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A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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...


by Bob Camardella
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March 29, 2015 03:59 PM PDT
The Smoke Ring (Aired October 20, 1954)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewsis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. Airing on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. THIS EPISODE: October 20, 1954. CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Smoke Ring". A racket in cigars with no tax stamps, and a reluctant son. Frederick L. Collins (creator). 23:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2015 11:11 AM PDT
Find A Hired Assassin (Aired May 27, 1953)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 27, 1953. " Find A Hired Assassin" - NBC network. Sustaining. Steve Mitchell travels to Havana to capture a hired assassin who uses poisons. A southern gal and a game of hide and seek helps Steve to catch the killer. Adrian Gendot (writer), Betty Lou Gerson, Bill Cairn (director), Brian Donlevy, Herb Butterfield, Herb Ellis, John Storm (announcer), Julie Bennett, Paul Dubov, Robert Ryf (writer), Tony Barrett. 24:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Photo Of A Bank Robbery (Aired February 7, 1947)
Young was featured in the film Chicken Every Sunday in 1949, and the television version of The Alan Young Show began the following year. After its cancellation, Young appeared in films, including Androcles and the Lion (1952) and The Time Machine (1960). He appeared in the episode "Thin Ice" of the NBC espionage drama Five Fingers, starring David Hedison. He is best known, however, for Mister Ed, a CBS television show which ran from 1961 to 1966. He played the owner of a talking horse that would talk to no one but him. Young's television guest appearances include The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Coach, Party of Five, The Wayans Bros., Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Episode: "Sweet Charity", playing Zelda's older love interest), USA High, Hang Time, ER and Maybe It's Me. In 1993, Young recreated his role as Filby for the mini-sequel to George Pal's The Time Machine, reuniting him with Rod Taylor, who played George, THIS EPISODE: February 7, 1947. " Photo Of A Bank Robbery" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Ipana, Minit-Rub, Vitalis. West Coast broadcast. Alan takes a photo of a trio of bank robbers. Veola Vonn, Jean Vander Pyl, Dick Lane, Jim Backus, Al Schwartz (writer), Sherwood Schwartz (writer), Alan Young, Hans Conried. 28:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Trail To Sunset (Aired January 31, 1954)
Though The Six Shooter wasn't the first popular adult western to air over Radio, a case can be made that it was the first to thoroughly legitimize the genre over the medium. Not only were The Six Shooter scripts--and casts--the equal of any of the first wave of adult westerns to air over Radio, but the series carried the considerable weight of James Stewart in the starring role as Britt Ponset, the reluctant, yet highly efficient, western gunslinger. For the era, James Stewart was a natural choice to popularize the genre over Radio. His ground-breaking--for Stewart--depiction of the angst and inner turmoil of his protagonist, Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950), launched a series of James Stewart appearances in other taut Anthony Mann and Alfred Hitchcock psychological thrillers over the following ten years. More importantly, the timing was perfect to cast Stewart in a psychological western thriller for Radio. Stewart's extraordinary performance in Anthony Mann's twisty Winchester '73 (1950) was the most popular break-out rendition of the adult western genre in Film for its time. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1954. "Trail To Sunset" - NBC network. Sustaining. Britt shoots Ace Tressler when Ace tries to steal Britt's horse. Britt promises him that he'll get medical treatment for Ace and not let him get lynched. Jimmy Stewart, Basil Adlam (music), Jack Johnstone (director), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Howard McNear, Robert Griffin, Forrest Lewis, John Wald (announcer), Harry Bartell, Lamont Johnson. 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 28, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Swastika On The Windmill (Aired July 30, 1950)
This is the story of the WWII special governmental agency, the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services. Its mission was to develop and maintain spy networks throughout Europe and into Asia, while giving aid to underground partisan groups and developing espionage activities for Allied forces overseas.The show is based on the book of the same name by Lt. Col. Corey Ford and Major Alastair MacBain (who were associated with the OSS from its early days.) The dramas are not Hollywood-style, in that they sometimes end with plans foiled or leading characters dead. The theme music was either identical or very similar to that used by Tales of the Texas Rangers. Sherman Marks directed. The cast consisted of The Hungarian Giant, played by Raymond Edward Johnson, and Impy, the Midget, played by Gilbert Mack. THIS EPISODE: July 30, 1950. NBC network. "The Swastika On The Windmill". Sustaining. 4:00 P. M. An O. S. S. operative enters Nazi occupied Holland to stay with his uncle and radio troop information to the Allied forces. Lester Fletcher, Harvey Hayes, Jared Burke, Gordon Stern, Francois Grimar, Basil Langton, Patricia Courtleigh, Beulah Garrick, Victor Chapin, Percy Hoskins (research), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director), Murray Ross (organist while John Gart is on vacation). 27:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 28, 2015 07:58 PM PDT
Good Evening, My Name Is Jack The Ripper (Aired June 30, 1954)
To characterize Crime Classics as a 'docudrama' stretches the point to bursting. From the fictional 'expert' host to the program titles, it's clear that Elliott Lewis very much intended this project to be a tongue-in-cheek send up of some of history's most notorious and infamous crimes. Indeed, it's obvious that given the over-the-top violence depicted in each of the program's accounts, there was no better palatable way to portray them during the 'family values' sensibilities of the 1950s. Even more obvious are the often apocryphal and anecdotal details used to frame many of these notorious crimes. Though ostensibly "adapted from the original court reports and newspaper accounts," it's quite clear that they were scripted more for entertainment, than for a college classroom--but entertaining they definitely were, and remain. This was a very busy time for Elliott Lewis. Lewis had launched his Cathy & Elliott Lewis On Stage program in January of 1953. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 30, 1954. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Good Evening, My Name Is Jack The Ripper". The story of the activities of the famed British slasher, as seen through the eyes of a young lass. The last show of the series. AFRTS program name: "Mystery Theater." The AFRTS version omits the opening scene. AFRTS broadcast date: November 11, 1973. Betty Harford, D. J. Thompson, Irene Tedrow, Ben Wright, Paula Winslowe, James McCallion, Richard Peel, Roy Rowan (announcer), David Friedkin (writer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Lou Merrill (host), Morton Fine (writer). 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 28, 2015 05:02 PM PDT
The Second Hand Pistol (Aired May 22, 1950)
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. The show was heard on Dec. 22, 1952. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1950. Program #33. MGM syndication. "The Second-Hand Pistol". Commercials added locally. An impoverished couple pawn their last possession to buy two pistols in order to start a life of crime. A well-written story. After the drama, Nancy Coleman says that it's society's fault that the good parents in the story entered a life of crime. The date above is the date of the first broadcast on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Nancy Coleman, John Gibson, Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Marx B. Loeb (producer, director), Ira Marion (writer), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 27:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 28, 2015 11:23 AM PDT
Ted & Cora (Aired August 11, 1947) aka: The Dream Home
The unique programming wrinkle that ABC was apparently attempting to promote with The Clock was a mix of the traditional crime drama and the supernatural dramas of the previous fifteen years. One or the other of the two genres had been traditionally popular formats throughout the Golden Age of Radio era. To its credit, ABC gave The Clock all the time it needed to create an audience. It kept the series in pretty much the same timeslot throughout its seventy-eight episode run, maintained reasonably high standards of talent--both in front of and behind, the mike--and simply waited to see what developed. NBC, by contrast was fairly brutal in its approach to new programming: if it didn't attract a sponsor by the magical thirteenth installment, NBC moved it all over the Radio dial on the slightest programming whim, in an effort to find either a home, an audience, or a sponsor for it. The Clock might well have found a larger audience had ABC had either the budget or resolve to promote it. Neither, as things turned out, ever materialized. THIS EPISODE: August 11, 1947 "Ted & Cora" - Grace Gibson/Michelson syndication, WRVR-FM, New York City aircheck. "Ted & Cora" aka: The Dream Home. Participating sponsors. A beautiful house is available at a bargain price during the housing shortage...but there's a catch! WRVR rebroadcast date: December 21, 1973. Lawrence Klee (writer), Harp McGuire (as "The Clock"), John Saul (director), Grace Gibson (producer). 1/2 hour.

