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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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February 20, 2018 11:32 AM PST
Recover Operation FishHook Data (Aired January 6, 1951)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. Of the two foreign intrigue anthologies, NBC seemed to continue to favor the Herbert Marshall drama, The Man Called X.

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February 20, 2018 06:00 AM PST
Greetings From The Draft Board (Aired January 27, 1951)
When Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, she said that she would not do a husband-and-wife sitcom without her real-life husband Desi Arnaz being the husband. The network reluctantly agreed to this (thus reworking the concept into "I Love Lucy"), but Jell-O dropped out. However the three radio writers did agree to do the switch to the "I Love Lucy" show. THIS EPISODE: January 27, 1951. "Greetings From The Draft Board" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. George gets a letter from the draft board. Could it be possible? George drafted, at his age? And Liz, expecting a baby, or is she? Gale Gordon, Hans Conried, Lucille Ball, Richard Denning, Isabel Scott Rorick (creator), Bob Lemond (announcer), Jess Oppenheimer (producer, director, writer), Madelyn Pugh (writer), Bob Carroll Jr. (writer), Marlin Skyles (composer), Wilbur Hatch (conductor), Ruth Perrott. 24:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index>/I>.

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February 20, 2018 01:00 AM PST
The Open Boat (Aired July 19, 1953)
Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. Some of the memorable adaptations include Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", Ray Bradbury's oft-reprinted "Mars Is Heaven," George R. Stewart's Earth Abides, Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," John Collier's "Evening Primrose", later adapted to TV as a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Anthony Perkins. Vincent Price and Harry Bartell were heard in the chilling "Three Skeleton Key," the tale of three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse by thousands of rats. The half-hour was adapted from an Esquire short story by the French writer George Toudouze. THIS EPISODE: July 19, 1953. CBS network. "Open Boat". Sustaining. Four men in a small boat try to make land. William Conrad (narrator), Stephen Crane (author), Roy Rowan (announcer), Bob Sweeney, E. Jack Neuman (adaptor), Tom Tully, Edgar Barrier, David Young, Jack Carroll, Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Antony Ellis (director). 30:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 19, 2018 07:00 PM PST
Work Of A Lifetime (Aired March 18, 1947)
Meaningful Stories from Years Past that Continue to Inspire Families Today. Families, then and now, face similar situations and struggles: communication, honesty, gambling, music, alcoholism, sports and many spiritual questions, such as life after death. How we address these struggles makes all the difference in strengthening our family bonds. These compelling half-hour dramas offer inspiring insights into how to build unity within your family. Join us on a visit with the stars of the past for an uplifting, humorous and meaningful look into family life. When actor Jimmy Stewart hosted that first episode of Family Theater in 1947, he told the radio audience that Family Theater was dedicated to the family “with the hope that families everywhere will always be together and that your home will be a happy one—with the conviction that prayer, simple prayer, will help keep it that way.” THIS EPISODE March 18, 1947. Mutual network. "Work Of A Lifetime". Sustaining. A prison chaplain moves away, but his "associates" follow him to his new parish. Edward G. Robinson (host), Pat O'Brien, Bill Williams, Matt Taylor (writer), True Boardman (adaptor), Bob Longnecker (producer). 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 19, 2018 02:00 PM PST
The Case Of Maggie Ralenson (Aired May 25, 1952)
The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one. THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1952. "The Case Of Maggie Ralenson" - NBC network. Sustaining. A doctor's instrument case and a pair of child's rompers in the Black Museum help the Constabulary apprehend the fiend behind the packages of body parts found in Scotland. Harvey Hayes, Horace Braham, Lionel Ricou (announcer), Pat O'Malley, Lester Fletcher, Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director), Morris Dallymore, Patricia Courtleigh. 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 19, 2018 09:00 AM PST
The Blood Red Diamond (Aired March 6, 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: March 6, 1955. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Blood Red Diamond". Mandel Kramer, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Ted Lloyd (producer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Wayne Howell (announcer). 30:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 19, 2018 04:09 AM PST
Father Knows Best - Mind Your Manners (09-24-53) Mind Your Manners (Aired September 24, 1953)
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. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954. The show is often regarded as an example of the conservative and paternalistic nature of American family life in the 1950s and it is also cited as an overly rosy portrayal of American family life. On the radio program, the character of Jim differs from the later television character. The radio Jim is far more sarcastic and shows he really "rules" over his family.

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February 18, 2018 11:00 PM PST
Dark Appointment (Aired November 23, 1964)
The variety of dramatic presentations was one of Theater Five's most compelling features. With a broad mix of genres and some of Radio, Stage, Television and Film's finest guest stars, ABC's humble 21-minute scripts packed a lot of entertainment into a relatively small format. Timing is everything. ABC Radio missed the sweet spot of Radio Drama History by about 20 years. Nevertheless, this series competes well with the Golden Age Radio revival attempts that post-dated it, and, for a 30-minute drama, it certainly hits its target. Now that the Golden Age of Radio has come and gone, there's all the more reason to give this wonderful dramatic anthology another listen. Moreso, given its compact, but thoroughly developed 30-minute format. And let's not forget the chance to listen to wonderful Fred Foy's remarkable voice hosting the series. That's reason enough to give this series another listen. THIS EPISODE: November 23, 1964. ABC network. "Dark Appointment". Commercials deleted. A man is in search of an old friend...to kill him! Don Haring (writer), Ted Bell (director), Evie Juster, Stan Watts, Nat Polen, Owen Jordan, Robert Dryden, Fred Foy (announcer), Neal Pultz (audio engineer). 22:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 18, 2018 06:00 PM PST
Murder Makes A Mummy (Aired May 29, 1947)
Crime club was a Mutual Network murder and mystery series, a product of the Doubleday Crime Book Club imprints found weekly in bookstores everywhere. The telephone rings"Hello, I hope I haven't kept you waiting. Yes, this is the Crime Club. I'm the Librarian. Murder Rents A Room? Yes, we have that Crime Club story for you.Come right over. (The organist in the shadowed corner of the Crime Club library shivers the ivories) The doorbell tones sullenly"And you are here. Good. Take the easy chair by the window. Comfortable? The book is on this shelf." (The organist hits the scary chord) "Let's look at it under the reading lamp." The Librarian, played by Raymond E. Johnson, begins reading the tale. Veteran Willis Cooper (Lights Out, Quiet Please) did some of the scripts from the Crime Club books. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1947. Mutual network. "Murder Makes A Mummy". Sustaining. A corpse is found on display in a museum wrapped as a mummy. The story of a corpse that wouldn't be "bound" by the rules! Stedman Coles (writer), Lon Clark, Jock MacGregor (producer, director in place of Roger Bower), Jane Harven, Lawson Zerbe, Al Hodge, Ted Osborne. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 18, 2018 01:00 PM PST
The Bird & His Numbers (Aired October 6, 1953)
"21st Precinct.., It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st." The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21ST Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. THIS EPISODE: October 6, 1953. " The Bird & His Numbers" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A gas leak causes the evacuation of a large apartment building. While investigating the source of the leak, the police stumble upon a numbers racket 27:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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