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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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December 21, 2014 06:37 PM PST
The Innocent Santa Claus (Aired December 21, 1951)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1951. ABC network. "The Innocent Santa Claus". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. A washed up vaudevillian finally gets a job as a children's party Santa Claus. He finds himself accused of a crime by the FBI. The system cue is added live. Stacy Harris, William Woodson (narrator), Larry Keating (announcer), Jerry D. Lewis (writer), Jerry Devine (producer), Frederick Steiner (composer, conductor), Tony Barrett, Walter Catlett, Jay C. Flippen, Tony Hughes, William Johnstone, Anne Whitfield. 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 02:43 PM PST
The Case Of The Eager Victim (Aired December 9, 1948)
It was perhaps The New Adventures of Michael Shayne that was the most jarring of all Michael Shayne's incarnations. Bill Rousseau's image of Michael Shayne was more after the pattern of Jack Webb's characterizations of Pat Novak for Hire, or Johnny Madero, Pier 23--but amp'd up about 150% in the process. From some seventeen potential candidates, Rousseau felt that Jeff Chandler was the natural pick over his peers. Chandler could both amp up the electricity of Shayne's character and raise the introductory prologues about 10 decibels, as well as completely reinventing Michael Shayne in Chandler's own mold.Chandler was aided by no less than Jack Webb himself, who'd already collaborated often with Bill Rousseau in several projects and who leant his talent to the New Adventures of Michael Shayne--entirely uncredited. THIS EPISODE: December 9, 1948. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Eager Victim". A man walks into Shayne's office with $1000 and a request to kill him. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, Raymond Burr, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Brett Halliday (creator), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 25:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 11:00 AM PST
The Night Before Christmas (Aired December 24, 1945)
His earliest cases, which he pursued as an amateur, came from fellow university students. According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. The Irregulars appear in three stories, "The Sign of the Four", "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man". THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1945. Mutual network. "The Night Before Christmas". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. A Christmas story with two Santas (one of them "Lou the Lisper," a henchman of Professor Moriarty)! The story is based on, "The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle." Anthony Boucher (writer), Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Dean Fosler (music), Edna Best (producer). 32:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 07:54 AM PST
The Andy Griffith Show - Christmas Story (Aired December 19, 1960) TV MOVIE
The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised by CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays a widowed sheriff in a fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a young son, Opie (Ron Howard, billed as Ronny). Local ne'er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life. Though neither Griffith nor the show won awards during its eight season run, series co-stars Knotts and Bavier accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards. The series was a smash hit, never placing lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ending its final season at number one. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1960. "Christmas Story" - CBS Television Network - It's Christmas-time and Mayberry has its own version of Ebenezer Scrooge in the form of department store owner Ben Weaver. When Ben catches Sam Muggins with moonshine, he insists that Andy arrest him and threatens to report him if Sam is released for the holidays. Since Sam can't go home for Christmas, they decide to bring Christmas to Sam by moving the holiday celebrations to the jail. Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts (Santa Claus), Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor,) Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker,) Will Wright (Ben Weaver.) Frank Tarloff (Writer) Directed by Bob Sweeney. 26:07.

