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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 02, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Trial By Tomahawk (Aired September 7, 1954)
The Cisco Kid refers to a character found in numerous film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his 1907 short story "The Caballero's Way", published in the collection Heart of the West. In movies and television, the Kid was depicted as a heroic Mexican caballero, even though he was originally a cruel outlaw. The Cisco Kid came to radio October 2, 1942, with Jackson Beck in the title role and Louis Sorin as Pancho. With Vicki Vola and Bryna Raeburn in supporting roles and Michael Rye announcing, this series continued on Mutual until 1945. It was followed by another Mutual series in 1946, starring Jack Mather and Harry Lang, who continued to head the cast in the syndicated radio series of more than 600 episodes from 1947 to 1956. THIS EPISODE: September 7, 1954. Program #223. Mutual-Don Lee network, KHJ, Los Angeles origination, Ziv syndication. "Trial By Tomahawk". Commercials added locally. Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe when Jack Coghlan and his gang try to start a war between the Indians and the army. Jack Mather, Harry Lang. 25:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 01, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
A Shortage Story With Jackie Cooper ((Aired May 6, 1974)
Syndicated by the Mutual Broadcasting System, the series debuted September 3, 1973. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Since Mutual affiliates could broadcast the programs at convenient timeslots on any suitable dates, the series did not begin in certain areas until late fall or early winter of 1973. In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974. Producer J.M. Kholos was a Los Angeles advertising man who acquired the rights to suspense novels, including Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way, for radio adaptations. In some cases, the titles were changed. For example, the five-part "Desperate Witness" was an adaptation of The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing. To create a strong package, Kholos followed through by lining up top actors, including John Astin, Edgar Bergen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Crenna, John Dehner, Howard Duff, Patty Duke, Nina Foch, George Maharis, Susan Oliver, Brock Peters and Lurene Tuttle.

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August 01, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Another Galaxy (Aired December 1, 1969)
The Challenge of space was a 1960's South African Sci-Fi adventure series. Well written and well acted stories that, aside from the science fiction aspect, could have been easily revised to reflect everyday earthly concerns. In one episode, "Another Galaxy", a young couple's desire to marry and live as simple farmers, is looked at as foolish by the boy's father. His plans for his son's future were much, much different. A life in the war space project was all the old man could see. Sponsored by Carling beer, the series reflects a time when man conquered the nearby planets and space travel was almost instantaneous.

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August 01, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Bus (Aired November 7, 1947)
Can You Top This was one of those programs that was tailor made for radio. Four people sat around telling jokes, each one trying to outdo the other. Can you imagine the same format on television? In the movies? Broadway? In magazines or newspapers? Only on radio could such a format survive and thrive. And thrive it did, for 14 years. In 1943 an estimated ten million people listened to the weekly program and Time magazine said "There is nothing quite like it on the U.S. air." Can You Top This was the brain child of Senator Edward Hastings Ford. The "Senator", like most of his jokes, was made up. The program itself was simply an outgrowth of a regular meeting at which Ford and the other participants would spend countless hours telling stories at New York's famous Lamb's Club. From the outset of the program in December of 1940, Ford owned the rights to the program and was a regular participant. The lynch pin for the program was actor Peter Donald who would begin each round of jokes by telling a joke submitted by a listener. Donald was born in Bristol, England into a theatrical family. By the time he was nine years old, he had traveled around the world twice. At the age of ten he began acting in radio. Later he played Ajax Cassidy on the Fred Allen Show, and dramatized the voices of Winston Churchill, Field Marshall Montgomery, King George VI and the Duke of Windsor on the March of Time.

