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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 01, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Kid With A Gun (Aired October 10, 1949)
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, starting with the first, "Kid With a Gun". The repeats followed the original order up until repeat of number 26, "Ingenious Woman" on Oct. 10, 1951. Repeats were not uncommon. Even before the last original show, older shows were repeated on alternate dates to the main series run. On Jan. 7, 1952, the series moved to Mutual but lasted just one year. Only repeats of the original series were aired and show ordering did not match the first run. THIS EPISODE: October 10, 1949. Program #1. MGM syndication. "The Kid With A Gun". Commercials added locally. John Powers, grown up in a slum, turns to a life of crime at an early age. The first show of the series. 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. 25:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
The Golden Fleece Finance Co. (Aired February 20, 1949)
Lum and Abner , The Adventures of two small town shop keepers in the Town of Pine Ridge Arkansas Lum and Abner were Broadcast from 1931 until 1954. Lauck and Goff had known each other since childhood and attended the University of Arkansas together (joining the Sigma Chi Fraternity together while there). They performed locally and established a blackface act which led to an audition at radio station KTHS in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Prior to the audition, the two men decided to change their act and portray two hillbillies, since there were already an overabundance of blackface acts at the time. After only a few shows in Hot Springs, they were picked up nationally by NBC, and Lum and Abner, sponsored by Quaker Oats, ran until 1932. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1949. "The Golden Fleece Finance Co." - CBS network. Sponsored by: Frigidaire. The boys try to attend a convention in Leavenworth, Kansas, by borrowing $200 from a finance company. Chester Lauck, Norris Goff, Clarence Hartzell, Felix Mills and His Orchestra, Wendell Niles (announcer). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 01, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - Blind Courage (Aired May 31, 1959)
The TV show popularized the phrase in the sixties and many variations of it were used as titles for other works such as Have Space Suit—Will Travel by Robert Heinlein. One of the last radio shows and one of the few to go from TV to radio, HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL started its 106 show run on November 23, 1958. These Sunday afternoon shows were radio adaptations of the previous nights TV script with John Dehner replacing Richard Boone. Paladin, the lead character, played by John Dehner, was a man with a short temper and a fast gun. THIS EPISODE: May 31, 1959. CBS network. "Blind Courage". Sponsored by: Longines Watches, Mutual Of Omaha, Look Magazine. Paladin is hired by the fabulously wealthy Mr. Sutherland to teach him how to shoot, even though he's blind! The system cue is added live. John Dehner, Ben Wright, Hugh Douglas (announcer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Tom Hanley (writer, sound effects), Jack Moyles, Tracy Roberts, Barbara Eiler, Sam Edwards, Frank Knight (Longines commercial), Bill James (sound effects), Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator). 24:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 31, 2015 10:00 PM PDT
A Favor You Can’t Refuse (Starring William Shatner) Aired May 31, 1974
Syndicated by the Mutual Broadcasting System, the series debuted September 3, 1973. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Since Mutual affiliates could broadcast the programs at convenient timeslots on any suitable dates, the series did not begin in certain areas until late fall or early winter of 1973. In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974. Producer J.M. Kholos was a Los Angeles advertising man who acquired the rights to suspense novels, including Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way, for radio adaptations. In some cases, the titles were changed. For example, the five-part "Desperate Witness" was an adaptation of The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing. To create a strong package, Kholos followed through by lining up top actors, including John Astin, Edgar Bergen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Crenna, John Dehner, Howard Duff, Patty Duke, Nina Foch, George Maharis, Susan Oliver, Brock Peters and Lurene Tuttle.