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March 28, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is Foot (Aired May 17, 1950)
Groucho Marx matches wits with the American public in four episodes of this classic game show. Starting on the radio in 1947, You Bet Your Life made its television debut in 1950 and aired for 11 years with Groucho as host and emcee. Sponsored rather conspicuously by the Dodge DeSoto car manufacturers, the show featured two contestants working as a team to answer questions for cash prizes. Another mainstay of these question and answer segments was the paper mache duck that would descend from the ceiling with one hundred dollars in tow whenever a player uttered the "secret word." The quiz show aspect of "You Bet Your Life" was always secondary, to the clever back-and-forth between host and contestant, which found Groucho at his funniest. It's in these interview segments that "You Bet Your Life" truly makes its mark as one of early television's greatest programs. Directed by: Robert Dwan. It was one of many non-rigged quiz shows of the 1950's which suffered in the ratings due to the scandals surrounding "Twenty One", "The $64,000 Question" and "Dotto".

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March 28, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Roy Rogers Show" - Old Prospecting Friends (Aired October 26, 1951)
Leonard Slye moved to California to become a singer. After four years of little success, he formed Sons of the Pioneers, a Western cowboy music group, in 1934. The group hit it big with songs like "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in western films, including a large supporting role as a singing cowboy while still billed as "Leonard Slye" in a Gene Autry movie. In 1938 when Autry temporarily walked out on his movie contract, Slye was immediately rechristened "Roy Rogers" and assigned the lead in Under Western Stars. Rogers became a matinee idol and American legend. A competitor for Gene Autry as the nation's favorite singing cowboy was suddenly born. In addition to his own movies, Rogers played a supporting role in the John Wayne classic Dark Command (1940). Rogers became a major box office attraction. THIS EPISODE: October 26, 1951. " Old Prospecting Friends" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Post Cereals. A prospector who's an old friend of Roy, needs Roy's help. Roy and Dale sing, "Roll On, Little Doggies." The system cue has been deleted. Art Ballinger (announcer), Art Rush (producer), Bill Green, Dale Evans, Forrest Lewis, Frank Hemingway, Milton Charles, Ray Wilson (writer), Roy Rogers, Sam Edwards, The Whippoorwills, Tim Graham, Tom Hargis (director). 27:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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