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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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April 22, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Note On Danger B (Aired June 6, 1949)
The Radio City Playhouse was a half-hour of drama, sometimes comedy, often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast were made up of New York veterans of radio and stage, including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers. The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced a new story, often written by well-known writers of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack and excellent sound effects. THIS EPISODE: June 6, 1949. Program #41. NBC network. "Note On Danger B". Sustaining. The FS-2 aircraft is designed to go 1500 m.p.h. and encounter "Danger B," traveling backward in time. A good example of early radio sci-fi. The program is also known as, "NBC Short Story." John Larkin, Bill Lipton, Horace Braham, Paul Mann, Roy Shield (music), Gerald Kersh (author), Harry W. Junkin (adaptor, director, host), Fred Collins (announcer). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2014 07:10 PM PDT
The Flying Saucers (Aired August 30, 1950)
2000 Plus, for its part, clearly had all the makings of a truly exceptional science fiction canon. The sound engineering, in particular, was every bit the equal of anything heard previously on ABC, CBS or NBC. The music scoring for 2000 Plus was also quite effective and forward-looking for the era. An east coast production from beginning to end, the series tapped some of New York's finest dramatic talent for its productions. Indeed, the pace, direction, plot arcs and all-around finish of its productions were every bit the equal of any of MBS's finest popular productions from the early 1940s. In spite of John Crosby's ascerbic observations of science dramas in general, America was clearly ready, willing and able to embrace mainstream science fiction of a more provocative, adult nature. Though 2000 Plus was never quite the equal of the competing sci-fi dramas that succeeded it, it acquitted itself overall. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 30, 1950. Mutual network origination, AFRS rebroadcast.. "The Flying Saucers". Sustaining. In the year 2012, a second "Zeus" rocket is about to be launched from White Sands. The saucers have been visiting for the last three months and are considered a potential threat. Ralph Bell, Luis Van Rooten, Bryna Raeburn, Pierre Gerson (writer), Ken Williams, Emerson Buckley (conductor), Elliot Jacoby (composer), Walt Shaver (sound), Adrian Penner (sound), Martin Enghauser (engineer), Ken Marvin (announcer), Sherman H. Dreyer (creator, producer). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2014 03:08 PM PDT
Rendevous With Death (Aired July 12. 1945)
Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, is the prominent character among Christie's works. He's known for his famous moustaches and his brain's "little grey cells." Poirot , in his novels and short stories, has proved that anyone can solve a crime just by simply thinking about it. Hercule Poirot is a fictional detective created by Agatha Christie. Along with Miss Marple, Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters: he appeared in 39 novels and 50 short stories. Poirot has been portrayed on screen, for films and TV, by various actors including Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Ian Holm, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina and, most recently, and famously, David Suchet. His character was based on two other fictional detectives of the time: Marie Belloc Lowndes' Hercule Popeau and Frank Howel Evans' Monsieur Poiret, a retired French police officer living in London. A more obvious influence on the early Poirot stories is that of Arthur Conan Doyle.

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April 22, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Royal Purple Scooter (Aired January 23, 1955)
Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955. The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. Scripts were by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten. Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947. Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. The Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955. THIS EPISODE: January 23, 1955. Program #1. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Royal Purple Scooter". Les Damon, Claudia Morgan, Ann Corio, Mandel Kramer, Frances Crane (creator), David Pfeffer, Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ted Lloyd (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Roger Tuttle (announcer). 30:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The Blood Donor (Aired June 23, 1961)
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. THIS EPISODE: June 23, 1961. "The Blood Donor " - BBC Network. Anthony Hancock arrives at his local hospital to give blood. "It was either that or join the Young Conservatives", he tells the nurse (Whitfield), before getting into an argument with her about whether British blood is superior to other types. Tony Hancock, Patrick Cargill, Hugh Lloyd, Frank Thornton and June Whitfield, Suzy Aitchison as the nurse. Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and was produced by Duncan Wood. 26:12.

