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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
Category: Kids & Family
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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August 30, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
High School Hot Shots (Aired November 3, 1949)
A Date with Judy was a comedy radio series aimed at a teenage audience which had a long run from 1941 to 1950. The show began as a summer replacement for Bob Hope's show, sponsored by Pepsodent and airing on NBC from June 24 to September 16, 1941, with 14-year-old Ann Gillis in the title role. Dellie Ellis portrayed Judy when the series returned the next summer (June 23 – September 15, 1942). Louise Erickson took over the role the following summer (June 30 – September 22, 1943) when the series, with Bristol Myers as its new sponsor, replaced The Eddie Cantor Show for the summer. Louise Erickson continued in the role of Judy over the next seven years as the series, sponsored by Tums, aired from January 18, 1944 to January 4, 1949. THIS EPISODE: November 3, 1949. ABC network. Sustaining. Oogie Pringle and his "High School Hot Shots" get a job on the radio, at five o'clock in the morning! Louise Erickson, John Brown, Aleen Leslie (writer), Myra Marsh, Richard Crenna, John Randolph, Fred Howard, Basil Adlam (composer, conductor), Helen Mack (producer, director), Ralph Lang (announcer). 29:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 30, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - Gun Trouble Valley (1949) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Frontier Town will forever reside in that twilight of the Western genre of Golden Age Radio--between the highly self-conscious adult Westerns of the mid- to late-1950s and the rock'em, sock'em, shoot-em-up juvenile adventure Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s. It's obvious from this series that Radio westerns were beginning to lean in an adult direction--but not without some kicking and screaming in the process. Radio's Gunsmoke was already in development and Television was making impressive inroads into Radio's commercial audience. With hundreds of Hopalong Cassidy and other western hero film reruns airing night and day over Television, the race was on to find a more rivetting format for the great American western. Jeff Chandler opens the series billed as 'Tex' Chandler, in the role of Chad Remington. He acquires a sidekick in Episode #1: a garrulous quasi-scoundrel by the name of Cherokee O'Bannon, a man of obvious mixed breeding--and morals. Cherokee O'Bannon is portrayed by Wade Crosby in a somewhat over the top rendition of W.C. Fields. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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August 29, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Remains To Be Seen (Aired September 1, 1973)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. It was picked up by several short-wave and FM stations in the U.S. and enjoyed broadcast airing over several American public broadcasting stations from 1973, on. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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August 29, 2015 07:55 PM PDT
The Trouble With Robots (Aired May 28, 1958)
Starting as a replacement show for Gangbusters and Counterspy, the series premiered December 11, 1957 and it ran until June 13, 1958. Quoting from Astounding Magazine, "Exploring Tomorrow is the first science fiction radio show of science-fictioneers, by science- fictioneers, and for science-fictioneers" The shows were narrated by the editor of Astounding Magazine, John W. Campbell, Jr., with scripts written by Gordon Dickson, Robert Silverberg and many other notable science fiction writers. The shows, running approximately 25 minutes each, aired on Wednesdays at 8:05 PM. Twenty eight of the twenty nine shows in the series survived and are available to collectors. THIS EPISODE: May 28, 1958. Program #19. Mutual network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Trouble With Robots". The country of Transylvania is now being run by robots and a mad Baron. The title may be, "New Transylvania" or "Hunting Lodge." Larry Haines, Don Douglas, Bill Mahr (announcer), John Campbell Jr. (host). 19:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 03:13 PM PDT
Terry Murphy's Hearing Problem (Aired April 19, 1950)
Dr. Kildare was produced for syndication in 1949 at WMGM, New York. It was based on the popular Dr. Kildare movies of the late 1930's and early 1940's, and brought to the microphone the stars of that series, Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. Ayres played the young, idealistic Dr. James Kildare; Barrymore, ever in character, was the crusty, loveable diagnostician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. The men worked at Blair General Hospital, "one of the great citadels of American medicine -- a clump of gray-white buildings planted deep in the heart of New York -- where life begins, where life ends, where life goes on." Kildare really believed that oath, and that's what this series was all about. His battle with hospital administration, stupid patients, and stupid parents made this the Marcus Welby of the 1940's. THIS EPISODE: April 19, 1950. Program #12. "Murphy's Hearing Problem" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Drs. Kildare and Gillespie try to help young Terry Murphy who has been caught trying to steal a pistol from a sporting goods store. Terry is then accused of stealing a scalpel! Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Les Crutchfield (writer), Ted Osborne, Norman Field, Virginia Gregg, Jerry Farber, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Dick Joy (announcer), Peggy Webber, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Careless Client (Aired October 15, 1950)
