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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 in January 2006...

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May 25, 2015 06:48 PM PDT
Prescription For Murder (Aired July 11, 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. Guest experts: Alfred Hitchcock, Craig Rice. Guest stars: Ann Shepard, Larry Haines, Carl Eastman, Ann Sheperd, Bill Zuckert, Ralph Camargo, Burt Cullen, Lawson Zerbe, Marilyn Erskin. THIS EPISODE: July 11, 1949. Mutual network. "Prescription For Murder". Sustaining. An escaped convict murders a doctor and assumes his identity. The date is subject to correction. John Dickson Carr (host), Joseph Ruscoll (writer), Paul Monash (writer), Ken Lynch, Roger De Koven, Richard Dupage (composer), Emerson Buckley (conductor), Kathy MacGregor, Bernard Grant, Jack Curtis, Phil Tonken (announcer). 28:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The Killer Inside (Aired April 1, 1975)
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio in the 1970s. Created by Himan Brown (who had by then become a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries and other shows dating back to the 1930s), and aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network, the series began its long run on January 6, 1974. The final episode ran on December 31, 1982. The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. THIS EPISODE: April 1, 1975. Program #249. CBS network. "The Killer Inside". Sponsored by: Budweiser, Buick, Uncle Ben's Rice. E. G. Marshall (host), Sam Dann (writer), Ann Meara, Bryna Raeburn, Ian Martin, Earl Hammond. 44:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 11:31 AM PDT
The Elaine Hill Murder Case (Aired April 21, 1950)
Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With music by Robert Stringer, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air, with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (now played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 21, 1950. Program #22. "The Elaine Hill Murder Case" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Beautiful Elaine Hill is found dead in a hotel room. As Danny tracks the killer, another corpse is found in the hotel barbershop. The program may be dated July 24, 1949. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor). 31:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 08:00 AM PDT
This Is America? (Aired September 21, 1947)
Paar began his career in broadcasting as a young radio announcer in Cleveland and throughout the Midwest. During World War II, as part of a special services company that entertained troops in the South Pacific, he honed his talents as a monologist. In the early 1950s as an actor and comedian, he briefly tried his talents in the movies, including an appearance in the 1951 film Love Nest with then relatively unknown actress Marilyn Monroe. Paar made numerous appearances on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show. An impressive stint as a replacement host on Jack Benny's radio show led to the offer to host the Tonight Show. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1947. NBC network. Sponsored by: Lucky Strike. Jack looks at the news of the week. Why not send England twenty-five percent of American movies? An interview with a Miss America Contest loser. "This Is America?": a look at American farms and farming. Jack Paar, F. E. Boone (auctioneer), L. A. Speed Riggs (auctioneer), Hy Averback, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, Trudy Erwin, Hans Conried, Florence Halop. 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lone Ranger" - The Trail Of Red Mud (Aired May 11, 1942)
The Lone Ranger was a long-running early radio and television show based on characters created by George W. Trendle, and developed by writer Fran Striker. The titular character is a masked cowboy in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever and laconic American Indian called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say "Heigh-ho Silver, away!" to get the horse to gallop. The first of 2,956 episodes of The Lone Ranger premiered on radio January 30, 1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan and later on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network and then on NBC's Blue Network (which became ABC, which broadcast the show's last new episode on September 3, 1954). Elements of the Lone Ranger story were first used in an earlier series Fran Striker wrote for a station in Buffalo, New York. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1942. Program #1451/664. Syndicated. "The Trail Of The Red Mud" / Andy Conway". Music fill for local commercial insert. A kindly store owner sells shares in a hidden gold mine, but the only map showing the location of the treasure is stolen by Lefty Carter and his gang. Tonto is kidnapped. Brace Beemer, John Todd, Fran Striker (writer). 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 12:00 AM PDT
A Question Of Time (Aired September 18, 1950)
