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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 29, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Murder On The Trail (Aired August 16, 1948)
As portrayed on the screen, the white-haired Bill "Hopalong" Cassidy was usually clad strikingly in black (including his hat, an exception to the longstanding western film stereotype that only villains wore black hats). He was reserved and well spoken, with a fine sense of fair play. He was often called upon to intercede when dishonest characters were taking advantage of honest citizens. "Hoppy" and his white horse, Topper, usually traveled through the west with two companions — one young and trouble-prone with a weakness for damsels in distress, the other comically awkward and outspoken. The juvenile lead was successively played by James Ellison, Russell Hayden, George Reeves, and Rand Brooks. George Hayes originally played Cassidy's grizzled sidekick, Windy Halliday. THIS EPISODE: August 16, 1948. Program #7. Commodore syndication. "Murder On The Trail". Commercials added locally. A map of secret passages in "Lost Canyon" leads to murder. William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Walter White Jr. (producer), Albert Glaser (music director), Clarence Mulford (creator), John Barclay (writer), Ted Bliss (director). 28:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2015 12:00 AM PST
The Master Thief (Aired July 3, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. Apart from Christian or other religious broadcasting, this may have been the only nationwide attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s to air such a series. THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1977. Program #44. CBS network, WBBM, Chicago aircheck. "The Master Thief". Sponsored by: General Mills, United States Steel. The program was repeated on December 31, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." A local Chicago newscast and CBS net news (incomplete) follows the program. Tom Bosley (host), Jacob Grimm (author), Wilhelm Grimm (author), G. Frederic Lewis (adaptor), Paul Hecht, William Griffis, Himan Brown (producer, director), Bryna Raeburn, Robert Dryden, Gary Landay (CBS net newscaster), Chris Morton (Rhodesia). 40:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 08:00 PM PST
Jean Baptiste Troppmann - Killer Of Many (Aired February 17, 1954)
To characterize Crime Classics as a 'docudrama' stretches the point to bursting. From the fictional 'expert' host to the program titles, it's clear that Elliott Lewis very much intended this project to be a tongue-in-cheek send up of some of history's most notorious and infamous crimes. Indeed, it's obvious that given the over-the-top violence depicted in each of the program's accounts, there was no better palatable way to portray them during the 'family values' sensibilities of the 1950s. Even more obvious are the often apocryphal and anecdotal details used to frame many of these notorious crimes. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1954. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Jean Baptiste Troppmann, Killer Of Many". In 1865 France, a mere youth devises a way to fame and fortune through murder and mayhem. Lawrence Dobkin, Junius Matthews, Joseph Kearns, Irene Tedrow, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Lou Merrill (host), Jack Edwards, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Kurt Martell, Dix Davis, Bob Lemond (announcer). 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 04:00 PM PST
Diamonds Can Be Done To Death (Aired May 16, 1951)
Rex Harrison turns in a better than average performance as a private detective. With the help of an assistant played by Leon Janey, the "dick" goes his way solving a new mystery each week. Impressing us most was the quiet manner in which Harrison plays his new role. Not once during the entire half hour show did he raise his voice enough to activate the decible meter on the KSMO switchboard. Most radio detectives are of the loud and fast talking type, who just love to order their girl friends and constituted police authorities around like mad. Harrison's show keeps away from this sort of thing. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 16, 1951. NBC network. "Diamonds Can Be Done To Death". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Himan Brown (director), Leon Janney, Alice Frost. 26:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 12:00 PM PST
The Big Heist (Aired November 20, 1949)
