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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 20, 2016 01:05 AM PDT
A Riot Made to Order (Aired June 1, 1952) Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1952. Program #10. ZIV Syndication. "A Riot Made To Order". Commercials added locally. Cvetic uses a sprinkler system to foil the plans of the Party to cause a riot and create sympathy for the Communists. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2016 07:17 PM PDT
No Escape (Aired November 1, 1948)
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. With a known run of at least 52 unique scripts and more doubtful further 39 to 52 scripts, it would appear that the series was in demand for at least four years--in and out of syndication. Given the high quality of NBC Network voice talent in the circulating episodes, one can well imagine that the remainder of the yet alleged, undiscovered, or uncirculated episodes have at least as much to recommend them. Thankfully, as with many other examples of Golden Age Radio productions, many of the existing episodes in circulation can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service [AFRTS]. True to its genre, the circulating episodes provide some highly compelling supernatural dramas--as well as a subset of fascinating mysteries and detective dramas. THIS EPISODE: November 1, 1948. Program #29. NBC syndication. "No Escape". Commercials added locally. A good, if somewhat predictable, story about a murdered wife who becomes alive again. . 26:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Filling Out Income Tax With Guest Jane Russell (Aired March 4, 1953)
After five years on the Vaudeville circuit, by his own account Hope was surprised and humbled when he and his partner Grace Louise Troxell failed a 1930 screen test for Pathé at Culver City, California. (Hope had been on the screen in small parts, 1927's The Sidewalks of New York and 1928's Smiles. Hope returned to New York City and subsequently appeared in several Broadway musicals including Roberta, Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies, and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman. His performances were generally well-received and critics noted his keen sense of comedic timing. He changed his name from "Leslie" to "Bob", reportedly because people in the US were calling him "Hopelessly", although in the 1920s he sometimes used the name "Lester Hope". THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1953. "Filling Out Income Tax With Guest Jane Russell" - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Bob tries to fill out his income tax form and then tries to convince guest Jane Russell to make a 3-D movie with him. Possibly dated April, 1952. Bill Goodwin, Bob Hope, Bob Sweeney, Hans Conried, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Margaret Whiting, Jane Russell. 23:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Undertaker (Aired March 11, 1983)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: March 11, 1983. Program #91. CBC network, Toronto origination. "The Undertaker". "Death is the best cosmetic there is." That's the advice an embalmer gives his student, while his former lover is on the table! John Stocker, Al Purdy (writer), John Douglas (adaptor), Sean O'Hara, Colleen O'Neil, Elva Mai Hoover, Nonnie Griffin, Tom Hauff, Ken James, Bill Reiter (host, billed as "Frederick Hende"), Brian Peyton (technician), Nancy McElvene (production assistant), Don Kowalchuk (executive producer), Bill Howell (producder, director), Bill Robinson (sound effects), Donna Howlett (script editor). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 18, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
The Baliff & The Women (Aired November 9, 1984)
he Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) began airing a fascinating range of classic, mystery, comedy, documentary, and supernatural drama throughout the 1970s to 1990s to a steadily expanding audience--both in Canada and throughout the northern portions of the U.S. The CBC's extensive Radio offerings were a fairly even mix of organic dramas and comedies showcasing Canada's own great actors, writers and production talent, as well as several popular transcribed, syndicated features from throughout the British Empire and the United States. Indeed many of America's most beloved, popular, versatile and award-winning character actors, musicians, and comedians were Canadian citizens who'd honed their craft in all manner of original Canadian Radio drama. Vanishing Point is the title of a science fiction anthology series that ran on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio from 1984 until 1986, although the show would continue under different names and formats.

