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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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November 30, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Army Routines From March Field (Aired December 11, 1941)
Barrel of Fun was a comedy musical that ran from 1941 to 1942 and stars Charlie Ruggles who is a comedian and quick wit who loves to make endless quips. Ruggles was so versatile, he could play infants to old men and he also had one of theose famous rubbery faces. Charlie Ruggles was a comic American actor. In a career spanning six decades, Ruggles appeared in close to 100 feature films. He was also the brother of director, producer, and silent actor Wesley Ruggles (1889–1972). From 1929, Ruggles appeared in talking pictures. His first was Gentleman of the Press in which he played a comic, alcoholic newspaper reporter. Throughout the 1930s he was teamed with comic actress Mary Boland in a string of domestic farces, notably Six of a Kind, Ruggles of Red Gap, and People Will Talk. THIS EPISODE: December 11, 1941. "Army Routines From March Field" - Program #19. Mutual net origination, syndicated. Sustaining. The program originates from March Field, Riverside California. The first tune is, "So Sweet." The cast does, "Life In The Army" or "I Didn't Raise My Son To Be A Sailor." Charles Ruggles, Verna Felton, Benny Rubin, Sara Berner, Hanley Stafford, Jerry Hausner, Harry Lang, Veola Vonn, Linda Ware, The Sportsmen, Art Gilmore (announcer), David Rose and His Orchestra. 29:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 30, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lone Ranger" - The Tomahawk Trail (Aired October 2, 1950)
The Lone Ranger was an American long-running early radio and television show created by George W. Trendle (with considerable input from station staff members), and developed by writer Fran Striker. The titular character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever and laconic American Indian sidekick called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say "Hi-yo Silver, away!" to get the horse to gallop. On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: “ A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!' The Lone Ranger! ”In later episodes the opening narration ended with the catch phrase "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... The Lone Ranger Rides Again!" Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, that was the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. The theme music was the "cavalry charge" finale of Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell Overture, now inseparably associated with the series, which also featured many other classical selections as incidental music including Wagner, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. The theme was conducted by Daniel Perez Castaneda. Inspiration for the name may have come from The Lone Star Ranger, a novel by Zane Grey.

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November 30, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Atmosphere Of Death (Part 2 of 2) Aired March 20, 1952
The Tom Corbett universe partook of pseudo-science, not equal to the standards of accuracy set by John W. Campbell in the pages of Astounding. And yet, by the standards of the day, it was much more accurate than most media science fiction. Mars was a desert, Venus a jungle, and the asteroids a haunt of space pirates, but at least planets circled suns and there was no air in space. Contrast this with Twilight Zone, years later, where people could live on asteroids wearing ordinary clothes, or Lost in Space, years after that, where a spaceship could be passing "Jupiter and Andromeda" at the same time. Before Star Trek, Tom Corbett — Space Cadet was the most scientifically accurate series on television, in part due to official science advisor Willy Ley, and later due to Frankie Thomas. THIS EPISODE: March 20, 1952. ABC network, WJZ, New York aircheck. "The Atmosphere Of Death" Part 2 of 2. Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Raisin Bran. The cadets discover a plot to take over the government of Venus. Al Markim, Drex Hines (director), Edward Bryce, Frank Thomas Jr., Jackson Beck (announcer), Jan Merlin, Jon Gart (organist). 24:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2015 08:00 PM PST
Atmosphere Of Death (Part 1 of 2) Aired March 18, 1952
Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books and View-Master reels in the 1950s. The stories followed the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkroom, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars. THIS EPISODE: March 18, 1952. ABC network, WJZ, New York aircheck. "The Atmosphere Of Death Part 1 of 2". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Raisin Bran. Murder and mayhem take place aboard a space liner. Al Markim, Drex Hines (director), Edward Bryce, Frank Thomas Jr., Jackson Beck (announcer), Jan Merlin, Jon Gart (organist). 24:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2015 04:00 PM PST
Sealed Instructions (Aired April 17, 1949)
