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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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May 20, 2018 10:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Man Who Invented Death (Aired October 6, 1949)
Keen (he never had a first name, unless it was “Peachy”) was assisted in these duties by an Irishman named Mike Clancy. Mike wasn’t much of a brainiac (the quote that comprises the title of this post was a semi-catchphrase that he seemed to use on the show every week) but he could use the necessary brawn when the situation called for it. Bennett Kilpack played kindly ol' Keen throughout most of the program’s run, as well as Philip Clarke and Arthur Hughes, while Jim Kelly took the role of Clancy. The series originally aired as a thrice-weekly fifteen-minute serial from 1937-43 (the show moved to CBS in 1942), providing more than ample time for Keen to solve even the most baffling of disappearances. Beginning November 11, 1943, the program changed its format to that of a half-hour weekly offering—and though the title and theme song remained, Keen branched out into investigating murders. If Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons sounds a little soap opera-ish, it’s because it originated from the “radio fiction factory” of Frank and Anne Hummert. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: October 6, 1949. CBS network. "The Case Of The Man Who Invented Death". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, Heet. A modern alchemist has been electrocuted to learn his secrets. Bennett Kilpack, Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Lawrence Klee (dialogue), Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 20, 2018 05:26 PM PDT
The Case Of The Bouncing Bankrobber (08-23-49) (Aired August 23, 1949)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Both Connecticut residents, House Jameson premiered in the role while Lord was still auditioning talent for the lead. By the third episode, Phillips H. Lord selected Don MacLaughlin for the role. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Bouncing Bankrobber". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. A quick-shooting intruder plunges through a plate glass window. A ferryboat whistles a strange message. The system cue has been deleted. The date above conflicts with another program in this series (see cat. #85045). Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), Jesse Crawford (organ), Shirley Eggleston. 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 20, 2018 11:00 AM PDT
A Blueprint For Murder (Aired March 29, 1954)
Lux Radio Theater employed several hosts over the following year, eventually choosing William Keighley as the new permanent host, a post he held from late 1945 through 1952. After that, producer-director Irving Cummings hosted the program until it ended in 1955. For its airings on the Armed Forces Radio Service (for which it was retitled Hollywood Radio Theater), the program was hosted by Don Wilson in the early '50s. During its years on CBS in Hollywood, Lux Radio Theater was broadcast from the Lux Radio Playhouse located at 1615 North Vine Street in Hollywood, one block south of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. THIS EPISODE: March 29, 1954. Program #117. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "A Blueprint For Murder". A good whodunit with a smashing conclusion. A little girl has been poisoned and her stepmother is suspect. AFRTS program name: "Hollywood Radio Theatre." Dan Dailey, Dorothy McGuire, Irving Cummings (host), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Rudy Schrager (music director), Yvonne Peattie, Fred MacKaye, Harry Shearer, Jonathan Hole, Barney Phillips, Jack Kruschen, William Conrad, Joyce McCluskey, Herb Butterfield, James Eagles, Charles Seel, John Larch, Edward Marr, Andrew Stone (screenwriter), Earl Ebi (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 58:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2018 08:18 PM PDT
A Salute To Football (Aired November 4, 1947)
The Milton Berle Show brought Berle together with Arnold Stang, later a familiar face as Berle's TV sidekick. Others in the cast were Pert Kelton, Mary Schipp, Jack Albertson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Ed Begley, vocalist Dick Forney and announcer Frank Gallop. The Ray Bloch Orchestra provided the music for the series. Sponsored by Philip Morris, it aired on NBC from March 11, 1947, until April 13, 1948. His last radio series was The Texaco Star Theater, which began September 22, 1948 on ABC and continued until June 15, 1949, with Berle heading the cast of Stang, Kelton and Gallop, along with Charles Irving, Kay Armen and double-talk specialist Al Kelly. It employed top comedy writers (Nat Hiken, brothers Danny and Neil Simon, Aaron Ruben), and Berle later recalled this series as "the best radio show I ever did... a hell of a funny variety show." It served as a springboard for Berle's rise as television's first major star.

