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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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April 20, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Easter Birthday Party (Aired April 8, 1952)
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: April 8, 1952. "Easter Birthday Party" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Wrigley's Spearmint Gum. Luigi plans to hold an Easter feast for his friends, but Pasquale sees to it that there's no food at the party. J. Carrol Naish, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Alan Reed, Pat Burton (associate producer), Lou Derman (writer), Hans Conried, Mary Shipp, Ken Peters, Joe Forte, Charles Lyon (announcer), Lud Gluskin (music director), Jody Gilbert. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 20, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Last Stop (Aired August 10, 1952)
The radio series used contemporary cases and modern detective methods to solve crimes; it was a procedural drama, in many ways Dragnet with a Western flavor. The TV show was aimed at kids (and aired on Saturday mornings) and was more of a traditional Western (with chases and shoot-outs). The TV series did both modern cases and cases set in the "Old West." With new cases using a car with horse float to get the rangers to their destinations it always made sure that the use of horses was only a step away. With older themes they would always ride into town on the horses to mete out their justice, they wore differing ranger attire for new and old scenes, also their weaponry was totally different. THIS EPISODE: August 10, 1952. NBC network. "Last Stop". Sustaining. Based on the events of July, 1931. A disastrous train wreck was caused by a railroad tie on the tracks, and it looks like it was done deliberately! Bert Holland, Hal Gibney (host), Jeffrey Silver, Joel McCrea (guest), Ken Christy, Leo Cleary, Stacy Keach (producer, director), Tony Barrett, Whitfield Connor. 26:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Waterloo Bridge (Aired September 28, 1951)
Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio and television anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television, focusing on original teleplays and several adaptations of famous short stories (such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim"). The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Ray Milland, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young.

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April 19, 2014 07:05 PM PDT
he Hallway Flat Tragedy (Aired August 18, 1942)
Murder Clinic, the WOR-Mutual series which brought you each week one exciting case; one member from the special branch of the worldâs great detectives. Each week on Murder Clinic another detective story from another well-known mystery writer was adapted for broadcast. Fans of the so-called Golden Age of Detection should certainly sit up and take notice at the veritable cornucopia of delights that were heard during the year and a few months that the program was on the air. Every week another story by an author such as Edgar Wallace, Ngaio Marsh, Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr), Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, G. K. Chesterton, Jacques Futrelle, Stuart Palmer, and (as we discovered) on and on. THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1942. Mutual network. "The Hallway Flat Tragedy". Sustaining. Max Carrados (the blind sleuth) solves a case in which those who have eyes see nothing. Ernest Bramah (creator), Alfred Shirley, Horace Braham, Ralph Barnhart (composer), Robert Stanley (conductor), John A. Bassett (adaptor), Lee Wright (adaptor), Alvin Flanagan (director), Frank Knight (announcer). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2014 02:30 PM PDT
The Feminine Touch (Aired May 7, 1949)
Dashiell Hammett introduced the new genre, and Sam Spade, in 1930 in his novel The Maltese Falcon. A few years later Raymond Chandler came along and perfected the type, with his detective, Philip Marlowe. Chandler introduced Marlowe in his first novel, The Big Sleep, and Philip Marlowe continued to solve crimes in six subsequent Chandler novels. Chandler had previously published a number of short stories featuring other detectives; however, Marlowe proved so popular that when the stories were later republished the author often switched the detectives to Philip Marlowe. Chandler's style was unique. His sparse style was full of wonderfully sharp similies and rich descriptive narration. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 7, 1949. Program #32. CBS network. "The Feminine Touch". Sustaining. Murder on a motorcycle, as Marlowe goes to work for a millionaire trying to protect his daughter. Gerald Mohr, Barbara Eiler, Paul Dubov, David Ellis, Theodore Von Eltz, Virginia Gregg, Wilms Herbert, Roy Rowan (announcer), Peter Proust, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Mel Dinelli (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Richard Aurandt (music). 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2014 10:42 AM PDT
Murder On The Aisle (Aired November 24, 1953)
In the days prior to From Here To Eternity, Frank Sinatra's popularity was waning and this private eye show was an attempt to remedy that. In it, Frank played Rocky Fortune, a "footloose and fancy-free young man," frequently unemployed, who took numerous, adventurous odd jobs. It was a relatively undistinguished series; definitely a "B grade" radio series, saved by Sinatra's charm and a tongue-in-cheek approach. Rocky Fortune appeared on NBC for only a short run of 25 or 26 shows. The lead character, who goes by the name of Rocky Fortune but whose real name is Rocko Fortunato, was played by Frank Sinatra. Rocky, always ready with a wise remark, seems to be a magnet for trouble, most often with the variety of odd jobs he takes. There is frequently a beautiful woman involved, some good girls, some bad. Rocky's a tough guy who stays just inside of the law but we get an occasional glimpse of a soft heart beneath the hard exterior. It's a character that Mr. Sinatra plays nicely. Employed or not, Rocky possesed a variety of skills. THIS EPISODE: November 24, 1953. NBC network. "Murder On The Aisle". Sustaining. Rocky is hired to guard the life of a drunken, hated drama critic. He fails. This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Arnold Moss, Elaine Rost, Ernest Kinoy (writer), Roger De Koven, Fred Weihe (director, transcriber), Staats Cotsworth, Elaine Rost, James Monks, William Zuckert. 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Learning To Drive (Aired November 13, 1948)
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. 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.

