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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 in January 2006...

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April 30, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Man Against Death (Aired April 10, 1947)
When actor Jimmy Stewart hosted that first episode of Family Theater in 1947, he told the radio audience that Family Theater was dedicated to the family “with the hope that families everywhere will always be together and that your home will be a happy one—with the conviction that prayer, simple prayer, will help keep it that way.” Each Sunday night, a celebrity host would make similar comments about prayer and family unity before and after that week’s radio drama. No mention was made of the Rosary or the Catholic Church. Nonsectarian in its approach, Family Theater’s basic message was simply that of strengthening the family through faith in God and prayer. Each program was preceded by the familiar announcement: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of”—a quote from Alfred, Lord Tennyson. And always worked in somewhere before the end of the show was the famous slogan that became Peyton’s signature: “The family that prays together stays together!” THIS EPISODE April 10, 1947. Mutual network. "Man Against Death". Sustaining. The story of how David Bruce and his wife battled Malta Fever and many other diseases in the African jungles. John Charles Thomas (host), John Slot (writer), John Emery, Jane Wyatt, Meredith Willson (music), Mel Williamson (director), Francis X. Bushman, Don Morrison, Don Diamond, Tony La Frano (announcer), Herbert Rawlinson, Stanley Farrar, Alec Harford, John Fostini. 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 30, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Return Trip (Aired September 5, 1949)
Murder By Experts was a radio drama anthology series that ran on American radio from 1949-1951, and was hosted first by John Dickson Carr, and later by Brett Halliday. Evidently, a mystery, authored by a leading crime fiction writer, was presented, and "guest experts," such as Alfred Hitchcock or Craig Rice, were invited to solve it. Or maybe not -- nobody seems to know much about this one. David Kogan, the writer/creator of Murder by Experts, also created and wrote The Mysterious Traveler. Guest experts: Alfred Hitchcock, Craig Rice. Guest stars: Ann Shepard, Larry Haines, Carl Eastman, Ann Sheperd, Bill Zuckert, Ralph Camargo, Burt Cullen, Lawson Zerbe, Marilyn Erskin. September 5, 1949. Mutual network. "Return Trip". Sustaining. The chilling story about an escaped homicidal maniac and a bus full of people trapped by an avalanche. The program has also been dated September 19, 1949. John Dickson Carr (host). 30:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 30, 2015 02:58 PM PDT
Cold Storage (Aired January 13, 1974)
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio in the 1970s. Created by Himan Brown (who had by then become a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries and other shows dating back to the 1930s), and aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network, the series began its long run on January 6, 1974. The final episode ran on December 31, 1982. The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1974. Program #8. CBS network. "Cold Storage". Sponsored by: Budweiser, Kellogg's. E. G. Marshall (host), Ian Martin (writer), Ruby Dee, John Baragrey, Bryna Raeburn. 44:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 30, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Peg Miller Murder Case (Aired July 11, 1954)
Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer, as was Joe Walters. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. THIS EPISODE: July 11, 1954. "The Peg Miller Murder Case" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Doublemint gum. Peg Miller has disappeared, leaving her apartment. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Jack Edwards, Jerry Hausner, Bill Anders (announcer), Charlotte Lawrence, Martha Wentworth, Junius Matthews. 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 30, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
A Car For Alice (Aired October 2, 1949)
Phil Harris was on the Jack Benny Show since 1934, playing the jive-talking hipster bandleader of questionable repute. His band members were hep in the sarcastic, fast-talking department, too. So when Phil Harris (in real life) married the glamorous and talented movie star Alice Faye, it seemed more like a match made in Hollywood than in Heaven. They knew each other from the old days of the Rudy Vallee Show, and were both radio veterans when they decided, in the Benny tradition, to work together professionally, using their own show-biz personnas. Hey, Ozzie and Harriett had done well with it! This show isn't like Ozzie and Harriett. Beside fame and glamour, Phil and Alice had two big things in their life, their lovely daughters. Jeanine Roose played Alice Jr. and Anne Whitfield was little Phyllis. THIS EPISODE: October 2, 1949. "A Car For Alice" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rexall. Phil sings, "Laurabelle Lee." Alice sings, "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy." Remley buys a car for $300; and what a car! Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Elliott Lewis, Herb Vigran, Jeanine Roos, Paul Phillips (producer, director), Phil Harris, Ray Singer (writer), Robert North, Ruth Davis, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Walter Tetley, Griff Barnett (Rexall druggist). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 30, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lone Ranger" - Murder Man (Aired June 19, 1946)
The Lone Ranger was a long-running early radio and television show based on characters created by George W. Trendle, and developed by writer Fran Striker. The titular character is a masked cowboy in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever and laconic American Indian called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say "Heigh-ho Silver, away!" to get the horse to gallop. The first of 2,956 episodes of The Lone Ranger premiered on radio January 30, 1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan and later on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network and then on NBC's Blue Network (which became ABC, which broadcast the show's last new episode on September 3, 1954). Elements of the Lone Ranger story were first used in an earlier series Fran Striker wrote for a station in Buffalo, New York. On radio, the Lone Ranger was played by several actors, including John L. Barrett who played the role on the test broadcasts on WEBR during early January, 1933; George Seaton (under the name George Stenius) from January 31 to May 9 of 1933; series director James Jewell and an actor known only by the pseudonym "Jack Deeds" (for one episode each), and then by Earle Graser from May 16, 1933, until April 7, 1941. Deep-voiced performer Brace Beemer, who had been the show's announcer for several years, took over the role and played the part until the end.

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April 29, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Nameless (1939) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: 1939. World syndication. "The Nameless". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. A hard working businessman has become a millionaire in just three years. He achieved this by killing his partner, the inventor of the automobile air conditioner that had made him rich. The dead partner, now known in the morgue as "John Doe #9," returns to visit his old partner. 24:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 29, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Bleeding Chandelier (Aired June 13, 1948)
He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognisable literary characters in any genre. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes. All but four stories are narrated by Holmes' friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself, and two others are written in the third person. The first two stories, short novels, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887 and Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the beginning of the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine in 1891; further series of short stories and two serialised novels appeared almost right up to Conan Doyle's death in 1930. The stories cover a period from around 1878 up to 1903, with a final case in 1914. THIS EPISODE: June 13, 1948. Mutual network, WOR, New York aircheck. "The Case Of The Bleeding Chandelier". Sponsored by: Clipper Craft Clothes. Murder is expected at Mortlake Castle, and the chandelier is expected to bleed once again. John Stanley, Alfred Shirley, Cy Harrice (announcer), Basil Loughrane (producer, director), Edith Meiser (adaptor), Albert Buhrman (music), Arthur Conan Doyle (creator). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 29, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The Red Mark (Aired February 21, 1950)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: February 21, 1950. CBS network. "The Red Mark". Sustaining. At a French penal colony in New Caledonia, Monsieur De Nou, the island's sadistic executioner, is about to guillotine a young pick-pocket accused of manslaughter. De Nou regards the pick-pocket as his rival for the affections of his own, purchased bride, named Zelie. He has framed the young man for the crime. As the blade falls, De Nou discovers something extraordinary... (description written by Kristin Kramer). Harry Bartell, William Conrad, Paul Frees, Will Geer, Barbara Whiting, Junius Matthews, John Russell (author), Les Crutchfield (adaptor), James Poe (adaptor), William N. Robson (director). 1/2 hour. 30:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 29, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Vanilla Murder Case (Aired December 21, 1948)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1948. Program #24. ZIV Syndication. "The Vanilla Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A soda jerk is killed with a syrup pump! Vance decides that this is the last straw, and solves the case! Jackson Beck. 28:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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