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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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February 01, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Gregory Hickson Lecture (Aired October 22, 1946)
A Date with Judy was a comedy radio series aimed at a teenage audience which had a long run from 1941 to 1950. The show began as a summer replacement for Bob Hope's show, sponsored by Pepsodent and airing on NBC from June 24 to September 16, 1941, with 14-year-old Ann Gillis in the title role. Dellie Ellis portrayed Judy when the series returned the next summer (June 23 – September 15, 1942). Louise Erickson took over the role the following summer (June 30 – September 22, 1943) when the series, with Bristol Myers as its new sponsor, replaced The Eddie Cantor Show for the summer. Louise Erickson continued in the role of Judy over the next seven years as the series, sponsored by Tums, aired from January 18, 1944 to January 4, 1949. THIS EPISODE: October 22, 1946. "Gregory Hickson Lecture" - NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Trying to avoid a lecture on international relations, Mr. Foster finds himself obligated to buy a diamond bracelet. Louise Erickson, John Brown. 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 01, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Lone Ranger" - Thirteen Steps To Freedom (Aired February 8, 1950)
Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, that was the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. The theme music was the "cavalry charge" finale of Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell Overture, now inseparably associated with the series, which also featured many other classical selections as incidental music including Wagner, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. The theme was conducted by Daniel Perez Castaneda. Inspiration for the name may have come from The Lone Star Ranger, a novel by Zane Grey. Karl May's tales of Old Shatterhand and Chief Winnetou may have influenced the creation of the concept; they in turn were influenced by The Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper. The legends of Robin Hood and the popular character Zorro were also a likely inspiration.

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January 31, 2015 11:00 PM PST
The Storm (Annabelle Lee) Aired December 19, 1956
Nelson Olmsted was a national treasure. Over a broadcasting career of thirty-five years, Olmsted's soothing, reassuring, and highly versatile narrations graced thousands of broadcast recordings. While also a prolific and highly successful actor in both Radio and Television, it's Olmsted's literature readings and narrations that are the focus of this series and this article. Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1956. NBC network. "The Storm" "Annabelle Lee". Sustaining. Nelson Olmsted, McKnight Melmar (? author), Edgar Allan Poe (author), Ben Grauer (announcer), Kenneth MacGregor (director). 27:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 31, 2015 07:16 PM PST
The Investigation Of Dr. Robert Lane (Aired April 2, 1951)
The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carough, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb. THIS EPISODE: April 2, 1951. "The Investigation Of Dr. Robert Lane" - Program #75. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Dr. Robert Lane, an intern at the hospital, is not on duty when he's needed. Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Dick Joy (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Les Crutchfield (writer), Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 26:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 31, 2015 03:02 PM PST
Murder Makes A Mummy (Aired May 29, 1947)
Crime club was a Mutual Network murder and mystery series, a product of the Doubleday Crime Book Club imprints found weekly in bookstores everywhere. The telephone rings"Hello, I hope I haven't kept you waiting. Yes, this is the Crime Club. I'm the Librarian. Murder Rents A Room? Yes, we have that Crime Club story for you.Come right over. (The organist in the shadowed corner of the Crime Club library shivers the ivories) The doorbell tones sullenly"And you are here. Good. Take the easy chair by the window. Comfortable? The book is on this shelf." (The organist hits the scary chord) "Let's look at it under the reading lamp." The Librarian, played by Raymond E. Johnson, begins reading the tale. Veteran Willis Cooper (Lights Out, Quiet Please) did some of the scripts from the Crime Club books. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1947. Mutual network. "Murder Makes A Mummy". Sustaining. A corpse is found on display in a museum wrapped as a mummy. The story of a corpse that wouldn't be "bound" by the rules! Stedman Coles (writer), Lon Clark, Jock MacGregor (producer, director in place of Roger Bower), Jane Harven, Lawson Zerbe, Al Hodge, Ted Osborne. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 31, 2015 11:00 AM PST
