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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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May 28, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
A Soldiers Farewell (Aired June 2, 1972)
In May 1940, Sir Anthony Eden makes his historic speech calling for men under and over the age of active service in the armed forces to form a local defence corps. In Walmington, the Local Bank manager George Mainwaring set's up the town's Local Defence Volunteers,with the assistance of his Bank Clerk, Arthur Wilson and the Local Butcher, Jack Jones. The LDV later become known as the Home Guard or affectionately (to the TV audience) "Dad's Army" as the platoon mainly consist of Old Soldiers.From week to week they would become entangled in many exploits while defending Walmington from a possible invasion and any interference from the Local Air Raid Warden. Although a comedy series, "Dad's Army" probably depicted more of an accurate version of the Home Guard than anyone could actually realise. Initially it was felt the series was maybe mocking England's finest hour and its first episodes were reviewed with great criticism. However, Jimmy Perry , David Croft and the cast felt that the show had many strengths and so did the steady flow of the British public which began following the Walmington-On-Sea platoon's exploits on Television each week. In 1969,

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May 28, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
Sunken Nazi Treasure (Aired February 22, 1953)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. NBC's Television version of The Chase was in production during May 1953. It was to star Doug Fowley as both narrator and performer. Apparently the powers to be eventually decided to abandon the production. It would also appear that the TV production was abandoned at about the same time the Radio version was pulled, to be replaced by NBC's prestigious NBC Summer Symphony series.

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May 27, 2016 08:22 PM PDT
I Remember Murder (Aired November 30, 1948)
The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. The series' success continued on radio until 1952 leaving only the television version (which began in 1950). (Thanks to Robert G. Corder, author of a new biography of Edward Pawley.) THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1948. NBC network. "I Remember Murder". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso. A band-leader steals $50,000 from The High Hatters Club and leaves town in a hurry. After he's "taken for a ride," the girl singer who was with him developes amnesia. "Harry The Hack" finds her...and the murder victim too. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Mason Adams, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
Aptitude Test (Aired October 7, 1951)
Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. The show began as one of the first radio comedy serials, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. After the series was first broadcast in 1928, it grew in popularity and became a huge influence on the radio serials that followed. Amos 'n' Andy creators Gosden and Correll were white actors familiar with minstrel traditions. They met in Durham, North Carolina in 1920, and by the fall of 1925, they were performing nightly song-and-patter routines on the Chicago Tribune's station WGN. Since the Tribune syndicated Sidney Smith's popular comic strip The Gumps, which had successfully introduced the concept of daily continuity, WGN executive Ben McCanna thought the notion of a serialized drama could also work on radio. THIS EPISODE: October 7, 1951. "Aptitude Test" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Rexall. The Kingfish and his mother-in-law both take an aptitude test for a job in a new store. After the Kingfish switches answer sheets, Mama turns out to be his boss! The script was subsequently used on the program on Novemebr 21, 1954. Bob Mosher (writer), Bob Ross (writer), Ernestine Wade, Joe Connelly (writer), Johnny Lee, Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, John Brown, Ken Christy, Will Wright, Jeff Alexander (music), Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Griff Barnett (commercial spokesman), Amanda Randolph. 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2016 10:56 AM PDT
The Case Of The Golf Course Murder (Aired August 7, 1948)
Gang Busters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by Chevrolet, on July 20, 1935. After the title was changed to Gang Busters January 15, 1936, the show had a 21-year run through November 20, 1957. Beginning with a barrage of loud sound effects — guns firing and tires squealing — this intrusive introduction led to the popular catch phrase "came on like Gang Busters."The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. The 1952 Gang Busters TV series was reedited into two feature films, Gang Busters (1954) and Guns Don't Argue (1957). THIS EPISODE: August 7, 1948. Program #541. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Golf Course Murder". Sponsored by: Arrow Audio. The head of a car-theft ring branches out into murder. WRVR rebroadcast date: April 11, 1974. Anne Burr, Frank Readick. 23:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 27, 2016 01:05 AM PDT
The Frightened City (Aired November 10, 1952)
