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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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August 29, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Gold Maker (Aired November 19, 1950)
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: November 19, 1950. Program #34. Mutual network. "The Gold Maker". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Corn Pops. A con-man is selling the secret of making gold. The system cue is added live, the date is approximate. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Charles Lyon (announcer), Richard Aurandt (music), David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Parley Baer, Joseph Du Val, Fred Howard, Ralph Moody, Jack Moyles. 25:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2016 06:52 PM PDT
Boy Go Home (Aired July 31, 1954)
Before the "Reality TV", there was "Reality Radio" and Night Watch was there. This show is a straight crime documentary with no music, sound effects, or actors. Police reporter Don Reid rode in a prowl car on the night shift with officers from the Culver City, California police department. While wearing a hidden microphone, he captures the sounds and voices of real life drama. From the worried child to the hardened criminal, their stories come through loud and clear. The names were changed to protect identities, but everything else in this gripping series is real. THIS EPISODE: July 31, 1954. "Boy Go Home" - CBS network. Sustaining. The first case is about a little lost boy. When the cops return the boy to his house, his parents aren't home. A house burns down (it's arson), a domestic violence case. Sterling Tracy (producer), Jim Headlock (producer), Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief Of Police). 27:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2016 09:58 AM PDT
Murder & The Missing Car (Aired May 11, 1950)
When Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons first debuted over the Blue Network on October 12, 1937, the show’s title accurately described Keen’s stock-in-trade; the “kindly old investigator” tracked down individuals who had mysteriously vanished, leaving behind their families, homes, jobs and other day-to-day activities. Keen (he never had a first name, unless it was “Peachy”) was assisted in these duties by an Irishman named Mike Clancy. Mike wasn’t much of a brainiac (the quote that comprises the title of this post was a semi-catchphrase that he seemed to use on the show every week) but he could use the necessary brawn when the situation called for it. Bennett Kilpack played kindly ol' Keen throughout most of the program’s run, as well as Philip Clarke and Arthur Hughes, while Jim Kelly took the role of Clancy. The series originally aired as a thrice-weekly fifteen-minute serial from 1937-43 (the show moved to CBS in 1942), providing more than ample time for Keen to solve even the most baffling of disappearances. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1950. CBS network. "The Case Of Murder and The Missing Car". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. A body is found in a car trunk...and a false clue is found in the glove compartment. Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Bennett Kilpack, Richard Leonard (director), Lawrence Klee (dialogue), Larry Elliott (announcer). 33:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Archie Hires Madam Zooma (Aired November 16, 1945)
Early in the show's life, however, its name was changed — first to Duffy's and, for four episodes, Duffy's Variety. A staffer for Bristol-Myers -- whose Ipana toothpaste was the show's early sponsor—persuaded the company's publicity director to demand the name change because the original title promoted "the hobby of drinking" too much for certain sensibilities. Bristol-Myers eventually admitted the staffer had little to go on other than a handful of protesting letters, and to the delight of fans who never stopped using the original name, anyway — the original title was restored permanently. The name change was often subverted by the Armed Forces Radio Network. When the AFRN rebroadcast those episodes for U.S. servicemen during World War II, the announcer referred to Duffy's Tavern. Radio's Duffy's Tavern didn't translate well to film or television. THIS EPISODE: November 16, 1945. "Archie Hires Madam Zooma" - Program #106. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Archie hires Madame Zooma the fortune teller to help him find a fortune. Ed Gardner, Eddie Green, Sandra Gould (as "Miss Duffy"), Charlie Cantor, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, Marvin Miller (announcer), David Titus (producer, director). 30:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
I Dreampt I Died (Aired September 12, 1949)
Murder By Experts was a radio drama anthology series that ran on American radio from 1949-1951, and was hosted first by John Dickson Carr, and later by Brett Halliday. Evidently, a mystery, authored by a leading crime fiction writer, was presented, and "guest experts," such as Alfred Hitchcock or Craig Rice, were invited to solve it. Or maybe not -- nobody seems to know much about this one. David Kogan, the writer/creator of Murder by Experts, also created and wrote The Mysterious Traveler. THIS EPISODE: September 12, 1949. Mutual network. "I Dreamt I Died". Sustaining. Mrs. Kraft dreams that her husband is killing her with a pillow. This turns out to be a vivid and prophetic dream. Ann Shephard, Grace Coffin, James Stevens, Robert A. Arthur (producer, director), David Kogan (director), Phil Tonken (announcer), Emerson Buckley (conductor), Richard Dupage (composer), John Dickson Carr (host, narrator), Joseph Ruscoll (writer). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 27, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Desert Explosion (Aired August 18, 1949)
Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Both Connecticut residents, House Jameson premiered in the role while Lord was still auditioning talent for the lead. By the third episode, Phillips H. Lord selected Don MacLaughlin for the role. MacLaughlin was by no means new to Radio, having already appeared in some 300 Radio productions since his debut over Radio in 1935. MacLaughlin's versatility, predominantly in action and straight dramatic roles, made him an ideal candidate among the twenty or so actors who auditioned for the part. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Desert Explosion". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. Man-eating birds of prey are used to execute a betrayer. A smuggler uses "geometry in action." The system cue has been deleted. Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), William Sweets (director), Jesse Crawford (organ). 30:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 27, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
The Plant (Aired December 25, 1953)
The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21st Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty-First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operations of a single police precinct. Actual cases would be used as the basis for stories. It was mentioned in each episode's closing by the announcer that, "Twenty-firstPrecinct is presented with the official cooperation of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association an organization of more than 20,000 members of the Police Department, City of New York." THIS EPISODE: December 25, 1953. "The Plant" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The music fill has been deleted. Everett Sloane, John Ives (producer), Stanley Niss (writer, director), Elaine Rost, Ken Lynch, George Petrie, Jack Orrison, Santos Ortega, Mandel Kramer, Michael Dreyfus, Art Hannes (announcer). 30:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 27, 2016 11:00 AM PDT
The Robert Perry Case (Aired January 14, 1949)
There were some unusual devices used in the show that help set it apart from other shows. There was no partner, assistant, or secretary for Johnny. The character closest to a continuing role was that of Pat McCracken of the Universal Adjustment Bureau, who assigned Johnny many of his cases. Another atypical aspect gave the show additional credibility – frequently, characters on the show would mention that they had heard about Johnny’s cases on the radio. 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. THIS EPISODE: January 14, 1949. "The Robert W. Perry Case". An audition recording. Johnny is hired as a bodyguard for Mr. Perry, but a bomb goes off in his office when Johnny reports for duty. The script was subsequently used on the program on March 4, 1949 and March 3, 1950. Charles Russell, Paul Dudley (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Mark Warnow (music), Richard Sanville (producer, director). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 27, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Rummage Sale (Aired January 15, 1952)
Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices and characters. Broadcast to the nation from WMAQ/Chicago, the show entertained America until March 1956, and continued on NBC’s Monitor until 1959. Jim Jordan died on April 1, 1988. Marian Jordan died on April 7, 1961. Fibber McGee and Molly was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. First Broadcast date April 16, 1935. Last Broadcast date September 6, 1959. THIS EPISODE: January 15, 1952. NBC network. Sponsored by: Pet Milk. The McGees are holding a "Rummage Sale" and Fibber comes up with some good merchandise to sell. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Keith Fowler (writer), Phil Leslie (writer), Max Hutto (director), Bill Thompson, Richard LeGrand, Myra Marsh, Bea Benaderet, Coline Collins. 34:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 27, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Reflected Image (Aired November 17, 1940)
The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). Detroit's--then--CBS Basic Network affiliate, WJR, was one of Detroit's two powerhouse, clear channel stations to originate quality programming throughout Michigan and the midwest heartland. WXYZ, a Detroit NBC-Blue, Mutual, and ABC affiliate over the years also orginated a great deal of local and regional programming throughout the area, much of which went national. Some of WJR's most popular studio-originated features from the 1930s to the early 1940s were the various The Mummers programs: THIS EPISODE: November 17, 1940. World syndication. "Reflected Image". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. Two men, who are dying of thirst in the desert, are led to a cabin and water by a beautiful woman. The man in the cabin tells the story of a triangle and a murder in that cabin. A good story! . 25:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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