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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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May 30, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - The Red Terror (Aired March 28, 1949)
The Mutual Broadcasting System began broadcasting a radio version of Hopalong Cassidy, with Andy Clyde (later George McMichael on Walter Brennan's ABC sitcom The Real McCoys) as the sidekick, in January 1950; at the end of September, the show moved to CBS Radio, where it ran into 1952. Hopalong Cassidy also appeared on the cover of national magazines, such as Look, Life, and Time. Boyd earned millions as Hopalong ($800,000 in 1950 alone), mostly from merchandise licensing and endorsement deals. In 1950, Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the first lunch box to bear an image, causing sales for Aladdin Industries to jump from 50,000 units to 600,000 units in just one year. In stores, more than 100 companies in 1950 manufactured $70 million of Hopalong Cassidy products, including children's dinnerware, pillows, roller skates, soap, wristwatches, and jackknives. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 28, 1949. Program #38. Commodore syndication. "The Red Terror". Commercials added locally. A huge Indian prize-fighter kills a man in the ring. Irwin Ashkenazie (writer), Joseph Du Val (as "California"), Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber), William Boyd, Albert Glaser (music director), Clarence Mulford (creator), Ted Bliss (director). 32:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 29, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
The Good Boy (Aired November 17, 1954)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewsis 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. Airing 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. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. THIS EPISODE: November 17, 1954. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Good Boy". The nicest kid in town turns out to be a professional punk. Martin Blaine, Don Briggs, Frederick L. Collins (creator), Betty Mandeville (producer, director). 24:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 29, 2016 05:00 PM PDT
The Combination Murder Case (Aired June 14, 1949)
Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1949. Program #49. ZIV Syndication. "The Combination Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Joyce Dixon, the owner of a gambling operation, reports to the cops that she's about to be murdered! However, her gardener and ex-fiance are the ones who get killed! Watch out for that sandwich! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Henry Sylvern (organist). 267:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 29, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Front Page Story (Aired November 13, 1948)
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute NBC Saturday morning show, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. The announcer was Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. THIS EPISODE: November 13, 1948. NBC network. "The Front Page Story". Sustaining. An enterprising reporter digs up a scandal about one of the star players on the Yale football squad. Charles Webster, Elaine Rost, Hal Studer, James McCallion, Kermit Murdock, Lawson Zerbe, Paul Taubman (music), Richard Keith, Tex Antoine, William Griffis, Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 29, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Alan The Fullback (Aired November 13, 1945)
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: November 13, 1945. "Alan The Fullback" ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Alan finds himself playing football against the State Prison team, "The Rock Crushers." Alan Young, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra, Jim Backus, Jean Gillespie, Dickie Monahan, Bob Shepherd (announcer), Minerva Pious, Walter Tetley, Four Chicks and Chuck. 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 29, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
The Search For Life (04-12-42)
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves (or dogs with indigestion?) in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). THIS EPISODE: April 12, 1942. World syndication. "The Search For Life". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. A research scientist is trying to "recreate a dead person" and "control death." His assistant plans to kill his fiancee after she rejects him, and bring her back to life with no memory! There are dead bodies all over the place! 25:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
"To Build A Fire" and "Three Skeleton Keys" (Aired February 27, 1957)
Nelson Olmsted was a national treasure. Over a broadcasting career of thirty-five years, Olmsted's soothing, reassuring, and highly versatile narrations graced thousands of broadcast recordings. While also a prolific and highly successful actor in both Radio and Television, it's Olmsted's literature readings and narrations that are the focus of this series and this article. Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. On the plus side of the equation were Nelson Olmsted's extremely loyal following throughout the U.S. combined with the classic nature of the stories which comprised the series. These stories were many of the most popular and compelling supernatural stories and adventures in literary history. THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1957. NBC network. "To Build A Fire" "Three Skeleton Key". Sustaining. A man all alone in the Yukon starts to freeze to death. Also, three men in a lighthouse are menaced by thousands of rats. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer), Jack London (author). 27:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2016 05:00 PM PDT
People Are No Good (Aired September 8, 1957)
Beginning with CBS' Columbia Workshop from 1936 to 1947, CBS set out to experiment with Radio--to push that invisible envelope of the speed of sound, the speed of light, and to capitalize on the human listeners' comparitively narrow band of audible sound. Not so much experiment in terms of hardware technology, as in Radio's earliest efforts in 'broad casting' radio transmissions, but in concept, engineering, scoring and production technique. The most well-known and widely acclaimed proponent of these techniques was Norman Corwin. Corwin was so critically and popularly successful in experimental broadcasts that CBS gave him virtual carte blanche to produce whatever projects he deemed of possible interest--at least until the HUAC years anyway. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 8, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "People Are No Good". Great radio writing, dedicated to anyone who ever got up on the wrong side of the bed. A man on a desert island...Manhattan! 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 28, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
Pattern For Murder (Aired May 29, 1950)
Christopher London was the name and the hero of this 1950 radio show that related the adventures and exploits of a private eye who will "go anywhere and do anything...for a price." Of an added interest is the fact that this guy is supposedly based on a character created by Erle Stanley Gardner. It's an excellent detective drama with Glen Ford in the lead role. Supporting cast compliment his talent. There is little else known about this NBC 1950 presentation. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1950. NBC network. "Pattern For Murder". Sustaining. After a concert at Carnegie Hall, a famous composer/pianist is poisoned at a nightclub, while sitting with Christopher and a phoney redhead. Erle Stanley Gardner (creator), William N. Robson (producer, director, transcriber), Glenn Ford, Ben Wright, Eleanor Audley, Bernard Schoenfeld (writer), Van Cleve (composer, conductor), Ramsay Hill, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Georgia Ellis, Rick Vallin. 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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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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