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September 18, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
Worrying About Worrying (Aired December 12, 1948)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet premiered on ABC on October 10, 1952, staying until September 3, 1966. The show strove for realism and featured exterior shots of the Nelsons' actual southern California home at 1822 Camino Palmero Street in Los Angeles as the fictional Nelsons' home. Interior shots were filmed on a sound stage recreated to look like the real interior of the Nelsons' home. Like its radio predecessor, the series focused mainly on the Nelson family at home, dealing with run-of-the-mill problems. As the series progressed and the boys grew up, storylines involving various characters were introduced. Many of the series storylines were taken from the Nelsons' real life. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 12, 1948. "Worrying About Worrying" -NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. Worry, worry, will Ozzie ever stop worrying? Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard. 1/2 hour. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Verne Smith (announcer), Jack Kirkwood, John Brown, Billy May (composer, conductor.) 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 18, 2016 09:00 AM PDT
Charlie's Daughter Is Kidnapped (1947) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Charlie Chan was the Chinese detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Over 40 Charlie Chan movies were done from the early 1930's through 1949, all of which starred non-Chinese actors as Charlie. Supposedly working as a Honolulu police detective, Charlie was almost always somewhere else, like Paris, Rio, LA, even Treasure Island…but he did have a wonderful home life, too, with a reported 14 children, including his famous #1, #2 etc. sons, ever intent on helping "pop" solve the case. Chan on radio is very rare, the very opposite of the ubiquitous Charlie Chan movie reruns on TV. This is a mysterious absence even the great Charlie Chan might be needed to solve! Many mystery lovers sniff at Chan. But here's one more from Charlie that might apply…"Mind, like parachute, only function when open."

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September 18, 2016 04:00 AM PDT
The Eleventh Juror (Aired April 3, 1945)
Rick Kabrich was the host who replaced "The Count" on Mystery Playhouse in the summer of 1987. He was originally a listener who happened to call the station and the producer liked his voice. He was reluctant to audition because he was blind, but was convinced to try it and the results were positive. So positive, that his character and distinctive voice are two of the best remembered aspects of the series. With the new host came a new format. The show was reduced to one hour and the new host had a new persona. He was called "Dr. Morgan" and his character was serious but with a touch of morbid humor. Producer Kurt Kuerstiner recalls, "Morgan's had the eerie presence of Maurice Tarpin from The Mysterious Traveler, but he also had the humor of Raymond from Inner Sanctum Mysteries. His voice was completely unique. It was deep and very forboading. I actually thought it sounded creepier than Boris Karloff." Kabrich and Kuersteiner became good friends and co-wrote lines together for Dr. Morgan. The morbid one liners became known as "Morgan-isms." Dr. Morgan would introduce each show and make closing remarks. Eerie music would play in the background while the distant sound of wind and rain blew outside. Show Notes From The Radio Horror Hosts.

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September 17, 2016 11:00 PM PDT
Terror In The Night (Aired April 30, 1974)
Rod Serling is known to most people as the TV host (and some times writer) for The Twilight Zone. A decade later, he returned to TV to host the spooky Night Gallery series. The series was sold to the networks on Serling's name and reputation, but in reality, he had signed away creative control. A few of his scripts were produced, but others were rejected for being "too thoughtful." (We can't have any of that on television, can we?) He was banned from the casting sessions and had no real say on the show. Despite the shabby treatment by hot shot execs, Serling grit his teeth and did his duty. He continued to lead TV viewers through a darkened museum every week, looking at paintings with even darker themes. (It was very similar to the role Orson Welles served two decades earlier as the host to The Black Museum.) When Night Gallery was canceled in 1972, Serling was probably happy to retire from TV and move to upstate New York. He taught at Ithaca College, not far from where he grew up.

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September 17, 2016 06:08 PM PDT
The Hungry One (Aired January 14, 1972)
After the 1942-43 Lights Out, Oboler continued to work in radio (Everything for the Boys and revivals of Arch Oboler's Plays) and pursued a second career in filmmaking, first in the Hollywood mainstream and then as an independent producer, writing and directing a number of offbeat, low-budget films, including Five, about survivors of a nuclear war, The Twonky, a satire of television, and the 3-D film Bwana Devil, which made a huge profit on a small investment. He dabbled in live television (a six-episode 1949 anthology series, Arch Oboler Comedy Theater), playwriting (Night of the Auk), and fiction (House on Fire). In 1962, he produced an album entitled Drop Dead! which recreated abbreviated versions of his Lights Out thrillers, including "Chicken Heart" and "The Dark," about a mysterious creeping mist that turns people inside-out. THIS EPISODE: January 14, 1972. Program #18. CBS network origination, syndicated rebroadcast. "The Hungry One". Commercials added locally. An monster-from-outer-space story. This one has a sinister appetite. Syndicated program name: "The Devil and Mr. O." The story is also known as, "Meteor Man." Arch Oboler (writer, host). 28:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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