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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 23, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Guest Is Barry Nelson (Aired September 21, 1950)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's ialTavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." Duffy, the owner, was never heard (or seen. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1950. NBC net origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials added locally. Archie buys an $18 radio transmitter from Slippery McGuire and plans to go on the air with "Special Guest Barry Nelson. Ed Gardner, Ed Pinchon, Charlie Cantor, Barry Nelson. 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 21, 2014 05:30 PM PDT
Juggernaut (Aired June 9, 1947)
Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and later as Michael Anthony on TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett Clarke. Cast members included Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle and Jack Webb. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. THIS EPISODE: June 9, 1947. CBS Pacific network. "Juggernaut". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A portrait of mob violence and "Uncle Josh," the most beloved citizen in town. However, Josh has his own secret motives! Herb Butterfield, Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (producer), Joel Malone (writer), Harold Swanton (writer). 25:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 21, 2014 11:43 AM PDT
Doctor's Secret (Aired August 21, 1950)
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. THIS EPISODE: August 21, 1950. "Doctor's Secret" - NBC network. Sustaining. Sent to Joliet to cover an execution, Randy Stone meets Dr. Graham, an alcoholic who's more guilty than the convict about to be executed. The broadcast of August 28, 1950 was pre-empted. Frank Lovejoy, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Inge Jollos, Irene Tedrow, Jay Novello, Larry Marcus (writer), Theodore Von Eltz, Warren Lewis (director), William Johnstone, Wilms Herbert. 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 21, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The Broken Caruso Record (Aired January 7, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. 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. THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1947. CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. "The Broken Caruso Record". Bud Hiestand (announcer), Hans Conried, Joe Walker, Joseph Kearns, Mary Jane Croft, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra. 22:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 21, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - Maggie Obanyon (Aired April 5, 1959)
The radio series debuted November 23, 1958. Have Gun — Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, and Julian Claman. There were 225 episodes of the TV series (several were written by Gene Roddenberry), of which 101 were directed by Andrew McLaglen and 19 were directed by the series star Richard Boone. The title was a catch phrase used in personal advertisements in newspapers like The Times, indicating that the advertiser was ready-for-anything. It was used in this way from the early 1900s. A form common in theatrical advertising was "Have tux, will travel" and this was the inspiration for the writer Herb Meadow. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1959. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Maggie O'Bannion". Paladin is made into a servant on the O'Bannion ranch while awaiting for the crooked foreman to return. The script was used on the "Have Gun, Will Travel" television show on April 4, 1959. John Dehner, Ben Wright, Virginia Gregg, Lynn Allen, Harry Bartell, Barney Phillips, Herb Meadow (creator), Sam Rolfe (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Gene Roddenberry (writer), John Dawson (adaptor), Virginia Gregg, Hugh Douglas (announcer), Bill James (sound effects), Tom Hanley (sound effects). 26:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Woman On Ice (Aired September 9, 1951)
The Whisperer, relentless crime-fighter against organized crime, or 'The Syndicate.' Galt used his legal contacts and knowledge of the Law to burrow deep into 'The Syndicate' in order to influence their actions and wreck havoc with their various new--and tried and true--criminal schemes. A subsequent surgical operation by famed surgeon Dr. Benjamin Lee, restored attorney Galt's voice, but Galt continues to employ his gruesome whisper to both retain his cover, and to further gain access to--and influence over--The Syndicate. He's aided by Ellen Norris, formerly a nurse who'd assisted Dr. Lee in restoring Galt's vocal chords. She becomes Galt's assistant and love interest for the remainder of the production. Phillip Galt is portrayed by Carleton G. Young, one of Radio's most recognizable voices. The part of Ellen Norris is portrayed by Betty Moran. THIS EPISODE: September 9, 1951. "The Woman On Ice" - NBC network. Sustaining. The Whisperer gives the syndicate's instructions. It's only one word, "Now." Carleton Young, Betty Moran, Stetson Humphrey (creator), John Duffy (original music), Bill Cairn (producer, director), Don Rickles (announcer), Sidney Miller, Stacy Harris, Charles Moody, Michael Ann Barrett, Jonathan Twice (writer). 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