The success of the Falcon films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called MICHAEL WARING working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy. Barry Kroeger was the first radio voice of the Falcon, followed by James Meighan, Les Tremayne, George Petrie, and Les Damon. Nearly all the shows were broadcast from New York. THIS EPISODE: October 15, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Careless Client". Sponsored by: Kraft. A private eye locates a man for a tough guy with a Greek accent (despite his very Italian name). The tough guy is soon shot in Brooklyn, in a furnished room. "The Falcon" is accused of the murder! The story has a surprise ending (for a change)! Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Drexel Drake (creator), Mandel Kramer, Jackson Beck. 29:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Registered Letter (Aired July 10, 1949)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: July 10, 1949. "The Registered Letter" - CBS network. Sustaining. Is Luigi's antique store in violation of the fire code? J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Ken Peters, Joe Forte, Lou Derman (writer), Lyn Murray (music director), Jody Gilbert, Paul Masterson (announcer). 27:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tom Mix" - The Mystery Of Magic Mesa (Aired December 16, 1949)
Mix began his film career as a supporting cast member with the Selig Polyscope Company. His first shoot in 1910 at their studio in the Edendale district of Los Angeles (now known as Echo Park) was Ranch Life in the Great Southwest, in which he showed his skills as a cattle wrangler. The film was a success and Mix became an early motion picture star. Olive gave birth to their daughter Ruth on July 13, 1912. Mix performed in more than 100 films for Selig, many of which were filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico. While with Selig he co-starred in several films with Victoria Forde and they fell in love. He divorced Olive Stokes in 1917. By then Selig Polyscope had encountered severe financial difficulties and Tom Mix and Victoria Forde both subsequently signed with Fox Film Corporation, which had leased the Edendale studio. Mix and Forde married in 1918 and they had a daughter, Thomasina Mix (Tommie), in 1922. THIS EPISODE: December 16, 1949. Mutual network. "The Mystery Of The Magic Mesa". Sponsored by: Ralston Cereals. Tom breaks up a gang of smugglers. He then has to fight a giant with his bare hands! Curley Bradley, George Lowther (writer), Leo Curley, Don Gordon (announcer). 24:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Child Support (Aired February 20, 1954)
The listener was never left hanging. Mindful of the fact that Case Dismissed was being heard in many other states besides Illinois, the program regularly reminded its listeners that the problems presented and legal remedies offered were based only on then current Illinois Law. But it's also clear that because they were mindful of a larger audience, the producers and writers very helpfully selected a broad range of legal topics that were general enough in nature to present useful choices and information to residents in virtually any state that might be listening in. All told, a fascinating, useful, and well mounted series of legal dramas. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1954. NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. A father plans to skip town to avoid paying his ex-wife's child support. A program about "Child Support" and domestic relations. Harry Elders, Robert Carmen (writer), Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Littow (director), Rosemary Kelly, Muriel Monsell, Jack Lester, Clare Baum, Tom Evans (sound), John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Phillip Lord, Harold Witteberry (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer). 27:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Silent Witnesses (Aired March 27, 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: March 27, 1947. Mutual network. "Silent Witnesses". Sustaining. A woman hears two shots while asleep. A corpse is found shortly afterward, with only one hole! Roger Bower (producer), Jock MacGregor (director), Jack McBride, Julie Stevens, Helen Shields, Dan Ocko, Barry Thompson, Joe DeSantis, Robert George Dean (writer), James Earthine (adaptor), Shirling Oliver. 30:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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