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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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September 30, 2014 04:29 PM PDT
The Juvenile Passenger (Aired July 3, 1949)
The Adventures of Frank Race was a syndicated show, out of Bruce Ells Productions in Hollywood, and began airing on radio in the spring of 1949. A total of 43 episodes were produced, broadcast first on the East coast 1949-50, and then on the West coast 1951-52. The title hero was described in the introduction by announcer Art Gilmore with these words: "Before the war, FRANK RACE worked as an attorney, but he traded his law books for the cloak-and-dagger of the OSS. When the war was over, his former life was over too....adventure became his business!" Starring "Chandu The Magician" Star Tom Collins. THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1949. Program #10. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Juvenile Passenger". Commercials added locally. A fourteen-year-old girl has run away from an orphanage, accused of stealing jewelry. Tom Collins, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Jack Carrington, Michael Ann Barrett, Jack Kruschen, Bert Holland. 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 12:30 PM PDT
The Pit Viper (Aired April 27, 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. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1952. Program #5. ZIV Syndication. "The Pit Viper". Commercials added locally. Cvetic tries to prevent the Party from creating unrest among American miners. Dana Andrews, William Conrad, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:31.

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September 30, 2014 08:12 AM PDT
Careless Employees (Aired February 2, 1947)
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. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. THIS EPISODE: February 2, 1947. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Careless Employees". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. Window washers are meeting "accidental" deaths...and Nick finds this a "pane." Lon Clark, Al Hodge. 25:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - The Silver Buckle (Aired January 17, 1954)
The Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series of folksy Western adventures. Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt. The epigraph set it up nicely: "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter." Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter. Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking maverick who usually blundered into other people's troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. THIS EPISODE: January 17, 1954. "The Silver Buckle" - NBC network. Sustaining. A trip through a mountain pass with two strange companions...with a strange purpose. This is a network version of cat. #17450. Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director), Basil Adlam (music), Forrest Lewis, William Conrad, Frank Burt (creator, writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Eleanor Audley, Frank Gerstle, Joel Cranston. 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 12:00 AM 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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September 29, 2014 07:14 PM PDT
Breakdown (Aired June 12, 1945)
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 Theatre, 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 Theatre. But throughout its NBC run, we hear sponsorship by Ironized Yeast, Energene, Bayer Aspirin, Sterling Drug, and Molle. To its everlasting credit, NBC clearly went to great lengths to promote the script titles, performers and authors of each program to the nation's newpapers. From 1943 through 1948, Mystery Theatre was one of the most well documented and promoted radio programs of its time. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 12, 1945. Program #104. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Breakdown". A confused English drama about a man planning to murder his mistress, or his wife, or both? AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." Martin Gabel, Ian Martin, Roc Rogers, Robert Bloch (author), Howard Duff (AFRS host). 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 29, 2014 02:56 PM PDT
Death Is A Double-Cross (Aired March 26, 1946)
The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreaaaaammmmssss!" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow, from fellow radio hosts like Ernest Chappell (on Cooper's later series, Quiet, Please) and Maurice Tarplin (on The Mysterious Traveler) to EC Comics' Crypt-Keeper in various incarnations of Tales from the Crypt. In interviews, EC publisher Bill Gaines stated that he based EC's three horror hosts not on Raymond but on Old Nancy, host of radio's earlier The Witch's Tale (1931-38). When Johnson left the series in 1945, he was replaced by Paul McGrath, who did not keep the "Raymond" name and was known only as "your host" or "Mr. Host." THIS EPISODE: March 26, 1946. CBS network. "Death Is A Double-Cross". Sponsored by: Lipton Tea, Lipton Soup. An ex-con decides to steal the huge "King Midas" diamond, by becoming an apprentice diamond cutter. Lawson Zerbe, Paul McGrath (host), Mary Bennett (commercial spokesman), Michael Sklar (writer), Himan Brown (director). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 29, 2014 11:14 AM PDT
The Curious Conspiracy (Aired October 20, 1950)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. THIS EPISODE: October 20, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Curious Conspiracy". Sustaining. The program is preceded by a news bulletin: Henry Stimson (former Secretary of State and former Secretary of War) has died. Don MacLaughlin, Phillips H. Lord (producer), Mandel Kramer, Marx B. Loeb (director), Edward Adamson (writer). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 29, 2014 07:43 AM PDT
Liz Has Her Fortune Told (Aired September 10, 1948)
My Favorite Husband began as a radio sitcom on CBS Radio. The show starred Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper (Liz and George Cugat in early episodes). The couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the ficticious city of Sheridan Falls, and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was Jell-O, and an average of 3 "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode. The program ran from 1948 through 1951, throughout which 124 episodes were aired. The program initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife. Shortly into the show's run, three new writers, Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer took over the scripting tasks, and the characterization of the couple was altered somewhat. Along with the change of the couple's last name to Cooper, the couple was also portrayed as being more middle-class, and thus more accessible to the average listener. When Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, she said that she would not do a husband-and-wife sitcom without her real-life husband Desi Arnaz being the husband. The network reluctantly agreed to this (thus reworking the concept into "I Love Lucy".)

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September 29, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" The Gold Digger (Aired September 28, 1958)
1958's Frontier Gentleman wasn't a ground-breaking adult western. That ground had been pulverized both in Radio and Television six years earlier. But Frontier Gentleman's perspective on the rough and tumble Montana and Wyoming Territories of the 1870s was a fascinating twist on the--by then--formulaic adult western. The premise has J.B. Kendall, a cashiered British Cavalry officer who spent most of his military career in the Punjab area of India. He takes a position with the London Times, on assignment to cover the developing frontier of the Montana and Wyoming Territories of America during the 1870s. THIS EPISODE: September 28, 1958. CBS network. "The Gold Digger". Sponsored by: GMAC Trucks. Kendall meets two gold miners who have just struck it rich...and a saloon lady very determined to take it away from them. The system cue is added live. John Dehner, Harry Bartell, Jack Moyles, Jack Kruschen, Virginia Gregg, Joseph Kearns, Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Bud Sewell (announcer). 24:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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