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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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July 21, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Don’t Fence Me In (Aired May 15, 1975)
"Dad's Army" probably depicted more of an accurate version of the Home Guard than anyone could actually realise. Initially it was felt the series was maybe mocking England's finest hour and its first episodes were reviewed with great criticism. However, Jimmy Perry , David Croft and the cast felt that the show had many strengths and so did the steady flow of the British public which began following the Walmington-On-Sea platoon's exploits on Television each week. In 1969, "Dad's Army" embarked on its first Colour TV series, and with that success followed. A feature length film based on the series was made by Columbia Pictures in 1971, and a stage show based on the series toured the UK between 1975 - 76. The programme was also adapted for BBC Radio. Most of the cast are now no longer with us, but their memory lives on through regular repeats on BBC Television and UK Gold as well as many video and DVD releases.

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July 21, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Share And Share Alike (Aired October 24, 1932)
The Witch's Tale was a horror-fantasy radio series which aired from 1931 to 1938 on WOR and Mutual and in syndication. The program was created, written and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole, who was born February 22, 1897 in St. Paul, Minnesota and died April 7, 1971. Cole's spooky show was hosted by Old Nancy, the Witch of Salem, who introduced a different terror tale each week. The role of Old Nancy was created by stage actress Adelaide Fitz-Allen, who died in 1935 at the age of 79. Cole replaced her with 13-year-old Miriam Wolfe, and Martha Wentworth was also heard as Old Nancy on occasion. Cole himself provided the sounds of Old Nancy's cat, Satan. Cole's wife, Marie O'Flynn, portrayed the lead female characters on the program, and the supporting cast included Mark Smith and Alan Devitte.

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July 20, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
Terror At Wolf’s Head Knoll (Aired February 15, 1948)
One of the most popular radio shows in history debuted in August 1930 when "The Shadow" went on the air. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to "cloud men's minds." THIS EPISODE: February 15, 1948. Mutual network. "The Terror At Wolf's Head Knoll". Sponsored by: Blue Coal. A mad surgeon murders, kidnaps, and decides to "operate" on poor Margo. Andre Baruch (announcer), Bret Morrison, Grace Matthews, Peter Barry (writer). 25:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
Lost Troop Movement Document (Aired August 2, 1950)
This thirty-minute international spy adventure featured Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy), and investigator of crimes in exotic locations. Herb Butterfield played the Commissioner and Betty Moran was the Commissioner's secretary. Other cast members were GeGe Pearson, Ken Peters, Betty Lou Gerson, Dan O’Herlihy. The director was Bill Cairn and the writer for the series was Robert Ryf. The opening was the same every week “Yeah, danger is my assignment. I get sent to a lot of places I can’t even pronounce. They all spell the same thing though, trouble.” He would be summoned to his boss’s office where he would be given his assignment; he would then fly halfway across the globe to save the day! The worldwide locations are dealt up with a feeling of local, and the characters that inhabit these far-away places with strange sounding names are solid and capably acted by veterans. THIS EPISODE: August 2, 1950. "Lost Troop Movement Document" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Wheaties. Steve Mitchell is sent to the U. S. consulate in Vienna to recover documents that have been stolen. Brian Donlevy, Frank Martin (commercial spokesman), Ed Prentiss (commercial spokesman), Luke Apling (who praises Wheaties when interviewed by Ed Prentiss), Robert Ryf (writer), Basil Adlam (music), Bill Cairn (producer, director), Ralph Hollenbeck (conductor), William Conrad. 27:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
Seeds Of Greed (Aired December 27, 1949)
Escape is probably the best adventure anthology ever broadcast. Escape brings together everything that was good about old-time radio drama rolled into one. The title itself almost sums up the very essence of what radio drama is all about. Each of the episodes was a micro drama carefully planned to capture the listeners attention for thirty minutes. Over two-hundred episodes were made and almost all of them are as good today as they were over half a century ago. For the first few years the series was on air the announcement at the start of the show varied almost every week, but by the 1950s it had settled down to be the now famous: Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you ... ESCAPE! Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1949. CBS network. "Seeds Of Greed". Sustaining. Two men on a boat in the South Pacific are after a treasure in pearls, and both with a fatal case of greed. This is a network version. Gary Merrill, William Conrad, Freud A. Nelson (writer), William N. Robson (producer, director), Ben Wright, Tony Barrett, Del Castillo (arranger, composer). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Drop Dead (Aired September 20, 1952)
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and still remains the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes ("Law and Order" ended in 2010 with 476 episodes). THIS EPISODE: September 20, 1952. "Drop Dead". Sustaining. Greedy Mr. Howard won't let Jack Jackson water his herd during a Kansas drought. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Harry Bartell, Lou Krugman, Barney Phillips, Georgia Ellis, Joseph Du Val, Les Crutchfield (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
Design For Death (Aired June 3, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. And indeed, some of the production values were a cut above in The Sealed Book, as contrasted with their similar productions from The Mysterious Traveler. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 3, 1945. Program #12. Mutual net origination, Michelson syndication. "Design For Death". Commercials added locally. A larcenous couple come upon a strange eccentric in the North woods and plan to kill him for his money. This program has also been dated August 5, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Jock MacGregor (producer, director), Robert A. Arthur (writer). 29:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
Mr. Trevor's Secret (Aired February 17, 1944)
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. (Frank received on-air credit for the writing, but the scripts were actually churned out by scribes like Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates and Stedman Coles.) Mr. Keen“ employed all the stereotypes, heavy dialogue, and trite plotting of its daytime cousins” and “it appealed to a lowest common denominator.” So why is the show so popular with old-time radio fans today? Simple…it’s pretty doggone funny, in an unintentional sort of way. Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons enjoyed a healthy eighteen-year stint over radio, ending its run not—as previously reported on this blog—on April 19, 1955 but on September 26 of that same year. Over the years, the series had a variety of sponsors: Bisodol, Kolynos toothpaste, Chesterfield cigarettes. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1944. CBS network. "Mr. Trevor's Secret". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs, Aerowax. A valuable chemical engineer has disappeared from a defense plant, seriously harming the war effort. Frank Hummert (author), Anne Hummert (author), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
The Marauding Mademoiselles (Aired March 3, 1964)
This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: March 3, 1964. Program #13. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Marauding Mademoisselles". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 24:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
A Mouse In The House (Aired November 11, 1950)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: November 11, 1950. "A Mouse In The House" - NBC network. Sustaining. The recording starts with NBC's "traditional" playing of "Taps" on Armistice Day. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice, Carl Jampel (writer), Donald Bayh (? as the mouse), Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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