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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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July 27, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
John's New Fishing Pole (Aired March 30, 1947)
The Bickersons was created by Philip Rapp, the one-time Eddie Cantor writer who had also created the Fanny Brice skits (for The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air and Maxwell House Coffee Time) that grew into radio's Baby Snooks. Several years after the latter established itself a long-running favourite, Rapp developed and presented John and Blanche Bickerson, first as a short sketch on The Old Gold Show and The Chase and Sanborn Hour (the show that made stars of Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy), and then as a 15-minute situational sketch as part of Drene Time. This was a variety show starring Don Ameche and singer-actress Frances Langford as co-hosts, airing on NBC and sponsored by Drene Shampoo. THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1947. "John's New Fishing Pole" is destroyed by Amos who uses it as a plunger. The family episode is preceded by the outstanding voice of Francis Langford and the humor of Danny Thomas. Don Ameche, Frances Langford, Danny Thomas, Lew Parker, Tony Romano and His Orchestra and Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - Stardust (Aired September 20, 1959)
The radio series debuted November 23, 1958. Have Gun — Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, and Julian Claman. There were 225 episodes of the TV series (several were written by Gene Roddenberry), of which 101 were directed by Andrew McLaglen and 19 were directed by the series star Richard Boone. The title was a catch phrase used in personal advertisements in newspapers like The Times, indicating that the advertiser was ready-for-anything. It was used in this way from the early 1900s. A form common in theatrical advertising was "Have tux, will travel" and this was the inspiration for the writer Herb Meadow. 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. THIS EPISODE: September 20, 1959. CBS network. "Stardust". Sponsored by: Columbia Phonographs, Winston, Ex Lax, Look Magazine. Lola Blackwood, a beautiful actress and an old friend of Paladin, needs help with Boone Cauldwell, a despicable gambler! John Dehner, Ben Wright, Hugh Douglas (announcer), Debbie Reynolds (Look Magazine commercial), Frank Paris (producer, director, writer), Virginia Gregg, Norma Jean Nilsson, Jeanne Bates, Tim Graham, Lawrence Dobkin, Bill James (sound effects), Tom Hanley (sound effects), Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator). 24:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Faye Durando (1953) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Camel Cigarettes shared the sponsorship of the initial run of That Hammer Guy. An east coast production out of Mutual's WOR, by Episode No. 43 Larry Haines departed the series when Mutual decided to take the production to the west coast and Don Lee-Mutual's new $3M KHJ/Mutual facilities. George Petrie subbed as Mike Hammer for several epsidoes until veteran tough-guy Ted DeCorsia assumed the role for the remainder of the run. Adapted for Radio by, among others, Edward Adamson, the scripts were the equal of radio noir fare of the era, while liberally punctuated with Mickey Spillane's unique brand of aphorisms, underworld slang, Brooklynese and misogynistic references to the fairer sex. Richard Lewis directed the entire run, keeping the series well-paced, crisp and compelling. With the series split almost equally between Larry Haines and Ted DeCorsia, there's an obvious temptation to compare their respective characterizations. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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July 26, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Red Wine (Aired March 8, 1946)
Although Molle Mystery Theater was initially sponsored by Molle Shaving Cream, other sponsors (such as Bayer Aspirin, Ironized Yeast, Phillips Milk of Magnesia) also sponsored the program. Sometimes, when it was not sponsored by Molle, the program was called "Mystery Theater". The show was first heard on NBC, on 9/7/43. Time slot was originally Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, but was later moved to Tuesday at 9:00 PM, and Friday at 10:00 PM. In 1948, the show moved to CBS (Tues, 8:00 PM), and in 1951, it moved to ABC, where it was called "Mark Sabre", and heard on Wednesdays at either 8:00 PM or 9:30 PM. The shows were tight and tension filled, with a fine orchestra score and solid production values. Classic tales from well-known authors, as well as modern unknowns were presented, and the endings were often twists or shockers. >THIS EPISODE: March 8, 1946. NBC network. "Red Wine". Sponsored by: Molle, Double Dandereen. A San Francisco gumshoe is at a rubber plantation in the Amazon jungle on the trail of a killer. Bernard Lenrow (host, as Geoffrey Barnes), L. G. Blochman (author), Louis Pelletier (adaptor), Jacques Fink (adapter), Ken Lynch, Richard Widmark, Larry Haines, Dan Seymour (announcer), Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor). 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Literary Murder (Aired January 26, 1944)
Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. In this version, the North's apartment was located on Greenwich Place, realized in a scenic design by Jo Mielziner. The Owen Davis play became a 1942 MGM movie starring Gracie Allen and William Post, Jr. with Millard Mitchell repeating his role of Detective Mullins from the Broadway production. Others in the cast were Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart and Keye Luke. In 1946, producer-director Fred Coe brought the Owen Davis play to television (on New York City's WNBT) with John McQuade and Maxine Stewart in the leads and Don Haggerty, Joan Marlowe and Millard Mitchell repeating their Broadway roles. Barbara Britton and Richard Denning starred in the TV adaptation seen on CBS from 1952 to 1953 and on NBC in 1954. Guest appearances on this series included Raymond Burr, Hans Conried, Mara Corday, Carolyn Jones, Katy Jurado, Jimmy Lydon, Julia Meade, William Schallert and Gloria Talbott.

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July 26, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Adventure Of The Silent Heart (Aired July 17, 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 17, 1949. Program #12. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Silent Heart". Commercials added locally. Frank comes upon a rash of heart attacks, with insurance polices for all the victims. Tom Collins, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Wilms Herbert, Theodore Von Eltz, Jack Kruschen, Michael Ann Barrett. 28:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Have A Cigar (Aired June 1, 1951)
When Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, Ozzie Nelson was prompted to create his own family situation comedy. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS on October 8, 1944, moving to NBC in October 1948, and making a late-season switch back to CBS in April 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949 to June 18, 1954. In total 402 radio episodes were produced. In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television, the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network the option to move their program to television. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1951. "Have A Cigar" - ABC network. Sponsored by: Heinz. Ozzie is determined to become a cigar smoker! Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown, Herb Vigran, Billy May (composer, conductor), Frank Nelson. 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Red Ryder" - Back To Painted Valley (Aired March 19, 1942)
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. THIS EPISODE: March 19, 1942. Blue network, Pacific coast. "Back To Painted Valley". Sponsored by: Langendorf Bread. 7:30 P. M. (PST). The ranchers have collected $38,000 for the railroad to run a spur line to the valley. The money's in a "tin safe" at the Cattleman's Association...but not for long. Reed Hadley, Tommy Cook. 30:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Bear Trap (Aired November 2, 1949)
The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. Preston, according to radio historian Jim Harmon, first joined the Mounties to capture his father's killer, and when he was successful he was promoted to Sergeant. Preston worked under the command of Inspector Conrad, and in the early years was often assisted by a French-Canadian guide named Pierre. Preston's staunchest ally, who was arguably the true star of the show and indeed often did more work than he did, was the brave Alaskan husky, Yukon King. THIS EPISODE: November 2, 1949. ABC network. "Bear Trap". Sponsored by: Quaker (Bugs Bunny comic books premium). The script was previously used on "The Challenge Of The Yukon" on September 4, 1945. Paul Sutton, Jay Michael (announcer), George W. Trendle (creator, producer), Fred Flowerday (director), Charles D. Livingstone (supervisor). 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
The Nemesis (Aired January 10, 1943)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1943. CBS network. "The Nemesis". Sustaining. A magician/hypnotist finds out the hard way about a prediction about "the end of a great career." J. Donald Wilson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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