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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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December 07, 2016 05:00 AM PST
Riley At Night School (Aired December 10, 1944)
The first Life of Riley radio show was a summer replacement show heard on CBS from April 12, 1941 to September 6, 1941. The CBS program starred Lionel Stander as J. Riley Farnsworth and had no real connection with the more famous series that followed a few years later. The radio program starring William Bendix aired on the ABC Blue Network from January 16, 1944 to June 8, 1945. Then it moved to NBC, where it was broadcast from September 8, 1945 to June 29, 1951. The supporting cast featured John Brown, who portrayed not only undertaker Digger O'Dell but also Riley's co-worker Gillis. Whereas Gillis gave Riley bad information that got him into trouble, Digger gave him good information that "helped him out of a hole," as he might have put it. Brown's lines as the undertaker were often repetitive, including puns based on his profession; but, thanks to Brown's delivery, the audience loved him. THIS EPISODE: December 10, 1944. "Riley At Night School" - Blue network, KECA, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: American Meat Institute. While Riley's taking an algebra class at night school, he receives an anonymous love note. William Bendix, John Brown, Ken Niles (announcer), Dink Trout, Don Bernard (director), Lou Coslowe (music). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 07, 2016 12:00 AM PST
The Author Of Murder (Aired May 2, 1937)
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: May 2, 1937. Program #15. World syndication. "The Author Of Murder". Sponsored by: Olga Coal. A good ghost story about an author haunted by the spirit of a woman killed in one of his novels! Two of the commercials were possibly added locally. 26:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 06, 2016 01:00 PM PST
The Lady From Brazil (Aired October 19, 1949)
After Jack Webb's departure from Jeff Regan, Investigator the demand for the series remained high, but it wasn't until October 1949 that CBS regrouped for another season of Jeff Regan, Investigator, with a new cast and lead--talented young actor and voice talent, Frank Graham. Frank Graham was only a few years older than Jack Webb at the time, had tremendous range and versatility, and had been making an increasing name for himself as a CBS announcer and actor and with increasing voice work in Animation features of the era. He was also one of the handful of voice talents of the era referred to as a 'Man of a Thousand Voices.' Supporting Frank Graham in the revival of Jeff Regan, Investigator were Radio legend, Frank Nelson in the role of Anthony J. Lyon, and Jim Backus in various roles. On the production side, the revival was produced by Sterling Tracy, with writing support from E. Jack Neuman and Adrian Gendot, initially. Dick Aurandt continued with his original music, and Bob Stevenson continued as announcer. Writing chores were later turned over to William Fifield, William Froug and Gilbert Thomas. The scripts for the revival series were as entertaining and compelling as in the original run, but Frank Graham, though certainly talented enough in the role of Jeff Regan, wasn't Jack Webb. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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December 06, 2016 08:00 AM PST
Michelangelo Hancock (Aired November 18, 1956)
Tony Hancock starred as an exaggerated version of his own character, a down-at-heel comedian living at the dilapidated 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam. Sid James played a criminally-inclined confidante who usually managed to con Hancock, while Bill Kerr appeared as Hancock's dim-witted Australian lodger. Moira Lister also appeared in the first series before being replaced by Andrée Melly for the next two, both playing love interests for Hancock's character. In the fourth and fifth series, Hattie Jacques played Griselda Pugh, live-in secretary to Hancock and occasional girlfriend of Sid James. The series broke from the variety tradition dominant in British radio comedy into the sitcom or Situation comedy genre. Instead of sketches, guest stars and musical interludes, humour developed from the characters and situations. Hancock's experiences were based in reality and observation. From the playlet "Look Back In Hunger" in The East Cheam Drama Festival episode, Galton and Simpson showed they were in touch with developments in the British theatre, the use of sighs and silent pauses in common with the work of Harold Pinter which began to emerge towards the end of the series' run. The measured pacing of these episodes were groundbreaking in the days of fast-talking Ted Ray, where every second of airtime had to be filled. With Galton and Simpson writing scripts prolifically, continuity was not priority, with details changed to suit the episode. The domestic situation varied, Hancock usually portrayed as unemployed or a hopeless, down-at-heel comedian.

