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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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March 29, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
The Million Dollar Deadline (Aired May 11, 1950)
Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroit's station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet). The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. Under the title Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, it later transferred to television. The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. Preston, according to radio historian Jim Harmon, first joined the Mounties to capture his father's killer, and when he was successful he was promoted to Sergeant. Preston worked under the command of Inspector Conrad, and in the early years was often assisted by a French-Canadian guide named Pierre. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1950. ABC network. "The Million Dollar Deadline". Sponsored by: Quaker (dog picture cards premium). A wealthy gold miner wills his fortune to his family in Seattle...if they come up to the Yukon to claim it. A dishonest lawyer hires a killer to make sure that they never arrive. Paul Sutton, Jay Michael (announcer), George W. Trendle (creator, producer), Fred Flowerday (director), Fran Striker (editor). 29:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
The Bloody Banks Of Fall River (Aired September 14, 1953)
Crime Classics was a U. S. radio docudrama which aired over CBS from June 15, 1953 to June 30, 1954. Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was basically a historical true crime series, examining crimes, and especially murders, from the past. It grew out of Lewis's personal interest in famous murder cases, and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages, and feel of the time period. Comparatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely through the narration. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1953. CBS network. "The Bloody, Bloody Banks Of Fall River". Sustaining. What happened at 92nd Street on a hot summer's evening in 1892. Since Lizzie was acquitted, who killed Mr. and Mrs. Borden? The program is possibly dated September 30, 1953. A similar script was used on "Suspense" on October 4, 1955. Lou Merrill, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Irene Tedrow, Jeanette Nolan, Herb Butterfield, Bob Lemond (announcer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Betty Harford, Sarah Selby, William Johnstone, Paul Frees. 29:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 28, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
Singer's Husband Killed (Aired July 1, 1952)
Bill Johnstone gives his usual solid performance as Lieutenant Ben Guthrie of the San Francisco Police Department. He's aided for the first year of the run by the equally solid Wally Maher, with his gritty, sardonic voice characterizations. The stellar list of non-recurring talent represents some of the most respected names in Radio--and Television: Raymond Burr, Jay Novello, Joe Kearns, Elliott Lewis, Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Bill Bouchey, Herb Butterfield, Barton Yarborough, Wilms Herbert, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Howard McNear and Bill Conrad. It just doesn't get better than that. The premise of each episode is prefaced with a gritty, highly realistic line-up, replete with background atomospherics and actors realistically speaking over each other, but with an underlying investigation--or two--under discussion below the background noise of the introductory line-up and exposition. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 1, 1952. CBS network. "Singer's Husband Killed". Sustaining. A night club singer's husband has been robbed and killed. William Johnstone, Jack Moyles, Eddie Dunstedter (music), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Howard McNear, E. Jack Neuman, Hy Averback, Peter Leeds, Vic Perrin, Sidney Miller, Virginia Gregg. 24:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 28, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Chicago Tunnel Gang (Aired October 2, 1948)
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 2, 1948. Program #549. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Case Of The Chicago Tunnel Gang". Sponsored by: World Wide Handicrafts. WRVR rebroadcast date: April 9, 1973. Ted de Corsia, Frank Readick. 22:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 28, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
Bobby Sox Bandit (Aired November 23, 1945)
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 Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational.

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March 28, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
A Slight Case Of Murder(Starring Edward G. Robinson) Aired April 8, 1945
The Old Gold Comedy Theater was an NBC series that aired for the single 1944-1945 season, Sundays 10:30 - 11:00 pm. It was hosted by comedy star Harold Lloyd, of silent film fame, and featuring some of the biggest names from film and radio. In October 1944, Lloyd emerged as the director and host of The Old Gold Comedy Theater, an NBC radio anthology series, The show presented half-hour radio adaptations of recently successful film comedies, beginning with Palm Beach Story with Claudette Colbert and Robert Young. Some saw The Old Gold Comedy Theater as being a lighter version of Lux Radio Theater, and it featured some of the best-known film and radio personalities of the day, including Fred Allen, June Allyson, Lucille Ball, Ralph Bellamy, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Herbert Marshall, Dick Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, and Alan Young, among others. But the show's half-hour format — which meant the material might have been truncated too severely — and Lloyd's sounding somewhat ill at ease on the air for much of the season (though he spent weeks training himself to speak on radio prior to the show's premiere, and seemed more relaxed toward the end of the series run) may have worked against it.

