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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...


by Bob Camardella
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April 24, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Gambler (04-05-51) (Aired April 5, 1951)
The series ran two seasons, and was revived in 1949 as a syndicated program, now called The Adventures of Maisie. Included in the repertory cast were Hans Conreid (later on Life with Liugi), Sheldon Leonard, Joan Banks, Elvia Allman, Bea Benadaret, and Sandra Gould. The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. To the end Maisie was the single girl, as this allowed her to get involved in continuing adventures of many kinds. These radio adventures of a liberated American "dame" from Brooklyn were tailored to post-WWII, and featured Maisie making her way (and having her way, most of the time) on both sides of the Atlantic. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1951. "The Gambler" - Program #60. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie becomes the Las Vegas good luck charm of an Indian gambler/gangster (named "Nick The Creek!"). The program has also been identified as program #72. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hans Conried, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Jack McCoy (announcer), Joan Banks, John L. Green (writer), Peter Leeds, William Conrad. 28:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Guest Is Nelson Eddy (Aired August 8, 1937)
The Chase and Sanborn Hour was the umbrella title for a series of US comedy and variety radio shows, sponsored by Standard Brands' Chase and Sanborn Coffee, usually airing Sundays on NBC from 8pm to 9pm during the years 1929 to 1948. The series began in 1929 as The Chase and Sanborn Choral Orchestra, a half-hour musical variety show heard Sundays at 8:30pm on NBC. When Maurice Chevalier became the show's star, he received a record-breaking salary of $5000 a week. Violinist David Rubinoff (September 13, 1897 – October 06, 1986), became a regular in January 1931, introduced as "Rubinoff and His Violin." With Chevalier returning to Paris, Eddie Cantor was chosen as his replacement and the new 60-minute program, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, was launched September 13, 1931, teaming Cantor with Rubinoff and announcer Jimmy Wallington. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1937. "Guest Is Nelson Eddy" - Red network. Sponsored by: Chase and Sanborn Coffee. Nelson Eddy's first appearance on the program (he's announced as a "regular"). He starts the show by singing, "Great Day." Detective Charlie McCarthy has wrecked Bergen's new car. Dorothy Lamour sings, "Ebb Tide" (from the picture of the same name, not the tune that would later become popular). Wendy Barrie appears in, "A Wedding," by John Kirkpatrick. W. C. Fields describes his recent yacht race and verbally jousts with Wendy Barrie (he calls her "Windy"). Don Ameche (host), Robert Armbruster and His Orchestra, Nelson Eddy, Edgar Bergen, Dorothy Lamour, Wendy Barrie, John Kirkpatrick (writer), W. C. Fields, Carlton KaDell (announcer). 1:00:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lone Ranger" - Raising The Siege (Aired April 24, 1942)
On radio, the Lone Ranger was played by several actors, including John L. Barrett who played the role on the test broadcasts on WEBR during early January, 1933; George Seaton (under the name George Stenius) from January 31 to May 9 of 1933; series director James Jewell and an actor known only by the pseudonym "Jack Deeds" (for one episode each), and then by Earle Graser from May 16, 1933, until April 7, 1941. 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. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1942. Program #1444/657. Syndicated. "Ted Jenkins"/"Raising The Seige". Music fill for local commercial insert. A young boy uses his love for telegraphy to save the gold in the town of Split Rock...with the help of the Lone Ranger. Brace Beemer, John Todd, Fran Striker (writer), George W. Trendle (creator, producer). 29:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
If I Were King (Aired May 11, 1946)
The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! Some films are less well known, such as Guest in the House, with Kirk Douglas and Anita Louise, It Happened Tomorrow, with Eddie Bracken and Ann Blythe playing Dick Powell and Linda Darnell's roles, and Cheers for Miss Bishop with Olivia de Havilland. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1946. CBS network. "If I Were King". Sponsored by: Squibb. The story of the poet-General of France: his flashing sword and his way with the ladies. Ronald Colman. 31:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Double Date To Destiny (Aired June 13, 1974)
The Zero Hour (aka Hollywood Radio Theater) was a 1973-74 radio drama anthology series hosted by Rod Serling.With tales of mystery, adventure and suspense, the program aired in stereo for two seasons. Some of the scripts were written by Serling. Originally placed into syndication on Septermber 3, 1973, the series was picked up by the Mutual Broadcasting System in December of that year. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Mutual affiliates could broadcast the series in any time slot that they wished. In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974. Producer J.M. Kholos was a Los Angeles advertising man who acquired the rights to suspense novels, including Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way, for radio adaptations. The opening theme music was by Ferrante & Teicher and Don Hill produced the series.

