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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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October 19, 2018 04:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Practical Joker (Aired February 25, 1951)
This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1945, and then came to TV ten years later in this Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; Charles McGraw had been in many motion pictures before and after including "The Killers", "Spartacus" and "Cimarron"; in this series he played the title role of a man whose real name was supposedly Mike Waring, an American agent whose code name was "Falcon"; Later Charles McGraw starred in a short lived TV version of "Casablanca" (1955 - 1956) in the character of Rick; He also had a role on the detective drama "Staccato" (1959) Actor McGraw (whose birth name was Charles Butters) met an unfortunate death in real life when he fell through a shower glass door in 1980 at his home in Studio City, CA. THIS EPISODE: February 25, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Practical Joker". Sponsored by: Kraft Cheese Spreads. Red Davis has been murdered. Chuck Morgan had been bragging that he's going to kill Morgan. Mrs. Davis remarries only twelve hours after Red's deat! This is a case for Mike Waring...The Falcon! Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Eugene Wang (writer), Ann Williams (a drama student at Sarah Lawrence College), Drexel Drake (creator), Arlo (music), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Richard Lewis (director), Ken Lynch. 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 19, 2018 11:00 AM PDT
The Girl From Kansas (Aired June 5, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. ‘The Slasher’, broadcast on 10 November 1950, the last show of season one, has a very loosely Ripper-derived plot in which Stone searches for an artist. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1950. "The Girl From Kansas" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Wheaties. A story of young love and old death. A girl from Kansas named Linda Johnson has been arrested for grand theft. She's bailed out by someone she doesn't even know. Frank Lovejoy, Frank Martin (announcer), Warren Lewis (writer, producer, director), Larry Marcus (editor), Frank Worth (music), Barbara Fuller, Gerald Mohr, Jeanette Nolan, Lou Krugman, Francis Chaney. 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 19, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
Deck Of Cards (Part 2 of 2) 1937
Between the first and second world wars, Poirot traveled all over Europe and the Middle East investigating crimes and murders. Most of his cases happened during this period and he was at the height of his powers at this point in his life. The Murder On the Links saw the Belgian pit his grey cells against a French murderer. In the Middle East he solved The Murder on the Orient Express (though the bulk of the story takes places in the territory of the former-Yugoslavia), the Death on the Nile, and the Murder in Mesopotamia with ease and even survived An Appointment with Death. However he did not travel to the Americas or Australia, probably due to his sea sickness.

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October 19, 2018 01:00 AM PDT
Deck Of Cards (Part 1 of 2) 1937
During the first world war, Poirot left Belgium for Britain as a refugee. It was here, on 16 July 1916, that he again met his lifelong friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, and solved the first of his cases to be published: The Mysterious Affair at Styles. After that case Poirot apparently came to the attention of the British secret service, and undertook cases for the British government, including foiling the attempted abduction of the Prime Minister. After the war Poirot became a free agent and began undertaking civilian cases. He moved into what became both his home and work address, 56B Whitehaven Mansions, Sandhurst Square,London W1. It was chosen by Poirot for its symmetry. His first case was "The Affair at the Victory Ball", which saw Poirot enter the high society and begin his career as a private detective.

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October 18, 2018 08:00 PM PDT
Two Episodes From 1937 (11-09-37) (11-23-37)
The Phyl Coe Mysteries was a syndicated radio series that came out in 1936, with the lead character's name designed to reflect the sponsor, Philco Radio Tubes. PHYL (short for Phyllis) COE is described as the "beautiful girl detective". She was a private investigator who was smart, aggressive, and a "take-charge" lady. Cast and crew have not yet been identified. None of the solutions to each episode appear in it, since the original listeners were supposed to send in their answers to Philco and win cash prizes. About 12 episodes are known to be in circulation. At the heigth of its popularity about 250 radio stations throughout the U.S. were airing this 15 program. The contest was run by Geare-Marston, Inc of Philadelphia. TODAY'S SHOW: The Laughing Ghost Mystery (11-09-37) and The Jagged Rock Mystery (11-23-37) November 9, 1937. Program #10. Philco syndication. "The Laughing Ghost Mystery". Sponsored by: Philco Radios and Tubes. This ghost also kills, when he's not a ventriloquist's traveling voice! Bud Collyer, Peggy Allenby. November 23, 1937. Program #12. Philco syndication. "The Jagged Rock Mystery". Sponsored by: Philco Radios and Tubes. Phyl Coe solves a murder at Canadian ski resort, and breaks up a dope smuggling ring too! The date is subject to correction. Bud Collyer, Peggy Allenby.