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August 31, 2015 06:00 PM PDT
The Blitz Murder Case (Aired November 18, 1951)
Whitehall 1 2, 1 2 Tweaked Jan. 12, 2006 This series was very similar to the Black Museum that was hosted by Orson Welles. Both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 drew their material from the files of Scotland Yard. The stories were true in every respect except that the names were changed to protect the innocent, as they say. The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. THIS EPISODE: November 18, 1951. NBC network. "The Blitz Murder Case". Sustaining. The first show of the series. A visit to the "Black Museum" and an exhibit of teacup fragments. A woman and her companion have been killed with a shotgun. Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director). 30:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 31, 2015 02:00 PM PDT
Trouble With The Law (Aired February 9, 1950)
Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Ann Sothern and Lucille Ball, like many performers in Hollywood, had not one but two careers - one in motion pictures and one on radio. In July, 1945, Ann took Maisie to radio in a half-hour weekly radio for CBS. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis co-starred as boyfriend Bill, with other parts going to such seasoned radio players as John Brown and Lurene Tuttle. The series ran two seasons, and was revived in 1949 as a syndicated program, now called The Adventures of Maisie. Included in the repertory cast were Hans Conreid (later on Life with Liugi), Sheldon Leonard, Joan Banks, Elvia Allman, Bea Benadaret, and Sandra Gould. The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. To the end Maisie was the single girl, as this allowed her to get involved in continuing adventures of many kinds. THIS EPISODE: February 9, 1950. Program #12. "Trouble With The Law" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie tackles a town judge and the silly laws still on the books since the Civil War. The date above is the date of broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Earle Ross, Frank Nelson, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Jack McCoy (announcer), James Eagles, Louis Jean Heydt, Peter Leeds, Sidney Miller. 28:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 31, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Pigeons Blood (Aired June 11, 1949)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: June 11, 1949. CBS network. "The Pigeon's Blood". Sustaining. Thirty rubies are missing, murder isn't! Gerald Mohr, Alma Lawton, Gloria Blondell, Barney Phillips, Edgar Barrier, Herb Butterfield, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Mel Dinelli (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Richard Aurandt (music), Roy Rowan (announcer). 29:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 31, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Liberty Bell (Aired June 25, 1952)
Skelton was drafted in March 1944, so his popular series was discontinued on June 6. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Skelton led an exceptionally hectic military life. In addition to his own duties and responsibilities, he was often summoned to entertain officers late at night. The perpetual motion and lack of rest resulted in a nervous breakdown in Italy. He 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 with 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. The series ended May 20, 1949. That fall, he moved to CBS, where the show ran until May 1953. THIS EPISODE: June 25, 1952. CBS network. Sustaining. "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid" tells the story of, "The Liberty Bell." Clem Kadiddlehopper and Willie Lump-Lump appear. Red sings, "The Foggy, Foggy Dew." A well-written show with a patriotic theme. Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Lurene Tuttle, Pat McGeehan, Dick Ryan, Roy Rowan (announcer), Rod O'Connor. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 31, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Red Ryder" - Terror In Pecos Valley (Aired March 7, 1942)
Red Ryder was a newspaper comic western hero, and was a natural for the radio kids. Known on the air as "America's famous fighting cowboy," he was still an upstanding cowboy action hero. The hero was first seen in a series of short stories by writer-cartoonist Fred Harman, who adapted it as a comic strip for the Los Angeles Times in 1938 before it finally became a radio show. For almost a decade, Red Ryder starred in half-hour cowboy adventures featuring a great cast of characters including his pal Buckskin and his little indian boy ward, "Little Beaver". The ranch homestead was cared for by the "The Duchess," actually Red's aunt. Red Ryder was always ready for adventure with his pals, Buckskin Blodgett and Rawhide Rolinson. Little Beaver was beloved by the kids who thought it would be great to be like Little Beaver and be in on all the western action! At one point, Red Ryder was pitted against The Lone Ranger in the radio "badlands," and did really well against the more famous and well established masked man. In the later years, the show played on the West Coast via Don Lee productions, as sponsored by regional bread maker Langendorf Bread. It remained a mainstay of West Coast juvenile radio for all the little pre-TV buckaroos. After the radio show went off the air, Red Ryder and "little Beaver" continued to please 50's kids who avidly read his latest adventures in the popular "Red Ryder" comic books.

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August 30, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Restaurants (Aired April 21, 1942)
Can You Top This was one of those programs that was tailor made for radio. Four people sat around telling jokes, each one trying to outdo the other. Can you imagine the same format on television? In the movies? Broadway? In magazines or newspapers? Only on radio could such a format survive and thrive. And thrive it did, for 14 years. In 1943 an estimated ten million people listened to the weekly program and Time magazine said "There is nothing quite like it on the U.S. air." Can You Top This was the brain child of Senator Edward Hastings Ford. The "Senator", like most of his jokes, was made up. The program itself was simply an outgrowth of a regular meeting at which Ford and the other participants would spend countless hours telling stories at New York's famous Lamb's Club. From the outset of the program in December of 1940, Ford owned the rights to the program and was a regular participant. The lynch pin for the program was actor Peter Donald who would begin each round of jokes by telling a joke submitted by a listener. If their joke were read, and their rating on the laugh meter beat the jokes of the program's experts, they would receive cash prizes. Only four or five listener jokes were used in any given week. Ford claimed that they never received any new jokes, only variations on old ones that professional comedians had used for years. Show Notes From The Radio Historical Society of Colorado.

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