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April 23, 2014 02:18 PM PDT
Eddie Lazetti Murderer (Aired September 13, 1950)
The chief problem, both for Kildare and the listener, was that Blair Hospital was peopled by too many eccentrics. Gillespie, played to the limit by Barrymore, was enough for any show. But Dr. Carew, head of hospital administration, was a nut of the first order. Nurse Parker was a totally unbelievable old maid. Ted Osborne did what he could with Carew, and Virginia Gragg's fine talent was hopelessly lost in the chattering role of Parker. In the end, Ayres and Barrymore saved this series, providing some solid stories, especially when they ventured into the real world and got away from the dummies at Blair. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 13, 1950. Program #47. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. "Eddie Lazetti, a Murderer" being held under guard in Blair Hospital, escapes and holds Dr. Kildare and Diana hostage. Interestingly, this program has been described with "Nick Mazetti" being the main character and included Barton Yarborough and Vic Perrin in the cast. This is not that broadcast (if such exists). Virginia Gregg, Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Dick Joy (announcer), Les Crutchfield (writer), Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Jeffrey Silver, Lynn Aynley, Isabel Jewell, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 27:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2014 11:16 AM PDT
The Sprinter (Aired June 16, 1954)
The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21ST PRECINCT and not TWENTY-FIRST PRECINCT or TWENTY FIRST PRECINCT which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operations of a single police precinct. Actual cases would be used as the basis for stories. It was mentioned in each episode's closing by the announcer that, "Twenty-firstPrecinct is presented with the official cooperation of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association an organization of more than 20,000 members of the Police Department, City of New York." THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1954. "The Sprinter" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The music fill has been deleted. Everett Sloane, John Ives (producer), Stanley Niss (writer, director), Ken Lynch. 28:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Strange Men Of History (Aired February 5, 1947)
In 1940, Henry Morgan was offered a daily 15-minute series on Mutual Broadcasting System's flagship station, WOR. This show was a 15-minute comedy, which he opened almost invariably with "Good evening, anybody; here's Morgan." In his memoir Here's Morgan (1994), he wrote that he devised that introduction as a dig at popular singer Kate Smith, who "...started her show with a condescending, 'Hello, everybody.' I, on the other hand, was happy if anybody listened in." He mixed literately barbed ad libs, satirizing daily life's foibles, with novelty records, including those of Spike Jones. Morgan stated that Jones sent him his newest records in advance of market dates because he played them so often. He also targeted his sponsors freely. One early sponsor had been Adler Shoe Stores, which came close to canceling its account after Morgan started making references to "Old Man Adler" on the air; the chain changed its mind after it was learned business spiked upward, with many new patrons asking to meet Old Man Adler. Morgan had to read an Adler commercial heralding the new fall line of colors; Morgan thought the colors were dreadful, and said he wouldn't wear them to a dogfight, but perhaps the listeners would like them. Old Man Adler demanded a retraction on the air. Morgan obliged: "I would wear them to a dogfight." Morgan later recalled with bemusement, "It made him happy."

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April 23, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Kick Me (Aired October 19, 1958)
The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time. Conrad was one of the last actors who auditioned for the role of Marshal Dillon. With a powerful, distinctive voice, Conrad was already one of radio's busiest actors. Though Meston championed him, MacDonnell thought Conrad might be overexposed. During his audition, however, Conrad won over MacDonnell after reading only a few lines. Dillon as portrayed by Conrad was a lonely, isolated man, toughened by a hard life. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1958. CBS network. "Kick Me". Sponsored by: Post Toasties, Sugar Krinkles. An Indian scout named Tobile vows to kill the two white men who played a cruel practical joke on him, and who have insulted his honor. The script was used on the program again on October 19, 1958 and on the Gunsmoke television series on January 26, 1957. William Conrad, Georgia Ellis, John Meston (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Ken Peters (announcer), Norman Macdonnell (director), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), Ralph Moody, Byron Kane, Harry Bartell, John Meston (writer). 20:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Note On Danger B (Aired June 6, 1949)
The Radio City Playhouse was a half-hour of drama, sometimes comedy, often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast were made up of New York veterans of radio and stage, including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers. The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced a new story, often written by well-known writers of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack and excellent sound effects. THIS EPISODE: June 6, 1949. Program #41. NBC network. "Note On Danger B". Sustaining. The FS-2 aircraft is designed to go 1500 m.p.h. and encounter "Danger B," traveling backward in time. A good example of early radio sci-fi. The program is also known as, "NBC Short Story." John Larkin, Bill Lipton, Horace Braham, Paul Mann, Roy Shield (music), Gerald Kersh (author), Harry W. Junkin (adaptor, director, host), Fred Collins (announcer). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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