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May 20, 2018 01:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes - "King Spots Murder" (11-25-43) "Eleventh Hour" (12-16-43) 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. Preston's staunchest ally, who was arguably the true star of the show and indeed often did more work than he did, was the brave Alaskan husky, Yukon King.

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May 19, 2018 08:00 PM PDT
Colonel Warburton's Madness (Aired September 10, 1945)
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: September 10, 1945. Mutual network. "Colonel Warburton's Madness". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. The Colonel has gone raving mad, and only Sherlock Holmes and a dog can discover the cause! Based on the story, "The Engineer's Thumb." Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Edna Best (producer). 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2018 03:00 PM PDT
The Big Scrapbook (Aired April 26, 1953)
The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1953. Program #201. NBC network. "The Big Scrapbook". Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. Three robbers pull a jewelry store job in San Diego and get away with $135,000 worth of hot ice. The show receives an award on the air from a Detroit policeman. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Eddie Firestone, Art Gilmore. 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2018 10:00 AM PDT
The Big Smoke (1955) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Caltex Theater was an Australian show similar to the American Lux Radio Theater. It was sponsored by the Caltex Oil Company. Mostly the radio shows were adapted from top movies from the time period. The show aired from 1950 - 1959 with somewhere around 490 shows. This hour long series was well produced, directed and acted out. Though the series ran for 9 years, it's tough finding more than ten episodes whose audio quality is up to rebroadcast standards. Broadcast details: 1948-1960 ; Sundays (and Macquarie Network) at 8.00pm. Notes: ‘Caltex Theatre’ was a continuation of ‘Macquarie Radio Theatre’ which began in 1941. One production per month came from 3AW Melbourne and was directed by Myles Wright, the other productions came from Sydney.

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May 19, 2018 05:00 AM PDT
The Visitor (Aired April 30, 1952)
Nonsectarian in its approach, Family Theater’s basic message was simply that of strengthening the family through faith in God and prayer. Each program was preceded by the familiar announcement: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of”—a quote from Alfred, Lord Tennyson. And always worked in somewhere before the end of the show was the famous slogan that became Peyton’s signature: “The family that prays together stays together!” Father Peyton’s vision of the family is expressed in his book, The Ear of God: “The family was meant to be the cradle of religion,” he wrote. “Restore to the family its religious soul and you enrich the entire country, you strengthen civilization.” Many people, including Hollywood entertainers, were happy to support this vision. The lineup of stars that Peyton recruited for his radio show included Hollywood’s best: Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, Lucille Ball, Jane Wyatt, Henry Fonda, Jack Benny, Rosalind Russell, Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Durante, Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Vincent Price, Charlton Heston and Raymond Burr, to name a few. THIS EPISODE April 30, 1952. Mutual network. "The Visitor". Sustaining. A Martian has landed at a small private airport in Delano, California. He's the last Martian, and he's dying, but he brings a warning, "Bring God back to your conference tables!" Jane Wyatt (hostes), James Whitmore, Ward Bond, Tony La Frano (announcer), Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Joseph Mansfield (director), Howard McNear, Robert Hugh O'Sullivan (writer), David Young, Tom Holland, Walter Brennan Jr., Robert Emlin, Eve McVeagh. 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
King Of The Moon (Aired September 6, 1948)
Although overshadowed by the earlier classics of anthology such as the Lux Radio Theater and The Family Theater, the Radio City Playhouse is fondly remembered for its solid dramatic content, and quality radio acting. One of the dramas, "Long Distance," starred Jan Minor as a distraught wife trying to reach a judge on the West Coast to sign an immediate stay of execution that will take her innocent husband's life in a matter of hours. That show is considered as a classic that ranks with Agnes Moorehead's "Sorry, Wrong Number," of Suspense fame. THIS EPISODE: September 6, 1948. Program #10. NBC network. "The King Of The Moon". Sustaining. The love story of Michael and Margaret. Beginning next week, the program moves to Saturdays at 8:00 P. M. Joseph Shul (? writer), Ian Martin, Harry W. Junkin (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Andre Wallace, Roy Irving, Grace Keddy, Roy Shield (composer, conductor), Richard P. McDonough (NBC supervisor). 28:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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