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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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September 15, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Cable Car Murder Case (Aired July 7, 1949)
After the fine-tuning of the audition--and the green light from NBC--Candy Matson aired as 'Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209', with expanded characterizations for both Rembrandt and Lt. Mallard and a somewhat 'friskier' Candy herself. The combination clicked. Monty Masters' snappy dialogue, regular references to Bay Area locations, sports teams, cultural attractions and historic landmarks made for a both entertaining and familiar local production. The Jack Webb influence was unmistakeable.Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 7, 1949. NBC network, San Francisco origination. "The Cable Car Murder Case". Sustaining. The man riding next to Candy on a cable car is silently shot to death. Helen Kleeb, Jack Cahill, Harry Bechtel, Jack Thomas, Henry Leff, Natalie Masters, Monte Masters (writer, producer). 29:45.

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September 15, 2014 06:53 PM PDT
Death Spins A Web (Aired April 1, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." The Sealed Book was very much its own production, despite the extraordinary similarities to the Mysterious Traveler, and it doesn't diminish yet another well-mounted supernatural drama series that has, over the years, found its own loyal following separate and apart from that of The Mysterious Traveler. THIS EPISODE: April 1, 1945. Program #3. Mutual network. "Death Spins A Web". Sustaining. A program of "...all the secrets and mysteries of mankind... tales of murder, of madness, of dark deeds beyond belief." This program has also been dated June 3, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 15, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Mr. Ten Percent (Aired May 17, 1945)
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. THIS EPISODE: May 17, 1945. Program #6. Mutual network. "Mr. Ten-Percent". Sustaining. A good story about a Hollywood agent who finally finds a movie star to manage...and how he contributed $1 million dollars to the war effort! Program #6 of a series of 26 broadcasts. Mary Jane Croft, Bob Bailey, Earle Ross, Harry Lang, Everett Allen, Arch Oboler (writer), Bruce Elliott, Roseanne Murray, Evelyn Scott. 30:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 15, 2014 10:43 AM PDT
Neat Strip (Aired December 11, 1949)
He was born Alfred Damon Runyan in Manhattan, Kansas, and grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, where Runyon Field and Runyon Lake are named after him. He was a third-generation newspaperman, and started in the trade under his father in Pueblo. He worked for various newspapers in the Rocky Mountain area; at one of those, the spelling of his last name was changed from "Runyan" to "Runyon", a change he let stand. After a notable failure in trying to organize a Colorado minor baseball league, Runyon moved to New York City in 1910. For the next ten years he covered the New York Giants and professional boxing for the New York American. In his first New York byline, the American editor dropped the "Alfred", and the name "Damon Runyon" appeared for the first time. THIS EPISODE: December 11, 1949 - Program #50. Mayfair syndication. "Neat Strip". Commercials added locally. A burlesque queen falls for an ivy league type. John Brown, Damon Runyon (author), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Richard Sanville (director). 28:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 15, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Mind Your Manners (Aired September 24, 1953)
The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954. The show is often regarded as an example of the conservative and paternalistic nature of American family life in the 1950s and it is also cited as an overly rosy portrayal of American family life. On the radio program, the character of Jim differs from the later television character. The radio Jim is far more sarcastic and shows he really "rules" over his family.

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September 15, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The River Of Death (Aired June 19, 1953)
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. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1953. Program #165. Mutual network. "The River Of Death". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Rice Krispies, Variety. The last show of the season. Wild Bill, Jingles and "Whitewater Sam" tackle a raging river to track down a gang of smugglers. The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, David Hire (producer), Richard Aurandt (music), Paul Pierce (writer, director), Charles Lyon (announcer), Forrest Lewis, Tyler McVey, Dusty Walker. 25:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
In Fear And Trembling (Aired February 16, 1943)
Suspense is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962. One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end. In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1943. CBS network. "In Fear and Trembling". Sustaining. A hypochondriacal woman is sure that her husband and his lover want to kill her, so she decides to act first. Mary Astor, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"), William Spier (director), Ted Bliss (director), J. Donald Wilson (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 30:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 07:19 PM PDT
2 Episodes "By Hook Or By Crook" (12-09-43) and "No Escape For A Murderer" (12-30-43)
Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroit's station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet). The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. Under the title Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, it later transferred to television. The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. TODAY'S SHOW: 2 Episodes "By Hook Or By Crook" and "No Escape For A Murderer" December 9, 1943. Program #306. WXYZ, Detroit origination, The Michigan Radio Network. "By Hook Or By Crook". Sustaining. Egg Larson wants to buy the Groundhog Cafe in the town of Hightop. He's offering $15,000 cash, and he used to sweep the floors! Possible recording date: October 22, 1943. Jay Michael, Bill Morgan (announcer), Betty Joyce (writer), Fran Striker (writer). 14:12. December 30, 1943. Program #309. WXYZ, Detroit origination, The Michigan Radio Network. "No Escape For A Murderer". Sustaining. The Buckeye Bank has been robbed. Banker Walt Cramer accuses the missing cashier of the crime. Possible recording date: November 3, 1943. Jay Michael, Bill Morgan (announcer), Betty Joyce (writer), Fran Striker (writer). 14:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 02:59 PM PDT
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (Aired February 11, 1940)
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: February 11, 1940. CBS network. "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Comedy-Romance based on the Frank Capra movie. A small town eccentric inherits $20 million and sets New York City on its ear! Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Edgar Barrier, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Everett Sloane, Frank Readick, Gertrude Lawrence, Howard Teichmann (editor), Jane Huston, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles (host), Paul Stewart, Richard Wilson. 58:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Clown Who Wasn't (Aired April 17, 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: April 17, 1977. Program #22. CBS network. "The Clown Who Wasn't". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on October 15, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Ian Martin (writer), Ralph Bell, Corinne Orr, Himan Brown (producer, director), Leon Janney, William Griffis, Evie Juster. 43:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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