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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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January 22, 2018 11:00 PM PST
The Hammer Of God (Aired January 20, 1985)
Father Brown is a short, stumpy Catholic priest, "formerly of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in London," with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella, and uncanny insight into human evil. He makes his first appearance in the famous story "The Blue Cross" and continues through the five volumes of short stories, often assisted by the reformed criminal Flambeau. Father Brown also appears in a story "The Donnington Affair" that has a rather curious history. In the October 1914 issue of the obscure magazine The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of the story, inviting a number of detective story writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the mystery of the murder described. Chesterton and Father Brown's solution followed in the November issue. The story was first reprinted in the Chesterton Review (Winter 1981, pp. 1-35) and in the book Thirteen Detectives. The first Father Brown story was published in 1910 in the Saturday Evening Post, years before Chesterton had even converted to Roman Catholicism.

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January 22, 2018 06:00 PM PST
Slate's Stolen Da Vinci (Aired November 19, 1951)
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. THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1951. "Slate's Stolen Da Vinci" - Slate is given a painting in appreciation for his "helping hand". Suddenly, people seem over interested in buying the "worthless" art. Kip Ross, Jester Hairston, Barbara Hill, Gordon McLean, Nestor Paiva. 26:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 22, 2018 01:00 PM PST
Charles Walsh Escapes (Aired July 9, 1949)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective was a radio show starring Dick Powell which aired from 1949 to 1953, first on NBC, then ABC and finally on CBS. The title character was a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen. The television series was produced by Powell's company, Four Star Television, and that series ran for 3 years from 1957 to 1960. On TV, David Janssen played the hard boiled private eye and his secretary renamed “Sam”, was only ever shown on camera from the waist down, most assurardidly to display her beautiful legs. It was later leared that the legs belonged to Mary Tyler Moore. THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1949. "Charles Walsh Escapes" - NBC network. Sustaining. Two convicts escape from Sing Sing with plans to kill Richard Diamond. They start by kidnapping Diamond's girlfriend Helen Asher. Diamond's alcoholic friend "Wilbur" is similar to the character "Jocko" heard on, "Pat Novak, For Hire." After the story, Dick Powell imitates Ezio Pinza and sings, "Some Enchanted Evening!" Dick Powell, Edward King (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Blake Edwards (writer), Paul Frees, Wilms Herbert, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Worth (music director), William P. Rousseau (director). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 22, 2018 08:00 AM PST
The Fur Coat (Aired June 13, 1947)
My Friend Irma, created by writer-director-producer Cy Howard, was a top-rated, long-run radio situation comedy, so popular in the late 1940s that its success escalated to films and television, while Howard scored with another radio comedy hit, Life with Luigi. Dependable and level-headed Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis) narrated the misadventures of her innocent and bewildered roommate, Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson), a dim-bulb stenographer. Wilson portrayed the character on radio, in two films and a TV series. The successful radio series with Marie Wilson ran on CBS Radio from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954. The TV version, seen on CBS from January 8, 1952 until June 25, 1954, was the first series telecast from the CBS Television City facility in Hollywood. THIS EPISODE: June 13, 1947. CBS network. "The Fur Coat". Sustaining. Irma's fur coat. Easy come, easy go! Alan Reed, Cathy Lewis, Cy Howard (writer, producer, director), Hans Conried, Irene Tedrow, John Brown, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Marie Wilson, Maurie Webster (announcer), Parke Levy (writer), Stanley Adams (writer), Terry O'Sullivan, The Sportsmen. 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 22, 2018 02:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Roy Rogers Show" - Pursuing Counterfeiters (Aired November 9, 1951)
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, as well as the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchety George "Gabby" Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West." THIS EPISODE: November 9, 1951. "Pursuing Counterfeiters" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Post Cereals (Roy Rogers Riders Club premium). Milt Keebler is helping a gang of counterfeiters pass bad money through the Mitchell Ice Company. Andy Sales has a treacherous plan. Dale and Roy sings, "San Antone." Art Ballinger (announcer), Art Rush (producer), Dale Evans, Forrest Lewis, Frank Hemingway, Herb Butterfield, Howard McNear, Milton Charles, Pat McGeehan, Ray Wilson (writer), Roy Rogers, The Whippoorwills, Tom Hargis (director). 30:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 09:00 PM PST