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March 27, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
The Centauries (Aired December 1, 1970)
On 1 May 1950, the first commercial radio station in South Africa, Springbok Radio took to the airwaves broadcasting in both English and Afrikaans. This followed almost 5 years of intense investigation by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and after consultations with both Lord Reith of the BBC and the South African Government it was decided to introduce commercial radio in South Africa to supplement the SABC's existing public service English and Afrikaans networks. Just imagine the BBC in Johannesburg. The Challenge of space was a 1960's South African Sci-Fi adventure series. Well written and well acted stories that, aside from the science fiction aspect, could have been easily revised to reflect everyday earthly concerns. In one episode, "Another Galaxy", a young couple's desire to marry and live as simple farmers, is looked at as foolish by the boy's father. His plans for his son's future were much, much different. A life in the war space project was all the old man could see. Sponsored by Carling beer, the series refects a time when man conquered the nearby planets and space travel was almost instantaneous.

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March 27, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
A Question Of Time (Aired March 2, 1946)
The Green Hornet fought crime with his high-powered car, the Black Beauty. He also utilized a gun that fired knockout gas instead of bullets. His fists also came in handy on a regular basis. He was assisted by his Filipino valet, Kato. Kato would drive the Black Beauty, keep watch out for the police or the bad guys and sometimes lend a helping fist to the fighting. The Green Hornet pretended to be a villain while really battling the forces of crime in the big city. This would make for some interesting plot twists as the Green Hornet would be actively avoiding detection by the police while at the same time attempting to destroy criminal activity in the city. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1946. ABC network, WXYZ, Detroit origination, Michelson syndication. "A Question Of Time". Commercials deleted. WFAA, Dallas aircheck. The Hornet stops a plan to sell a secret formula to Nazis hiding is South America. A small clock provides the clue. Robert Hall, George W. Trendle (creator, producer), Charles D. Livingstone (director), Lee Allman, Gilbert Shea, Rollon Parker, Dan Beattie (writer), Hal Neal (announcer). 25:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 27, 2017 11:03 AM PDT
The Bank Statement (Aired April 24, 1945)
Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices and characters. Broadcast to the nation from WMAQ/Chicago, the show entertained America until March 1956, and continued on NBC’s Monitor until 1959. Jim Jordan died on April 1, 1988. Marian Jordan died on April 7, 1961. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1945. "The Bank Statement" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Fibber tries to use the phone to complain about his bank statement. Phil Leslie (writer), Don Quinn (writer), Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Marlin Hurt, Shirley Mitchell, Bea Benaderet, Arthur Q. Bryan. 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 27, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Smart Kill (Aired May 18, 1952)
The radio series used contemporary cases and modern detective methods to solve crimes; it was a procedural drama, in many ways Jack Webb's Dragnet with a western flavor. The television version had some episodes set in the 1950s, comparable in some ways to Rod Cameron's syndicated series, State Trooper. Other episodes were set in the 19th century in a traditional western genre. In each case, Parker and Lauter were involved with chases and shoot-outs. The weaponry varied greatly between the modern and older stories. Irving J. Moore, later with Gunsmoke, began his career as a director on two episodes of Tales of the Texas Rangers. Besides Keach and Moore, the other directors included Lew Landers, George Blair, and Earl Bellamy THIS EPISODE: May 18, 1952. NBC network. "Smart Kill". Sustaining. Based on events of May 14, 1939. A dead body found in a burning building leads Jace Pearson to a killer. Joel McCrea, Stacy Keach (producer, director), Hal Gibney (announcer), Tony Barrett (performer, adaptor), Howard McNear, Virginia Gregg, Parley Baer, Barney Phillips, Betty Lou Gerson. 30:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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