Box 13 is highly expositional, as are most programs of the genre, and Ladd's grovelly, gritty voice lends itself well to the production. But by Episode #6 it seems apparent that Alan Ladd was beginning to hit his stride in the role. What seems to get in the way for many reviewers of this program is its somewhat implausible premise. Dan Holiday was purportedly a successful fiction writer for the Star-Times news magazine who becomes disenchanted with the utter, mind-numbing routine of it. Dan Holiday opts out. He posts an ad reading "Go anywhere, Do anything, Write Box 13". This had become a pretty well-worked theme by 1948. Perhaps a bit too reminiscent of George Valentine's "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," from 1946's Let George Do It. The gimmick certainly made for an open-ended range of potential adventures for Box 13's protagonist. And it resulted in some pretty outrageous assignments in the course of Holiday's fifty-two adventures. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 17, 1949. Program #35. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Sealed Instructions". Commercials added locally. A trip to Manila to (believe it or not) deliver an envelope. Alan Ladd, Sylvia Picker, Richard Sanville (director), Charles Gannett (writer), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor). 30:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2015 12:00 PM PST
Eight Records Of Death (Aired January 22, 1944)
Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. The series ended on September 25, 1955. THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1944. Mutual network. "Eight Records Of Death," "The Mystery Of The Unclaimed Box". Sustaining. Lon Clark, Helen Choate, John Kane, Humphrey Davis, Jock MacGregor (producer, director, occasional writer), Lew White (musician). 29:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Old Letters & Trouble (Aired April 23, 1946)
Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued June 6, 1944. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private." On December 4, 1945, The Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior's mother and grandmother. THIS EPISODE: April 23, 1946. " Old Letters & Trouble" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Raleigh, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire: Chapter 120: "Mail That Letter," with Willie Lump-Lump. Chapter 121: "Little Bitty Mailmen," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Anita Ellis, Rod O'Connor, GeGe Pearson, David Forrester and His Orchestra, Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan. 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Murder On The Trail (Aired August 16, 1948)
As portrayed on the screen, the white-haired Bill "Hopalong" Cassidy was usually clad strikingly in black (including his hat, an exception to the longstanding western film stereotype that only villains wore black hats). He was reserved and well spoken, with a fine sense of fair play. He was often called upon to intercede when dishonest characters were taking advantage of honest citizens. "Hoppy" and his white horse, Topper, usually traveled through the west with two companions — one young and trouble-prone with a weakness for damsels in distress, the other comically awkward and outspoken. The juvenile lead was successively played by James Ellison, Russell Hayden, George Reeves, and Rand Brooks. George Hayes originally played Cassidy's grizzled sidekick, Windy Halliday. THIS EPISODE: August 16, 1948. Program #7. Commodore syndication. "Murder On The Trail". Commercials added locally. A map of secret passages in "Lost Canyon" leads to murder. William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Walter White Jr. (producer), Albert Glaser (music director), Clarence Mulford (creator), John Barclay (writer), Ted Bliss (director). 28:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2015 12:00 AM PST
The Master Thief (Aired July 3, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. Apart from Christian or other religious broadcasting, this may have been the only nationwide attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s to air such a series. THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1977. Program #44. CBS network, WBBM, Chicago aircheck. "The Master Thief". Sponsored by: General Mills, United States Steel. The program was repeated on December 31, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." A local Chicago newscast and CBS net news (incomplete) follows the program. Tom Bosley (host), Jacob Grimm (author), Wilhelm Grimm (author), G. Frederic Lewis (adaptor), Paul Hecht, William Griffis, Himan Brown (producer, director), Bryna Raeburn, Robert Dryden, Gary Landay (CBS net newscaster), Chris Morton (Rhodesia). 40:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 08:00 PM PST
Jean Baptiste Troppmann - Killer Of Many (Aired February 17, 1954)
To characterize Crime Classics as a 'docudrama' stretches the point to bursting. From the fictional 'expert' host to the program titles, it's clear that Elliott Lewis very much intended this project to be a tongue-in-cheek send up of some of history's most notorious and infamous crimes. Indeed, it's obvious that given the over-the-top violence depicted in each of the program's accounts, there was no better palatable way to portray them during the 'family values' sensibilities of the 1950s. Even more obvious are the often apocryphal and anecdotal details used to frame many of these notorious crimes. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1954. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Jean Baptiste Troppmann, Killer Of Many". In 1865 France, a mere youth devises a way to fame and fortune through murder and mayhem. Lawrence Dobkin, Junius Matthews, Joseph Kearns, Irene Tedrow, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Lou Merrill (host), Jack Edwards, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Kurt Martell, Dix Davis, Bob Lemond (announcer). 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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