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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...


by Bob Camardella
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January 25, 2015 11:14 AM PST
Destination Dead End (Aired February 14, 1949)
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954). Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his classified ad: "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine." Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, he usually encounted Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). Sponsored by Standard Oil, the program was broadcast on the West Coast Mutual Broadcasting System from October 18, 1946 to September 27, 1954. THIS EPISODE: February 14, 1949. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Destination Dead End". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. A private detective is in danger of being rubbed out by the mob, but Richard Pebbleman has his own ideas for a solution. Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Wally Maher, Tony Barrett, Jeanette Nolan, James Nusser, Joe Forte, David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer), Don Clark (director), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), Bud Hiestand (announcer). 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 25, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Rainy Day Activity (Aired March 25, 1954)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.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.

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January 25, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Just A Number (Aired April 19, 1950)
The series was produced and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties. Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, a Ranger for 30 years and who was said to have killed 31 men during his career, served as consultant for the series. The series was adapted for television from 1955 to 1957 and produced by Screen Gems. For the TV version, Willard Parker took over the role of Jace Pearson. On radio, Pearson often worked by request with a local sheriff's office or police department but on the TV show, he had a regular partner, Ranger Clay Morgan (who had been an occasional character on the radio show), played by Harry Lauter. THIS EPISODE: April 19, 1950. "Just A Number" - An NBC audition recording. All three members of the Evans family have been murdered. A clump of mud and some missing hogs are clues to the killer. Jace Pearson tracks the killer across Texas. Joel McCrea, Russell Hughes (writer), Stacy Keach (producer). 29:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2015 11:00 PM PST
The Great Impersonation (Aired January 27, 1948)
Studio One, a drama anthology, which first aired Tuesday, April 29, 1947, at 9:00 over CBS stations. It brought hour-long presentations of books and plays to radio, many of which had not been attempted before. Fletcher Markle, a CBC radio veteran, produced, hosted and occasionally acted in the series. Half way through the season, ratings were not as expected, possibly because the series didn't air on the West Coast. Big name actors were brought in to help improve ratings. The sustained series still left the air after only one season. Studio One ran until July 27, 1948, when it was replaced by Rooftops Of The City. However, the standards it set led to a TV series of the same name which ran for nine seasons. Studio One seems to be a forgotten gem. If you like high drama, these shows should not be overlooked. Offering a wide range of dramas. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 27, 1948. CBS network. "Great Impersonation". Sustaining. An excellent, adventure/spy story set during the first World War, with a surprise ending. Walter Slezak, Luise Rainer, Beverly Roberts, Fletcher Markle, Everett Sloane, Robert Dryden. 1:00:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2015 06:50 PM PST
The Haunted Corpse (Aired July 25, 1957)
X MINUS ONE was an NBC science fiction series that was an extension, or revival, of NBC's earlier science fiction series, DIMENSION X. which ran from Apr. 8, 1950 through Sept. 29, 1951. Both are remembered for bringing really first rate science fiction to the air. The first X MINUS ONE shows used scripts from DIMENSION X, but soon created new shows from storied from the pages of Galaxy Magazine. The series was cancelled after the 126th broadcast on January 9, 1958. However, the early 1970s brought a wave of nostalgia for old-time radio; a new experimental episode, "The Iron Chancellor" by Robert Silverberg, was created in 1973, but it failed to revive the series. NBC also tried broadcasting the old recordings, but their irregular once-monthly scheduling kept even devoted listeners from following the broadcasts. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1957. NBC network. "The Haunted Corpse". Sponsored by: Pabst Beer. Swapped bodies and a plan for immortality. The program closing has been deleted, the story is complete. The script was used subsequently on "X Minus One" on December 12, 1957. Frederick Pohl (author), Leon Janney, Jim Boles, Joseph Bell, Reese Taylor, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), William Welch (producer), Daniel Sutter (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 20:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2015 02:28 PM PST
The Pink Elephant (04-10-55)
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: April 10, 1955. Program #10. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Pink Elephant". Les Damon, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ted Lloyd (producer), Harry Frazee (composer, conductor), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Mandel Kramer, Jack Arthur (credited as "Jack Abbott" in error), Sherry Britton. 30:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2015 11:00 AM PST
The Dick Foley Caper (Aired September 26, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: September 26, 1948. CBS network. "The Dick Foley Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. A fellow detective asks Spade to find Claude Spicer, who shortly thereafter is found dead. Sam finds himself floating in San Francisco Bay! The date is subject to correction. Dashiell Hammett (creator), Dick Joy (announcer), Frank Lovejoy, Gil Doud (writer), Howard Duff, Lud Gluskin, Lurene Tuttle, Rene Garriguenc (composer), Robert Tallman (adaptor), William Spier (producer, director, editor). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Gildy Turns Off The Water (Aired September 18, 1946)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957) was the arguable founding father of the spin-off program, as well as one of the first true situation comedies (as opposed to sketch programs) in broadcast history. Hooked around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio hit Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest period in the 1940s, when Harold Peary graduated the character from the earlier show into the sitcom and in a quartet of likeable feature films at the height of the show's popularity. THIS EPISODE: September 18, 1946. "Gildy Turns Off The Water" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Pabst-Ett. Gildersleeve decides to turn off the water of the residents who haven't paid their water bill. Bill Kelsey (writer), Earle Ross, Frank Moore (writer), Harold Peary, Jack Meakin (music), John Laing (announcer), Lillian Randolph, Louise Erickson, Richard LeGrand, Shirley Mitchell (?), Walter Tetley. 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Real McCoys" - You Can't Cheat An Honest Man (Aired November 7, 1957)
Amos was an incorrigible codger who was against anything anyone else was for. He had the regulation Heart of Gold stuck away somewhere, but he was cantankerous as all get out. With his shoulders and arms jumping, Amos walked like a chicken with a limp. He bullied, he blustered, he cajoled, he did everything he could to get his own way. His not being able to read or write got him into many predicaments, for he would never admit to being illiterate to anyone outside the family. In 1962 the series moved to CBS. Luke became a widower and many of the plots began to revolve around Grandpa's attempts to match him up with a new wife. THIS EPISODE: November 7, 1957. "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" A Desilu Studios presentation - The rest of the family thinks Grampa is taking advantage of a city fellow by selling him five acres of worthless land..Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Lydia Reed, Michael Winkelman. Director: Hy Averback. Writers: Jack Elinson, Irving Pincus. 21:59.

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January 23, 2015 11:00 PM PST
Blackout (Aired August 15, 1949)
The Radio City Playhouse was a half-hour of drama, sometimes comedy, often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast were made up of New York veterans of radio and stage, including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers. The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced a new story, often written by well-known writers of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack and excellent sound effects. THIS EPISODE: August 15, 1949. Program #51. NBC network. "Blackout". Sustaining. An alcoholic has committed a murder...or has he? The program is also known as, "NBC Short Story." Arnold Moss, Eugene Francis, Fred Collins (announcer), Harry W. Junkin (writer, director, host), Jan Miner, Larry Blyden, Luis Van Rooten, Roy Shield (composer, conductor). 34:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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