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December 21, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Annual Christmas Show (Aired December 19, 1945)
Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. The show began as one of the first radio comedy serials, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. After the series was first broadcast in 1928, it grew in popularity and became a huge influence on the radio serials that followed. Amos 'n' Andy creators Gosden and Correll were white actors familiar with minstrel traditions. They met in Durham, North Carolina in 1920, and by the fall of 1925, they were performing nightly song-and-patter routines on the Chicago Tribune's station WGN. Since the Tribune syndicated Sidney Smith's popular comic strip The Gumps, which had successfully introduced the concept of daily continuity, WGN executive Ben McCanna thought the notion of a serialized drama could also work on radio. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1945. CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. The Annual Christmas Show. Andy works as Santa so he can raise money for a special gift and for a special person. Bill Hay gives a warm Christmas greeting. The Paul Taylor Chorus, Bill Hay (announcer), Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll. 31:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - A Christmas Story (Aired December 20, 1952)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. THIS EPISODE: December 20, 1952. CBS network. "A Christmas Story". Sustaining. A good Christmas story, told by Marshal Dillon to a stranger on a strange horse out on the prairie. Christmas in Dodge City. An excellent script, great radio! William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Bartell, John Dehner, Howard McNear, Roy Rowan (announcer), Antony Ellis (writer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Rex Koury (music). 29:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 20, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Time For Christmas (Aired December 12, 1953)
Stars Over Hollywood was a Saturday morning radio program that became an instant sucess and ran for thirteen years and dispite strong suggestions against it's acceptence in such a time slot. The program, sponsored by Dari-Rich, Carnation Milk and Armour, was informal and light-hearted. Stars such as Alan Ladd, Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, Phil Harris, and Basil Rathbone starred, often showing up to the set in pajamas or bathrobes. The tone of this series seems to be similar to that of soap operas: often sentimental material, very clearly-conveyed characters and motivations, very little ambiguity. Director Paul Pierce, refused to accept the negative predictions of hollywood critics. THIS EPISODE: December 12, 1953. CBS network. "Time For Christmas". Sponsored by: Carnation Milk. The case of Santa Claus and the three cuckoo clocks! Anita Louise, Art Ballinger (announcer), Isa Ashdown, John Stevenson, Rex Koury (composer, performer), Rosemary De Camp, Stanley Farrar. 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 20, 2014 07:11 PM PST
It Happened Tomorrow (Aired October 9, 1946)
The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! Some films are less well known, such as Guest in the House, with Kirk Douglas and Anita Louise, It Happened Tomorrow, with Eddie Bracken and Ann Blythe playing Dick Powell and Linda Darnell's roles, and Cheers for Miss Bishop with Olivia de Havilland. Each adaptation is finely produced and directed by Dee Engelbach, with music composed and conducted by Leith Stevens. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1946. CBS network. "It Happened Tomorrow". Sponsored by: Squibb. The delightful story about the newspaper reporter who had access to the next day's newspaper! Eddie Bracken, Ann Blyth, Hugh Brundage (announcer), Frank Wilson (adaptor), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Dee Englebach (producer, director). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 20, 2014 04:45 PM PST
The Man From Singapore (Aired April 4, 1950)
Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! Cast members included Jackson Beck, Lon Clark, Roger DeKoven, Elspeth Eric, Wendell Holmes, Bill Johnstone, Joseph Julian, Jan Miner, Santos Ortega, Bryna Raeburn, Frank Readick, Ann Shepherd, Lawson Zerbe and Bill Zuckert. THIS EPISODE: April 4, 1950. Program #249. Mutual network. "The Man From Singapore". Sustaining. Two schemers kill their ex-partner in Hawaii, planning the perfect crime. Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Grace Gotham, John Gibson, Luis Van Rooten, Al Fanelli (composer, conductor), Bob Emerick (announcer). 29:35.

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December 20, 2014 12:30 PM PST
Christmas Shopping (Aired December 19, 1946)
Sponsors included Anchor-Hocking glass, Toni home permanet, Toni Creme Shampoo and Philip Morris cigarettes. Richard Carlyle and John Gibson portrayed the roles when the series premiered in April, 1951, but by June they were replaced by Darren McGavin and Cliff Hall. Ann Williams, a reporter on The Morning Express, was Casey’s girlfriend. During the summer of 1951 he acquired a partner in cub reporter Jack Lipman, who wrote copy to go with Casey’s pictures. This live series was set in and broadcast from, New York City. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1946. CBS network. "Christmas Shopping". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. Casey uses the nimble fingers of a pick pocket and a 10 ton truck to catch a pair of murderers. Tony Marvin (announcer), Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson, George Harmon Coxe (creator), Herman Chittison (piano), Alonzo Deen Cole (writer). 33:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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