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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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December 22, 2014 05:16 PM PST
The Plot To Overthrow Christmas (Aired December 19, 1944)
This Is My Best was a radio anthology series, sponsored by Cresta Blanca wines, which ran on CBS radio from 1944 to 1946 in 30-minute episodes. The series aired for two seasons, one of 39 episodes and the other of 36, before its cancellation in 1946, and adapted a combination of literary classics, contemporary literature and films. It was performed before a live audience. Guest stars included many notable actors of the day, such as Ralph Bellamy, Jack Benny, Joan Blondell, Joe E. Brown, Virginia Bruce, Jack Carson, Ray Collins, Robert Cummings, Louis Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Hedda Hopper, Van Johnson, Charles Laughton, Ida Lupino, Virginia Mayo, Burgess Meredith, Thomas Mitchell, Gregory Peck, Rosalind Russell, Ann Rutherford, Sylvia Sidney, Akim Tamiroff and Keenan Wynn. The series is most closely associated with Orson Welles, who guest-starred in several earlier episodes, and then from episode 27 (broadcast 13 March 1945), took over as producer, writer, host and star. He began with an adaptation of Heart of Darkness, something he had previously adapted for The Mercury Theatre on the Air and The Campbell Playhouse, and which he had attempted to make as his first film in 1940 before turning his attention to Citizen Kane. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli.

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December 22, 2014 01:54 PM PST
Murder Sends A Christmas Card (1951) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The directors for the program were Clark Andrews, creator of "Big Town," and Charles Powers. The main writer for the series was Richard Ellington, but it was also scripted by Robert Sloane, Lawrence Klee and others. The veteran character actor Ed Begley was featured as Sgt. O'Hara. Regulars on the program included Petty Garde, Paul Stewart, Linda Watkins, Mary Patton as Lila North, and Vicki Vola, also the female lead in "Mr. District Attorney." Amzie Strickland played the ingenue, Cathy Evans, and Nell Harrison played Runyon's mother during the early episodes. The cast also included Dan Ocko, Roily Bester (wife of Alfred Pester, the science fiction writer), and Robert Dryden. An eleven-piece orchestra was on hand to provide live music, and was directed by Bernard Green, who also wrote that memorably stirring theme. The sound effects were by Ed Blaney, who actually did drop a coin in a change slot each week for the sound of the drug store scale." THIS EPISODE: 1951. Program #3. Grace Gibson syndication (Australia). "Murder Sends A Christmas Card". Commercials added locally. Lloyd Berrill, Grace Gibson (producer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 28:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 22, 2014 10:00 AM PST
The Christmas Gift (Aired December 19, 1948)
the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. The two boys felt frustrated at hearing themselves played by actors and continually requested they be allowed to portray themselves. Prior to April 1949, the role of David was played by Joel Davis (1944-45) and Tommy Bernard, and Henry Blair appeared as Ricky. Since Ricky was only nine years old when he began on the show, his enthusiasm outstripped his ability at script reading, and at least once he jumped a cue, prompting Harriet to say, "Not now, Ricky." Other cast members included John Brown as Syd "Thorny" Thornberry, Lurene Tuttle as Harriet's mother, Bea Benaderet as Gloria, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, and Dick Trout as Roger. Vocalists included Harriet Nelson, the King Sisters, and Ozzie Nelson. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1948. "The Christmas Gift" - NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. Ozzie gets a new phonograph player. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Verne Smith (announcer), Tommy Bernard, Henry Blair, Billy May (composer, conductor). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 22, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Bill & Father Christmas (Aired December 25, 1958)
Tony Hancock starred as an exaggerated version of his own character, a down-at-heel comedian living at the dilapidated 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam. Sid James played a criminally-inclined confidante who usually managed to con Hancock, while Bill Kerr appeared as Hancock's dim-witted Australian lodger. Moira Lister also appeared in the first series before being replaced by Andrée Melly for the next two, both playing love interests for Hancock's character. In the fourth and fifth series, Hattie Jacques played Griselda Pugh, live-in secretary to Hancock and occasional girlfriend of Sid James. The series broke from the variety tradition dominant in British radio comedy into the sitcom or Situation comedy genre. Instead of sketches, guest stars and musical interludes, humour developed from the characters and situations. Hancock's experiences were based in reality and observation. From the playlet "Look Back In Hunger" in The East Cheam Drama Festival episode, Galton and Simpson showed they were in touch with developments in the British theatre, the use of sighs and silent pauses in common with the work of Harold Pinter which began to emerge towards the end of the series' run. The measured pacing of these episodes were groundbreaking in the days of fast-talking Ted Ray, where every second of airtime had to be filled. With Galton and Simpson writing scripts prolifically, continuity was not priority, with details changed to suit the episode.

