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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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August 01, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Lone Ranger" - White Horses (Aired January 11, 1946)
Tonto was played throughout the run by actor John Todd (although there were a few isolated occasions when he was replaced by Roland Parker, better known as Kato for much of the run of sister series The Green Hornet), and other supporting players were selected from Detroit area actors and studio staff. These included Jay Michael (who also played the lead on Challenge of the Yukon aka Sgt. Preston of the Yukon), Bill Saunders (as various villains, including Butch Cavendish), Paul Hughes (as the Ranger's friend Thunder Martin and as various army colonels and badmen), future movie star John Hodiak, Janka Fasciszewska (under the name Jane Fae), and others. The part of nephew Dan Reid was played by various child actors, including Bob Martin, James Lipton, and Dick Beals. The last new radio episode of the Lone Ranger was aired on September 3, 1954. THIS EPISODE: January 11, 1946. Program #2024/1249. Syndicated. "Mort Prentice"/"White Horses". Music fill for local commercial insert. It looks like the Lone Ranger has been killed near Baker City! He wasn't, of course, but the clue to the crime lies with one of three horse. In town to sell a special diamond, Mr. Yorick has been shot and the diamond stolen (alas, poor Yorick)! Dan Reid appears in the story. Brace Beemer, John Todd, George W. Trendle (writer), Fran Striker (writer), Betty Joyce (writer). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Jewel Mystery Of Channel Island (2 Parts COMPLETE) Aired September 11, 1940
After his father was killed by a gangster's bullet, young Dan Garrett joined the New York Police Department, but soon tired of the slow pace and red tape of police work. With the help of his friend and mentor, pharmacist and drug-store proprietor Dr. Franz, Dan acquired a costume of bullet-proof chain-mail-like cellulose material, and began a second life, fighting crime as The Blue Beetle. His calling card was a small beetle-shaped marker that he left in conspicuous places to alert criminals to his presence, using their fear of his crime fighting reputation as a weapon against them. For this purpose he also used a "Beetle Signal" flashlight. The Blue Beetle's reputation was not his only weapon -- he carried a revolver in a blue holster on his belt, and was sometimes shown wearing a multi-pouched belt after the style set by Batman. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1940. Program #47. Fox Features syndication. "The Jewel Mystery Of Channel Island" Part one. Commercials added locally. The Blue Beetle begins an investigation of jewel robberies on an island resort. 12:18. September 13, 1940. Program #48. Fox Features syndication. "The Jewel Mystery Of Channel Island" Part two. Commercials added locally. Recovering from a hundred foot jump into the sea, the Blue Beetle captures the jewel thief. The last show of the series. 12:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Little Happenthatch aka Waxwork (Aired May 23, 1969)
This series was written by Michael McCabe and was produced in South Africa. It was a replacement for another series McCabe produced, called SF68. That series adapted famous Sci-fi stories to radio, and it seems to have been the place where McCabe honed his craft. The subject matter to Beyond Midnight was more horror oriented, including madness, murder, and supernatural sleuths! What survives today doesn't involve a horror host per se, but a few include framing narration (by someone involved in the plot) while others just start up the story with no announcer or lead-in whatsoever. So it's possible the regular host or announcer was left off (edited out) of the recordings. The host-- if there was one-- may have only been heard by those who listened to this series when it first aired. It's another radio mystery we may never know for sure, but we're lucky to at least have some of the recordings!

