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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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July 26, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
The Big Heist (Aired December 1, 1952)
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. It had numerous announcers during those two decades, ranging from the early Berry Kroeger to the veteran announcers, Paul Frees and George Walsh. But it was Joseph Kearns who evolved into "The Man in Black" host in 1943. This mysterious all-knowing narrator was similar to The Whistler.. The character lasted for over 100 episodes until March of 1945. THIS EPISODE: December 1, 1952. CBS network. "The Big Heist". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. The best bank buster in the business takes on a new man for his next job...much to his sorrow. John Hodiak, Herb Butterfield, Joseph Kearns, Ted Bliss, Jerry Hausner, Junius Matthews, Charles Calvert, Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), E. Jack Neuman (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Bert Holland, Larry Thor (announcer). 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
Easy Riches Sudden Death (Aired June 1, 1952)
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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1952. NBC network. "Easy Riches, Sudden Death". Sustaining. A well-acted story about three rogues who set out for, and find $40 million in gold bars, salvaged from a sunken ship. This is a network version. George Matthews, Joe DeSantis, Kermit Murdock, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Walter McGraw (director, transcriber). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 10:21 AM PDT
Typical American Mother (Aired May 9, 1947)
The Alan Young Show was a radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Canadian-English actor Alan Young. It began on NBC radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It moved to ABC with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III. In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to television as a variety, sketch comedy show, taking an 11-month hiatus in 1952. THIS EPISODE: May 9, 1947. "Typical American Mother" - NBC network, Sponsored by Ingram Shaving Cream, Vitalis. Who will be the typical Van Nuys mother on Mother's Day? Alan will be, of course! Al Schwartz (writer), Alan Young, Charlie Cantor, Dick Lane, Elvia Allman, Hans Conried, Jim Backus, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Sherwood Schwartz (writer). 32:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Dead Reporter (Aired April 5, 1953)
And it shall be my duty, not only to proscute to the limit of the law, all persons accused of crime perpetrated within this county, but to defend with equal vigor, the rights and privileges of all its citizens! Mr. District Attorney, champion of the people, guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Vicki Vola portrayed the District Attorney's secretary, Edith Miller, for the entire run of the series on both radio and television. Mr. District Attorney is a popular radio crime drama which aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952 (and in transcribed syndication through 1953). The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1953. Program #35. Ziv syndication, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Dead Reporter". A reporter finds out who Mr. Big is, the guy that is controlling all crime in town, but he's shot in a phone booth before he can tell Mr. D. A. The date is subject to correction David Brian, Phillips H. Lord (creator). 27:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Big Brain (Aired March 14, 1950)
Written and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan, the series began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1950. Mutual network. "The Big Brain". Sustaining. An absent-minded professor works on a one-of-a-kind computer. It weighs fifty tons, can figure elliptical intergers and the winner of a horse race! The show contains a dramatized airplane highjacing. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Santos Ortega (doubles), John Marvin, Al Fanelli (organist), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler" and performer), Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), Bob Emerick (announcer), Barney Beck (sound effects), Al Schaffer (sound effects), Leon Janney (doubles), John Martin, Marilyn Erskine. 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2016 07:04 PM PDT
The Baffled Book Keeper (Aired November 3, 1950)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational.

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July 25, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
Death Stalks The Hunter (Aired April 26, 1949)
Big Town is a radio show that aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne, with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Wilson from 1942 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in the radio series. When Big Town moved to television, the program was telecast live, but in 1952 the production switched to film after the move from New York City to Hollywood. The television series ran on CBS from 1950 through 1954, continuing on NBC from 1955 through 1956. Repeat episodes aired on the DuMont Network (under the title City Assignment) while Big Town was still showing first-run episodes on CBS. Reruns were also shown under the titles Heart of the City, Headline and Byline Steve Wilson. THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1949. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Death Stalks The Hunter". Wealthy playboy George Martin has been killed while hunting, but it was no accident. AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." AFRS fill: "Mr. and Mrs. North" in "Frizby Klizby." Internal evidence indicates this show was broadcast during the war, however, the program has been dated April 26, 1949 (perhaps April 26, 1944?). Peter Lorre (AFRS host). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Policewoman Mixup (Aired December 3, 1950)
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. No other TV or radio show has ever equaled its hold on the American public," wrote Yale civil rights professor Melvin Patrick Ely."They depicted Afro-American life while minimizing references to race." The radio audience, white and black, tuned in each night to listen to the adventures of characters they all cared about. Amos 'n' Andy had"all the pathos, humor, vanity, glory , problems and solutions that beset ordinary mortals and therein lies its universal appeal," explained journalist Roy Wilkins in 1931. THIS EPISODE: December 3, 1950. "Policewoman Mixup" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Rinso. "Amos" starts the show by saying, "We're on the air for Rinso for the third and last time." This makes little sense in itself, in addition, Rinso sponsored the show through and including the broadcast of December 31, 1950. Ken Niles fluffs Sapphire's name at the start of the show, calling her, "Sarah." When Sapphire's cousin, Sarah Thompson, comes for a visit, The Kingfish quickly sets up an escort bureau to get Andy to chauffer her around. The boys end up kidnapping a policewoman! Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Lou Lubin, Ernestine Wade, Johnny Lee, Jeff Alexander (music), Ken Niles (announcer), Roy Glenn. 32:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Dead Come Back (Aired June 14, 1946)
According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era. But the investment shows. And indeed, well into its almost six years of syndication, the series continued to pull respectable audience shares. The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1946. Program #9. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "The Dead Come Back". Commercials added locally. Lefty O'Connor kills Dr. Miller and escapes from the asylum, but Dr. Miller returns again and again! Raymond Morgan (host), Joseph Julian, William Morwood (writer), Anton M. Leader (director), Charles Paul (organist), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
The Mark Of Shame (Aired May 4, 1947)
When it comes to The Hall of Fantasy, there are some mysteries that persist to this day. Maybe that's appropriate, because it claimed to be "the series of radio dramas dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual, and the unknown." One mystery that remains unknown is who the announcer actually was. His lines were so over-the-top, maybe he wished to remain anonymous. But it's this same dead serious approach to monsters, horror, and the supernatural that makes this series so much fun to listen to in a modern context. Despite this campy dimension to the program, do not assume that the series wasn't scary. Many episodes were rather frightening. If the dark, desolate atmospheres didn't get at your nerves, the down-beat endings usually did. THIS EPISODE: May 4, 1947. CBS network, KALL, Salt Lake City origination. "The Mark Of Shame". Commercials deleted. A dying man's curse comes back to haunt a soldier after a fateful duel. The story is based on, "Evaline's Visitant" by Miss Braden. Miss Braden (author), Robert Olsen (adaptor), Richard Thorne (performer, producer, director), Beth Caulder, Archie Hugely, Ken Jensen, Mike Larogo, Earl Donaldson (music), Nefi Sorenson (engineer). 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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