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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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January 21, 2017 08:51 AM PST
School Dress Code (Aired April 24, 1949)
Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast---blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright---also received positive reviews. Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-1949, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1949. School Dress Code - CBS network, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "Who's Wearing The Pants At Madison?". Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap, Lustre-Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Shave Cream. Madison High goes through "Let's Dress Up" week. Walter protests by wearing a dress, Miss Brooks winds up in Mr. Conklin's pants! The script was subsequently re-used on April 28, 1957. Eve Arden, Jane Morgan, Gloria McMillan, Richard Crenna, Gale Gordon, Leonard Smith, Verne Smith (announcer), Jeff Chandler, Earle Ross, Al Lewis (writer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music), Bob Lemond (announcer), Larry Berns (producer). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2017 01:00 AM PST
"The First American Patent" (08-20-46)) and "Typewriter History"(08-27-46)
The series began about 1942 and were distributed, probably as a public service educational feature, for weekly programming. The early shows were discussions with Paul Shannon asking the questions, Dr. Phillips Thomas (research physicist for Westinghouse, specializing in electronics) answering the questions. The later programs were written by Dr. Thomas, but were dramatizations instead of the Q and A fomat. The programs themselves present a fascinating look at the state of scientific knowledge during the war and the immediate post-war years. Many of the topics are hopelessly outdated, a surprising number are still up to date and reflect the state of knowledge about the subject many years later. The purpose of instilling an interest in science in the general public is still as valid now as it was then. Even more important, the program themselves are good radio and interesting. TODAY'S SHOW: Program #187. Westinghouse syndication. "The First American Patent". Sustaining. The building of the first water-powered saw mill in America, the holder of patent number one. . 15 minutes. Program #188. Westinghouse syndication. "Typewriter History". Sustaining. The history of the typewriter and the man who invented it, Christopher Latham Sholes. . 15 minutes. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2017 07:00 PM PST
Murder At The State Fair (Aired September 24, 1944)
The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall was a radio mystery series broadcast on Mutual in the mid-1940s. Based on the novels of Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton), the 30-minute dramas were produced by Roger Bower and starred Walter Hampden as Leonidas Witherall, a New England boys' school instructor in Dalton, Massachusetts, a fictional Boston suburb. Witherall, who resembled William Shakespeare, is an amateur detective and the accomplished author of the "popular Lieutenant Hazeltine stories." His housekeeper Mrs. Mollett was played by Ethel Remey (1895-1979) and Jack MacBryde appeared as Police Sgt. McCloud. The announcer was Carl Caruso. Milton Kane supplied the music. The series began June 4, 1944 and continued until May 6, 1945. THIS EPISODE: September 24, 1944. "Murder At The State Fair" - Mutual network. Sustaining. 9:00 P. M. Three different people threaten the life of a miserable old women. When she is found dead at the state fair, all are suspect. The program is next on the air on October 8, 1944 at 7:00 P. M. Walter Hampden, Ethel Remey, Alice Tilton (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Roger Bower (director). 28:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2017 02:00 PM PST
Fifty Hunter Street (Aired June 30, 1944)
While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play. Kent Taylor starred in the half-hour TV series, The Adventures of Boston Blackie. Syndicated in 1951, it ran for 58 episodes, continuing in repeats over the following decade. THIS EPISODE: June 30, 1944. "Fifty Hunter Street" - NBC network, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Rinso, Lifebuoy Soap. 10:00 P. M. Mr. Manleder's business note for $100,000 is due tomorrow. Only Boston Blackie can prevent his business failure. The frame around Blackie is for murder. Who was that masked man? Chester Morris, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Charles Cornell (organist), Richard Lane, Jan Miner. 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2017 09:00 AM PST
The Case Of The Fatal Right (Aired October 14, 1946)