Practically Foolproof (Aired September 3, 1944)
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. A total of 692 episodes were produced, yet despite the series' fame, over 200 episodes are lost today. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: September 3, 1944. CBS Pacific network. "Practically Foolproof". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. An interesting story about two robbers who are running a lending library. Things get weird when they plan to use a dwarf to commit a robbery against his will! George W. Allen (producer, director), Harriet Reig (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Bill Pennell (announcer), Jane Morgan. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 04:00 PM PST
The Combination Murder Case (Aired June 14, 1949)
Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1949. Program #49. ZIV Syndication. "The Combination Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Joyce Dixon, the owner of a gambling operation, reports to the cops that she's about to be murdered! However, her gardener and ex-fiance are the ones who get killed! Watch out for that sandwich! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Henry Sylvern (organist). 267:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 11:00 AM PST
The John Stewart Murder Case (Aired March 28, 1953)
The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer, as was Joe Walters. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. THIS EPISODE: March 28, 1953. "The John Stewart Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. A man who expects to be killed named John Stewart has been collecting strange things. This is a network version. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Paula Winslowe, Herb Butterfield, Billy Halop, James McCallion, Steve Roberts, Lou Merrill, Bill Anders (announcer). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 06:00 AM PST
How To Repair A Living Room (Aired October 23, 1953)
Phil Harris was on the Jack Benny Show since 1934, playing the jive-talking hipster bandleader of questionable repute. His band members were hep in the sarcastic, fast-talking department, too. So when Phil Harris (in real life) married the glamorous and talented movie star Alice Faye, it seemed more like a match made in Hollywood than in Heaven. They knew each other from the old days of the Rudy Vallee Show, and were both radio veterans when they decided, in the Benny tradition, to work together professionally, using their own show-biz personnas. Hey, Ozzie and Harriett had done well with it! This show isn't like Ozzie and Harriett. Beside fame and glamour, Phil and Alice had two big things in their life, their lovely daughters. Jeanine Roose played Alice Jr. and Anne Whitfield was little Phyllis. THIS EPISODE: October 23, 1953. NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor (the first RCA commercial is not included). Unedited tape or a rehearsal recording, recorded October 3, 1953. "How To Repair A Living Room," or "There'll Be Lots Of Sand For The Concrete Mother, I'm Coming Home With A Load." Phil and Elliott decide to straighten the foundation of Phil's house, they then decide to apply the wallpaper. The program is preceded by an audience warm-up by Bill Forman (briefly) and Phil Harris who jokes with the audience for about ten minutes. Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Walter Tetley, Elliott Lewis, Ray Singer (writer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Edward James (writer), John Hubbard, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Bill Forman (announcer), Hy Averback, Alvino Rey (guitar), Red Nichols (cornet), The Sportsmen. 40:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 12:00 AM PST
Power And Light Holdup (Aired June 27, 1934)
Calling All Cars was one of radio’s earliest cop shows, dramatizing true crime stories and introduced by officers from the Los Angeles and other police departments. The narrator of the program was speech professor Charles Frederick Lindsley, and the only other regular voice heard on the program week after week belonged to that of Sergeant Jesse Rosenquist of the L.A.P.D., whose name and voice were so unusually distinctive that he was retained for the show’s entire run. None of the actors on the show ever received on-air credit, but among the talent OTR fans can hear the likes of Elvia Allman, Jackson Beck, Charles Bickford, John Gibson, Richard LeGrand and Hanley Stafford, just to name a few. THIS EPISODE: June 27, 1934. Program #31. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Power and Light Holdup". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. A want ad appeals for a man with "plenty of nerve and a good head." The job is for a man to help with a payroll robbery! The system cue has been deleted. Hanley Stafford, Madeleine Kelly (writer), William N. Robson (adaptor, producer), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 28:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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