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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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November 24, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "All Star Western Theater" - The Bar-K Dude Ranch With Ken Card (Aired April 6, 1947)
The music was provided by the Riders of the Purple Sage, fronted by Foy Willing, with the help of Kenny Driver, Al Sloey and Johnny Paul. The group appeared on various shows on radio, including the Andrews Sisters' Eight-to-the-Bar Ranch in '44-'45, and the Roy Rogers Show during the 1946 - 48 period. Western swing was big in those days, and this show has some really fine renditions in that great American music style. Guest stars such as Johnny Mack Brown and Smiley Burnett come on, and do action sketches and real knee-slapping humor skits. When these cowboys rustle up humor, they play it about as broad as the western skies themselves. Laughs this simple are not heard much anymore, unless you have an eight-year old with an old jokebook. But that doesn't mean All Star Western Theater isn't enjoyable. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1947. "The Bar-K Dude Ranch" - CBS Pacific network, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "The Riders". Sponsored by: Weber's Bread. Guest Ken Card and "The Riders" appear in a comedy-romance set on a dude ranch with two eligible sisters. Ken Card, Joe Forte, Foy Willing and The Riders Of The Purple Sage, Cottonseed Clark (announcer). 30:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Death Strikes From The East (Aired June 5, 1940) 2-Parts COMPLETE After his father was killed by a gangster's bullet, young Dan Garrett joined the New York Police Department, but soon tired of the slow pace and red tape of police work. With the help of his friend and mentor, pharmacist and drug-store proprietor Dr. Franz, Dan acquired a costume of bullet-proof chain-mail-like cellulose material, and began a second life, fighting crime as The Blue Beetle. His calling card was a small beetle-shaped marker that he left in conspicuous places to alert criminals to his presence, using their fear of his crime fighting reputation as a weapon against them. For this purpose he also used a "Beetle Signal" flashlight.Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. TODAY'S SHOW: June 5, 1940. Program #14. Fox Features syndication. "Death Strikes From The East" Part One and Two (COMPLETE). Commercials added locally. The "Purple Dragon" hosts a Chinese drama, with a human sacrifice for an encore! . Tong Wars are being waged in Chinatown. The Blue Beetle looks toward the Orient to battle "The Purple Dragon." Commissioner Warren's daughter has been kidnapped. 26:53.

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November 23, 2015 08:00 PM PST
The Liar (Aired February 26, 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. THIS EPISODE: February 26, 1958. Mutual network. "The Liar". Commercials deleted. Meet Herbie, a telepathic robot who tells lies! Remember Asimov's laws of robotics! John Campbell Jr. (host), Isaac Asimov (author). 20:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2015 04:00 PM PST
Juvenile Delinquency (Aired April 24, 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 that accomplished precisely what they set out to do for thirteen weeks. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1954. NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. The problem of "Juvenile Delinquency". The last show of the series. Didn't anybody ever comment that the closing theme of this series about the law and lawyers used, as a closing theme, a recording of a Dimitri Kabalevsky composition called, "The Comedians"? Gretchen Thomas, Stanley Gordon, Jack Lester, Harry Elders, Carlton KaDell, Jerry Garvey, Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Littow (director), Tom Evans (sound), John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Robert Carmen (writer), Dan Hosek (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer). 26:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2015 12:00 PM PST
Alice Bradley Amnesia Victim (Aired April 9, 1951)
Dr. James Kildare was a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show. The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: April 9, 1951. Program #76. "Alice Bradley Amnesia Victim" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. A girl walks into Blair General Hospital, can't remember he name and faints in the lobby. She's wearing a $1000 coat and has "psychogenic amnesia." She turns out nto be Alice Brady. Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Dick Joy (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Lurene Tuttle, William Conrad, Edwin Max, Les Crutchfield (writer), Marie Blake, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 26:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2015 08:00 AM PST
The Apartment Building Next Door (Aired September 23, 1945)
The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949, to June 18, 1954. In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. THIS EPISODE: September 23, 1945. "The Apartment Building Next Door" - CBS network. Sponsored by: International Silver. There's a rumor going around that a syndicate is going to put up a large apartment building on the corner vacant lot. The King Sisters (billed as "The Four King Sisters") sing, "I'm Gonna Love That Guy Like He's Never Been Loved Before." Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, The King Sisters, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, Bea Benaderet, Henry Blair, Tommy Cook, John Brown, Joel Davis, Billy May (composer). 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - The Bottle (Aired January 1, 1955)
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: January 1, 1955. CBS network. "The Bottle Man". Sponsored by: L & M. An old drunk named Tom Cassidy is determined to kill a gambler named Bill Clell, for a good reason. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on March 22, 1958. Tom Hanley (sound patterns), Ray Kemper (sound patterns), George Fenneman (commercial spokesman), William Conrad, Parley Baer, Howard McNear, John Meston (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Eleanor Tannen, Ralph Moody, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (producer, transcriber), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), George Walsh (announcer). 30:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 22, 2015 11:00 PM PST
The Case Of Wilma & The Widow (Aired September 12,1946)
During World War II no more women sleuths arrived on the scene but 1946 was a banner year when three new ones debuted on network radio. One was as much comedienne as crime solver, Meet Miss Sherlock. This was a CBS summer sustainer that recounted the adventures of Jane Sherlock, a scatterbrained amateur detective, and her boyfriend, Peter Blossom, a civil attorney who occasionally fainted. There were two separate versions of this show; the first ran from July 3, 1946 to September 26, 1946 while the second one ran from Sept 28, 1947 to Oct 26, 1947. Both series were produced and directed by David Vaile, with scripts by E. Jack Neuman and Don Thompson. The announcer was Murray Wagner and the live orchestra was headed by Milton Charles. Sondra Gair had the title lead in the 1946 version, Captain Dingle of the NYPD was a youthful Bill Conrad and Joe Petruzzi played Peter Blossom.When the series resumed in the fall of 1947, Betty Moran did the first epiosde but her voice was not “dithery” enough so Monty Margetts was brought in and she played the lead until it went off the air two months later. Barney Phillips was the voice of Captain Dingle. This series was more comedy than adventure, although crimes were eventually solved.

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November 22, 2015 08:00 PM PST
It Happened On Sunday (1940) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves (or dogs with indigestion?) in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). THIS EPISODE: World syndication. "It Happened On Sunday". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. A wealthy artist named Ray Putnam was very much in love with his now deceased wife. Her spirit visits the house each year on the anniversary of her death. A nifty ghost story. . 22:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 22, 2015 04:00 PM PST
The Case Of The Broken Key (07-24-52)
This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1945, and then came to TV ten years later in this Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; Charles McGraw had been in many motion pictures before and after including "The Killers", "Spartacus" and "Cimarron"; in this series he played the title role of a man whose real name was supposedly Mike Waring, an American agent whose code name was "Falcon"; Later Charles McGraw starred in a short lived TV version of "Casablanca" (1955 - 1956) in the character of Rick. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1952. NBC network. "The Case Of The Broken Key". Sustaining. Not auditioned. Army Intelligence flies Mike Waring to Casablanca, where he learns that, "although love may laugh at locksmiths, murder is no joke! The system cue is added live. Les Damon, Drexel Drake (creator), Fred Collins (announcer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer, transcriber), Richard Lewis (director), Eugene Wang (writer), Ann Shephard. 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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