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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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August 21, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Sash Cord (Aired December 11, 1974)
the final analysis there's ample evidence that The Black Museum held its audience. It was aired almost perennially between 1950 and 1954, in Europe, South Africa, Australia, North America and reprised during various other periods as late as 1974. This, despite the fact that other, competing Scotland Yard and Black Museum themed programming was almost continuously airing--often over the same networks--during the same period. What fans didn't derive from WHItehall 1212 they got from Secrets of Scotland Yard. Likewise, when The Black Museum began to air, it arrived from just enough different approach to hold that same audience for yet another thirty-eight to fifty-two installments--not to mention getting Orson Welles in the bargain. THIS EPISODE: December 11, 1974. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Sashcord". Participating sponsors. In Brighton, a man if found murdered near a theatre. The date is approximate. Syndicated rebroadcast date: December 11, 1974. Harry Alan Towers (producer), Orson Welles (narrator), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2014 07:01 PM PDT
The House Time Forgot (Aired August 16, 1946)
According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era. But the investment shows. And indeed, well into its almost six years of syndication, the series continued to pull respectable audience shares. The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. The writing staff was also top-notch, with names such as Max Erlich, Joe Ruscoll and Robert Newman, among others. THIS EPISODE: August 16, 1946. Program #18. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "The House That Time Forgot". Commercials added locally. A couple buy a house with invisible tenants, and time runs backwards too! A good story of the supernatural. Raymond Morgan (host), Albert Buhrman (organist), Anton M. Leader (director), Elsie Hitz, Sigmund Miller (writer), Vinton Hayworth, Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Triple X Murder Case (1956) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Danger With Granger arrived too late in the Golden Age of Radio to have any real impact on the listening public. Mutual aired this show, starting in 1956, on Monday nights at 8:30 pm. It was a half hour show that featured a private eye in New York City, Steve Grabger. His two primary companions were Cal Hendrix, a reporter who served as an all-purpose source of criminal info, and Jake Rankin, a police detective with whom he had a grudging rivalry. The writing on the show seemed to incorporate most of the standard cliche's of the P.I. world. Granger, who was both the star and the first-person narrator of the show (not an uncommon practice with radio gumshoes), never saw a woman, instead "he gave the doll the once-over." He didn't kick with his foot, he "lifted a size 10." The mysteries he solved were fairly reasonable, and while he was a tough guy who roughed up lesser mortals, he seemed to get knocked unconscious at least once in every program.

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August 21, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Tree Trunk Murder Case (Aired November 23, 1948)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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August 21, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Lou Joins The New York Yankees (Aired April 17, 1947)
In 1940 they were signed by Universal Studios for the film One Night in the Tropics. Cast in supporting roles, they stole the show with several classic routines, including "Who's on First?" The same year they were a summer replacement on radio for Fred Allen. Two years later, they had their own NBC show. Universal signed them to a long-term contract, and their second film, Buck Privates, (1941) made them box-office stars and saved Universal from imminent bankruptcy. In most of their films, the plot was a framework for the two comics to reintroduce comedy routines they first performed on stage. THIS EPISODE: April 17, 1947. "Lou Joins The New York Yankees" - NBC net. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco. The opening routine is about girls. Costello is going to play baseball with the New York Yankees. This leads to the famous, "Who's On First" routine. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra, Michael Roy (announcer), John Brown, Elvia Allman, Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Nat Wolff (producer, director), Marilyn Maxwell, Bert Cordon (sound effects), John Pawlick (engineer). 30:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - The Shooting Of Wyatt King (Aired May 20, 1954)
Most radio programs are readily identified by their theme songs, but few themes ever become "stars" in their own right and command both fan mail and phone calls. NBC Hollywood has such a property on hand however, in the theme song of James Stewart's Western adventure series, "Six Shooter" (NBC-WIBA, Sundays, 7 p.m.). Producer Jack Johnstone has explained that "at first it was an occasional card inquiring about our theme--who wrote it, its title, and so forth. But now its resolved itself into a steady flow of letters and phone calls each week." The tune causing all the excitement is "The Highland Lament" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 20, 1954. "The Shooting Of Wyatt King" - NBC network. Sustaining. Who shot the bank robber named Wyatt King? He was also known as, "The Wyoming Kid." Was it the Six-Shooter? Of course!. Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director), Basil Adlam (music), William Johnstone, Herb Vigran, Barney Phillips, Junius Matthews, Frank Burt (creator, writer), Joel Cranston, John Wald (announcer). 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Dishonest Ghost (Aired July 10, 1948)
Curtain Time had two separate runs on radio. The fist run was sponsored by General Mills from 1937 to 1939 and the second aired from 1945 to 1950, sponsored by the Mars Candy Co. Interesting is that this romantic drama had a theater setting and announcements with the announcer shouting "tickets please". Many of the episodes were romantic stories where a boy meets his dream girl and what happens afterwards. Announcer for the series was Harry Halcomb who was later known best for his appearances on the 60 minutes television show. Curtain Time is truly an Old Time Radio Classic. Mutual Network, local KNX show sustained, heard Fridays 7:30 - 8:00 pm THIS EPISODE: July 10, 1948. NBC network, Chicago origination. "The Dishonest Ghost". Sponsored by: Mars Bar. A rocky romance between an author and the publisher's daughter. Loretta Boynton, Mike Wallace (announcer, as "Myron Wallace"), Bert Farber (arranger, conductor), Harry Holcomb (director), Paul Demande (writer), Fay Palmer, Arthur Peterson, Patrick Allen (host), Harry Elders, George Cisar. 30:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2014 07:01 PM PDT
A Knock At The Door (Aired December 15, 1942)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. THIS EPISODE: December 15, 1942. CBS network. "A Knock At The Door". Sponsored by: Energene Cleaning Fluid. All commercials for Ironized Yeast deleted. A woman murders her impossible mother-in-law, but she refuses to stay dead! There's a good good, grisly conclusion. Arch Oboler (host), Frank Martin (announcer). 28:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Who Killed John Davis (Aired May 12, 1948)
The Boston Blackie radio series, also starring Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show: Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance.

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August 20, 2014 10:59 AM PDT
The Clara Bryan Murder Case (Aired November 24, 1950)
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: November 24, 1950. "The Clara Bryan Murder Case" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Mrs. Clara Bryan is missing. A Bowery bum is stabbed in a flop house. What's the connection? Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer), Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Lou Merrill, Lillian Buyeff, Byron Kane. 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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