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A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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...


by Bob Camardella
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September 02, 2014 02:00 AM PDT
Hiram's Goldstrike (Aired January 10, 1954)
He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. He became involved in a delighful Western version of Cinderella, complete with grouchy stepmother, ugly sisters, and a shoe that didn't fit. And at Christmas he told a young runaway the story of A Christmas Carol, Substituting the original Dickens characters with Western heavies. Britt even had time to fall in love, but it was the age-old story of people from different worlds, and the romance was foredoomed despite their valiant efforts to save it. So we got a cowboy-into-the-sunset ending for this series, truly one of the bright spots of radio. Unfortunately, it came too late, and lasted only one season. It was a transcribed show, sustained by NBC and directed by Jack Johnstone. Basil Adlam provided the music and Frank Burt wrote the scripts. Hal Gibney announced. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1954. "Hiram's Goldstrike" - NBC network. Sustaining. An old prospector named Hiram finally strikes it rich. Britt uses his guns in a gunfight (which despite the name of the series, was a very rare occurance), and promptly gets shot at the assay office during a holdup. Jimmy Stewart, Hal Gibney (announcer), Basil Adlam (music), Jack Johnstone (director), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Howard McNear, Herb Vigran, Barney Phillips, William Johnstone, Tony Barrett. 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2014 09:53 PM PDT
The Surprise Play (Aired November 27, 1948)
Merriwell originally appeared in a series of magazine stories starting April 18, 1896 ("Frank Merriwell: or, First Days at Fardale") in Tip Top Weekly, continuing through 1912, and later in dime novels and comic books. Patten would confine himself to a hotel room for a week to write an entire story. The Frank Merriwell comic strip began in 1928, continuing until 1936. Daily strips from 1934 provided illustrations for the 1937 Big Little Book. There are at least three generations of Merriwells: Frank, his half-brother Dick, and Frank's son, Frank Jr. There is a marked difference between Frank and Dick. Frank usually handled challenges on his own. A film serial entitled The Adventures of Frank Merriwell was created by Universal Studios in 1936. THIS EPISODE: November 27, 1948. NBC network. "The Surprise Play". Sustaining. Frank and Bart inadvertently ruin a deal for a plot of land that Yale wants to buy. They try to make amends but succeed only on the gridiron. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2014 06:51 PM PDT
Pennies From The Dead (Aired October 1, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. THIS EPISODE: October 1, 1952. Program #24. ZIV Syndication. "Pennies From The Dead". Commercials added locally. The Party instructs Cvetic to impersonate a Soviet agent to claim the estate of a dead Russian-American soldier. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2014 04:00 PM PDT
The Adventure Of Three On A Match (Aired September 18, 1949)
The Series was heard over all four networks over the following four years in initial syndication and rebroadcast. Given one's geographical location, a listener might well have been able to hear as many as three or four weekly airings of The Adventures of Frank Race. Seasoned writer Joel Murcott joined Broadcasters Program Syndicate for the express purpose of writing and supervising Bruce Eells' first two dramatic offerings, Frontier Town, starring Jeff Chandler under the tongue in cheek performing name 'Tex Chandler' and The Adventures of Frank Race initially starring durable and versatile character actor Tom Collins. Legendary composer Ivan Ditmars scored both the audition and production series. The audition for the series was recorded during February 1949. The audition featured Tom Collins as former attorney and O.S.S. officer, Frank Race. Race is aided by his associate, former cab driver, Marcus 'Marc' Donovan portrayed by Tony Barrett. Lurene Tuttle is also featured in the audition. The audition lays out the premise for the contemplated series. THIS EPISODE: September 18, 1949. Program #21. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of Three On A Match". Commercials added locally. In Bordeaux, the European Children's Fund has been cheated out of its relief funds. The beautiful Marie Vartell holds the clue to the missing $2 million dollars. Tom Collins, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Gerald Mohr, Jeanne Bates, Paul Dubov, Michael Ann Barrett. 26:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2014 12:23 PM PDT
Death In The Pines (Aired March 4, 1944)
Nick Carter, Master Detective - Nick Carter is the name of a popular fictional detective who first appeared in in a dime novel entitled "The Old Detective's Pupil" on September 18, 1886. In 1915, Nick Carter Weekly became Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine. Novels featuring Carter continued to appear through the 1950s, by which time there was also a popular radio show, Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. 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. THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1944. Mutual network. "Death In The Pines," or "The Mystery Of The Murdered Driver". Sustaining. Lon Clark, Helen Choate, John Kane, Humphrey Davis, Jock MacGregor (producer, director, occasional writer), Lew White (musician). 29:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Stock Investments (Aired September 27, 1949)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. THIS EPISODE: September 27, 1949. "Stock Investments" - CBS network. Sustaining. The program has moved to 9:30 P. M. on a new day (Tuesdays). Luigi invests in the stock market. J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Lou Derman (writer), Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Ken Peters, Joe Forte, Jody Gilbert, Lud Gluskin (music director), Bob Lemond (announcer). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Nebraska Jack (Aired August 3, 1958)
