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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...

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February 07, 2016 08:00 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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February 07, 2016 04:00 PM PST
The Judge Thorman Revenge Shooting (Aired October 14, 1947)
The feel of Michael Shayne over the years was arguably most noticeably evolved over Radio. Wally Maher's portrayal of Michael Shayne was not only the first over Radio, the longest running over Radio, but it was also the most fully developed over Radio. Aided by Cathy Lewis in her role of feisty bright Phyllis Knight, as well as by Joe Forte as Lieutenant Farraday, the family nature of the growing radio ensemble over the years put far more flesh on the bones of Brett Halliday's character than any other characterization that succeeded it. Maher's characterization of Shayne was so successful that for the remainder of Maher's career he actively translated Shayne's basic attributes into virtually every other detective or crime drama genre Maher appeared in until his untimely death in 1951. Were it not for Maher's premature demise, one can well imagine Wally Maher having evolved into one of the greatest, most durable character actors of all time, much in the vein of Ken Christy for example. As with many West Coast ensemble productions of the era, Michael Shayne: Private Detective soon evolved into a very secure set of well-explored character arcs, among which Cathy Lewis' character, Phyllis Knight, found herself more and more integrated into the scripts. Joe Forte's Lieutenant Farraday continued to grow into the role as well. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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February 07, 2016 11:00 AM PST
The Lost Lady (Aired October 16, 1948)
The show was fairly well-plotted, Webb's voice was great, and the supporting cast were skillful. Regan handled rough assignments from Lion, with whom he was not always on good terms. He was tough, tenacious, and had a dry sense of humor. The voice of his boss, Anthony Lion, was Wilms Herbert. The show ended in December 1948 but was resurrected in October 1949 with a new cast; Frank Graham played Regan (later Paul Dubrov was the lead) and Frank Nelson portrayed Lion. This version ran on CBS, sometimes as a West Coast regional, until August 1950. Both versions were 30 minutes, but the day and time slot changed several times. THIS EPISODE: October 16, 1948. CBS network. "The Lost Lady". Sustaining. Jack Webb, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Sterling Tracy (producer), E. Jack Neuman (writer), Larry Roman (writer), Herb Butterfield, Yvonne Peattie, Lurene Tuttle, Ken Christy, Lawrence Dobkin, Milton Charles (organist). 30:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 07, 2016 06:59 AM PST
Lou Goes To The Race Track (Aired March 13, 1947)
The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy, with announcing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. Abbott and Costello moved the show to ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) five years after they premiered on NBC. During their ABC period they also hosted a 30-minute children's radio program(The Abbott and Costello Children's Show. THIS EPISODE: March 13, 1947. "Lou Goes To The Race Track" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco. Costello has to get rid of $38,000 before the income tax is due, so the boys visit the race track. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra, Marilyn Maxwell, John Brown, Michael Roy (announcer). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 07, 2016 01:00 AM PST
Don't Take My Blood (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The emphasis on high production values is perhaps the very reason that several early, morally challenged Radio traders felt they could get away with interspersing many of the Creaking Door episodes with their Inner Sanctum, Mysterious Traveler, and Strange Dr. Weird offerings to a still naive community of radio recording collectors. Although somewhat left-handed, it's still a compliment to both SABC and Springbok Radio that those early 'otr hooligans' managed to get away with the practice for well over 20 years. That takes nothing away from this excellent series in its own right. The expositions were deftly introduced and shaded with just the right amount of chilling narrative. Not quite as chilling and melodramatic as Raymond Johnson, perhaps, but Peter Broomfield rightly camped up his delivery for The Creaking Door, and it worked. Indeed, given the reported conservative budget of each episode, it's a tribute to The Creaking Door's producers that they managed to tease so much quality out of such relatively humbly funded productions. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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February 06, 2016 08:00 PM PST
The Eloquent Corpse (Aired October 14, 1946)
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon in the title role, took over where Sherlock Holmes had left off. Sponsored by Petri wine, it used the same "weekly visit" format and the same team of Anthony Boucher and Dennis Green that had written The New Adventured of Sherlock Holmes. Gregory Hood was modelled after true-life San Francisco importer Richard Gump, and many of the stories revolve around a mystery surrounding some particular imported treasure. Hood's sidekick Sanderson "Sandy" Taylor was played by Bill Johnstone. The show aired from June, 1946 through August, 1950. There were an additional couple of shows aired in October 1951. Hood and Sanderson were played in later episodes by Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, respectively. THIS EPISODE: October 14, 1946. Mutual network. "The Eloquent Corpse". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. An elaborate scheme to get an appraisal of valuable ancient Korean coins, leads to Gregory Hood being framed for murder. The broadcast originates from Hollywood. Elliott Lewis, Howard McNear, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Dean Fosler (composer, conductor), Ned Bliss (producer), Lee Bowen (director), Arthur Fulton (sound efects), Art Surrence (sound effects). 29:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 06, 2016 03:55 PM PST
The Big Dog (Aired August 11, 1964)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: August 11, 1964. ABC network. "The Big Dog". Commercials deleted. An aging actor tries to land one more job, but is upstaged by a Great Dane. Richard McCracken (writer), Warren Somerville (director), John Griggs, Vicki Vola, Ralph Camargo, Guy Sorel, George Petrie, Bob Hastings, Marty Myers, Neal Pultz (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Fred Foy (announcer), Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Edward A. Byron (executive producer). 22:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 06, 2016 11:00 AM PST
The Highway Hi-Jacker (Aired December 14, 1945)
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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February 06, 2016 06:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Drop Dead (Aired September 20, 1952)
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. 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." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and still remains the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes ("Law and Order" ended in 2010 with 476 episodes). THIS EPISODE: September 20, 1952. "Drop Dead". Sustaining. Greedy Mr. Howard won't let Jack Jackson water his herd during a Kansas drought. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Harry Bartell, Lou Krugman, Barney Phillips, Georgia Ellis, Joseph Du Val, Les Crutchfield (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 06, 2016 01:00 AM PST
The Apprentice (Aired July 24, 1952)
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. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1952. NBC netwok. "The Apprentice". Sustaining. A professional killer and his new assistant attempt an assignment in the back woods. It's not as they think! The system cue has been deleted. Lawrence Klee (creator), Bob Hastings, Eileen Palmer, Lawson Zerbe, Daniel Sutter (director, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), Charles O'Neill (writer), Ken Lynch, Bill Smith. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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