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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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October 23, 2014 08:30 AM PDT
The Laughing Killer (Aired May 8, 1947)
Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask, under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, Flashgun Casey was the originally fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of hooch and a .38 in his desk drawer, and boasted of being able to put a "slug where he aimed" and having "two big fists he knew how to use". He appeared in several short stories in the pulps and several novels. Casey, whose first name was never revealed, was the major crime photographer at the fictional Morning Express newspaper. With the help of reporter Ann Williams, he tracked down criminals and solved numerous crimes on this popular mystery-adventure series. Often a picture snapped at a crime scene led Casey to play detective. Jackson Beck and Bernard Lenrow were heard as Captian Logan and John Gibson played Ethelbert. Sponsors included Anchor-Hocking glass, Toni home permanet, Toni Creme Shampoo and Philip Morris cigarettes. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1947. CBS network. "The Laughing Killer". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A strange caliber gun is used to frame a man just out of prison. Tony Marvin (announcer), Lawson Zerbe, Staats Cotsworth, Jan Miner, Herman Chittison (pianist), John Gibson, Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), John Dietz (director), Archie Bleyer (composer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 30:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 22, 2014 08:13 PM PDT
The Lifted Veil (Aired January 9, 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. THIS EPISODE: January 9, 1944. Program #20. NBC syndication. "The Lifted Veil". Commercials added locally. A maid who likes rat poison, a serum to bring the dead to life, and a premonition of the future. The date is approximate. George Eliot (author). 24:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 22, 2014 03:40 PM PDT
North From Marakesh (Aired March 14, 1980)
Mutual Radio Theater ( Sears Radio Theater ) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy.

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October 22, 2014 12:30 PM PDT
The Big Mustache (Aired March 23, 1954)
The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1954. Program #240. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Big Mustache". A man with a false moustache is suspected of robbing a supermarket. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer). 30:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 22, 2014 08:24 AM PDT
Jethro Goes To School (Aired November 14, 1962)
Most of the early shows revolve around the impossible adjustments the poor mountain folk must make to city life, and Jed Clampett's backwoods brand of wisdom always wins out in the end. Despite their brand-new mansion with its cement pond and indoor plumbing, the Hillbillies stay true to their rustic roots. Many episodes center around Drysdale's attempts to keep the Clampetts in good spirits in their big-city setting (thus keeping their money in his bank). Enrolling Jethro in elementary school, buying Jed a movie studio, letting Granny open a medical practice and finding Elly May a beau are just a few of the silly but entertaining storylines. THIS EPISODE: November 14, 1962. "Jethro Goes to School." Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) - Jed enrolls Jethro at an exclusive Beverly Hills elementary school. Millicent Schuyler-Potts, the proprietor of the school, is aghast when Jed and Jethro show up, convinced this is part of some ghastly hoax. After Jed says that banker Milburn Drysdale is his neighbor, she calls the banker. It turns out that Drysdale's bank holds the mortgage on the school. Schulyer-Potts suddenly warms to the charms of the Clampetts, even if it means accepting Jethro as a fifth grader. Written by Bill Koenig. Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., Bea Benaderet, Frank Wilcox. Directed by Richard Whorf. Created and Written by Paul Henning.

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October 21, 2014 07:52 PM PDT
The Informer (Aired May 25, 1946)
Each adaptation is finely produced and directed by Dee Engelbach, with music composed and conducted by Leith Stevens. Frank Wilson wrote the movie adaptations. John Dunning in his book,"On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio,"tells us why such a fine production lasted less than a year: "The House of Squibb, a drug firm, footed a stiff bill: up to $5,000 for the stars and $1,600 a week to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for use of the title. The production had all the class of a Lux or Screen Guild show…But the tariff took its toll, and after 39 weeks the series was scrapped." THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1946. Program #343. "The Informer" - CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. A quality upgrade rebroadcast. AFRS program name: "Armed Forces Radio Theater." The program may be dated May 15, 1946. Victor McLaglen, Margo Graham, Wallace Ford, J. M. Kerrigan. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 02:30 PM PDT
Sucker Bait (Aired June 9, 1955)
Originally aired October 31, 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. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. As an actor, William Gargan had played Ellery Queen in three movies, before being cast as Kane. After he left Martin Kane, Gargan landed on his feet. He signed a million dollar, seven year contract with MCA for the radio show Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator on NBC. The final spelling used for his character's first name, Barrie, was the same as that of Gargan's oldest son.

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October 21, 2014 11:32 AM PDT
Blind Justice (Aired September 14, 1948)
Big Town is a radio show that aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne, with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Wilson from 1942 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in the radio series. When Big Town moved to television, the program was telecast live, but in 1952 the production switched to film after the move from New York City to Hollywood. The television series ran on CBS from 1950 through 1954, continuing on NBC from 1955 through 1956. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1948. NBC network. "Blind Justice". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso. The first show of the third series. A construction foreman named Mike Barton has been shot. Was the killer Knuckles Malone. The only "witness" to the crime is blind. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Robert Dryden, Jerry McGill (writer, director), Bernard Dudley (commercial spokesman). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 07:01 AM PDT
Guest Is Joan Bennett (Aired January 5, 1951)
Early in the show's life, however, its name was changed — first to Duffy's and, for four episodes, Duffy's Variety. A staffer for Bristol-Myers -- whose Ipana toothpaste was the show's early sponsor—persuaded the company's publicity director to demand the name change because the original title promoted "the hobby of drinking" too much for certain sensibilities. Bristol-Myers eventually admitted the staffer had little to go on other than a handful of protesting letters, and to the delight of fans who never stopped using the original name, anyway — the original title was restored permanently. The name change was often subverted by the Armed Forces Radio Network. When the AFRN rebroadcast those episodes for U.S. servicemen during World War II, the announcer referred to Duffy's Tavern. THIS EPISODE: January 5, 1951. NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials added locally. Archie tries to promote a date with "Guest Joan Bennett". A different script than cat. #7872. The program may be dated January 26, 1951. Ed Gardner, Bert Gordon, Charlie Cantor, Joan Bennett. 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Gentle Virtue (Aired March 30, 1958)
Television was already in reruns of the twenty to thirty western adventures that proliferated on TV during the 1950s. And it was stiff competition, to be sure. Gunsmoke had achieved off the chart ratings for years, and Have Gun, Will Travel was very much a thinking person's western. This takes nothing away from either John Dehner or Ben Wright's performances in the least. They were consistently top notch. But we'd venture to say that Frontier Gentleman is heard today by far more listeners than ever heard it when it was first broadcast. Be that as it may, it's the listeners of today that matter now. Frontier Gentleman consistently offers a wonderful variation on the western theme. Antony Ellis' scripts are well devised, historically accurate, and fully developed, given the imposed 30-minute formula. THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1958. CBS network. "Gentle Virtue". Sponsored by: Dodge. Kendall wins "Gentle Virtue," a beautiful Chinese girl, in a poker game. The program features an excellent Dodge commercial! It's interesting to note Virginia Gregg and Ben Wright playing Chinese dialect parts. In the fall season, they would play regular Chinese roles in "Have Gun Will Travel," a show very similar to "Frontier Gentleman." John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Charlie Lung, John Wald (announcer), Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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