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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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April 24, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Adoption (Aired March 6, 1954)
Case Dismissed was developed as a public service to frame "the story of your legal rights." It was produced in cooperation with The Chicago Bar Association and employed John Fitzgerald, Dean of Loyola University Law School as both host and advisor to the series. A local production of WMAQ AM/FM, NBC's network affiliate in Chicago, the series ran for thirteen weeks during the Spring of 1954. The production employed local talent for the most part. Carlton KaDell, who started his Radio career in Chicago, starred in most of the productions. The remainder of the casts were comprised of WMAQ employees, local Chicago artists, and WMAQ's own production staff. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 6, 1954. "Adoption" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. The legal problems of adoption. Betty Ross (producer), John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Robert Carmen (writer), Herbert Littow (director), Tom Evans (sound), Harold Witteberry (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer), Fern Persons, Helen Malone, Everett Clark, Bruce Lindgren, Charles Flynn. 27:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
The Man Who Came To Murder (Aired August 6, 1945)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the criminal from an omniscient perspective. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "The Man Who Came To Murder". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. Wendell has been taking care of wealthy old Aunt Ellen's finances because she hasn't much time left. When her condition improves, Wendell has to take certain steps to keep her from discovering his thievery! Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (director), Sally Thorson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music). 28:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
Donald Simes Cabinet Maker (Aired January 20, 1952)
This series was very similar to the Black Museum that was hosted by Orson Welles. Both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 drew their material from the files of Scotland Yard. The stories were true in every respect except that the names were changed to protect the innocent, as they say. The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one.

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April 23, 2017 07:00 AM PDT
Election Day (Aired November 6, 1946)
During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. This led to a number of other appearances which would culminate in Carson's own radio show in 1943. From 1950-51, Carson was one of four alternating hosts of NBC's "4 Star Revue." Other hosts that season were Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. and Danny Thomas. The show aired Wednesday evenings. Carson's second season was his last with the comedy-variety program when its title was changed to "All Star Revue. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1946. "Election Day" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. It's election time at last. Will Jack win the office of County Commissioner? Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan. 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
Man In The Lift (Aired October 5, 1964)
The Creaking Door stands on its own as a unique, well-produced, engaging supernatural thriller series on its own merit. The etymology of the name, The Creaking Door, bears some reflection. When legendary producer and director, Himan Brown first presented Inner Sanctum as one of three requested sponsorship candidates to Carter Products, he presented Inner Sanctum as The Creaking Door. Carter didn't care for the name, so on the spur of the moment Hi Brown suggested Inner Sanctum as an alternative, and voila, Radio history was made. 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.

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April 22, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
Lot 132 (Aired October 6, 1973)
Vincent Price personalized every episode with either first-person asides or through the fictional artifice of portraying the story of the evening as having a personal connection to his past. Price, and the producers, recognized the almost universal connection between Price and the macabre dramas that preceded The Price of Fear. While it's clear that the personal connection was contrived for the series, there was just enough of Vincent Price's own multidisciplinary past included in each expository narrative to make each episode all the more personally compelling for the listener. It was a brilliant stroke to interweave Price's own history of dramatic portrayals of the macabre in creating a more personal connection with the audience. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. EPISODE: October 6, 1973. Program #6. BBC. "Lot 132". At an auction, lot 132 is a painting of, "A Portrait Of A Man." Vincent Price (host, narrator, performer), Elizabeth Morgan (writer, performer), Douglas Blackwell, Alexander John, John Dyas (producer). 27:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
The Royal Street Matter (Aired November 25, 1956)
The weekday serialized episodes are generally acknowledged as some of the finest radio detective shows ever produced. There were fifty six multi-part shows in all: fifty four five-part shows, one six-part show, and one nine-part show. The serialized episodes continued until November 2, 1956 when the series again reverted to a once a week, thirty minute format. Bob Bailey continued in the lead, until "The Empty Threat Matter" of November 27, 1960, when the Hollywood run ended. The guest stars and supporting casts were always first rate, attracting the best radio actors in both Los Angeles and New York. Pat McCracken was played by several actors – most frequently, by Larry Dobkin. Particularly noteworthy was the work of Virginia Gregg, who played many roles, including Johnny's girlfriend Betty Lewis. Harry Bartell was also a frequent guest, who did many of the Spanish dialect roles when Johnny went to a Latin American country. Other frequent guest performers were Parley Baer, Tony Barrett, John Dehner, Don Diamond, Sam Edwards, Herb Ellis, Frank Gerstle, Stacy Harris, Jack Kruschen, Forrest Lewis and Howard McNear. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 25, 1956. CBS network. "The Royal Street Matter". Sustaining. A New Orleans antique shop has had a fire, but the owner refuses to file a claim! Why? Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, Forrest Lewis, Lou Merrill, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Dan Cubberly (announcer). 30:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
The Wakefield Dame (Aired April 20, 1954)
Mickey Spillane wrote violent, sex-filled tales that epitomized the hard-boiled detective genre of tough guys, fist fights and sultry dames. That Hammer Guy was a detective drama well inside the hard-boiled tradition. This was the rough and rugged series that hit hard and fast and it was unlike some other shows, such as, "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" or "Richard Diamond" that where more upbeat with humor and sly wit. Mike Hammer believes in justice, rough justice... his justice. The show didn't have a long run, only from January 6, 1953 and until October 5, 1953. Much tamer than the novels (it was radio after all) the show petered out with the advent of TV and the general fading of radio's golden age. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1954. Mutual network. "The More You Kill The Simpler It Gets". Sustaining. Billy Mason, an up-and-coming boxer, is being ruined by "The Wakefield Dame," strictly a Park Avenue type. The story is complete, but some public service announcements and the program closing have been deleted. Ted de Corsia, Mickey Spillane (creator), Ed Ladd (announcer), Edward Adamson (writer), Edwin Max, Richard Lewis (director). 23:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
Baseball (Aired September 16, 1949)
The cheerful couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the fictitious city of Sheridan Falls and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was General Foods' Jell-O, and an average of three "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode, including Lucille Ball's usual sign-on, "Jell-O, everybody!" 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 16, 1949. " Baseball" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. Liz and Iris are determined to learn how to play baseball. The date is subject to correction. Gale Gordon, Hans Conried, Lucille Ball, Richard Denning, Isabel Scott Rorick (creator), Bob Lemond (announcer), Jess Oppenheimer (producer, director, writer), Madelyn Pugh (writer), Bob Carroll Jr. (writer), Marlin Skyles (composer), Wilbur Hatch (conductor), Ruth Perrott. 34:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Showboat (Aired March 31, 1939)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: March 31, 1939. CBS network. "Show Boat". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Edna Ferber, the author, also makes her acting debut in the story and speaks about her novel after the drama. The classic about love on the Mississippi features Helen Morgan in the role she made famous (and that made her famous). Edna Ferber (author), Ernest Chappell (announcer), Everett Sloane, Grace Cotten, Helen Morgan, Margaret Sullavan, Orson Welles (host), Ray Collins (narrator), William Johnstone. 58:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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