Frontier Gentleman was a radio Western series heard on CBS from February 2 to November 16, 1958. Written and directed by Antony Ellis, it followed the adventures of J.B. Kendall (John Dehner), a London Times reporter, as he roamed the Western United States, encountering various outlaws and well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James and Calamity Jane. Written and directed by Antony Ellis, it followed the adventures of journalist Kendall as he roamed the Western United States in search of stories for the Times. Along the way, he encountered various fictional drifters and outlaws in addition to well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Music for the series was by Wilbur Hatch and Jerry Goldsmith, who also supplied the opening trumpet theme. THIS EPISODE: August 3, 1958. CBS network. "Nebraska Jack". Sustaining. Jack has five Indian wives, many children, and an understandable taste for whiskey. The public service announcements have been partially deleted. John Dehner, Joseph Kearns, Jack Moyles, Virginia Gregg, Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Bud Sewell (announcer). 25:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 31, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Cry Of The Hunted (Aired September 22, 1944)
Author's Playhouse was an anthology radio drama series, created by Wynn Wright, that aired on the NBC Blue Network from March 5, 1941 until October 1941. It then moved to the NBC Red Network where it was heard until June 4, 1945. Philip Morris was the sponsor in 1942-43. Premiering with "Elementals" by Stephen Vincent Benét, the series featured adaptations of stories by famous authors, such as “Mr. Mergenthwirker’s Lobbies” by Nelson Bond, "The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico, "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, "The Piano" by William Saroyan and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber. Cast members included Curley Bradley, John Hodiak, Marvin Miller, Nelson Olmsted, Fern Persons, Olan Soule and Les Tremayne. Orchestra conductors for the program were Joseph Gallicchio, Rex Maupin and Roy Shield. Directors included Norman Felton, Homer Heck and Fred Weihe. The series was a precursor to several NBC radio programs of the late 1940s and early 1950s: The World's Great Novels, NBC Presents: Short Story and The NBC University Theater. THIS EPISODE: September 22, 1944. NBC network. "Cry For The Hunted". Sustaining. A man is almost crazy from his attempts to escape from the Nazis. Frederick J. Lipp (author). 30:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 31, 2014 08:14 PM PDT
The Betrayer (Aired April 2, 1948)
NBC's Mystery Theater began airing with much fanfare on September 7, 1943. The series promised stories from the greatest classical and contemporary mystery authors -- and production values to match. And it kept its promise. It was aided from the outset by the addition of an 'annotator'-- as it was described in the 1940s --named Geoffrey Barnes. The annotator served in the role of expositor, filling in on the plot development as necessary and providing a back-story when needed. The apparent distinction made between a narrator and an annotator, was a matter of degree. Mr. Barnes, a distinguished and celebrated amateur criminologist in his own right, was apparently on hand to help the listener analyze and understand the various mysteries and their underlying crimes within each script. The program appears to have aired sustained for its first three months, with three to five sponsors beginning to make an appearance with Program #17, "The Mystery of The Seven Keys" of December 28, 1943. There is a circulating program titled "Homicide for Hannah", that should have been the first Molle Mystery Theater, but there is no provenance anywhere that the initial program ever actually aired. This is the first circulating program in which we hear the program refer to itself as Molle Mystery Theater. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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August 31, 2014 04:26 PM PDT
Dead Man's Holiday (Aired June 19, 1945)
Inner Sanctum Mysteries was a horror anthology series with a unique sound and a very popular host. For the first four years, "Raymond" greeted guests after an incredibly squeaky door slowly opened at the beginning of each show. His ghoulish puns were accentuated with the flourish of what sounded like a baseball park organ. The stories themselves were directed by Himan Brown, one of the most prolific and talented radio directors of all time (Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Bulldog Drummond, The Adventures of the Thin Man, Terry and the Pirates, Grand Central Station, and many others). The stories took all sorts of twists and turns, and the body count often exceeded the number of commercials. As Brown himself described it, "We've killed our characters every way. We've knifed them, garroted them, burned them, poisoned them, bashed their heads, given them rare and fantastic diseases, pushed them out of windows and over cliffs." THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1945. CBS network. "Dead Man's Holiday". Sponsored by: Lipton Tea and Soup. A man finds his face changed, a grave with his name on it, and his wife married to another man. Myron McCormick, Alan Devitt, Santos Ortega, Paul McGrath (host), Mary Bennett (commercial spokesman), Robert Sloane (writer). 25:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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