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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...


by Bob Camardella
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January 21, 2015 07:44 PM PST
The Robert Perry Case (Aired January 14, 1949)
There were some unusual devices used in the show that help set it apart from other shows. There was no partner, assistant, or secretary for Johnny. The character closest to a continuing role was that of Pat McCracken of the Universal Adjustment Bureau, who assigned Johnny many of his cases. Another atypical aspect gave the show additional credibility – frequently, characters on the show would mention that they had heard about Johnny’s cases on the radio. Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case.No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Dollar was just another hard-boiled detective in a medium that was overloaded with the stereotype. THIS EPISODE: January 14, 1949. "The Robert W. Perry Case". An audition recording. Johnny is hired as a bodyguard for Mr. Perry, but a bomb goes off in his office when Johnny reports for duty. The script was subsequently used on the program on March 4, 1949 and March 3, 1950. Charles Russell, Paul Dudley (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Mark Warnow (music), Richard Sanville (producer, director). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2015 03:00 PM PST
The Baffled Book Keeper (Aired November 3, 1950)
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 Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational.

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January 21, 2015 11:00 AM PST
The Case Of The Wandering Fingerprints (Aired October 2, 1948)
The feel of Michael Shayne over the years was arguably most noticeably evolved over Radio. Wally Maher's portrayal of Michael Shayne was not only the first over Radio, the longest running over Radio, but it was also the most fully developed over Radio. Aided by Cathy Lewis in her role of feisty bright Phyllis Knight, as well as by Joe Forte as Lieutenant Farraday, the family nature of the growing radio ensemble over the years put far more flesh on the bones of Brett Halliday's character than any other characterization that succeeded it. Maher's characterization of Shayne was so successful that for the remainder of Maher's career he actively translated Shayne's basic attributes into virtually every other detective or crime drama genre Maher appeared in until his untimely death in 1951. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 2, 1948. Program #11. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRS/AFRTS/FEN rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Wandering Fingerprints". Mr. Zeigler can actually move fingerprints from one place to another...which gives him the idea for a clever blackmail racket. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau (director, host), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Brett Halliday (creator), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 26:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2015 07:00 AM PST
The Butler Did It (Aired April 14, 1944)
Amos Jones and Andy Brown worked on a farm near Atlanta, Georgia, and during the episodes of the first week, they made plans to find a better life in Chicago, despite warnings from a friend. With four ham and cheese sandwiches and $24, they bought train tickets and headed for Chicago where they lived in a State Street rooming house and experienced some rough times before launching their own business, the Fresh Air Taxi Company. With the listening audience increasing in the spring and summer of 1928, the show's success prompted the Pepsodent Company to bring it to the NBC Blue Network on August 19, 1929. At this time the Blue Network was not heard on stations in the West. Western listeners complained to NBC, they wanted to hear the show. Under special arrangements Amos 'n' Andy debuted coast-to-coast November 28, 1929 on NBC's Pacific Orange Network and continued on the Blue. At the same time, the serial's central characters -- Amos, Andy and George "The Kingfish" Stevens -- relocated from Chicago to Harlem. THIS EPISODE: April 14, 1944. "The Butler Did It" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rinso. Andy is accused of stealing $2000 because his cigar lighter was found at the scene. The system cue has been deleted. Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Harlow Wilcox (announcer). 26:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Jaws Of The Law (Aired October 29, 1952)
Wild Bill started on the radio in 1951 as a kids western show. It emphasized the tracking down the bad guys and fighting for the law rather than the shootin, poker playin, rough and tumble Civil War vet, who lies about his life to get good publicity aspects of Wild Bill’s life. The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. THIS EPISODE: October 29, 1952. Program #100. Mutual network. "The Jaws Of The Law". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops. Jubilee Jenks refuses to sell his land to the railroad, and is quick on the trigger finger too! The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Charles Lyon (announcer), Paul Pierce (director), David Hire (producer), Richard Aurandt (music), Larry Hayes (writer), Gail Bonney, Jack Kruschen, Joe Forte, Ken Peters, Jack Moyles. 24:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2015 11:00 PM PST