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August 01, 2015 10:43 AM PDT
The Mystery Of Mary K (Aired July 9, 1951)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1951. Program #16. ZIV Syndication. "Mystery Of The Mary K". Commercials added locally. Slate Shannon and Sailor find four men in a drifting boat...machine gunned to death. They are in a lifeboat from the "Mary Kay," a ship missing for a year! This program may be Ziv #57. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Jester Hairston, David Rose (composer, conductor), Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Tony Barrett. 25:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 01, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Salute To The Railroad (Aired August 26, 1947)
In 1916, Berle enrolled in the Professional Children's School, and at age 12 he made his stage debut in Florodora. After four weeks in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the show moved to Broadway. It catapulted him into a comedic career that spanned eight decades in nightclubs, Broadway shows, vaudeville, Las Vegas, films, television, and radio. Berle's 1929 television appearance was only experimental, but by the early 1930s he had become a successful stand-up comedian. In 1933 he was hired by producer Jack White to star in the theatrical featurette Poppin' the Cork, a topical musical comedy concerning the repealing of Prohibition. Berle also co-wrote the score for this film, which was released by Educational Pictures. THIS EPISODE: August 26, 1947. NBC network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. "A Salute To Railroads". Milton goes down to the railroad station to meet his Uncle Julius. Frank Gallop (announcer), Milton Berle, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra. 29:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 01, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Lone Ranger" - White Horses (Aired January 11, 1946)
Tonto was played throughout the run by actor John Todd (although there were a few isolated occasions when he was replaced by Roland Parker, better known as Kato for much of the run of sister series The Green Hornet), and other supporting players were selected from Detroit area actors and studio staff. These included Jay Michael (who also played the lead on Challenge of the Yukon aka Sgt. Preston of the Yukon), Bill Saunders (as various villains, including Butch Cavendish), Paul Hughes (as the Ranger's friend Thunder Martin and as various army colonels and badmen), future movie star John Hodiak, Janka Fasciszewska (under the name Jane Fae), and others. The part of nephew Dan Reid was played by various child actors, including Bob Martin, James Lipton, and Dick Beals. The last new radio episode of the Lone Ranger was aired on September 3, 1954. THIS EPISODE: January 11, 1946. Program #2024/1249. Syndicated. "Mort Prentice"/"White Horses". Music fill for local commercial insert. It looks like the Lone Ranger has been killed near Baker City! He wasn't, of course, but the clue to the crime lies with one of three horse. In town to sell a special diamond, Mr. Yorick has been shot and the diamond stolen (alas, poor Yorick)! Dan Reid appears in the story. Brace Beemer, John Todd, George W. Trendle (writer), Fran Striker (writer), Betty Joyce (writer). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Jewel Mystery Of Channel Island (2 Parts COMPLETE) Aired September 11, 1940
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. The Blue Beetle's reputation was not his only weapon -- he carried a revolver in a blue holster on his belt, and was sometimes shown wearing a multi-pouched belt after the style set by Batman. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1940. Program #47. Fox Features syndication. "The Jewel Mystery Of Channel Island" Part one. Commercials added locally. The Blue Beetle begins an investigation of jewel robberies on an island resort. 12:18. September 13, 1940. Program #48. Fox Features syndication. "The Jewel Mystery Of Channel Island" Part two. Commercials added locally. Recovering from a hundred foot jump into the sea, the Blue Beetle captures the jewel thief. The last show of the series. 12:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Little Happenthatch aka Waxwork (Aired May 23, 1969)
This series was written by Michael McCabe and was produced in South Africa. It was a replacement for another series McCabe produced, called SF68. That series adapted famous Sci-fi stories to radio, and it seems to have been the place where McCabe honed his craft. The subject matter to Beyond Midnight was more horror oriented, including madness, murder, and supernatural sleuths! What survives today doesn't involve a horror host per se, but a few include framing narration (by someone involved in the plot) while others just start up the story with no announcer or lead-in whatsoever. So it's possible the regular host or announcer was left off (edited out) of the recordings. The host-- if there was one-- may have only been heard by those who listened to this series when it first aired. It's another radio mystery we may never know for sure, but we're lucky to at least have some of the recordings!

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July 31, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Abandoned Baby (Aired May 3, 1950)
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. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carough, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb. THIS EPISODE: May 3, 1950. "Abandoned Baby" - Program #14. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. A baby has been abandoned in one of Blair Hospital's ambulances. Jack Webb portrays a cynical police lieutenant. Well written. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Jack Webb, Les Crutchfield (writer), Virginia Gregg, Dick Joy (announcer), William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Edwin Max, Lillian Buyeff, Jerry Hausner. 27:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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