Rocky Jordan (Jack Moyles/George Raft) is the proprietor of the Café Tambourine located, according to the announcer, "not far from the Mosque Sultan Hassan," though he is originally from St. Louis. As an American restaurateur in a North African country, Jordan is somewhat similar to the Rick Blaine character in the film Casablanca, though the Café Tambourine is apparently a much less salubrious venue than Rick's Bar. The announcer describes it as being "Crowded with forgotten men, and alive with the babble of many languages". Each episode sees Jordan confronted with a "crime, a mystery, a beautiful woman, or a combination of the three". THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1949. CBS Pacific network. "The Big Heist". Sponsored by: Del Monte. Jack Moyles, Gomer Cool (writer), Larry Roman (writer), Jay Novello, Cliff Howell (producer, director), Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor), Larry Thor (announcer). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Jack Prepares For A Trip (Aired June 25, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. 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. THIS EPISODE: June 25, 1947. "Jack Prepares For A Trip" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Franco-American Spaghetti. The last show of the series. Jack and Tugwell are planning to return east on the Superchief. Unbilled guest Bob Crosby pays a visit. His program replaces Jack's show (for Campbell's) next week, to be heard five days be per as, "Club Fifteen." This time slot will be filled by, "The American Melody Hour." Del, Bob and Jack sing a "duet" Campbell's soup commercial to the tune of, "Ta-Ra-Ta-Boom-Dee-Ay." Jack ends the show sing, "Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer." Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Irene Ryan, Frank Sinatra, Gene Conklin (whistling "Hora Staccato"). 29:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - The Chaplain (Aired August 26, 1956)
Fort Laramie had one of the strongest supporting casts in radio history: John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Barney Phillips, Larry Dobkin, Ben Wright, Jeanette Nolan, and Harry Bartell. Most of them were also working regularly on Gunsmoke. And while Bill Conrad ("Matt Dillon") and Georgia Ellis ("Miss Kitty") never got to Fort Laramie, Parley Baer ("Chester") and Howard McNear ("Doc Adams") did. They both had major roles in the 7-29-56 production entitled "Nature Boy" and McNear had a reoccurring role as "Pliny" the sutler. Later, to create a foursome of major cast members, Macdonnell introduced "Lt. Seiberts" in episode #7, which aired 3-4-56 and he gave the role to Harry Bartell. This show, "The Shavetail", was based upon the nickname that enlisted men in the U.S. Cavalry in the 1800s gave to new officers fresh out of West Point. THIS EPISODE: August 26, 1956. CBS network. "The Chaplain". Sustaining. Fifty-nine men are down with scurvy, and there are no fresh fruits or vegetables anywhere on the prairie. This is a network version. The program was recorded July 26, 1956. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), Parley Baer, Paul Dubov, Lawrence Dobkin. 30:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Death Warmed Over (Aired September 24, 1980)
Mutual Radio Theater (Sears Radio Theater) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host.

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November 27, 2015 08:00 PM PST
The Elgin 7th Annual Thanksgiving Show (Aired November 25, 1948)
The Elgin's Holiday Specials began airing in 1942 and ran through 1948, presented on the Armed Forces Radio Service as a way to bring home to the men and women serving their country in the armed forces. An annual series of two hour shows broadcasted Thanksgiving and Christmas specials with greetings by Americans for hospitalized veterans and servicemen overseas, around the world. The show was a variety affair hosted by Don Ameche and featured such stars a Jo Stafford, Mario Lanza, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers, Barbara Jo Allen and many other notables of that era. THIS EPISODE: November 25, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Elgin Watches. "The seventh Annual Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America." The first tune is, "Cosi, Cosa." Dean Martin is introduced as a promising "newcomer" and "a star of tomorrow." Don Ameche (host), Mario Lanza, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers, Barbara Jo Allen (as "Vera Vague"), Andre Previn, Bob Hopkins, Jack Benny, Frances Langford, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton, The Elgin Orchestra, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Earl Levy (producer), John Christ (producer), Ed Helwig (writing supervisor), Frank Nelson, Artie Auerbach, Lurene Tuttle, Verna Felton. 1:58:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 27, 2015 04:00 PM PST
The Thanksgiving Dinner (Aired November 20, 1951)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1951. "The Thanksgiving Dinner" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum. It's Thanksgiving, and Luigi misses having a family to celebrate with. America will be his guest. J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Lou Derman (writer), Pat Burton (associate producer), Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Joe Forte, Ken Peters, Lud Gluskin (music director), Charles Lyon (announcer), Jody Gilbert. 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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