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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 18, 2018 07:07 PM PDT
I Dreampt I Died (Aired September 12, 1949)
Murder By Experts was a radio drama anthology series that ran on American radio from 1949-1951, and was hosted first by John Dickson Carr, and later by Brett Halliday. Evidently, a mystery, authored by a leading crime fiction writer, was presented, and "guest experts," such as Alfred Hitchcock or Craig Rice, were invited to solve it. Or maybe not -- nobody seems to know much about this one. David Kogan, the writer/creator of Murder by Experts, also created and wrote The Mysterious Traveler. THIS EPISODE: September 12, 1949. Mutual network. "I Dreamt I Died". Sustaining. Mrs. Kraft dreams that her husband is killing her with a pillow. This turns out to be a vivid and prophetic dream. Ann Shephard, Grace Coffin, James Stevens, Robert A. Arthur (producer, director), David Kogan (director), Phil Tonken (announcer), Emerson Buckley (conductor), Richard Dupage (composer), John Dickson Carr (host, narrator), Joseph Ruscoll (writer). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2018 01:58 PM PDT
The Romantic Engineer (1946) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers in 1923. Biggers conceived of the benevolent and heroic Chan as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes, such as villains like Fu Manchu. Chan is a detective of the Honolulu police, though many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes. Chan first appeared in Biggers' novels, but went on to be featured in a number of media. Over four dozen films featuring Charlie Chan have been made, beginning in 1926. On radio, Charlie Chan was heard in different series on four networks (Blue, NBC, ABC, MBS) between 1932 and 1948. Walter Connolly initially portrayed Chan as part of Esso Oil's Five Star Theater, which serialized adaptations of Biggers novels. Ed Begley, Sr. had the title role in NBC's The Adventures of Charlie Chan (1944–45), followed by Santos Ortega (1947–48). Leon Janney and Rodney Jacobs were heard as Lee Chan, Number One Son, and Dorian St. George was the program's announcer. Radio Life magazine described Begley's Chan as "a good radio match for Sidney Toler's beloved film enactment."

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May 18, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
Guest Is Glenn Miller (Aired April 29, 1944)
From the age of twelve, Bob Hope worked at a wide variety of odd jobs at a local board walk. When not doing this he would busk, doing dance and comedy patter to make extra money. He entered many dancing and amateur talent contests, and won prizes for his impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. He also boxed briefly and unsuccessfully under the name Packy East, making it once as far as the semi-finals of the Ohio novice championship. Fallen silent film comedian Fatty Arbuckle saw one of his performances and in 1925 got him steady work with Hurley's Jolly Follies. A year later Hope had formed an act called the Dancemedians with George Burns (who would also live to see his own 100th birthday) and the Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins who had a tap dancing routine. THIS EPISODE: April 29, 1944. "Guest Is Glenn Miller" - Program #42. AFRS origination. The first tune is, "It's Love, Love, Love." Radio satire: "The Court Of Horrible Relations," as heard on the "Cerese Network." The private life of Private Sad Sack continues. The Glenn Miller performances were included by transcription and are from April 15, 1944 ("It's Love, Love Love"), April 22, 1944 ("Don't Be That Way"), March 25, 1944 ("Peggy, The Pin-Up Girl" and "Little Brown Jug"). Bob Hope (m. c.), Harry Mitchell (announcer), Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Jerry Colonna, Ransom Sherman, Betty Grable, Glenn Miller and The AAFTC Orchestra, The Crew Chiefs. 30:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2018 03:00 AM PDT
Subversive Activities (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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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May 17, 2018 10:00 PM PDT
Joe Candono (Aired March 27, 1949)
Typically, a person unknown to Pat asks him to do an unusual or risky job. Pat reluctantly accepts and finds himself in hot water in the form of an unexplained dead body. Police Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) arrives on the scene and pins the murder on Novak. With only circumstantial evidence to go on, Hellman promises to haul Novak in the next day for the crime. The rapid, staccato dialogue between Webb & Burr is typical of harboiled fiction and is often humorous. Pat uses the time to try to solve the case. He usually employs the help of his friend Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owen) - a drunken ex-doctor typically found at some disreputable tavern or bar - to help him solve the case. As Pat asks for his help, Jocko launches a long-winded philosophical diatribe, full of witty and funny remarks, until Novak cuts him off. Jocko and Pat unravel the case and Hellman makes the arrest. THIS EPISODE: March 27, 1949. Program #1. "Joe Candono" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. The story of a waterfront character out to make a buck anyway he can, which usually involves murder, beautiful girls and an inevitable hit on the head. Very well written adventures in a terse hard hitting style. Doreen Wilde offers Pat $100 to make a delivery. A corpse is found in Pat's hotel room and Pat's the patsy. Jack Webb, Raymond Burr, William P. Rousseau (producer), Tudor Owen, Basil Adlam (composer, conductor). 28:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2018 05:00 PM PDT
