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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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April 30, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Storm (Annabelle Lee) Aired December 19, 1956
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. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1956. NBC network. "The Storm" "Annabelle Lee". Sustaining. Nelson Olmsted, McKnight Melmar (? author), Edgar Allan Poe (author), Ben Grauer (announcer), Kenneth MacGregor (director). 27:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 29, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
To None A Deadly Drug (Aired October 25, 1955)
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. Some of the same stories would later be adapted to TV and performed on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock was, after all, billed as "the Master of Suspense." And there was a certain amount of poetic justice in him borrowing from the radio series, since he was so instrumental in creating it. Examples of stories he recycled include "Banquo's Chair" and "Dead Ernest". THIS EPISODE: October 25, 1955. CBS network. "To None A Deadly Drug". Sustaining. A druggist gives a small boy the wrong medicine and tries to find the youngster before he kills himself with it. This is a network version. The system cue is added live. Virginia Eiler, John Stevenson, Jack Kruschen, Sammy Ogg, Henry Searles (writer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), Wilbur Hatch (conductor), Hy Averback, Larry Thor (announcer), Harry Bartell, Charlotte Lawrence, Barbara Eiler, Eve McVeagh, Antony Ellis (producer, transcriber). 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 29, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Angel Of The Street (Aired October 19, 1948)
The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. The series' success continued on radio until 1952. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1948. NBC network. "The Angel Of The Street". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso (Mercury-A-Day contest). "Violet, a lady of the streets, asks Steve Wilson to help Johnny Nolan. "Chick" Larson is luring him into a life of crime. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 30:41.

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April 29, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Sorry Wrong Number (Aired June 5, 1974)
The unmistakable voice of Bud Flanagan singing 'Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler?', a cod-Second World War propaganda singalong written especially for the show (by Jimmy Perry), introduced Dad's Army, the zenith of the British broad-comedy ensemble sitcom. Consistently good writing and a wonderful cast of old timers and newer talents combined to produce a whimsical period-piece that continues, justifiably, to be savoured and has now assumed a place in the 'hall of greats' pantheon, adored by new generations of the British public. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1974. "Sorry Wrong Number" Captain Mainwaring is horrified when he discovers half the platoon do not know how to use a telephone correctly. He attempts to instruct them on the correct use to aid better communication between men on patrol and the church hall. However, when a German plane crashes in the resevoir, Jones puts these methods to the test with chaotic results...Cast: Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring) , John Le Mesurier (Sergeant Wilson), Clive Dunn (Lance Corporal Jones), John Laurie (Private Frazer), Ian Lavender (Private Pike), Graham Stark (Private Walker), Bill Pertwee (The ARP Warden), Pearl Hackney (Mrs Pike), Avril Angers (The Telephone Operator), John Forest (Lieutenant Hope-Bruce), John Snagge (BBC Announcer)

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April 29, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
45 Calibre Teapot (Starring Jack Benny) 05-19-54 Aired May 19, 1954
Meaningful Stories from Years Past that Continue to Inspire Families Today. Families, then and now, face similar situations and struggles: communication, honesty, gambling, music, alcoholism, sports and many spiritual questions, such as life after death. How we address these struggles makes all the difference in strengthening our family bonds. These compelling half-hour dramas offer inspiring insights into how to build unity within your family. Join us on a visit with the stars of the past for an uplifting, humorous and meaningful look into family life. When actor Jimmy Stewart hosted that first episode of Family Theater in 1947, he told the radio audience that Family Theater was dedicated to the family “with the hope that families everywhere will always be together and that your home will be a happy one—with the conviction that prayer, simple prayer, will help keep it that way.” THIS EPISODE May 19, 1954. Mutual network. "The .45 Caliber Teapot". Sustaining. A meek little man discovers an ancient formula that changes things around quite a bit. The program opening is slightly upcut. Verna Felton, Charlotte Lawrence, John T. Kelly (director, transcriber), Robert Hugh O'Sullivan (writer), Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Frederick Shields, Lee Miller, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Larry Chatterton (announcer). 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 08:56 PM PDT
Portrait Of A Tycoon (Aired April 20, 1956)
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. Corwin's well-deserved acclaim aside, the various other CBS experimental programming efforts over the years very much set the bar for other networks. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1956. CBS network. "Portrait Of A Tycoon". Sustaining. A sound portrait of William Zeckendorf, a New York real estate magnate. Martin Weldon, Bob Hite (announcer). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 03:59 PM PDT
Death Is Blind (Aired November 20, 1938)
One of the most popular radio shows in history. The show went on the air in August of 1930. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to "cloud men's minds." THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1938. Mutual network. "Death Is Blind". Sponsored by: Blue Coal. William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer). 28:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 11:00 AM PDT
Suspicious Will (Aired January 31, 1946)
Rogue's Gallery starred different actors as Rogue, in later incarnations of the series, but Richard Powell was the most popular. This series preceded Richard Powell's most famous series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1946. "Suspicious Will" - Mutual network. Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoos, Fitch's Shaving Cream. Anson Leeds has died, leaving behind a puzzling will. A judge asks Richard Rogue to investigate. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds. 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
The Butler Did It (Aired April 14, 1944)
Amos Jones and Andy Brown worked on a farm near Atlanta, Georgia, and during the episodes of the first week, they made plans to find a better life in Chicago, despite warnings from a friend. With four ham and cheese sandwiches and $24, they bought train tickets and headed for Chicago where they lived in a State Street rooming house and experienced some rough times before launching their own business, the Fresh Air Taxi Company. With the listening audience increasing in the spring and summer of 1928, the show's success prompted the Pepsodent Company to bring it to the NBC Blue Network on August 19, 1929. At this time the Blue Network was not heard on stations in the West. Western listeners complained to NBC, they wanted to hear the show. Under special arrangements Amos 'n' Andy debuted coast-to-coast November 28, 1929 on NBC's Pacific Orange Network and continued on the Blue. At the same time, the serial's central characters -- Amos, Andy and George "The Kingfish" Stevens -- relocated from Chicago to Harlem. THIS EPISODE: April 14, 1944. "The Butler Did It" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rinso. Andy is accused of stealing $2000 because his cigar lighter was found at the scene. The system cue has been deleted. Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Harlow Wilcox (announcer). 26:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Case of the Carnival Caper (Aired July 31, 1948)
The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Returning to CBS on January 8, 1949, it ran until June 25, 1955, sponsored by Grape-Nuts and Wrigley's chewing gum. The final series was on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 5, 1955 to November 27, 1957. THIS EPISODE: July 31, 1948. Program #540. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Carnival Caper". Sponsored by: Arrow Audio. "Robbery rode the show train until police officers found the mysterious passenger and stopped murder on the carnival midway." WRVR rebroadcast date: April 18, 1974. Robert Dryden (narrator-by-proxy), Arthur Vinton, Bill Smith, Frank Readick, Jean Ellen, Stanley Niss (writer), Phillips H. Lord (producer), William Sweets (director), Don Gardiner (announcer). 22:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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