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July 31, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Abandoned Baby (Aired May 3, 1950)
In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carough, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb. THIS EPISODE: May 3, 1950. "Abandoned Baby" - Program #14. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. A baby has been abandoned in one of Blair Hospital's ambulances. Jack Webb portrays a cynical police lieutenant. Well written. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Jack Webb, Les Crutchfield (writer), Virginia Gregg, Dick Joy (announcer), William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Edwin Max, Lillian Buyeff, Jerry Hausner. 27:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Carved Ham (Aired April 8, 1951)
Like Boston Blackie, a long, lucrative and convuluted career in film, radio and television soon followed, as The Falcon's occupation and even his name were changed from medium to medium. Regardless of the date of his first literary appearance, The Falcon was first brought to the screen in a 1941 RKO film, as a replacement for its popular series of B's featuring Leslie Charteris' The Saint. Except for the name change, at first at least it was pretty hard to tell the difference. The Falcon was also a good-looking suave, sophisticated type, a sort of freelance gentleman adventurer. The first film, 1941's The Gay Falcon, proved successful enough to warrant a long string of sequels, three with George Sanders (who had previously played The Saint) in the lead, although he was now called Gay Lawrence (as far as I know, none of the films or television or radio episodes ever explains why he's known as The Falcon). THIS EPISODE: April 8, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Carved Hand". Sponsored by: Kraft Velveeta, Kraft Caramels. The Falcon suspects that Joe Santos is behind the killing of Brian King and the mutilation of Stuart Van Dyke. Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Jackson Beck, Mason Adams, Eugene Wang (writer), Ken Lynch, Glenda Isby (Vassar dramatic student), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Drexel Drake (creator), Arlo (music), Richard Lewis (director). 24:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Looking For Trouble (Aired January 29, 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. David Forrester and David Rose led the orchestra, featuring vocalist Anita Ellis. The announcers were Pat McGeehan and Rod O'Connor. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1946. NBC network, Hollywood origination. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire, Chapter 81: "Looking For Trouble." "The Man Who Stole My Gal," with Deadeye. Chapter 82: "I've Been Insulted," with Clem Kadiddlehopper. Chapter 83: "Time To Go To Bed, Kiddies," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor (announcer), David Forrester and His Orchestra, Anita Ellis, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton, Wonderful Smith. 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Gunsmoke Rides The Stagecoach Trail (Aired April 4, 1949)
The enormous success of the television series made Boyd a star. 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. THIS EPISODE: April 4, 1949. Program #40. Commodore syndication. "Gunsmoke Rides The Stagecoach Trail". Commercials added locally. Red Pritchard, the nester, is accused of robbing the stage of the mine payroll. Howard Swart (writer), Joseph Du Val, Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber), William Boyd (host). 31:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
An Eye For An Eye (Aired April 27, 1974)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. It was picked up by several short-wave and FM stations in the U.S. and enjoyed broadcast airing over several American public broadcasting stations from 1973, on. The BBC's proscription against commercial broadcast of its productions left only national or public broadcasting networks and stations capable of airing the compelling program. Show Notes From The Digital Deli

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July 30, 2015 07:06 PM PDT
Dead Man Control (Aired March 20, 1947)
30-minute murder mystery stories adapted for radio by Stedman Coles or Wyllis Cooper from based on and featuring some of the stories from the Doubleday Crime Club books. Crime Club was broadcast by Mutual and produced and directed by Roger Bower. The post war stories were by various different authors and adapted for radio by among others Stedman Coles and Wyllis Cooper (writer of Lights Out and Quiet Please). The narrator played by Barry Thomson is the supposed curator of the Crime Club library. He speaks to the listener as if they have just arrived or phoned and requested one of the Club's books. The story would end with the Librarian informing you that there was a new Crime Club book available this week and every week in bookstores everywhere. THIS EPISODE: March 20, 1947. Mutual network. "Dead Men Control". Sustaining. A millionaire is killed while opening his wall safe. A large diamond is found missing, but is found again too soon. Helen Riley (writer), Ted Osborne, Alice Frost, Elspeth Eric. 28:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2015 03:02 PM PDT
The Bloodstained Coin (Aired October 26, 1937)
Calling All Cars was one of the earliest police shows on the air. It ran from Nov. 29, 1933-Sept. 8, 1939. It’s sponsor was the Rio Grande Oil Company, which is why the show only ran in areas where Rio Grande "cracked" gasoline was sold. The sponsor promoted its "close ties" with police departments in Arizona and Southern California, urging listeners to buy its product for "police car performance" in their own cars. As shows of this nature do it dealt with tracking killers and robbers with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. Calling All Cars episodes were dramatized true crime stories that were not only introduced by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department but were true life crime stories of the LAPD. THIS EPISODE: October 26, 1937. Program #205. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Bloodstained Coin". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. The murder of Theodore Wallman has taken place in Leona Canyon. Jesse Rosenquist (dispatcher), A. C. Dowall (host, from the Sheriff's office of Los Angles county), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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