The British Hero Bulldog Drummond is a fictional character created by H. C. McNeile, as the hard boiled no nonsense-style detective. The stories followed Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, D.S.O., M.C., a wealthy former WWI officer of the Loamshire Regiment, who, after the war, spends his new-found leisure time as a private detective.Drummond is a proto-James Bond figure and was a muscular man with a group of followers who helped him in his adventures. They rounded up crooks and took them to a place only they knew and reformed them. Drummond and his men, the "Black Gang", beat the be jabbers out of the men till they learned their lesson and renounced crime. Join us as we listen to the adventures of this British Detective. THIS EPISODE: October 14, 1946. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Fatal Right". Sponsored by: Tums, N-R Tablets. Captain Drummond gets involved with a prize-fighter who gets murdered in the ring, poisoned by cyanide! Next week's story: "Thunder On The Range." Ned Wever. 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2017 04:00 AM PST
Meeting Strangers (Aired February 12, 1946)
Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued June 6, 1944. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private." On December 4, 1945, The Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior's mother and grandmother. David Forrester and David Rose led the orchestra, featuring vocalist Anita Ellis. The announcers were Pat McGeehan and Rod O'Connor. The series ended May 20, 1949 and Red moved to CBS to continue his radio career. THIS EPISODE: February 12, 1946. NBC network, Hollywood origination. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. "Meeting Strangers" The Skelton Scrapbook Of Satire, Chapter 85: "War Bride," with J. Newton Numbskull. Chapter 83: "Rich Relatives," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor (announcer), David Forrester and His Orchestra, Anita Ellis, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton. 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 19, 2017 11:00 PM PST
Remains To Be Seen (Aired September 1, 1973)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. It was picked up by several short-wave and FM stations in the U.S. and enjoyed broadcast airing over several American public broadcasting stations from 1973, on. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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January 19, 2017 07:00 PM PST
The First And The Last (Aired November 15, 1948))
Radio City Playhouse was one of the last of a long series of premium Drama productions NBC offered as flagship, sustaining productions over the years. As with it's previous premium dramatic and Classic music productions, NBC spared no apparent expense to mount these flagship efforts. And it shows. NBC, yet again, brings the greatest voice talent, writing, and technical direction to this anthology of wonderful, popular modern dramas. NBC's previous dramatic sustaining productions consisted of either the pure Classics, or Modern Stage Plays from the 19th and 20th Centuries. This series of three seasons tended to feature a delightful mix of both contemporary original radio plays and classic dramas, backed by the very finest voice talent on contract with NBC. But Director Harry Junkin also introduced several new talents into the mix, which made for a wonderful combination of both tried and true productions with just enough orginal dramas and writers to keep the series both timely and timeless. THIS EPISODE: November 15, 1948. Program #15. NBC network. "The First and The Last". Sustaining. A judge convicts an innocent man to protect his brother, a murderer. The program is also known as, "NBC Short Story." Harry W. Junkin (host, director), John Galsworthy (author), Bob Warren (announcer), John Stanley, Ian Martin, Nelson Olmsted (adaptor). 35:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 19, 2017 03:00 PM PST
Liz Has Her Fortune Told (Aired September 10, 1948)
The program, which aired 124 episodes from July 23, 1948 through March 31, 1951, initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife, but three new writers — Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh and Jess Oppenheimer — took over the writing, changed the couple's name to Cooper and remade them into a middle-class couple, which they thought average listeners would find more accessible. Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), and CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, Ball refused to do a husband-and-wife TV show without real-life husband Desi Arnaz playing her on-screen husband. The network reluctantly agreed, reworking the concept into I Love Lucy after Ball and Arnaz took a show on the road to convince the network that audiences would respond. When Jell-O dropped out of the show, Philip Morris became the television sponsor. Carroll, Pugh and Oppenheimer agreed to do the switch to I Love Lucy. They subsequently reworked several My Favorite Husband episodes into I Love Lucy episodes.

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January 19, 2017 05:00 AM PST
Deadline At Dawn (Aired December 14, 1948)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. 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. THIS EPISODE: December 14, 1948. NBC network. "Deadline At Dawn". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso. A protection mob is moving into the produce markets of Big Town. Steve Wilson pays a call on "Lard" Malone. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, producer), Hugh James (announcer). 30:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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