The Man Form Second Earth (Aired August 10, 1953)
When it comes to The Hall of Fantasy, there are some mysteries that persist to this day. Maybe that's appropriate, because it claimed to be "the series of radio dramas dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual, and the unknown." One mystery that remains unknown is who the announcer actually was. His lines were so over-the-top, maybe he wished to remain anonymous. But it's this same dead serious approach to monsters, horror, and the supernatural that makes this series so much fun to listen to in a modern context. Despite this campy dimension to the program, do not assume that the series wasn't scary. Many episodes were rather frightening. If the dark, desolate atmospheres didn't get at your nerves, the down-beat endings usually did. A common scene occurred at night, with the crickets chirping in the background. The two protagonists would be lost or running for their lives (or both!). They would hear a far off scream, and they would realize-- along with the audience-- that the friend was a goner. One episode, 'Hang Man's Rope,' never revealed exactly how the killer managed to catch and hang his victims, or why. The only thing we knew for sure was when the crickets stopped chirping and the dog started howling, someone would wind up hanging from the nearest tree.

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September 20, 2014 02:58 PM PDT
Lewis Black The Mad Bomber aka: Politicians Homes Are Bombed (Aired June 26, 1951)
The Lineup is a realistic police drama that gives radio audiences a look behind the scenes at police headquarters. Bill Johnstone plays Lt. Ben Guthrie, a quiet, calm-as-a-cupcake cucumber. Joseph Kearns (and from 1951 to 1953, Matt Maher) plays Sgt. Matt Grebb, a hot-tempered hot plate who is easily bored. The director and script writer often rode with police on the job and sat in on the police lineups to get ideas for The Lineup. They also read dozens of newspapers daily and intermeshed real stories with those that they used in the show. THIS EPISODE: June 26, 1951. CBS network. "Lewis Black The Mad Bomber". Sustaining. George Hunter is almost killed when a time bomb goes off in his house. After another bomb goes off at the Adams house, suspicion falls on Louis Black, who calmly tells the cops that a bomb in the State Building will go off in forty minutes. The program switches to Thursday nights at 9:00 P.M. with the next broadcast. William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Eddie Dunstedter (music), Dan Cubberly (announcer), Blake Edwards (writer), Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Harry Lang, Jim Backus, Hy Averback, Sidney Miller, Joseph Du Val. 24:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
To Guard A Seal (Aired February 5, 1950)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama. Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends. THIS EPISODE: February 5, 1950. "To Guard A Seal" - NBC network. Sustaining. Diamond is hired to be the bodyguard of Timothy...the seal. A funny show! Dick sings, "Cathy" after the show. Dick Powell, Ed Begley, Tony Barrett, Lawrence Dobkin, Edward King (announcer), Wilms Herbert, Fay Baker, Junius Matthews, Billy Bletcher, Frank Worth (music director), Russell Hughes (director), Blake Edwards (writer). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes From 1951 - "Hospital Stay" and "The Operation" *The Exact Dates Are Unknown.
The Bickersons was a radio comedy sketch series that began in 1946 on NBC, moving the following year to CBS where it continued until 1951. The show's married protagonists, portrayed by Don Ameche and Frances Langford, spent nearly all their time together in relentless verbal war. The Bickersons was created by Philip Rapp, the one-time Eddie Cantor writer who had also created the Fanny Brice skits (for The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air and Maxwell House Coffee Time) that grew into radio's Baby Snooks. Several years after the latter established itself a long-running favorite, Rapp developed and presented John and Blanche Bickerson, first as a short sketch on The Old Gold Show and The Chase and Sanborn Hour (the show that made stars of Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy), and then as a 15-minute situational sketch as part of Drene Time. This was a variety show starring Don Ameche and singer-actress Frances Langford as co-hosts, airing on NBC and sponsored by Drene Shampoo.

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