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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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December 14, 2017 05:00 AM PST
A Story Goes With It (Aired August 21, 1949)
Damon Runyon Theater - Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theater" dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. Damon Runyon (October 4, 1884 – December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. He spun tales of gamblers, petty thieves, actors and gangsters; few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead to be known as "Nathan Detroit", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charlie", "Dave the Dude", and so on. These stories were written in a very distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. THIS EPISODE: August 21, 1949. Program #47. Mayfair syndication. "A Story Goes With It". Commercials added locally. A beautiful doll in a wheelchair needs an operation, and it all depends on, "Never Despair." Damon Runyon (author), John Brown, Richard Sanville (director), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Frank Gallop (announcer). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 13, 2017 11:00 PM PST
Namely Murder (Aired June 27, 1951)
As a detective--gentleman or otherwise--Rex Harrison lends a distinctively intelligent and understated confidence to the role. He's not quite as nonchalant as The Thin Man's Nick Charles, not as arrogant as Philo Vance, and not as melodramatic as Sherlock Holmes or Radio's Philip Marlowe. In short, he's both 'just right' and entirely fascinating--and competent--as detective Rex Saunders. Leon Janney's rendition of Saunders' assistant, Alec, complements Harrison's delivery of his Saunders characterization. Not the typical stooge assistant, nor quite as clever as Nero Wolfe's Archie, Leon Janney's Alec is given the same latitude as some of Radio's other more helpful detective assistants. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 27, 1951. NBC network. "The Most Malignant Of Diseases...Namely Murder". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. Leon Janney, Himan Brown (director), Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer), Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 28:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 13, 2017 06:00 PM PST
The Target (Aired August 10, 1955)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. It aired on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream-Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. In 1955 it was the eighth most popular show on radio, as noted in Time, The Nielsen ratings. THIS EPISODE: August 10, 1955. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Target". A bank robber seeks refuge from fellow gangsters aboard a decrepit freighter. Martin Blaine, Don Briggs, Robert Readick, Robert Dryden, Frederick L. Collins (creator), Betty Mandeville (producer, director). 24:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 13, 2017 12:55 PM PST
Murder In Jazz Time (Aired April 20, 1948)
The Mysterious Traveler eventually became one of the sixteen highest rated Radio programs of their era. WOR and MBS took great pride in putting together a program that could rival Radio giants CBS, ABC, and NBC throughout the era. During its heyday The Mysterious Traveler spawned several similar thriller genre programs such as The Strange Dr. Wierd (1945), The Sealed Book (1945), Dark Venture (1946), Murder By Experts (1949), and The Teller of Tales (1950). The thriller genre was not new to Radio in the 1940s. The Witch's Tale had aired from 1931 to 1938 over The Mutual Broadcasting System and WOR. CBS had tried--and failed at--their own The Witching Hour for three months in 1932. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1948. Mutual network. "Murder In Jazz Time". Sustaining. A man murders a jazz musician in New Orleans. T, the musician's music comes back to haunt the killer. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler"), Robert A. Arthur (writer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 13, 2017 05:00 AM PST
A Salute To Gambling (Aired February 3, 1948)
In 1934–36, Berle was heard regularly on The Rudy Vallee Hour, and he got much publicity as a regular on The Gillette Original Community Sing, a Sunday night comedy-variety program broadcast on CBS from September 6, 1936 to August 29, 1937. In 1939, he was the host of Stop Me If You've Heard This One with panelists spontaneously finishing jokes sent in by listeners. Three Ring Time, a comedy-variety show sponsored by Ballantine Ale, was followed by a 1943 program sponsored by Campbell's Soups. The audience participation show Let Yourself Go (1944–1945) could best be described as slapstick radio with studio audience members acting out long suppressed urges (often directed at host Berle). Kiss and Make Up, on CBS in 1946, featured the problems of contestants decided by a jury from the studio audience with Berle as the judge. THIS EPISODE: February 3, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. "A Salute To Gambling". Miltie has a friendly poker game with the boys. Frank Gallop (announcer), Milton Berle, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra. 28:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 12, 2017 11:00 PM PST
After Sunset (Aired April 29, 1983)