One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1952. CBS network. "The Frightened City". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. A soldier returns home to find that his brother-in-law has been murdered, along with three other people. But, nobody's talking! Good radio writing! The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on September 27, 1955. Frank Lovejoy, Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Joan Banks, Lou Merrill, Herb Butterfield, Paula Winslowe, Hy Averback, Charles Calvert, Bert Holland (commercial spokesman). 29:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2016 09:03 PM PDT
The Man Who Murdered Time (01-01-39)
A man of mystery who was "never seen, only heard," The Shadow was also the first multimedia sensation and helped propel the young Orson Welles into the national spotlight. The famous character was also portrayed on radio by James LaCurto, Frank Readick, Carl Kroenke, Bill Johnstone, John Archer, Steve Courtleigh and Bret Morrison. The readers of Walter Gibson's pulp novels knew The Shadow as a master investigator who operated under the cover of darkness as he commanded a small army of agents in his war against the underworld and white-collar criminals. Radio listeners knew him as Lamont Cranston, "wealthy young man about town who years ago in the Orient learned a strange and mysterious secret--the hypnotic power to cloud men's minds so they cannot see him." However, The Shadow first materialized not as a crimefighting sleuth but as the sinister host and narrator of mystery stories adapted from the pages of the world's first detective fiction magazine. THIS EPISODE: January 1, 1939. Program #22. Mutual network origination, syndicated. "The Man Who Murdered Time". Sponsored by: B.F. Goodrich Tires. Possibly a syndicated version of the network program of January 1, 1939. A mad scientist, about to die, invents a time machine with the ability to repeat December 31st eternally. William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead, Kenny Delmar, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, Ken Roberts (announcer). 28:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
Blood On The Sand (Aired December 13, 1945)
Rogue's Gallery also starred different actors as Rogue, in later incarnations of the series, but Richard Powell was the most popular. This series preceded Richard Powell's most famous series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Rogue trailed lovely blondes and protected witnesses in the new tough guy persona of Dick Powell. This was the transition series for Powell in his quest to be recognized as an actor rather than a singer. It had some of the same cute elements that would make Richard Diamond a high spot four years later. During the summer of 1946, the show was billed as Bandwagon Mysteries, with a tip of the hat to the sponsor. In the summer of 1947, it was again revived on NBC Sundays for Fitch, with Barry Sullivan in the title role. In 1950 the character again turned up in a two-year sustainer on the ABC Wednesday-night schedule. Chester Morris played the lead. Chester Morris was the original Boston Blackie. THIS EPISODE: December 13, 1945. Mutual network. "Blood On The Sand". Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Shaving Cream. Richard Rogue is at the L7 Dude Ranch, trying to take a vacation, but finding himself in the middle of a murder case. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Gerald Mohr, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2016 10:40 AM PDT
Dead Man's Cavern (Aired April 13, 1944)
On radio, The Adventures of Ellery Queen was heard on all three networks from 1939 to 1948. During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and contained a short one-minute case. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. Once a winner was found, the solution was broadcast as confirmation. Tuska cited Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) and Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) as the best of the Bellamy-Lindsay pairings. "The influence of The Thin Man series was apparent in reverse", Tuska noted about Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery. "Ellery and Nikki are unmarried but obviously in love with each other. Probably the biggest mystery... is how Ellery ever gets a book written. THIS EPISODE: April 13, 1944. Program #1. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Adventure Of Dead Man's Cavern". A corpse is found in a cave with only one set of footprints going into the cave. AFRS program Name: "Mystery Playhouse." The script was used previously on October 22, 1939 (as "The Haunted Cave"). This is the west coast broadcast, the east coast broadcast took place on April 15, 1944. The AFRS transcription has April 14, 1944 etched on the disc matrix. Sydney Smith, Marian Shockley, Santos Ortega, Ted de Corsia, Frederic Dannay (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Bob Steel (producer, director), Ernest Chappell (announcer), Charles Paul (organist), Marjorie Lawrence ("Guest Armchair Detective," soprano), Beverley Kelley ("Guest Armchair Detective," Publicity Director of The Ringling Brothers Circus). 27:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Dog License (Aired March 19, 1940)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices and characters. THIS EPISODE: March 19, 1940. NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Fibber gets a notice that he must buy a "Dog License", but he has no dog! Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Isabel Randolph, Gale Gordon, Bill Thompson, Harold Peary, Don Quinn (writer). 30:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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