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December 22, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Roy Rogers Show" - The Night Before Christmas (Aired December 25, 1952)
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, as well as the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchety George "Gabby" Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West." THIS EPISODE: December 25, 1952. NBC network. Sponsored by: Post Cereals. "On The Night Before Christmas", Jess Gorman is framed for robbing the General Store. Roy and Dale sing, "My Little Buckaroo." A good Christmas show. Art Ballinger (announcer), Dale Evans, Dorothy Brown, Frank Hemingway, Herb Butterfield, Ken Peters, Pat Brady, Roy Rogers, Stanley Farrar. 24:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Snowman (Aired December 19, 1951)
The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy board chairman Clarence Wellman; Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as board member John Merriweather; and, Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid. The series ran 110 half-hour radio episodes from January 6, 1950 to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert Lee writing most of the scripts and giving free if even more sophisticated play to Quinn's knack for language play, inverted cliches and swift puns (including the show's title and lead characters), a knack he'd shown for years. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1951. "Snowman" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. President Hall is disturbed because his students haven't built a Christmas snowman in front of his house. The program may be dated February 10, 1950. Alan Reed (?), Arthur Q. Bryan, Benita Hume, Don Quinn (creator, writer), Gloria Gordon, Henry Russell (composer, conductor), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Nat Wolff (director), Ronald Colman, Walter Newman (writer). 27:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 06:37 PM PST
The Innocent Santa Claus (Aired December 21, 1951)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1951. ABC network. "The Innocent Santa Claus". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. A washed up vaudevillian finally gets a job as a children's party Santa Claus. He finds himself accused of a crime by the FBI. The system cue is added live. Stacy Harris, William Woodson (narrator), Larry Keating (announcer), Jerry D. Lewis (writer), Jerry Devine (producer), Frederick Steiner (composer, conductor), Tony Barrett, Walter Catlett, Jay C. Flippen, Tony Hughes, William Johnstone, Anne Whitfield. 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 02:43 PM PST
The Case Of The Eager Victim (Aired December 9, 1948)
It was perhaps The New Adventures of Michael Shayne that was the most jarring of all Michael Shayne's incarnations. Bill Rousseau's image of Michael Shayne was more after the pattern of Jack Webb's characterizations of Pat Novak for Hire, or Johnny Madero, Pier 23--but amp'd up about 150% in the process. From some seventeen potential candidates, Rousseau felt that Jeff Chandler was the natural pick over his peers. Chandler could both amp up the electricity of Shayne's character and raise the introductory prologues about 10 decibels, as well as completely reinventing Michael Shayne in Chandler's own mold.Chandler was aided by no less than Jack Webb himself, who'd already collaborated often with Bill Rousseau in several projects and who leant his talent to the New Adventures of Michael Shayne--entirely uncredited. THIS EPISODE: December 9, 1948. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Eager Victim". A man walks into Shayne's office with $1000 and a request to kill him. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, Raymond Burr, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Brett Halliday (creator), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 25:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 11:00 AM PST
The Night Before Christmas (Aired December 24, 1945)
His earliest cases, which he pursued as an amateur, came from fellow university students. According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. The Irregulars appear in three stories, "The Sign of the Four", "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man". THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1945. Mutual network. "The Night Before Christmas". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. A Christmas story with two Santas (one of them "Lou the Lisper," a henchman of Professor Moriarty)! The story is based on, "The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle." Anthony Boucher (writer), Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Dean Fosler (music), Edna Best (producer). 32:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 21, 2014 07:54 AM PST
The Andy Griffith Show - Christmas Story (Aired December 19, 1960) TV MOVIE
The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised by CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays a widowed sheriff in a fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a young son, Opie (Ron Howard, billed as Ronny). Local ne'er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life. Though neither Griffith nor the show won awards during its eight season run, series co-stars Knotts and Bavier accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards. The series was a smash hit, never placing lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ending its final season at number one. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1960. "Christmas Story" - CBS Television Network - It's Christmas-time and Mayberry has its own version of Ebenezer Scrooge in the form of department store owner Ben Weaver. When Ben catches Sam Muggins with moonshine, he insists that Andy arrest him and threatens to report him if Sam is released for the holidays. Since Sam can't go home for Christmas, they decide to bring Christmas to Sam by moving the holiday celebrations to the jail. Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts (Santa Claus), Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor,) Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker,) Will Wright (Ben Weaver.) Frank Tarloff (Writer) Directed by Bob Sweeney. 26:07.

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