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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 11, 2017 08:00 PM PST
A Deed Indeed (Aired August 21, 1947)
Crime club literary selections were all the rage during the first half of the 20th century. Doubleday was the first to form a literary Crime Club in 1928. Doubleday's distinctive 'Crime man' (left sidebar) was strategically imprinted on their Doubleday Crime Club selections. The Collins Publishing House in England had their Collins Crime Club launched in 1930, issuing Agatha Christie's first novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, as one of their first selections. The Collins Crime Club imprint (left sidebar) announced its Crime Club selections as "The sign of a good detective novel." Eno Fruit Salts, and the Columbia Basic Network joined forces in 1931 to air the Eno Crime Club. The program ran for two years over the Columbia Basic Network and for three years over NBC's Blue Network. During April 1933, the program was renamed Eno Crime Clues. The program ultimately left the air at the end of June 1936. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 21, 1947. Mutual network. "A Deed Indeed". Sustaining. A man is mysteriously given the deed to a nightclub. He finds contraband and murder. Barry Thompson, Helen Shields, Julie Stevens, Larry Haines, Murray Forbes, Phil Baul, Roger Bower (director), Sydney Smith, Stedman Coles (writer). 29:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 11, 2017 03:00 PM PST
The Tragedy At Marsden Manor (Starring Hercule Poirot) Aired October 6, 1942
Murder Clinic, the WOR-Mutual series which brought you each week one exciting case; one member from the special branch of the worldâs great detectives. Each week on Murder Clinic another detective story from another well-known mystery writer was adapted for broadcast. Fans of the so-called Golden Age of Detection should certainly sit up and take notice at the veritable cornucopia of delights that were heard during the year and a few months that the program was on the air. Every week another story by an author such as Edgar Wallace, Ngaio Marsh, Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr), Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, G. K. Chesterton, Jacques Futrelle, Stuart Palmer, and (as we discovered) on and on. THIS EPISODE: October 6, 1942. Mutual network. "The Tragedy Of Marsden Manor". Sustaining. When the Lord of Marsden Manor is found shot in the mouth and bleeding to death, the mystery is solved by Hercule Poirot. Pay attention to the shoes of the corpse! Agatha Christie (author), Ralph Barnhart (composer), Robert Stanley (conductor), Lee Wright (adaptor), John A. Bassett (adaptor), Alvin Flanagan (director), Frank Knight (announcer), Maurice Tarplin. 28:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 11, 2017 09:57 AM PST
The Rickshaw Red Lipstick (Aired January 30, 1955)
Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955. The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. Scripts were by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten. Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947. Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. The Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955. THIS EPISODE: January 30, 1955. Program #2. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Rickshaw-Red Lipstick". Les Damon, Claudia Morgan, Lotte Stavisky, Frances Crane (creator), Everett Sloane, Bob Hastings, Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ted Lloyd (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Wayne Howell (announcer). 30:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 11, 2017 05:00 AM PST
Phil's Boat (Aired May 22, 1949)
As both Phil and Alice were known singers, there were two musical numbers in each show, and they were always for real, except some of Phil's, which were for laughs. But Phil's band gave much more than music to the show. Frankie Remley was the band's left handed guitar player, with a sardonic sense of humor out of left field. The character was first done on The Jack Benny Show, and, of course, now on a show about the band itself, Frankie was even more obnoxious. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis played him with relish. In fact, later in the run they actually started calling the character Elliott! (Elliott Lewis changes his name on the show from Frankie Remly to Elliott because Harris stopped leading Jack Benny's band--so he wasn't connected to Remly any more. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1949. "Phil's Boat" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rexall. Phil sings, "Minnie The Mermaid." Alice sings, "Johnny, Get Your Girl." Phil has bought, "The Flying Mermaid," a yacht with a small problem...it's under water! Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Elliott Lewis, Jeanine Roos, Paul Phillips (producer, director), Phil Harris, Ray Singer (writer), Robert North, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Walter Tetley, Griff Barnett (Rexall druggist). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 10, 2017 11:00 PM PST
Hello Tomorrow (Aired November 3, 1955)
