either special features or programmed between other shows on the network at the time. THIS EPISODE: September 17, 1944. Program #42. NBC syndication. "The Ghost's Touch". Commercials added locally. A mad scientist has invented a process to kill all pain and is determined to try it out. The date is approximate. Wilkie Collins (author). 25:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Father Dear Father (Aired December 28, 1947)
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. The first season on NBC used radio actors under the direction of George Zachary. Martin Gabel announced the first show but was soon replaced by Kenneth Banghart. THIS EPISODE: December 28, 1947. NBC network. "Father, Dear Father". Sponsored by: Ford. Howard Lindsay (host), Edwin Jerome, Fran Carlon, Kenneth Banghart (commercial spokesman), Therese Lewis (writer), Irving Pinkus (writer), Howard Teichman (editor), George Faulkner (continuity), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), George Zachery (director), Bill Adams, Frank Behrens, Alan Hewitt, Elsie Hicks, Margaret Berlin, Fran Rafferty, Joe Latham , Helen Lewis, Bert Parks, Daniel Otto, Charles Mendicks (?), Gladys Thornton, Evelyn Varden. 58:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2014 02:54 PM PDT
The Witness At The Fountain (Aired September 9, 1946)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. THIS EPISODE: September 9, 1946. CBS Pacific network. "The Witness At The Fountain". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A murderer has some definite ideas on how it should be done, but is so stupid, he kills in front of a witness...a silent witness! Howard Duff, Margaret Brayton, Harold Swanton (writer), Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (director), Wilbur Hatch (music), Bill Forman, William Conrad (doubles), Virginia Gregg (commercial spokeswoman). 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2014 10:44 AM PDT
Zero (Aired February 6, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. THIS EPISODE: February 6, 1950. "Zero" - NBC network. Sustaining. The first show of the series. Phillip Warren is given the wrong medical report and plans to kill himself because the report says that he has a fatal disease. Randy Stone tries to track Mr. Warren down before his planned suicide at midnight. Frank Lovejoy, Peter Leeds, Jeanne Bates, Lawrence Dobkin, Joan Banks, Stacy Harris, Wilms Herbert, Junius Matthews, Russell Hughes (writer), Frank Worth (music), Mary Marcus (editor), Warren Lewis (director). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Mr. Colby's Water Heater (Aired September 24, 1946)
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, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver. Blanc began his radio career in 1927 as a voice actor on the KGW program The Hoot Owls, where his ability to provide voices for multiple characters first attracted attention. He moved to KEX in 1933 to produce and host his Cobweb And Nuts show, which debuted on June 15. The program played Monday through Saturday from 11:00 pm to midnight.

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July 27, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lone Ranger" - Tunnel To Trouble (Aired March 22, 1954)
On April 8, Graser died in a car accident, and for five episodes, as the result of being critically wounded, the Lone Ranger was unable to speak beyond a whisper, with Tonto carrying the action. Finally, on the broadcast of April 18, 1941, deep-voiced performer Brace Beemer, who had been the show's announcer for several years, took over the role and played the part until the end. Fred Foy, also an announcer on the show, took over the role on one broadcast on March 29, 1954, when Brace Beemer had a brief case of laryngitis. Tonto was played throughout the run by actor John Todd. THIS EPISODE: March 22, 1954. Program #3306/2526. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "Dirk Durango"/"Tunnel To Trouble". Sponsored by: Silvercup Bread. The Lone Ranger poses as a murdered mining engineer to help a bunch of crooks dig their way into jail. Syndicated rebroadcast date: October 9, 1973. Brace Beemer, Fred Foy (announcer), John Todd, Paul Hughes, Harry Goldstein, Bill Saunders, Paul Sutton, Jay Michael. 21:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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