Nightfall is a radio drama series produced and aired by CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. One episode was even adapted from a folk song by Stan Rogers. Some of Nightfall's episodes were so terrifying that the CBC registered numerous complaints and some affiliate stations dropped it. Despite this, the series went on to become one of the most popular shows in CBC Radio history, running 100 episodes that featured a mix of original tales and adaptations of both classic and obscure short stories. Nightfall was the brainchild of producer Bill Howell, who was best known at the time for his work on CBC Playhouse and the cult favorite adventure series, Johnny Chase: Secret Agent of Space. (Howell later went on to be executive producer of CBC Radio's highly-popular series, The Mystery Project, which ran from 1992 to 2004.) Show Notes From Calfkiller. THIS EPISODE: April 29, 1983. Program #98. CBC network, Edmonton origination. "After Sunset". "Every morning they find another body. A few frightened townsfolk know what's out there and how to kill it...but someone must sacrifice themself. Would you?" Stu Carson, Nicole Evans, Graham McPherson, Gordon Marriott, Araby Lockheart, Frank C. Turner, Walter Kaasa, Blair Haynes, Lawrie Seligman (performer, production assistant), Ruth Fraser (script editor), Don Kowalchuk (executive producer), Al Lamden (sound engineer), Brian Taylor (writer), Bill Reiter (host), Dean Purves (sound effects), Barbara Gault (production assistant). 27:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 12, 2017 06:00 PM PST
The Yellow Wallpaper (Aired July 29, 1948)
It was Joseph Kearns who evolved into "The Man in Black" host in 1943. This mysterious all-knowing narrator was similar to The Whistler.. The character lasted for over 100 episodes until March of 1945. Kerns continued as host through 1947, and returned again in 1950, but "The Man in Black" role devolved back into a nameless announcer (Grams, 1997, 17). Yet the series itself continued on as strong as ever. It attracted Hollywood's best actors because they were allowed to play roles different from their usual stereotypes. Show Notes From Radio Horror Hosts. THIS EPISODE: July 29, 1948. CBS network. "The Yellow Wallpaper". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. A madwoman suspects that things are coming out of the wallpaper to get her. Maybe she's not mad? The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on June 30, 1957. Agnes Moorehead, Paul Frees (announcer), Charlotte Curtis Stetson Gilman (author), Sylvia Richards (adaptor), Anton M. Leader (producer, director), Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), William Johnstone (commercial spokesman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 30:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 12, 2017 12:00 PM PST
The Case Of The Hot Car Killer (Aired September 15, 1949)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 15, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Hot Car Killer". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. A master criminal brain moves human beings in stolen automobiles like pawns in a chess game of life and death. The system cue has been deleted. Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), William Sweets (director), Jesse Crawford (organ). 32:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 12, 2017 07:00 AM PST
The Handy Man (Aired November 28, 1952)
In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. The two boys felt frustrated at hearing themselves played by actors and continually requested they be allowed to portray themselves. Prior to April 1949, the role of David was played by Joel Davis (1944-45) and Tommy Bernard, and Henry Blair appeared as Ricky. Since Ricky was only nine years old when he began on the show, his enthusiasm outstripped his ability at script reading, and at least once he jumped a cue, prompting Harriet to say, "Not now, Ricky." Other cast members included John Brown as Syd "Thorny" Thornberry, Lurene Tuttle as Harriet's mother, Bea Benaderet as Gloria, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, and Dick Trout as Roger. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 28, 1952. "The Handy Man" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Ozzie's the handyman, but Thorny's power tools are needed. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown. 26:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 12, 2017 01:00 AM PST
The Surrender Of Sitting Bull (Aired May 2, 1948)
You Are There is an American historical educational television and radio series broadcast over the CBS Radio and CBS Television networks. reated by Goodman Ace for CBS Radio, it blended history with modern technology, taking an entire network newsroom on a figurative time warp each week reporting the great events of the past. Reporters included John Charles Daly, Don Hollenbeck and Richard C. Hottelet. The series was first heard on July 7, 1947 under the title CBS Is There. Its final broadcast was on March 19, 1950 under the title You Are There. According to author/historian Martin Grams, actor Canada Lee was a guest in episodes 32 and 60. Martin Gabel appeared in character in episode 82. The first 23 broadcasts went under the title "CBS Is There" and beginning with episode 24, the title changed to "You Are There". THIS EPISODE: May 2, 1948. CBS network. "The Surrender Of Sitting Bull". Sustaining. The events of July 21, 1881. The last great chief of the Sioux Nation decides to parlay with the white man. A day for which Americans should be ashamed. Karl Swenson, John Daly, Robert Lewis Shayon (writer, producer, director), Ken Roberts, Don Hollenbeck, Mikedja Wren (writer), Peter Hobbs, Julian Noa, Crazy Bull (billed as "Chief Crazy Bull, grandson of Sitting Bull" did the war chant and was a consultant for the broadcast), Canada Lee, Raymond Edward Johnson. 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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