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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 in January 2006...

by Bob Camardella
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May 28, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Cake Contest (Aired September 17, 1946)
The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver.) THIS EPISODE: September 17, 1946. "The Cake Contest" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Hollywood origination. Mel bakes a cake which is so pretty, it's going to represent the YWCA at the fair, but Mel used putty in the dough! Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Earle Ross, Leora Thatcher, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Bud Hiestand (announcer). 23:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - The Education Of Kid Yancey (Aired July 6, 1958)
Written and directed by Antony Ellis, it followed the adventures of journalist Kendall as he roamed the Western United States in search of stories for the Times. Along the way, he encountered various fictional drifters and outlaws in addition to well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Music for the series was by Wilbur Hatch and Jerry Goldsmith, who also supplied the opening trumpet theme. The announcers were Dan Cubberly, Johnny Jacobs, Bud Sewell and John Wald. Supporting cast: Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris, Johnny Jacobs, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Jack Moyles, Jeanette Nolan, Vic Perrin and Barney Phillips. THIS EPISODE: July 6, 1958. CBS network. "The Education Of Kid Yancy". Sustaining. A wild Texas boy meets a savvy dance hall girl...with surprising results. This is a network version. The system cue is added live. John Dehner, Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Eddie Firestone, Vic Perrin, Jack Moyles, Bud Sewell (announcer), Jean Carson, Charles Seel. 25:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Crystalline Man (Aired January 1, 1962)
This original series was created by FEN's assistant director for production, William Verdier. Parts are filled locally, mainly by FEN staff members supplemented by local talent from various organizations in the Kanto area. The "Macabre" series is being distributed by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Los Angeles for worldwide use by AFRTS outlets. The first program, titled "Final Resting Place," is the strange tale of what happens to a honeymooning couple when they stop in a small town for the night and visit a carnival. Macabre was produced in-house by the Tokyo studios of the Far East Network of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Two Air Force personnel were most responsible for creating the series: William Verdier as writer, performer, and director; and Program Director and performer, John F. Buey, Jr.. Mr. Buey entered the Civilian Service from the old Yankee Radio Network, serving as Program Director of FEN Tokyo from its inception in 1946. THIS EPISODE: January 1, 1962. Program #7. AFRTS-FEN origination. "The Crystalline Man". The discovery of a quartz sarcophagus and a crystal man asleep inside of it. Walt Sheldon, Alan Frank, William Virdier (performer, writer, director), Mitzi Hennessey, Christine Virdier, John Buey, Milton Radmilovich, James Sheldon, Al Lepage (announcer), Carolyn Johnston (associate director), Hiroshi Ono (technical supervisor), James Connolly (sound patterns), Bob Eddy (sound patterns). 26:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
A French-English Dictionary (Aired May 6, 1952)
Opening in 1875, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard is the oldest museum in the world purely for recording crime. The name Black Museum was coined in 1877 by a reporter from The Observer, a London newspaper, although the museum is still referred to as the Crime Museum. The idea of a crime museum was conceived by Inspector Neame who had already collected together a number of items, with the intention of giving police officers practical instruction on how to detect and prevent burglary. It is this museum that inspired the Black Musuem radio series. The museum is not open to members of the public but is now used as a lecture theatre for the curator to lecture police and like bodies in subjects such as Forensic Science, Pathology, Law and Investigative Techniques. THIS EPISODE: May 6, 1952. Towers Of London syndication, WDC-FM, Glen Ellyn Illinois aircheck. "A French-English Dictionary". Commercials deleted. A British pub owner has been poisoned. Could it have been his wife and her French-speaking lover? The date is approximate. Orson Welles (narrator), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (producer, director). 25:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The Trouble With Tanya (Aired January 7, 1964)
Walk Softly Peter Troy, Detective Drama, Aired on Springbok Radio from 10 December 1963 to 21 February 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1964. Program #5. Springbok Radio (South African) origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Trouble With Tanya". Tanya inherits all from a hated relation with a heart condition...and that's her trouble. Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 28:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
Big John McMasters (Aired March 3, 1951)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. ‘The Slasher’, broadcast on 10 November 1950, the last show of season one, has a very loosely Ripper-derived plot in which Stone searches for an artist. THIS EPISODE: March 3, 1951. NBC network. Sustaining. The first show of the season. A special salute to the members of the working press. "Big John McMasters", an ex-con prohibition gangster, is released from jail and is promptly shot. Reporter Randy Stone tries to help. Frank Lovejoy, William Conrad, Warren Lewis (producer, director), Frank Worth (music), John Michael Hayes (writer), E. Jack Neuman (writer). 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Sam Shovel - Tony' s Home Permanent (Aired April 28, 1949)
Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1949. ABC network. Music fill for local commercial insert. The "Sam Shovel" story is about a boy named Tony whose mother kept him locked in the closet. It's called "Tony's Home Permanent." The same script was used previously on October 28, 1948. A "Baron Munchausen" joke is also repeated from the progrm of October 28, 1948. The system cue is added live. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, Susan Miller, Hal Winters, Charles Vanda (producer), Ed Forman (writer), Paul Conlan (writer), Pat Costello (writer), George Fenneman (announcer). 28:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Queen Of The Quantrels (Aired September 24, 1952)
The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. Give the horses a break. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. Also Wild Bill was portrayed by Gary Cooper in the 1936 movie, The Plainsman. Wild Bill has shown up in various other movies and television shows, most recently in the show Deadwood on HBO. THIS EPISODE: September 24, 1952. Program #90. Mutual network. "The Queen Of The Quantrels". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops (Wild Bill Hickok Treasure Map premium). Wild Bill and Jingles meet the beautiful lady undertaker of Osage Springs. She has a hidden past and more buried than bodies. The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Larry Hayes (writer), GeGe Pearson, Jess Kirkpatrick, Leo Curley, David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Richard Aurandt (music), Charles Lyon (announcer). 25:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Awakening (Aired May 8, 1947)
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 8, 1947. Mutual network. "The Awakening". Sustaining. A married couple, each with his own job, pursue their own the detriment of their marriage. Drastic measures are called for. An interesting essay on the role of a woman in a marriage. Allan Jones (host), Meredith Willson (music), Susan Peters, Richard Quine, Mary Cox (writer), Max Terr (music), Mel Williamson (director), Henry Blair, Irene Tedrow, Lila Webb, Don Doolittle. 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
The James V Madsen Case (Aired August 23, 1953)
NBC 30 minutes Sunday at 9:30PM.Cast Paul Frees, James Edwards, Jester Hairston, Jay Loughlin, Jonathan Hole, Mady Norman, Don Brinkley (writer), Michael Samoge (music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). Had a texture and sound not unlike Dragnet, indeed the influence was realized throughout the show. These were true stories of Crime and Punishment, the obvious difference that Dragnet began with the crime while Confession unfolded in reverse order, from the end. Confession was less noisy, it's theme was played on a single piano, but there was still the deadpan dialogue, the thief or killer giving his confession with an air of resignation and defeat. The criminal thus became a stream-of-consciousness narrator, with the action frequently cutting away into drama. "Names were changed to protect the legal rights of the subject" THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1953 NBC network. "The James V. Madsen Case". Sustaining. 9:30 P. M. Transcribed statements of actual crimes. The program opening and system cue are slightly upcut. A 27 year old man reveals his crime career that lead to murder. The telephone-type recording beep heard throughout the show is very unneccessary. Paul Frees, Joel Davis, Les Tremayne, Alice Reinheart, George Pirrone, Charlotte Lawrence, Vivi Janis, Lou Rusoff (writer), Michael Samoge (? music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). 28:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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