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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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April 01, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The St. Louis Jewel Robbery (Aired October 3, 1953)
The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Returning to CBS on January 8, 1949, it ran until June 25, 1955, sponsored by Grape-Nuts and Wrigley's chewing gum. The final series was on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 5, 1955 to November 27, 1957. It was once narrated by Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., former head of the New Jersey State Police. THIS EPISODE: October 3, 1953. "The St. Louis Jewel Robbery" - CBS network. Sustaining. Wally and his two friends are planning a jewelry robbery in St. Louis. Wally's last name and the name of his two pals are not mentioned, but one of them has red hair. Wally hangs out in a candy store whose owner sounds more Brooklyn than St. Louis. Stanley Niss (writer), Mason Adams, Gaylord Avery (announcer), Leonard L. Bass (director), Amzie Strickland, Eric Dressler, John Ives (supervisor). 28:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 01, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Canary Blonde Heiress (Aired May 15, 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: May 15, 1955. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Canary Blonde Heiress". Mandel Kramer, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Ted Lloyd (producer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Wayne Howell (announcer). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 01, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Fixing A Radio (Aired February 12, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. This led to a number of other appearances which would culminate in Carson's own radio show in 1943. From 1950-51, Carson was one of four alternating hosts of NBC's "4 Star Revue." Other hosts that season were Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. and Danny Thomas. The show aired Wednesday evenings. Carson's second season was his last with the comedy-variety program when its title was changed to "All Star Revue.

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April 01, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - Playing Indian (Aired January 22, 1956)
Fort Laramie opened with "Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry". When Norman Macdonnell created Fort Laramie in late 1955, he made it clear to his writers that historical accuracy was essential to the integrity of the series. Correct geographic names, authentic Indian practices, military terminology, and utilizing actual names of the original buildings of the real fort, was insisted upon. So when the radio characters referred to the sutler's store (which is what the trading post was called prior to 1870), the surgeon's quarters, Old Bedlam (the officers' quarters) or the old bakery, they were naming actual structures in the original fort. THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1956. CBS network. "Playing Indian". Sustaining. Captain Quince baits a trap for a band of horse thieves and murderers who are trying to make the cavalry think they are Arapahos. The first show of the series. Raymond Burr, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Vic Perrin, John Meston (writer), Bill James (sound patterns), Ray Kemper (sound patterns), Amerigo Moreno (music supervisor), Harry Bartell, Dan Riss, Joyce McCluskey, Lawrence Dobkin, Clayton Post, Paul Dubov, James Nusser. 29:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 31, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Ladies Never Lie....Much (01-07-51)
As must be apparent from the credits below, whether produced on the East Coast or the West Coast, The Saint attracted some of Radio's finest voice and acting talents. Among the various ensemble members of the cast over the years were Tony Barrett, William Conrad, Betty Lou Gerson, Peter Leeds, Ken Christy, Ted Von Eltz, Larry Dobkin, Sheldon Leonard, Ted Osborne and Louise Arthur. Ken Christy transitioned to each rendition of The Saint over American airwaves in one capacity or another. The Saint made the transition to Television in 1962 with Roger Moore in the starring role. Somewhat more campy than the Radio and Film renditions of The Saint, Moore nevertheless owned the characterization after a couple of seasons. The Television series ran for seven years. The Television incarnation of The Saint employed a great deal of expostion from Roger Moore's Simon Templar, much in the mold of the better film noir and radio noir depictions of sleuths of the 1940s and 1950s. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1951. NBC network. "Ladies Never Lie...Much". Sustaining. Mrs. Gordon comes to Templar's apartment, confesses to murdering her husband, and leaves. Mr. Gordon then arrives at the apartment...very much alive! However, he is shot as he leaves the apartment...very untidy! Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), Don Stanley (announcer), James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Joan Banks, Peter Leeds, James Nusser, Louis Vittes (writer), Hy Averback, Lawrence Dobkin. 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 31, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Craig Norton (Aired April 20, 1948)
The production didn't stint on talent, as hinted above. No less than Ivan Ditmars provided the music direction and in addition to Herb Lytton as 'Fate', the varying casts included Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Hal Sawyer, Gloria Blondell, Frank Albertson, Jerry Hausner, Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Ken Peters, Daws Butler and William Johnstone. All in all a superb well of talent from which to draw each week. While a bit difficult to document, the production remains quite collectable and the perspective of the presentation is also unique for the era--or since for that matter. Diary of Fate is one of Radio's little, oft-overlooked gems that demand pulling out, polishing up for better enjoyment, then dutifully returning them to their preserve for another airing one day in the future. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1948. Program #19. Finley syndication. "Craig Norton". Commercials added locally. Book 97, page 824. A reader for a literary agency is constantly reminded of his own miserable failure as an author. The date is subject to correction. No cast credits given. Larry Finley (producer). 28:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 31, 2015 03:24 PM PDT
The Case Of The Murdering Messenger (Aired August 25, 1949)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. 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. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 25, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Murdering Messenger". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. A fast-talking man poses as himself to impersonate someone else! The system cue has been deleted. William Sweets (director), Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Jesse Crawford (organ), Phillips H. Lord (producer). 28:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
March 31, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
Round Robin (Aired August 14, 1949)
Box 13 was a syndicated radio series about the escapades of newspaperman-turned-mystery novelist Dan Holliday, played by film star Alan Ladd. Created by Ladd's company, Mayfair Productions, Box 13 premiered in 1947. In New York City, it first aired December 31, 1947, on Mutual's New York flagship, WOR. To seek out new ideas for his fiction, Holliday ran a classified ad in the Star-Times newspaper where he formerly worked: "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything -- write Box 13, Star-Times." The stories followed Holliday's adventures when he responded to the letters sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims. Sylvia Picker appeared as Holliday's scatterbrained secretary, Suzy, while Edmund MacDonald played police Lt. Kling. THIS EPISODE: August 14, 1949. Program #52. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Round Robin". Commercials added locally. Dan Holiday foils a blackmail plot involving a valuable necklace and a lady's gambling losses. The last show of the series. Alan Ladd, Arthur Boland (writer), Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 31, 2015 08:04 AM PDT
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The Wedding (Aired May 29, 1949)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1949. "The Wedding" - CBS network. Sustaining. Not auditioned. Luigi's finally's going to get married...to Rosa! J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Hans Conried, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Lou Derman (writer), Mary Shipp, Lyn Murray (music director), Jody Gilbert. 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 31, 2015 08:10 AM PDT
Life With Luigi - The Wedding (05-29-45)The Wedding (Aired May 29, 1949)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1949. "The Wedding" - CBS network. Sustaining. Not auditioned. Luigi's finally's going to get married...to Rosa! J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Hans Conried, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Lou Derman (writer), Mary Shipp, Lyn Murray (music director), Jody Gilbert. 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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