The series was cancelled after the 126th broadcast on January 9, 1958. However, the early 1970s brought a wave of nostalgia for old-time radio; a new experimental episode, "The Iron Chancellor" by Robert Silverberg, was created in 1973, but it failed to revive the series. NBC also tried broadcasting the old recordings, but their irregular once-monthly scheduling kept even devoted listeners from following the broadcasts. All episodes of the show survive. Future Tense! was a 1974-76 radio series, produced in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with local actors performing scripts updated from X Minus One by Professor Eli Segal. The show was a production of WMUK, the college radio station of Western Michigan University. Segal also produced X Minus One recreations on his Audion Theater (1990). THIS EPISODE: November 3, 1955. NBC network. "Hello Tomorrow". Sponsored by: Street and Smith. A return to the surface: a story of genetic imperfection. The program closing has been deleted, the story is complete. The script was used previously on "Dimension X" on September 15, 1950 and subsequently on "X Minus One" on February 29, 1956. George Lefferts (writer), John Larkin, Jan Miner, William Welch (producer, Daniel Sutter (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 24:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 10, 2017 06:00 PM PST
The Gladstone Smith Murder (1953) ^The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. They had met on the movie set of The Treasure of Monte Cristo. On the show, the repartee between the two is strictly old school and quite enjoyable. The dialogue is solid and makes the most of the plots. Unheralded and left for dead, Stand By for Crime is well worth your time. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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December 10, 2017 01:00 PM PST
The Third Man (Aired January 7, 1951)
The theatrical society in U.S.A. is termed as Theater Guild. Founded in New York City in 1918 by Lawrence Langner (1890-1962) and others, the group proposed to produce high-quality, noncommercial plays. Its board of directors shared responsibility for choice of plays, management, and production. After the premiere of George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House in 1920, the Guild became his U.S. agent and staged 15 of his plays. It also produced successful plays by Eugene O’Neill, Maxwell Anderson, and Robert Sherwood and featured actors such as the Lunts and Helen Hayes. It helped develop the American musical by staging Porgy and Bess (1935), Oklahoma! (1943), and Carousel (1945); later also producing the radio series Theatre Guild on the Air (1945-53) and even presented plays on television. THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1951. NBC network. "The Third Man". Commercials deleted. The program originates from the Belasco Theatre, New York. The program is also known as, "The United States Steel Hour" and "The NBC Theatre Guild." An excellent production of the thriller set in post-war Vienna. Intrigue and death in the sewers beneath the city. Zither transitions possibly by Anton Karas. The program closing has been deleted. Graham Greene (writer), Joseph Cotten, Signe Hasso, Anthony Ireland, Stefan Schnabel, Berry Kroeger, Roger Pryor (host), Anton Karas. 55:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 10, 2017 08:00 AM PST
Family Business In Toledo (Aired May 15, 1952)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. THIS EPISODE: May 15, 1952. "Family Business In Toledo." NBC network. Sustaining. Mrs. Anderson's family is moving from Toledo. The basement is full and must be cleaned out. That's Mr. Anderson's cue for a sudden trip. Robert Young, Ted Donaldson, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Norma Jean Nilsson, Lynn Whitney, Howard Culver, Bill Forman, Don Stanley (announcer), Andrew C. Love (director), Paul West (writer), Roz Rogers (writer). 28:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 10, 2017 03:00 AM PST
The Boxing Champion (Aired November 23, 1954)
Hancock's Half-Hour is the yardstick against which all subsequent British sitcoms have been measured, the vast majority failing to size up to its extremely high standards. Based on his famous radio show of the same name, the TV run consolidated Tony Hancock's standing as Britain's leading comic of the day, the entertainer providing ample proof that his wonderfully flexible face could be as expressive as his dextrous radio voice. Tony Hancock was at the height of his powers during the late 1950s, squeezing every comic ounce out of his lines, pulling off perfectly judged pauses and demonstrating a sense of timing to match the great Jack Benny's. His character - Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock - was invariably a loser, whose aspirations and plans were dashed by fate, circumstance, Sid James or, more often than not, his own pomposity or unfettered ambition. Hancock suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune ruefully, occasionally lamenting his lot with the heartfelt phrase 'Stone me, what a life'. The screen Hancock's misery was the viewer's delight.

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December 09, 2017 09:00 PM PST
Murder By Moonlight (Aired October 29, 1945)
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. THIS EPISODE: October 29, 1945. Mutual network. "Murder By Moonlight". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. Poison strikes Indian nobility aboard a steamship, despite a food taster. The story is also known as "The Ranee Of Cavarati." The story is based on, "The Adventure Of The Mazarin Stone" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Anthony Boucher (writer), Denis Green (writer), Harry Bartell (announcer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Edna Best (producer). 28:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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