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December 06, 2016 07:00 PM PST
The Sure Thing (Aired October 15, 1949)
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!” Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. THIS EPISODE: October 15, 1949. CBS network. "The Sure Thing". Sustaining. A strange cruise in the Caribbean, a triple murder, and that all important bank draft for $2 million dollars. The script was subsequently used on "Escape" on January 17, 1950. The program opening is upcut. John Bagni (writer), Gwen Bagni (writer), William Conrad, William N. Robson (producer, director), Fay Baker, Ian Wolfe, Sarah Selby, Del Castillo (special music arranger, conductor), John Hoyt, Don Diamond, Ted de Corsia. 28:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 06, 2016 03:00 AM PST
Death Deals A Diamond (Aired July 17, 1947)
Crime Club's premiere presentation was adapted from a Doubleday Crime Club selection from 1935 titled, Death Blew Out the Match, by Kathleen Moore Knight, from her Elisha Macomber series. The second selection of the series was For The Hangman, by John Stephen Strange, first published as a 1934 Doubleday Crime Club selection. Mr. Smith's Hat, Crime Club's 9th episode was a Doubleday Crime Club selection from 1936, by Helen Kiernan Reilly, part of her Inspector McKee series. If you see a pattern developing here, it might appear that there was a tie-in between the Doubleday Crime Club and Mutual's Crime Club radio program. While there was never an explicit tie-in to the Doubleday Crime Club, it becomes clear that the selections employed throughout the series were predominately from the Doubleday Crime Club imprint canon. Crime Club's selections weren't all of 1930s vintage. Episode No. 10, Murder Goes Astray, was a 1943 selection of the Doubleday Crime Club, by Mary Violet Heberden. Nor were all of the Crime Club episodes from the Doubleday Crime Club canon. Several of the Crime Club scripts were original stories penned by Stedman Coles, the adapter and scriptwriter for the series. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1947. Mutual network. "Death Deals A Diamond". Sustaining. A great diamond thief, just out of prison, is framed for another robbery. Stedman Coles (writer), Roger Bower (producer, director), Larry Haines, Charlotte Lawrence, Maurice Franklin, Reese Taylor, Joan Tompkins, King Calder. 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 05, 2016 09:00 PM PST
The Truth (Aired June 28, 1945)
Oboler sold his first radio scripts while still in high school during the 1920s and rose to fame when he began scripting the NBC horror anthology Lights Out in 1936. He later found notoriety with his script contribution to the 12 December 1937 edition of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. In Oboler's sketch, host Don Ameche and guest Mae West portrayed a slightly bawdy Adam and Eve, satirizing the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden. On the surface, the sketch did not feature much more than West's customary suggestive double-entendres, and today it seems quite tame. But in 1937, that sketch and a subsequent routine featuring West trading suggestive quips with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy helped the broadcast cause a furor that resulted in West being banned from broadcasting and from being mentioned at all on NBC programming for 15 years. THIS EPISODE: June 28, 1945. Program #12. Mutual network. "The Truth". Sustaining. A thoughtful story about a scientist who puzzles after the ultimate source of cosmic rays and eventually discovers, "The Truth." The 12th of a series of 26 broadcasts. Edmund Gwenn, Roseanne Murray, Bruce Elliott, Antony Ellis, Gordon Jenkins, Jack Meighan, Arch Oboler. 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 05, 2016 04:04 PM PST
"Dragonwyck" Starring Vincent Price (Aired January 20, 1947)
It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: January 20, 1947. CBS network. "Dragonwyck". Sponsored by: Lady Esther. Glenn Langan, Teresa Wright, Vincent Price, Truman Bradley (announcer), Bill Lawrence (producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music aranger, conductor), Harry Cronman (adaptor), Anya Seaton Chase (author). 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 05, 2016 08:00 AM PST
Windfall (Aired October 22, 1950)
Based on the book, Cloak and Dagger: The Secret Story of the O.S.S. by Corey Ford and Alistair McBain, the Radio rendition of these fascinating stories promised to keep any listener perched on the edge of their seat. Apart from describing the book upon which the new adventure series was based, the above is just about all the fanfare that was associated with the roll-out of NBC's only espionage program of the year. It was also one of the few solo productions that Wyllis Cooper undertook for NBC. It was also Cooper's first collaboration with British crime journalist Percy Hoskins, who would work with Cooper yet again on NBC's WHItehall-1212 a year hence. The combination of Hoskin's unfailingly accurate research and Cooper's lively, fast-paced writing and direction proved to be an excellent underpinning for an espionage adventure drama based on factual events. The Office of Strategic Services--the progenitor of our Central Intelligence Agency--was one of American History's most colorful and compelling World War II intelligence gathering efforts. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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December 05, 2016 03:00 AM PST
Sam Shovel (Curbstone Murder Case) Aired December 2, 1948
Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?"---whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines---the team are also the only comedians known to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. THIS EPISODE: December 2, 1948. ABC network. Music fill for local commercial insert. Lou wants to be a boxer. The boys do a "Sam Shovel" skit titled, "The Case Of The Curbstone Murder," or "Gertie, Get Out Of The Gutter and Let The Water Go By." The system cue is added live. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, Hal Winters (vocal), George Fenneman (announcer), Veola Vonn, Charles Vanda (producer), Ed Forman (writer), Paul Conlan (writer), Pat Costello (writer), Martin Ragaway (writer), Leonard Stern (writer), Norman Abbott, Veola Vonn, Sidney Fields. 28:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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