The Giant Bubble (Aired November 22, 1952)
The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1952. ABC network. "The Giant Bubble". Sponsored by: Ralston Cereals (Space-O-Phone premium). A new process for building satellite shells leads Buzz and Happy to battle an avalanche in the Ortoc Valley of Saturn. Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Mosser (creator), Norman Jolley. 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2018 12:08 PM PDT
Contraband (Aired August 28, 1948)
The Man Called X started over Radio with the 1944 CBS Summer replacement run for Lux Radio Theatre, comprising a total of eight episodes. The only circulating exemplar from the first run is contained within the AFRS Globe Theatre canon of transcriptions. So, yet again, we are indebted to the incredible output of AFRS and AFRTS transcriptions over the years in preserving some of Radio's rarest exemplars from The Golden Age of Radio. But if one compares that circulating episode to the spot ad for the summer run in the sidebar, one sees the program promoted as a comedy-mystery. The 1944 CBS Summer season finale, Murder, Music and A Blonde Madonna, gives some credence to the way CBS promoted this first run. Starring Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, a private operative, with Han Conried as Egon Zellschmidt in this first incarnation of Ken Thurston's nemesis, and Mary Jane Croft appearing in the role of Ken's love interest, Nancy Bessington, a reporter and Thurston's erstwhile fiance. We can only interpolate from what we've already turned up for this shortest run of The Man Called X, but it would appear that Hans Conried and Mary Jane Croft may have been regulars co-stars throughout that first season. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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May 17, 2018 07:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Peter Lorre (Aired May 8, 1949)
For ten years Martin and Lewis sandwiched sixteen money making films between nightclub engagements, personal appearances, recording sessions, radio shows, and television bookings. Their last film together was "Hollywood or Bust" (1956). On July 25th of that year the two made their last nightclub appearance together at the Copacabana, exactly ten years to the day since they became a team. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1949. "Special Guest Peter Lorre" - NBC network. Sustaining. Dean's first tune is, "Someone Like You." In order to sign up a sponsor (played by Roger Price), the boys try to get Peter Lorre to join them in a mystery program. Peter Lorre: "The Cheerful Disc Jockey!" Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Roger Price (performer, writer), Peter Lorre, Flo McMichaels, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, Ed Herlihy (announcer), , Robert L. Redd (producer, director), Dick McKnight (writer), Ray Allen (writer). 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2018 12:05 AM PDT
Never Bet The Devil Your Head (Aired July 28, 1957)
The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. Creator William Froug launched the series with this powerhouse two-part adaptation of "Brave New World" and booked author Aldous Huxley to narrate his famous novel. "We’ll never get a sponsor anyway," CBS vice president Howard Barnes explained to Time, "so we might as well try anything." The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce. THIS EPISODE: July 28, 1957. CBS network. "Never Bet The Devil Your Head". Sustaining. An amusing "Twain-esque" tale about Toby Dammit, who took a certain gentleman's name in vain once too often. Quality upgrade, network, sustaining version. Alan Botzer (adaptor), Amerigo Moreno (music supervisor), Daws Butler, Dick Beals, Edgar Allan Poe (author), Eleanor Audley, Howard McNear, Hugh Douglas (announcer), Jack Johnstone (director), John Dehner, Leone LeDoux. 24:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 16, 2018 04:00 PM PDT
By The River Fontaine Bleu (Aired February 14, 1988)
Feaer On Four is the British Broadcasting Corporation's continuation of a tradition of horror shows dating back to 1943. Back then, the BBC offered Appointment With Fear, the title given to ten series of programs running from 1943 to 1955. These are the most famous BBC horror series in it's history. The stories were introduced by The Man in Black, played by Valentine Dyall. In 1949, The Man In Black was given his own series, called THE MAN IN BLACK, again featuring Valentine Dyall. Unfortunately, only four shows from Appointment with Fear are known to have survived. None of The Man In Black shows are known to exist. The Man in Black returned to radio again in 1988, this time played by Edward de Souza. Fear On Four, airing on BBC Radio Four, continued in the tradition of its predecessors. Four series were produced from 1988 through 1993 with a fifth series in 1997. In 1999, one new show and 2 repeats aired under the banner of "Fear on 4" on BBC Radio 4's Late Night On 4 series. The shows are a mix of adaptations of short stories and original radio plays. All shows from these series exist. The BBC offered selected stories from the first three series in book form, entitled "The Man in Black: Macabre Stories from Fear on Four" (BBC Books, ISBN 0-563-20904-6) in December 1990.

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