This 30 minute anthology program was heard over three different networks during its three seasons. Many leading Hollywood stars appeared before the microphones for this programs original scripts. Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on the 08/31/52 broadcast. Several programs were intended to become new series. On 04/13/52, the broadcast # 99 of The Six Shooter w/James Stewart did indeed become a new NBC series The Six Shooter in 1953, while the broadcast of 05/18/52 #104 Safari w/Ray Milland failed to make it. There was a title change to this series. During the third network change to NBC the series picked up the sponsorship of the American Bakers and the series was called Baker’s Theater Of Stars. THIS EPISODE: September 18, 1950. CBS network. "A Question Of Time". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. Anne Baxter, Herbert Rawlinson (host), Jeff Alexander (composer, conductor), Norman Brokenshire (commercial spokesman), Jack Johnstone (director), Harry Bartell, William Powell (preview of next week's program), Maurice Zim (writer). 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2015 08:00 PM PDT
Hanson’s Ghost (Aired October 29, 1944)
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves (or dogs with indigestion?) in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. 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). THIS EPISODE: October 29, 1944. Program #406. World syndication. "Hanson's Ghost". Sponsored by: Olga Coal. A good wartime thriller about a man determined to live forever through the souls of others. 30:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2015 05:45 PM PDT
The Spectre Of Tappington (03-12-44)
The Weird Circle presented 30 minute tales of horror, frequently inspired by classic horror or ghost stories, frequently done by French authors. It opened with the sound of the surf and the chant-like opening, "In this cave by the restless sea, we are met to call from out of past, stories strange and weird. Bell keeper, toll the bell, so that all may know that we are gathered again in the Weird Circle". The show was heard on Mutual stations November, 1943 through October, 1947 and very briefly in September/October of 1947 on ABC. THIS EPISODE: March 12, 1944. Program #29. NBC syndication. "The Spectre Of Tappington". Commercials added locally. A visitor to an old haunted house is upset when his trousers are stolen each a ghost! What is the secret of the "Oak Room?" The story has a disappointing conclusion. The date is approximate. Thomas Ingoldsby (author). 26:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2015 12:51 PM PDT
Adaptive Ultimate (03-26-49)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with the introduction, intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: March 26, 1949. CBS network. "The Adaptive Ultimate". Sustaining. A fascinating story about a young girl, about to die, who is given an experimental serum. She becomes an indestructible monster. Good radio. The program was recorded March 23, 1949. Edgar Barrier, Stacy Harris, Frank Gerstle, Lawrence Dobkin, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), John Jessel (writer), Chets Virgin (adaptor), Herb Futran (adaptor), John Dunkel (editorial supervisor), Elsie Holmes, Tom Charlesworth, Anne Morrison, Ivan Ditmars (music), Roy Rowan (announcer). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
A Cadillac In The Swimming Pool (Aired May 15, 1949)
A couple of actors well known on other shows were Gale Gordon and Walter Tetley. Gale Gordon (Principal Conklin on Our Miss Brooks) was Mr. Scott, the long-suffering Rexall representative, doing stealth commercials for Rexall, again like the The Jack Benny Show and Fibber McGee and Molly had done. Walter Tetley (Leroy on The Great Gildersleeve) played the delivery boy Julius Abbruzio. Nice guy? No. Other characters included Alice's deadbeat brother Willie, ably played by Robert North, and announcer Bill Forman. The show was produced and directed by Paul Phillips. John Dunning, in "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," writes, "It remains, on tape, one of radio's brightest lights: the passage of time has done nothing to blunt its delightful impact. The characters were bums, but the listeners knew it and didn't care. When Harris crowed, 'Oh, you dawg!' a listener knew he was probably looking at himself in a mirror. The timing displayed by the star leaves a modern listener with nothing but admiration…" THIS EPISODE: May 15, 1949. "A Cadillac In The Swimming Pool" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rexall. Phil sings, "He'd Row, Row, Row." Phil and Remley manage to get Mr. Scott's Cadillac into his swimming pool, and then the complications begin! Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Elliott Lewis, Gale Gordon, Jeanine Roos, Lois Corbett, Paul Phillips (producer, director), Phil Harris, Ray Singer (writer), Robert North, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Walter Tetley, Griff Barnett (Rexall druggist). 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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