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April 19, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Luke Slaughter" - Outlaw Kid (Aired May 25, 1958)
The series was produced and directed by William N. Robson, one of radio's greatest dramatic directors and Robert Stanley producer was aired from February 23 through June 15, 1958. Buffington portrayed the hard-boiled cattleman with scripts overseen by Gunsmoke sound effects artist (and sometimes scriptwriter) Tom Hanley. Each program had an authoritative opening statement: "Slaughter's my name, Luke Slaughter. Cattle's my business. It's a tough business, it's a big business. I got a big stake in it. And there's no man west of the Rio Grande big enough to take it away from me." Junius Matthews was heard as Slaughter's sidekick, Wichita. In his first adventure, tough-as-nails westerner Luke Slaughter guarantees he will bring a cattle herd to Tombstone despite the threats of rustlers and a spy among the ranks of his cowboys. THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1958. "Outlaw Kid" - CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Luke is accused of stealing horses and rustling cattle. He and Wichita hit the trail to Mexico to prove their innocence. AFRS program name: "Sagebrush Theatre." Both the AFRS and the AFRTS system cues are heard during this series. Sam Buffington, Lawrence Dobkin, Luis Van Rooten, William N. Robson (adaptor, director), Wilbur Hatch (music), Robert Stanley (writer), Tom Hanley (editorial supervisor), Junius Matthews, Don Diamond. 25:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Four C's Matter (Aired September 9, 1962)
Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case.No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Dollar was just another hard-boiled detective in a medium that was overloaded with the stereotype. Charles Russell, the first to play the role, would throw silver dollars to bellboys and waiters. Luckily, this trite gimmick did not survive long. THIS EPISODE: September 9, 1962. CBS network. "The Four C's Matter". Sponsored by: No Doz, Kent. A man's two partners have each threatened to kill him. The murder takes place while Johnny's still at the Los Angeles airport. The man's widow is delighted that he's dead...and she restores old cars! The widow plays poker too, but a wrench throws a wrench into her plans. Mandel Kramer, Fred Hendrickson (producer, director), Mercer McLeod, Robert Dryden, Ethel Huber (music supervisor), Art Hannes (announcer), Walter Otto (sound patterns), Jack Johnstone (writer), Grace Matthews, Fred Turner (technical supervisor), Frank Milano, Walter Kinsella, Joseph Boland, Larry Robinson, Vivian Smolen, Barbara Wipple. 24:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2014 06:56 PM PDT
Point Of Departure (Aired October 17, 1957)
Episodes of the show include adaptations of Robert Sheckley's "Skulking Permit," Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven," Heinlein's "Universe" and "The Green Hills of Earth", " Pohl’s "The Tunnel under the World," J. T. McIntosh’s "Hallucination Orbit," Fritz Leiber’s "A Pail of Air" and George Lefferts' "The Parade". The program opened with announcer Fred Collins delivering the countdown, leading into this introduction (although later shows were partnered with Galaxy Science Fiction rather than Astounding Science Fiction.) THIS EPISODE: October 17, 1957. Program #111. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Point Of Departure". What is the shocking secrets of the "Poseidon Tablets" found under the Pyramids? Dean Olmquist, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Fred Collins (announcer), George Voutsas (director), Illya Bracha, Ivor Francis, James Stevens, Ronald Dawson (adaptor), Vaughn Shelton (author), William Welch (producer). 20:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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