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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...


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April 27, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
The Nickel Plated Gun (Aired June 10, 1949)
Dragnet was a long running radio and television police procedural drama, about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 10, 1949. Program #2. "The Nickel Plated Gun" - NBC network. Sustaining. This program does not use the familiar "Dragnet" theme music. A nickel plated .44 caliber Smith and Wesson is used to shoot two cops and a lot more people. The police make extensive use of "I. B. M. machines" and a tape recorder to solve the case. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Frank Lovejoy. 28:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Gildersleeve Memory Course (Aired March 14, 1939)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Fibber McGee and Molly was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. First Broadcast date April 16, 1935. Last Broadcast date September 6, 1959. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1939. "The Gildersleeve Memory Course" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Molly does not appear. Fibber takes a memory course and promptly forgets where he put a ten carat diamond! Jim Jordan, Harold Peary, Isabel Randolph, Mel Blanc, Bill Thompson, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra. 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Nick The Knife (Aired August 8, 1948)
On radio, The Adventures of Ellery Queen was heard on all three networks from 1939 to 1948. During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and contained a short one-minute case. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. Once a winner was found, the solution was broadcast as confirmation. A complete episode guide and history of this radio program can be found in the book The Sound of Detection: Ellery Queen's Adventures in Radio, published by OTR Publishing in 2002. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1948. ABC network. "Nick The Knife". Sustaining. An unknown madman has murdered nineteen women by attacking them at night while they are alone. The identity of "The Slicer" is quite a surprise, you'll never guess whodunit. The "Guest Armchair Detective" is Gene Handsaker (Hollywood columnist). Paul Masterson (announcer), Gene Handsaker, Anthony Boucher (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Rex Koury (organist), Dick Woollen (producer, director), Lawrence Dobkin, Kaye Brinker, Herb Butterfield, Alan Reed. 24:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 26, 2016 03:01 PM PDT
Murder In A Decanter (Aired December 31, 1944)
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. The series ended on September 25, 1955. Chick Carter, Boy Detective was a serial adventure that aired weekday afternoons on Mutual. Chick Carter, the adopted son of Nick Carter, was played by Bill Lipton (1943-44) and Leon Janney (1944-45). The series aired from July 5, 1943 to July 6, 1945. THIS EPISODE: December 31, 1944. Mutual network. "Murder In A Decanter," or "The Mystery Of The Missing Body". Sponsored by: Lin-X Home Brighteners. Lon Clark, Helen Choate, John Kane, Humphrey Davis, Jock MacGregor (producer, director, occasional writer), Lew White (musician). 30:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 26, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
Opening A Gas Station (Aired November 29, 1945)
After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy. THIS EPISODE: November 29, 1945. "Opening A Gas Station" - Red network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Tobacco. Costello has given his girlfriend Lena a quart of purfume (because he doesn't give a dram)! Abbott and Costello are running a gas station. Camels salutes the 38th "Cyclone" Division. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Iris Adrian, Connie Haines, Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Elvia Allman, Dick Mack (director), Sidney Fields, Frederick Shields (commercial spokesman). 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 26, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Postman Always Rings Twice (Aired June 16, 1947)
Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1947. A 1946 drama-film noir based on the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel features Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, and Audrey Totter. It was directed by Tay Garnett, with a score written by George Bassman and Erich Zeisl (the latter uncredited). This version was the third filming of The Postman Always Rings Twice, but the first under the novel's original title and the first in English. Frank Chambers (John Garfield) is a drifter who stops at a rural diner for a meal, and ends up working there. The diner is operated by a beautiful young woman, Cora Smith (Lana Turner), and her much older husband, Nick (Cecil Kellaway). 28:15.

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April 25, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
Gus Trudeau (Aired August 22, 1951)
Pete Kelly's Blues was an American radio drama which aired over NBC as an unsponsored summer replacement series on Wednesday nights at 8pm(et) from July 4 through September 19, 1951. The series starred Jack Webb as Pete Kelly and was created by writer Richard L. Breen, who had previously worked with Webb on Pat Novak for Hire; James Moser and Jo Eisinger wrote most of the other scripts. Set in Kansas City in the 1920s, the series was a crime drama with a strong musical atmosphere (Webb was a noted Dixieland jazz enthusiast). Pete Kelly was a musician, a cornet player who headed his own jazz combo, "Pete Kelly's Big Seven." They worked at 417 Cherry Street, a speakeasy run by George Lupo, often mentioned but never heard. Kelly, narrating the series, described Lupo as a "fat, friendly little guy." THIS EPISODE: August 22, 1951. Program #7. NBC network. Sustaining. Dutch Courtney has been murdered. "Gus Trudeau" goes on the lam from Courtney's men and the cops. The first tune is, "Sensation Rag." Another recording of this program has a different cast and begins with, "Jazz Me Blues." Dick Cathcart (cornet), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Matty Matlock, Richard Breen (creator), Matty Matlock (scoring), Richard Green (creator). 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2016 01:00 PM PDT
Thick As Thieves (Aired March 27, 1950)
Crime Does Not Pay was a series based on short films of the same name produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was similar to Gangbusters, having a moralistic message about the law and lawbreaker. It was first heard over WMGM (NYC), hosted by Donald Buka. The last original show aired on Apr. 11, 1951. The series started on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM (on WMGM) and held that time/day spot until Oct. 30, 1950. The 56'th show marked a change to Wednesday night, again at 7:30. After show number 78 (Apr.11, 1951) the shows were repeated. THIS EPISODE: March 27, 1950. Program #25. MGM syndication. "Thick As Thieves". Commercials added locally. Two pals, one quite smart, the other not nearly so, part company in their lives of crime. The date above is the date of the first broadcast of this program on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Marx B. Loeb (director), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Everett Sloane, Ira Marion (writer), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 26:19. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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April 25, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
The Art Critic (Aired March 11, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters THIS EPISODE: March 11, 1947. "The Art Critic" aka: "Tax Day Blues" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mel doesn't have the money to pay his income tax. The sale of the wrong oil painting adds to the plot. Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Hans Conried, Mac Benoff (writer), Earle Ross, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Alan Reed, Jim Backus. 23:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
The Tragedy At Marsden Manor (Starring Hercule Poirot) Aired October 6, 1942
Murder Clinic, the WOR-Mutual series which brought you each week one exciting case; one member from the special branch of the worldâs great detectives. Each week on Murder Clinic another detective story from another well-known mystery writer was adapted for broadcast. Fans of the so-called Golden Age of Detection should certainly sit up and take notice at the veritable cornucopia of delights that were heard during the year and a few months that the program was on the air. Every week another story by an author such as Edgar Wallace, Ngaio Marsh, Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr), Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, G. K. Chesterton, Jacques Futrelle, Stuart Palmer, and (as we discovered) on and on. THIS EPISODE: October 6, 1942. Mutual network. "The Tragedy Of Marsden Manor". Sustaining. When the Lord of Marsden Manor is found shot in the mouth and bleeding to death, the mystery is solved by Hercule Poirot. Pay attention to the shoes of the corpse! Agatha Christie (author), Ralph Barnhart (composer), Robert Stanley (conductor), Lee Wright (adaptor), John A. Bassett (adaptor), Alvin Flanagan (director), Frank Knight (announcer), Maurice Tarplin. 28:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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