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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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May 29, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Alan The Fullback (Aired November 13, 1945)
The Alan Young Show was a radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Canadian-English actor Alan Young. It began on NBC radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It moved to ABC with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III. In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to television as a variety, sketch comedy show, taking an 11-month hiatus in 1952. THIS EPISODE: November 13, 1945. "Alan The Fullback" ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Alan finds himself playing football against the State Prison team, "The Rock Crushers." Alan Young, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra, Jim Backus, Jean Gillespie, Dickie Monahan, Bob Shepherd (announcer), Minerva Pious, Walter Tetley, Four Chicks and Chuck. 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 29, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
The Search For Life (04-12-42)
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves (or dogs with indigestion?) in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). THIS EPISODE: April 12, 1942. World syndication. "The Search For Life". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. A research scientist is trying to "recreate a dead person" and "control death." His assistant plans to kill his fiancee after she rejects him, and bring her back to life with no memory! There are dead bodies all over the place! 25:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
"To Build A Fire" and "Three Skeleton Keys" (Aired February 27, 1957)
Nelson Olmsted was a national treasure. Over a broadcasting career of thirty-five years, Olmsted's soothing, reassuring, and highly versatile narrations graced thousands of broadcast recordings. While also a prolific and highly successful actor in both Radio and Television, it's Olmsted's literature readings and narrations that are the focus of this series and this article. Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. On the plus side of the equation were Nelson Olmsted's extremely loyal following throughout the U.S. combined with the classic nature of the stories which comprised the series. These stories were many of the most popular and compelling supernatural stories and adventures in literary history. THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1957. NBC network. "To Build A Fire" "Three Skeleton Key". Sustaining. A man all alone in the Yukon starts to freeze to death. Also, three men in a lighthouse are menaced by thousands of rats. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer), Jack London (author). 27:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2016 05:00 PM PDT
People Are No Good (Aired September 8, 1957)
Beginning with CBS' Columbia Workshop from 1936 to 1947, CBS set out to experiment with Radio--to push that invisible envelope of the speed of sound, the speed of light, and to capitalize on the human listeners' comparitively narrow band of audible sound. Not so much experiment in terms of hardware technology, as in Radio's earliest efforts in 'broad casting' radio transmissions, but in concept, engineering, scoring and production technique. The most well-known and widely acclaimed proponent of these techniques was Norman Corwin. Corwin was so critically and popularly successful in experimental broadcasts that CBS gave him virtual carte blanche to produce whatever projects he deemed of possible interest--at least until the HUAC years anyway. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 8, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "People Are No Good". Great radio writing, dedicated to anyone who ever got up on the wrong side of the bed. A man on a desert island...Manhattan! 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
Pattern For Murder (Aired May 29, 1950)
Christopher London was the name and the hero of this 1950 radio show that related the adventures and exploits of a private eye who will "go anywhere and do anything...for a price." Of an added interest is the fact that this guy is supposedly based on a character created by Erle Stanley Gardner. It's an excellent detective drama with Glen Ford in the lead role. Supporting cast compliment his talent. There is little else known about this NBC 1950 presentation. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1950. NBC network. "Pattern For Murder". Sustaining. After a concert at Carnegie Hall, a famous composer/pianist is poisoned at a nightclub, while sitting with Christopher and a phoney redhead. Erle Stanley Gardner (creator), William N. Robson (producer, director, transcriber), Glenn Ford, Ben Wright, Eleanor Audley, Bernard Schoenfeld (writer), Van Cleve (composer, conductor), Ramsay Hill, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Georgia Ellis, Rick Vallin. 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
A Soldiers Farewell (Aired June 2, 1972)
In May 1940, Sir Anthony Eden makes his historic speech calling for men under and over the age of active service in the armed forces to form a local defence corps. In Walmington, the Local Bank manager George Mainwaring set's up the town's Local Defence Volunteers,with the assistance of his Bank Clerk, Arthur Wilson and the Local Butcher, Jack Jones. The LDV later become known as the Home Guard or affectionately (to the TV audience) "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,

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May 28, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
Sunken Nazi Treasure (Aired February 22, 1953)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. NBC's Television version of The Chase was in production during May 1953. It was to star Doug Fowley as both narrator and performer. Apparently the powers to be eventually decided to abandon the production. It would also appear that the TV production was abandoned at about the same time the Radio version was pulled, to be replaced by NBC's prestigious NBC Summer Symphony series.

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May 27, 2016 08:22 PM PDT
I Remember Murder (Aired November 30, 1948)
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. The series' success continued on radio until 1952 leaving only the television version (which began in 1950). (Thanks to Robert G. Corder, author of a new biography of Edward Pawley.) THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1948. NBC network. "I Remember Murder". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso. A band-leader steals $50,000 from The High Hatters Club and leaves town in a hurry. After he's "taken for a ride," the girl singer who was with him developes amnesia. "Harry The Hack" finds her...and the murder victim too. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Mason Adams, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
Aptitude Test (Aired October 7, 1951)
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. Amos 'n' Andy creators Gosden and Correll were white actors familiar with minstrel traditions. They met in Durham, North Carolina in 1920, and by the fall of 1925, they were performing nightly song-and-patter routines on the Chicago Tribune's station WGN. Since the Tribune syndicated Sidney Smith's popular comic strip The Gumps, which had successfully introduced the concept of daily continuity, WGN executive Ben McCanna thought the notion of a serialized drama could also work on radio. THIS EPISODE: October 7, 1951. "Aptitude Test" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Rexall. The Kingfish and his mother-in-law both take an aptitude test for a job in a new store. After the Kingfish switches answer sheets, Mama turns out to be his boss! The script was subsequently used on the program on Novemebr 21, 1954. Bob Mosher (writer), Bob Ross (writer), Ernestine Wade, Joe Connelly (writer), Johnny Lee, Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, John Brown, Ken Christy, Will Wright, Jeff Alexander (music), Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Griff Barnett (commercial spokesman), Amanda Randolph. 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2016 10:56 AM PDT
The Case Of The Golf Course Murder (Aired August 7, 1948)
Gang Busters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by Chevrolet, on July 20, 1935. After the title was changed to Gang Busters January 15, 1936, the show had a 21-year run through November 20, 1957. 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. The 1952 Gang Busters TV series was reedited into two feature films, Gang Busters (1954) and Guns Don't Argue (1957). THIS EPISODE: August 7, 1948. Program #541. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Golf Course Murder". Sponsored by: Arrow Audio. The head of a car-theft ring branches out into murder. WRVR rebroadcast date: April 11, 1974. Anne Burr, Frank Readick. 23:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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