The Missing Patient (Aired February 14, 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: February 14, 1952. NBC network. "The Case Of The Missing Patient". Sustaining. After helping a wounded criminal, a kindly doctor is found murdered. The trail to the killer leads to a shootout in the subway. The system cue and possibly part of the program closing have been deleted. The recording sounds like unedited tape or a rehearsal. Les Damon, Drexel Drake (creator), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Richard Lewis (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 26:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 31, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Renting Mr. Ingram's House - 2 Episodes COMPLETE (02-12-54) (02-17-54)
Fibber McGee and Molly was a popular radio show during the era of classic, old-time radio. It was one of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States. The series premiered on NBC in 1935 and remained popular until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture. James "Jim" Jordan (16 November 1896–1 April 1988) and Marian Driscoll (15 April 1898–7 April 1961), were natives of Peoria, Illinois who met in church and married in 1918. The genesis of Fibber McGee and Molly occurred when the small-time husband-and-wife vaudevillians began their third year as Chicago-area radio performers. TODAY'S SHOW: February 12, 1954. NBC network. Sustaining. Fibber continued to try to rent Mr. Ingram's house for him. A professor is a likely prospect. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Phil Leslie (writer), Ralph Goodman (writer), Max Hutto (director), John Wald (announcer), Jack Kruschen. 13:54. February 17, 1954. NBC net. Sponsored by: Richard Hudnut. At last, Fibber rents the house for Mr. Ingram. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Phil Leslie (writer), Ralph Goodman (writer), Max Hutto (director), John Wald (announcer), Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan. 14:45.

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January 31, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Clean-Up Of Caribou Mesa (Aired August 8, 1951)
William Boyd was Hoppy and his sidekick was played by either Andy Clyde or Joe DuVal. Boyd who began his movie career in the days of silent films was a forgotten man until he was asked to portray Hopalong Cassidy in the movies of the 1940s. By 1946 or so he had been in over 60 Hoppy movies and was crowned the king of the cowboys. He became the hero of kids around the world and this lasted until another resurgence in the form of the Hoppy radio series. Once more he attained the fame and regards of kids and adults. During the radio years, TV versions of his early films began appearing on televison. His early movies were edited for televison of the day and once more Bill Boyd entertained his fans. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1951. Program #85. Commodore syndication. "Clean-Up Of Caribou Mesa". Commercials added locally. Trigger Tompkins and his gang have kidnapped Annie Culver. Hoppy uses a stampede, three bullets and a beefsteak to make the rescue. William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Paul Adams (writer), Walter White Jr. (producer), Albert Glasser (music director). 28:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 30, 2015 11:00 PM PST
Night Call Collect (Aired April 9, 1984)
The Stories of Ray Bradbury (ISBN 0-394-51335-5) is, as the title suggests, an anthology containing 100 short stories by American writer Ray Bradbury and was first published by Knopf in 1980. The hundred stories, written from 1943 to 1980, were selected by the author himself. Bradbury's work had previously been collected in various compilations, such as The Martian Chronicles and The October Country, but never in such a large volume (912 pages) or spanning such a long period of time. Some of the more famous stories in this collection include "The Fog Horn", "The Veldt", "The Day It Rained Forever", "The Small Assassin" and "I Sing the Body Electric!". In 2003, Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales was published, containing a further 100 stories from later in his career. Although they sound similar, the two anthologies have entirely different contents and should not be confused. THIS EPISODE: April 9, 1984. NPR network, WPKT-FM, Middlefield, Connecticut aircheck. "Night Call, Collect". Sustaining. Stranded sixty years on a desert planet, Barton established an intricate telephone system, and waited for rescue. At last, one night...the phone rang! Ray Bradbury (author, host), Paul Frees (announcer). 27:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 30, 2015 07:00 PM PST
Drunk & Bridge Jumper (Aired October 21, 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: October 21, 1954. "Drunk & Bridge Jumper" - CBS network. Sustaining. A drunk who tried to kick Don Reed in the teeth last night, has returned to the police station voluntarily. Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief of Police), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Jim Headlock (producer), Ron Perkins (technical advisor). 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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