The Watch On The Rhine (Aired August 7, 1946)
Similar to Lux Radio Theater, Academy Award Theater presented the finest stars in Hollywood recreating their Academy Award winning performances in these old time radio classics. Bette Davis as Jezebel, Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, and Cary Grant in Suspicion were just a few of the great episodes of this short-running series. John Dunning in his book,"On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio,"tells us why such a fine production lasted less than a year: "The House of Squibb, a drug firm, footed a stiff bill: up to $5,000 for the stars and $1,600 a week to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for use of the title. The production had all the class of a Lux or Screen Guild show…But the tariff took its toll, and after 39 weeks the series was scrapped." For more movies made for radio, please see Lux Radio Theater, and Mercury Theater and Campbell Playhouse, both Orson Welles creations, had many great adaptations of classic theater works and novels that also were adapted for the movies. All of these shows are wonderful old time radio listening. THIS EPISODE: August 7, 1946. CBS network. "The Watch On The Rhine". Sponsored by: Squibb. A story about a German anti-Nazi family visiting America in the years before the war. Lurene Tuttle, Paul Lukas. 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2015 07:00 PM PST
The Frightened City (Aired November 10, 1952)
One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1952. CBS network. "The Frightened City". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. A soldier returns home to find that his brother-in-law has been murdered, along with three other people. But, nobody's talking! Good radio writing! The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on September 27, 1955. Frank Lovejoy, Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Joan Banks, Lou Merrill, Herb Butterfield, Paula Winslowe, Hy Averback, Charles Calvert, Bert Holland (commercial spokesman). 29:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2015 03:00 PM PST
Change Of Address (Aired January 22, 1952)
Written and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan, the series began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1952. Mutual network. "Change Of Address". Sustaining. A henpecked husband buys a "house made for murder" on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler"), Robert A. Arthur (writer). 26:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2015 11:00 AM PST
The Twenty Minute Alibi (Aired February 20, 1947)
Two months into the Television run, CBS re-cast Casey and Ethelbert, substituting young Darren McGavin as Jack Casey. The most distinguishing element of the short-lived Television Casey was its direction, with the famed future Film Director Sidney Lumet helming the series. CBS and Coxe took another run at Crime Photographer over Radio in 1954, reprising Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson and Jan Miner in their previous Radio roles. The 1954 run extended to the Spring of 1955, at which point the Crime Photographer franchise had pretty much run its course. The sleuthing photographer format didn't end with the CBS/Coxe franchise. ABC took a run at the concept with their Man With A Camera (1958), starring Charles Bronson, and running for two seasons, though it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Casey, Crime Photographer franchise. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1947. CBS network. "Twenty-Minute Alibi". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A man commits suicide while on the phone with his insurance agent, but Casey suspects murder. Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson, Tony Marvin (announcer), John Dietz (director), Robert Sloane (writer), Archie Bleyer (original music), Lesley Woods, George Harmon Coxe (creator). 33:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Henry The Shortstop (Aired April 14, 1949)
The Aldrich Family, a popular radio teenage situation comedy (1939-1953), is remembered first and foremost for its unforgettable introduction: awkward teen Henry's mother calling, "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!" A top-ten ratings hit within two years of its birth (in 1941, the showm carried a 33.4 Crossley rating, landing it solidly alongside Jack Benny and Bob Hope), the show is considered a prototype for teen-oriented situation comedies to follow on radio and television and is a favourite if dated find for old-time radio collectors today. The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O. THIS EPISODE: April 14, 1949. "H enry The Shortstop" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Jell-O, Minute Rice. Henry starts the day with a bowl of Grape Nuts, then announces that he's going to be the shortstop on the school baseball team. Grape Nuts is mentioned during the story twice more. Ezra Stone, Jackie Kelk, Dan Seymour (announcer), Clifford Goldsmith (creator), Norman Tokar (writer), House Jameson, Katharine Raht, Edward Jurist (writer), Jack Miller (music), George Burns (promotional announcement), Gracie Allen (promotional announcement), Bill Goodwin (promotional announcement). 28:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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