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April 22, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - The Canyon Of Wanted Men (Aired June 4, 1949)
Jeff Chandler opens the series billed as 'Tex' Chandler, in the role of Chad Remington. He acquires a sidekick in Episode #1: a garrulous quasi-scoundrel by the name of Cherokee O'Bannon, a man of obvious mixed breeding--and morals. Cherokee O'Bannon is portrayed by Wade Crosby in a somewhat over the top rendition of W.C. Fields. The superb mood music is provided by no less than Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell, of Mitchell Boy Choir fame. The sound effects clearly approach the level of what audiences would hear for much of the remainder of the 1950s--hyper-realistic and meticulously timed. Paul Franklin's scripts are clever and well developed. Principally a comedy writer, it's clear that he's well suited to provide Cherokee O'Bannon's dialogue with great imagination, but he's equally adept at providing interesting story lines throughout the run. THIS EPISODE: June 4, 1949. Program #14. Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eells and Associates syndication. "The Canyon Of Wanted Men aka: The Case Of The Wells Fargo Robbery". Music fill for local commercial insert. A gang of crooks trapped in a canyon take a hostage and blow up the dam. Jeff Chandler is billed as "Tex" Chandler. Jeff Chandler, Wade Crosby, Bob Mitchell (organist), Ivan Ditmars (possible organist), Bill Forman (announcer), Paul Franklin (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer). 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Inexperienced Ghost (Aired December 4, 1944)
Author's Playhouse was an anthology radio drama series, created by Wynn Wright, that aired on the NBC Blue Network from March 5, 1941 until October 1941. It then moved to the NBC Red Network where it was heard until June 4, 1945. Philip Morris was the sponsor in 1942-43. Premiering with "Elementals" by Stephen Vincent Benét, the series featured adaptations of stories by famous authors, such as “Mr. Mergenthwirker’s Lobbies” by Nelson Bond, "The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico, "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, "The Piano" by William Saroyan and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber. Cast members included Curley Bradley, John Hodiak, Marvin Miller, Nelson Olmsted, Fern Persons, Olan Soule and Les Tremayne. Orchestra conductors for the program were Joseph Gallicchio, Rex Maupin and Roy Shield. THIS EPISODE: December 4, 1944. NBC network, Chicago origination. "The Inexperienced Ghost". Sustaining. A very British experiment in the Great Beyond. Charles Egleston, Clare Baum, Guy De Vry (adaptor), H. G. Wells (author), Herb Butterfield, Jack Lyon (composer, conductor), Norman Felton (producer), Wilms Herbert. 28:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2014 07:15 PM PDT
The Gambler (Aired December 27, 1950)
The World's Great Novels was a radio series, directed by Homer Heck, which presented adaptations of classic novels. Broadcast on WMAQ, Chicago, and NBC from 1944 to 1948, it was initially heard Saturdays at 7pm during the first 1944-45 season and then moved to Fridays at 11:30pm. Music for the series was composed by Emil Soderstrom and conducted by Bernard Berquist. The Chicago-based programs were a production of The NBC University of the Air. Through agreements with the University of Louisville, the University of Tulsa and Washington State College, listeners could receive college credit through accredited, radio-assisted literature correspondence courses. A study guide, The Handbook of the World's Great Novels, was available for 25 cents. The series began October 28, 1944. THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1950. NBC network. "The Gambler". Sustaining. A portrait of the Russian fascination with Lady Luck. Andrew C. Love (director), Dan O'Herlihy, Don Stanley (announcer), Ernest Kinoy (writer), Fyodor Dostoyevsky (author), Georgia Ellis, Nestor Paiva, Noreen Gammill, Ramsay Hill, Scott Forbes, Wade Arnold (producer). 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Rolling Stones (Aired August 7, 1952)
This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1945, and then came to TV ten years later in this Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; Charles McGraw had been in many motion pictures before and after including "The Killers", "Spartacus" and "Cimarron"; in this series he played the title role of a man whose real name was supposedly Mike Waring, an American agent whose code name was "Falcon"; Later Charles McGraw starred in a short lived TV version of "Casablanca" (1955 - 1956) in the character of Rick; He also had a role on the detective drama "Staccato" (1959) Actor McGraw (whose birth name was Charles Butters) met an unfortunate death in real life when he fell through a shower glass door in 1980 at his home in Studio City, CA. THIS EPISODE: August 7, 1952. NBC network. "The Case Of The Rolling Stones". Sustaining. Army Intelligence sends Mike Waring to Sicily, where "some boy is running wild with a knife." They want "The Falcon" to offer him a proposition "he might like to take a stab at." The system cue is added live. Fred Collins (announcer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer, transcriber), Richard Lewis (director), Eugene Wang (writer), Les Damon, Jone Allison, Drexel Drake (creator). 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
Red Stands For Blood (Aired February 13, 1949)
Each episode sees Jordan confronted with a "crime, a mystery, a beautiful woman, or a combination of the three". Precisely why Jordan is in Egypt is left deliberately vague, though he apparently has enemies in St. Louis so can't go back home. Sam Sabaaya (Jay Novello) is the police captain who apprehends the criminals at the end of each adventure. Sabaaya is portrayed as a diligent and competent policeman, usually as Jordan's friend and ally but sometimes as his foil. He is an Egyptian Muslim, is married, and has four children. Two further characters appear in some but not all episodes, Chris and Sergeant Greco. Chris is the bartender at the Café Tambourine, while Greco is one of Sabaaya's underlings. Greco has a particular dislike of Jordan, and invariably tries to make his life difficult, often by arresting him as the chief suspect in whatever crime Jordan is trying to solve. He's also ambitious and eager for promotion. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1949. CBS Pacific network. "Red Stands For Blood". Sustaining. Mr. Melnick wants to rents the Cafe Tambourine for the evening. He's a street photographer who actually doesn't want to rent the cafe. Jack Moyles, Gomer Cool (writer), Cliff Howell (producer, director), Richard Aurandt (original music), Larry Roman (writer), Larry Thor (announcer). 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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