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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
Category: Kids & Family
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...


by Bob Camardella
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May 03, 2015 03:46 PM PDT
Almost Human (Aired May 13, 1950)
Dimension X was a very effective demonstration of what could be done with science fiction on the air. It came so late that nobody cared, but some of the stories stand as classics of the medium. Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven" is as gripping today as when first heard. His "Martian Chronicles" was one of the series' most impressive offerings. Dimension X played heavily on an "adventures in time and space, told in future tense" theme. Actors who worked regularly on the show included Joe Di Santis, Wendell Holmes, Santos Ortega, Joseph Julian, Jan Miner, Roger De Koven, John Gibson, Ralph Bell, John Larkin, Les Damon, and Mason Adams. It was directed by Fred Weihe and Edward King. The deep-voiced narrator was Norman Rose. The series played heavily on the "X" factor in the title, as did X-Minus One a few years later. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 13, 1950. NBC network. "Almost Human". Sustaining. A large, powerful robot trained for killing, develops a sense of good and evil. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on August 11, 1955. The program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during August, 1974. Santos Ortega, Rita Lynn, Jack Grimes, Robert Block (author), George Lefferts (adaptor), Van Woodward (producer), Norman Rose (host), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 11:49 AM PDT
The Big Jump (Aired January 11, 1951)
The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. The shows cultural impact is demonstrated by the fact that even after five decades, elements of Dragnet are known to those who have never heard nor seen the program. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 11, 1951. Program #83. NBC network. "The Big Jump". Sponsored by: Fatima. Walter Harrison is on a thirteenth floor ledge, threatening to jump. Good show! Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 33:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Mel Asks For Betty's Hand (Aired February 4, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. THIS EPISODE: February 4, 1947. "Mel Asks For Betty's Hand" aka: "The French Interior Decorator" - CBS net. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Mel and Betty have been engaged for four years. They plan to convince Mr. Colby that Mel is worthy of Betty's hand. Alan Reed, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Hans Conried, Joe Walker, Joseph Kearns, Mac Benoff (writer), Mary Jane Croft, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra. 25:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Some Random Notes From A Stagecoach (Aired April 27, 1958)
Television was already in reruns of the twenty to thirty western adventures that proliferated on TV during the 1950s. And it was stiff competition, to be sure. Gunsmoke had achieved off the chart ratings for years, and Have Gun, Will Travel was very much a thinking person's western. This takes nothing away from either John Dehner or Ben Wright's performances in the least. They were consistently top notch. But we'd venture to say that Frontier Gentleman is heard today by far more listeners than ever heard it when it was first broadcast. Be that as it may, it's the listeners of today that matter now. Frontier Gentleman consistently offers a wonderful variation on the western theme. Antony Ellis' scripts are well devised, historically accurate, and fully developed, given the imposed 30-minute formula. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1958. CBS network. "Some Random Notes From A Stagecoach". Sustaining. Kendall recalls his various experiences in his first three months in the West. A similar title was used on the series again on November 16, 1958, the last show of the series. John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Jack Moyles, Peter Leeds, Vic Perrin, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Winston Ross, Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Antony Ellis (producer, director, writer), John Wald (announcer). 26:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Twisting Weeds of Death (Aired May 25, 1953)
It began at KALL in Salt Lake City in 1946 and lasted a year. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers who created a bare bones murder mystery drama with stories written or adapted by Robert Olson. But when Thorne and Greyson went separate ways, the series discontinued. Then in 1949, Thorne and Greyson happened to work at the same station again (WGN in Chicago) and the series resumed. This time, the focus was on supernatural horror with Richard Thorne writing or adapting the stories. The three dozen or so shows that survived appear to have been recorded for broadcast transcriptions. (A recorded scene from the climax is played at the beginning of the program as a teaser.) Richard Thorne is one of the main recurring actors. Hall of Fantasy didn't seem to have much of a budget. The actors weren't big names and the music and sound effects were sometimes lackluster. But the situations and original writing often made up for these shortcomings. It was similar in that way to another low budget but even more imaginative series, Quiet Please. THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Twisting Weeds Of Death". Commercials deleted. A soggy lady with hair made of seaweed returns from the dead on the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death. Maurice Copeland, Richard Thorne (writer). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2015 06:53 PM PDT
Wanda's Work Of Art (Aired August 25, 1964)
Walk Softly, Peter Troy Detective Drama Aired on Springbok Radio from 10 December 1963 to 21 February 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. Show Notes From Pumamouse. THIS EPISODE: August 25, 1964. Program #38. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "Wanda's Work Of Art". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2015 03:26 PM PDT
The Silencer (1952) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
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. The MGM Radio Attraction transcriptions in particular were very well engineered and have held up quite well. THIS EPISODE: 1952. Syndicated. "The Silencer". Commercials added locally. A man moving into a new house is shot and killed by a gun with a silencer. Other murders soon follow. Orson Welles (narrator), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 29:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2015 11:27 AM PDT
Bomb On The Denver Plane (Aired September 4, 1952)
Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. ‘The Slasher’, broadcast on 10 November 1950, the last show of season one, has a very loosely Ripper-derived plot in which Stone searches for an artist. Supporting actors included Parley Baer, William Conrad, Jeff Corey, Lawrence Dobkin, Paul Frees, Jack Kruschen, Peter Leeds, Howard McNear, Lurene Tuttle and Martha Wentworth. THIS EPISODE: September 4, 1952. "Bomb On The Denver Plane" - NBC network. Sustaining. Randy Stone receives a tip that a bomb has been planted on a DC-4 airliner enroute to Denver. His warning saves all the passengers aboard the plane, the the man who planted the bomb must be found. Frank Lovejoy, Warren Lewis (writer, producer, director), Joan Banks, Paul Frees, Stan Waxman, Lou Rusoff (writer), Robert Armbruster (music), John Stevenson, Sandra Gould. 28:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Lou's Engaged To Judy Canova (Aired January 6, 1944)
The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy, with annoncing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1944. "Lou's Engaged To Judy Canova" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco. The opening routine is about leap year and Costello's romance. He's against marriage. Will Costello marry guest Judy Canova? Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Connie Haines, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, John Brown, Judy Canova. 29:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Shotgun Gang (Aired October 30, 1953)
Wild Bill started on the radio in 1951 as a kids western show. It emphasized the tracking down the bad guys and fighting for the law rather than the shootin, poker playin, rough and tumble Civil War vet, who lies about his life to get good publicity aspects of Wild Bill’s life. The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. THIS EPISODE: October 30, 1953. Program #179. Mutual network. "The Shotgang Gang". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops, Kellogg's Variety (cut-out masks premium). On the trail of a gang that held up the stagecoach office, Wild Bill and Jingles ride into an ambush...with four shotguns aimed at them! The gang hides out at "The Blue Parrot Cafe." The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, David Hire (producer), Charles Lyon (announcer), Paul Pierce (director, writer), Richard Aurandt (music), Byron Kane, Alan Reed, Frederick Shields. 25:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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