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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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July 23, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
Death Among The Sleepers (Aired April 4, 1968)
The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1963 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980's with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned.

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July 23, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
Winning A Prize Drawing (Aired December 18, 1941)
Barrel of Fun was a comedy musical that ran from 1941 to 1942 and stars Charlie Ruggles who is a comedian and quick wit who loves to make endless quips. Ruggles was so versatile, he could play infants to old men and he also had one of theose famous rubbery faces. Charlie Ruggles was a comic American actor. In a career spanning six decades, Ruggles appeared in close to 100 feature films. He was also the brother of director, producer, and silent actor Wesley Ruggles (1889–1972). From 1929, Ruggles appeared in talking pictures. His first was Gentleman of the Press in which he played a comic, alcoholic newspaper reporter. Throughout the 1930s he was teamed with comic actress Mary Boland in a string of domestic farces. THIS EPISODE: December 18, 1941. "Winning A Prize Drawing " - Program #20. Mutual net origination, syndicated. Sustaining. The first tune is, "You're Grand." Charlie needs money badly and wins a $500 prize at bank night in a theatre. David Rose and His Orchestra, Benny Rubin, Verna Felton, Jerry Hausner, Sara Berner, Hanley Stafford, Charlie Lung, Harry Lang, Linda Ware, The Sportsmen, Charles Ruggles, Art Gilmore (announcer). 28:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
Make Ready My Grave (Aired April 23, 1946)
Inner Sanctum Mysteries was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952. Created by Himan Brown, the anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense. The tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. A total of 526 episodes are known to have been produced. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreaaaaammmmssss!" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow. THIS EPISODE: April 23, 1946. CBS network. "Make Ready My Grave". Sponsored by: Lipton Tea, Lipton Soup. John Loomis brings his new bride to the family mansion, where she discovers the many nooses and learns the secret of the family curse! Richard Widmark, Joan Banks, Paul McGrath (host), Jackson Beck, Mary Bennett (commercial spokesman), Himan Brown (director), Emile Tepperman (writer), Santos Ortega. 27:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
The Bulletin Murder Case (Aired October 5, 1948)
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. THIS EPISODE: October 5, 1948. Program #13. Mutual network origination, Ziv syndication. "The Bulletin Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A lady reporter on "The Bulletin" is assigned to interview Philo Vance, but is murdered! Then, the cab driver who discovered the body is bumped off! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist). 26:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
The Unholy Two Matter (Aired January 10, 1960)
Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case.No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1960. CBS network. "The Unholy Two Matter". Sponsored by: Camels, 4-Way Cold Tablets, Fitch Shampoo, Ex-Lax. The brother of Jack Johnstone (the writer, producer, director, of "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar), helps Johnny track down the killer of his brother, who's just come into an inheritance! The opening has been partially deleted. Bob Bailey, Mel Torme (4-Way Cold Tablet testimonial), Jackson Beck (Ex-Lax commercial), Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris, Barney Phillips, Dan Cubberly (announcer), Jack Edwards, Forrest Lewis, Gil Stratton, Jack Johnstone (writer, producer, director). 23:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Lucille Ball (Aired November 9, 1943)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." THIS EPISODE: November 9, 1943. "Special Guest Is Lucille Ball" - Program #26. Blue network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Archie's going to be listed in, "Who's That?" Johnny Johnson (vocal), Lucille Ball (guest), Ed Gardner, Florence Halop, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra, Howard Duff (AFRS announcer), Eddie Green, John Brown. 27:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
Laura (Aired May 30, 1948)
The show initially received an unfavorable review from the New York Times for poor script adaptation but was still highly rated for the actors' performance and overall production. The show was supposed to feature only original scripts but had to forgo that plan due to lack of quality material. The first season on NBC used radio actors under the direction of George Zachary. Martin Gabel announced the first show but was soon replaced by Kenneth Banghart. The second season, on CBS, used Hollywood screen actors in the lead roles, supported by radio actors. Fletcher Markle, who previously produced CBS's STUDIO ONE series, was the producer for the second season. Although a short series, it still has some of radio's best dramas. THIS EPISODE: May 30, 1948. NBC network. "Laura". Sponsored by: Mercury. The famous murder mystery with that haunting theme. A detective falls in love with a dead girl he's never met...and then suspects her of murder when she returns from the dead! Virginia Gilmore, John Larkin, Ivor Francis, Alan Hewitt, Anne Seymour, Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Betty Garde, Charles Penman, Charles Mendick. 1:00:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 21, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
Homecoming (Aired August 6, 1964)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1964. Program #4. ABC network. "Homecoming". Commercials deleted. A woman's dead husband comes back in ghostly form...with unexpected results! The closing has been partially deleted. Dan Ocko, George Bamber (writer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Margaret Hamilton, Mary Jane Higby, Warren Somerville (director). 20:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 21, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
Cruise To Batabano (Aired May 12, 1952)
Bold Venture was a classy production from start to finish. At an estimated cost of $36,000 per taping week [or about $12,000 per episode], it pretty much had to have been. Even subtracting the Bogarts' contribution of $5,000 per episode, that still left $7,000 per episode to fund the remaining production costs. That's about $420,000 a week in today's dollars. More than enough budget to ensure a top notch production. The cost to the sponsor-subscribers reportedly varied between $25 a week to as much as $250 a week, depending on the size and reach of the target market(s). That would have yielded anywhere from $975,000 to $9.75M over the course of three years of Bold Venture's sales. Even arbitrarily averaging the varying theoretical sales would have yielded on the order of at least $5M to Ziv and company over three years. Subtracting even $1M in production and marketing costs would have yielded at least a $4M profit. THIS EPISODE: May 12, 1952. Program #37. ZIV Syndication. "A Cruise To Batabano". Commercials added locally. A shipment of silk causes two murders and involves Slate Shannon and Sailor in intrigue when they're hired to deliver a yacht to Batabano and deliver a letter to Emilio Lopez. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Barton Yarborough, David Rose (composer, conductor), Jester Hairston, Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer). 28:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 21, 2017 11:00 AM PDT
The Fatal Fix (Aired January 25, 1949)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1949. NBC network. "The Fatal Fix". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso ("Tour The World" contest). "Willy The Weep" sees a young girl attacked on a Big Town dock. She's been slashed by "Shiv The Knife" to keep a basketball fix racket under wraps. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, produer), Dwight Weist (narrator). 31:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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