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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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November 21, 2017 07:00 PM PST
Death Rings Down The Curtain (Aired September 2, 1945)
The Sealed Book reprised 26 of the Arthur/Kogan scripts written for The Mysterious Traveler. The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 2, 1945. Program #16. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "Death Rings Down The Curtain". Commercials added locally. The most famous actress in the world fails in the most important role she has to play. The script was used on "The Mysterious Traveler" on October 5, 1948. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 21, 2017 02:00 PM PST
Dead Men Talk (Aired September 24, 1939)
"The Shadow" - One of the most popular radio shows in history. The show went on the air in August of 1930. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. THIS EPISODE: September 24, 1939. Mutual network. "Dead Men Talk". The first show of the season. William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer), Jerry Devine (writer). 24:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 21, 2017 09:00 AM PST
Blue Moon (Aired June 16, 1950)
The Hollywood husband and wife team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall set sail for adventure in the Bold Venture radio series in early 1951. There were well over 400 stations that aired the program. Since thiswas syndicated * the starting date varied from station to station but Mar 26, 1951 was the official date of the first show. Humphrey Bogart portrayed Slate Shannon, owner of a rundown Havana hotel, Shannon's Place. The action took place on land as well aboard Slate's boat, The Bold Venture, thus the title of the series. Lauren Bacall was his ward Sailor Duval, a stubborn and flirtatious young woman whose late father had willed her to Slate for her protection. Together the duo found adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1950. Program #11. ZIV Syndication. "Blue Moon". Commercials added locally. Mr. Cameron asks Slate Shannon to free his daughter from the clutches of Norton and his gambling ship, "The Blue Moon." Jester Hairston (singing transitions), Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, David Rose (composer, conductor), William Conrad, Gerald Mohr. 26:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 21, 2017 04:00 AM PST
Double Date (Aired October 19, 1946)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1946. "Double Date" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie is going to a dance and dad is trying to take a bath, not at all as easy as it sounds. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Ian Martin, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2017 10:00 PM PST
45 Calibre Teapot (Starring Jack Benny) 05-19-54 Aired May 19, 1954
Meaningful Stories from Years Past that Continue to Inspire Families Today. Families, then and now, face similar situations and struggles: communication, honesty, gambling, music, alcoholism, sports and many spiritual questions, such as life after death. How we address these struggles makes all the difference in strengthening our family bonds. These compelling half-hour dramas offer inspiring insights into how to build unity within your family. Join us on a visit with the stars of the past for an uplifting, humorous and meaningful look into family life. When actor Jimmy Stewart hosted that first episode of Family Theater in 1947, he told the radio audience that Family Theater was dedicated to the family “with the hope that families everywhere will always be together and that your home will be a happy one—with the conviction that prayer, simple prayer, will help keep it that way.” THIS EPISODE May 19, 1954. Mutual network. "The .45 Caliber Teapot". Sustaining. A meek little man discovers an ancient formula that changes things around quite a bit. The program opening is slightly upcut. Verna Felton, Charlotte Lawrence, John T. Kelly (director, transcriber), Robert Hugh O'Sullivan (writer), Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Frederick Shields, Lee Miller, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Larry Chatterton (announcer). 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2017 05:00 PM PST
The Derelict (Aired April 26, 1953)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: "We offer you... Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!" THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1953. CBS network. "Derelict". Sustaining. Three men and a woman are adrift with a cargo of gold. Charlotte Lawrence, Joseph Kearns, Charlie Lung, Ben Wright, Larry Roman (adaptor), Roy Rowan (announcer), Victor Schwartz (author), Antony Ellis (director), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor). 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2017 12:00 PM PST
The Millionaire Murders (Aired August 6, 1949)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1949. Program #5. "The Millionaire Murders" - NBC network. Sustaining. Steve flies to Paris to investigate the murders of several millionaires. Brian Donlevy, Robert Ryf (writer), Bill Cairn (director), Bruce Ashley (music). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2017 07:00 AM PST
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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November 20, 2017 01:00 AM PST
Dr. Nitro (Aired January 25, 1937) Calling All Cars was one of the earliest police shows on the air. It ran from November 29, 1933 through September 8, 1939. It’s sponsor was the Rio Grande Oil Company, which is why the show only ran in areas where Rio Grande "cracked" gasoline was sold. The sponsor promoted its "close ties" with police departments in Arizona and Southern California, urging listeners to buy its product for "police car performance". As shows of this nature do, it dealt with tracking killers and robbers, and with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1937. Program #166. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "Dr. Nitro". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. A gang of safe-blowers has struck again. Two of the actors are interviewed during the first Rio Grande commercial. "Mr. Fields" ("who has played the part of a police officer many times"), and "Mr. McNear" praise the sponsor's gasoline. The system cue has been deleted. John McGrath (host, Chief of Detectives of the Phoenix Police Department), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator), Howard McNear. 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2017 08:00 PM PST
The Engaged Girl Murder Case (Aired November 10, 1949)
The series originally aired as a thrice-weekly fifteen-minute serial from 1937-43 (the show moved to CBS in 1942), providing more than ample time for Keen to solve even the most baffling of disappearances. Beginning November 11, 1943, the program changed its format to that of a half-hour weekly offering—and though the title and theme song remained, Keen branched out into investigating murders. If Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons sounds a little soap opera-ish, it’s because it originated from the “radio fiction factory” of Frank and Anne Hummert. (Frank received on-air credit for the writing, but the scripts were actually churned out by scribes like Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates and Stedman Coles.) Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1949. CBS network. "The Engaged Girl Murder Case". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. Mr. Keen solves a murder case while on horseback! Frank Hummert, Anne Hummert (originators, producers), Larry Elliott (announcer), Bennett Kilpack, Lawrence Klee (dialogue). 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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