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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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December 20, 2014 07:06 AM PST
Two Christmas Episodes " Selling Christmas Cards" 06-18-42 and "Christmas Eve With The Family" (12-21-52)
The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O---which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O,.before moving back to NBC from September 05, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays.

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December 20, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Christmas Present (Aired 12-24-50)
Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases. 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.
December 19, 2014 11:00 PM PST
2 Episodes From 1943 and 1959 (Christmas Special)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. TODAY'S SHOW: "Korean Christmas Carol" (12-20-59) and "Nothing Up My Sleeve" (01-05-43) December 20, 1959. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Korean Christmas Carol". the story of a strange G. I., his A. W. O. L. bag, and an even stranger Christmas battle. Bill Lipton, Lyle Sudrow, Allen Manson, Phil Meader, Santos Ortega, Guy Repp, Larry Robinson, Lawson Zerbe, Stuart Metz (announcer), George Walsh (announcer), George Bamber (writer), Paul Roberts (producer, director), Ethel Huber (music supervisor). 24:53. January 5, 1943. CBS network. "Nothing Up My Sleeve". Sustaining. A suspenseful tale of robbery and missing money in a locked room. Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Elissa Landi, George Coulouris, John Dickson Carr (host, writer), John Dietz (director), William Spier (producer, director, editor), Joseph Kearns (announcer). 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 19, 2014 06:53 PM PST
Rope Of Sand (04-28-50)
Screen Director's Playhouse is NBC's answer to Lux Theater and Screen Guild Players, both prosperous ventures on CBS. The rehash of old movies doesn't necessarily make the most vivid of radio plays but there seems to be no doubt that it attracts listeners by the hundredweight. And association with America's citadel of glamor lures the unsuspecting by the sheer weight of publicity. In this case, the association with Hollywood is even more tenuous than usual. The screen director, who figures so prominently in the title, has very little to do with the program beyond appearing briefly at the beginning to explain why he thought, say, "Jezebel" was a marvelous picture--a rather difficult thing to explain--and later he bobs up again at the end to exchange banter with the star, an exchange that generally takes the form of a barrage of mutual compliments. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1950. NBC network. "Rope Of Sand". Sponsored by: RCA. A story of diamond hunting in the "forbidden area" of South Africa, complicated by love and revenge. Bill Cairn (director), Burt Lancaster, Corinne Calvet, Donald Morrison, Frank Barton (announcer), Howard Wiley (producer), Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Milton Geiger (adaptor), Norman Field, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Stan Waxman, William Dieterle, William Johnstone. 30:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 19, 2014 02:47 PM PST
The Ransom (Aired July 25, 1979)
Mutual Radio Theater ( Sears Radio Theater ) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy. Though less long-lived than NPR's Earplay or the Mystery Theater, it was an ambitious if not particularly critically-favored attempt to reinvigorate a neglected field. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1979. Program #123. CBS network. "The Ransom". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Percy Grainger (writer), Vincent Price (host), Lurene Tuttle, Vic Perrin, Steven Markle, Jack Carroll, Barney Phillips, Don Diamond, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 35:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 19, 2014 11:00 AM PST
The Big Check (Aired August 31, 1950)
Dragnet was a long running radio and television police procedural drama, about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. The shows cultural impact is demonstrated by the fact that even after five decades, elements of Dragnet are known to those who have never heard nor seen the program. THIS EPISODE: August 31, 1950. Program #64. NBC network. "The Big Check". Sponsored by: Fatima Cigarettes. Friday and Romero track down Harry Johanson, a check forger who passes dozens of small checks...all of them bad! The program starts with Friday visiting his mother (who always calls him Joseph!). Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 19, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Christmas Program (Aired December 18, 1947)
Burns and Allen are one of the most beloved couple in old time radio. They got started, like many of the greats of old time radio, in vaudeville, which is really just the touring popular entertainment in America prior to movies. Gracie was the sparkplug of the act, always the center of attention. George played the foil, the guy vainly trying to make sense of the ditzy world of Gracie. By the early 30s, Gracie was probably the best known woman on radio. Gracie often sang in a voice that showed she was also an excellent comedienne songstress. The shows had names after the sponsors, such as Maxwell House Coffee Time, or The Ammident Show - it was the Burns and Allen show to the public. THIS EPISODE: December 18, 1947. "Christmas Program" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Maxwell House Coffee, Jell-O. What does Gracie really want for Christmas? George is forced to guess. The Maxwell House production commercial is based on the tune, "Glow Worm." Gracie misreads her last line, on which the whole program was based. Tobe Reed (announcer), Hans Conried, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Bill Goodwin, Gale Gordon, Paul Henning (writer), Keith Fowler (writer), George Burns, Gracie Allen. 31:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 19, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Double Edge (Aired August 3, 1952)
Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases. 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. THIS EPISODE: August 3, 1952. NBC network. "Double Edge". Sustaining. A man with a mole near his eye is the key to a bank robbery and murder. System cue deleted. Joel McCrea, Stacy Keach (producer, director), Tony Barrett, Paul McVey, Charles E. Israel (writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Frank Gerstle, Parley Baer, M. T. Lone Wolf Gonzaullas (technical advisor). 30:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 18, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Rogue's Gallery - Fortune In Furs (Aired December 20, 1945)
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 20, 1945. Mutual network. "Fortune In Furs". Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoos, Fitch's Shaving Cream. A man demands $1000 to prove that a $100,000 fur fire was really arson...and is promptly murdered. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Gerald Mohr (doubles), Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds, Lurene Tuttle. 30:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 18, 2014 07:00 PM PST
The Judas Face (Aired June 3, 1946)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the criminal from an omniscient perspective. Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli.

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