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October 18, 2018 03:00 PM PDT
June Gould (Starring Jack Webb (Aired September 12, 1951)
Pete Kelly was a musician, a cornet player who headed his own jazz combo, "Pete Kelly's Big Seven." They worked at 417 Cherry Street, a speakeasy run by George Lupo, often mentioned but never heard. Kelly, narrating the series, described Lupo as a "fat, friendly little guy." The plots typically centered around Kelly's reluctant involvement with gangsters, gun molls, FBI agents, and people trying to save their own skins. The endings were often downbeat. The series inspired a 1955 film version of Pete Kelly's Blues, in which Jack Webb produced, directed and starred. It used many of the same musicians, including Cathcart, and Ella Fitzgerald was cast as Maggie Jackson. A lesser-known television version, still produced and directed by Webb but with William Reynolds in the lead, aired in 1959, using scripts originally written for the radio version. THIS EPISODE: September 12, 1951. Program #12. "June Gould" - NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. June Gould's mother has arrived in Kansas City looking for her, and asks Pete to help. Good radio, possibly dated September 15, 1951. Arthur Hamilton (composer), Dick Cathcart (cornet), George Van Eps (guitar), Jack Webb, Jed Demott ( bass), Joe Eisinger (writer), Matty Matlock, Moe Schneider (trombone), Nick Fatool (drums), Ray Sherman (piano). 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 18, 2018 10:00 AM PDT
Strickly Business (Aired February 16, 1955)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. It aired on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream-Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. In 1955 it was the eighth most popular show on radio, as noted in Time: The Nielsen ratings of the top ten radio shows seemed to indicate that not much has changed in radio. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. The theme was the March from Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges.

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October 18, 2018 05:00 AM PDT
The Vanderlips On Holiday (Aired June 16, 1949)
During a typical 23-minute episode of the Burns and Allen show, the vast majority of the dialogue and speaking parts were written for Allen, who was credited with having the genius to deliver her lengthy diatribes in a fashion that made it look as though she was making her arguments up on the spot. (One running gag on the TV show was the existence of a closet full of hats belonging to various visitors to the Burns household, where the guests would slip out the door unnoticed, leaving their hats behind, rather than face another round with Gracie.) A continuing joke on the show was that George would say, "Say good night, Gracie," and Gracie would say, "Good night Gracie!" Ralph Pape used the catchphrase for the title of his play, Say Goodnight, Gracie, produced by Steppenwolf in 1983, and the phrase lives on as a title of other books and stage productions. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1949. "The Vanderlips On Holiday" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Maxwell House Coffee. Gracie tries to break up a romance between Emily Vanderlip and guest Rudy Vallee. Bill Goodwin, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Harry Lubin and His Orchestra, Keith Fowler (writer), Marylee Robb, Paul Henning (writer), Richard Crenna, Rudy Vallee, Tobe Reed (announcer). 28:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 18, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
Two Episodes - "Some People Die Only Once" (05-14-74) and "The Reward" (05-15-74)
The Zero Hour was a 1973-74 radio drama anthology series hosted by Rod Serling.With tales of mystery, adventure and suspense, the program aired in stereo for two seasons. Some of the scripts were written by Serling. Originally placed into syndication on Septermber 3, 1973, the series was picked up by the Mutual Broadcasting System in December of that year. 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. Mutual affiliates could broadcast the series in any time slot that they wished. 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.

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October 17, 2018 07:00 PM PDT
Homicide House (Aired June 30, 1945)
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. With a known run of at least 52 unique scripts and more doubtful further 39 to 52 scripts, it would appear that the series was in demand for at least four years--in and out of syndication. Given the high quality of NBC Network voice talent in the circulating episodes, one can well imagine that the remainder of the yet alleged, undiscovered, or uncirculated episodes have at least as much to recommend them. Thankfully, as with many other examples of Golden Age Radio productions, many of the existing episodes in circulation can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service [AFRTS]. THIS EPISODE: June 30, 1945. NBC syndication. "Homicide House". Commercials added locally. Two reporters investigating a murder come upon a rundown mansion inhabited by a strange trio who insist it's still 1898! Edwin Wolfe (director). 24:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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