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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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April 21, 2018 01:00 PM PDT
Careless Employee (Aired February 2, 1947)
Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. THIS EPISODE: February 2, 1947. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Careless Employee". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. Window washers are meeting "accidental" deaths...and Nick finds this a "pane." Lon Clark, Al Hodge. 25:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2018 02:00 AM PDT
The Bubbles Club (Aired April 20, 1954)
This program was born from a detective book series and inspired by author Henry Kane who became the director and producer for the radio show. The series only ran five months, 30 minutes each episode, from April 6, 1954 to September 7, 1954. Peter Chambers was played by Dane Clark who also appeared on the Suspense radio shows. Chambers acted the role of a playboy detective with an eye for solving crime and a taste for the women. Bill Zuckert, who went on to guest star in many 1970s shows including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Partridge Family, plays Lt. Parker. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1954. "The Bubbles Club"NBC network. Sustaining. Peter Chambers tracks down a valuble tiara worth millions and for which he will receive 10 percent. In the end, he receives nothing and barely escapes with his life. Dane Clark, Henry Kane (creator, producer, writer), Fred Collins (announcer), Fred Weihe (director), William Zuckert, Evelyn Varden, Roger De Koven, Patricia Weil. 25:16.

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April 20, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
Star Crossed Lovers (Aired April 13, 1947)
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. THIS EPISODE: February 28, 1956. Grace Gibson syndication. "Star-Crossed Lovers". Commercials added locally. The date above is the date of first broadcast in Australia. Cliff meets Juliet, and it's love at first sight. The script was first produced and broadcast in the U.S. on April 13, 1947 on the ABC network. Lawrence Klee (writer), Harp McGuire (as "The Clock"), Wendy Playfair, John Meillon, Barbara Brunton, Leon Peers, Joan Lord, John Saul (director), Grace Gibson (producer). 23:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 20, 2018 04:00 PM PDT
Museum Mystery (Aired December 10, 1941)
The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. A key figure in the dramas was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (Vicki Vola). Created, written, and directed by former law student Ed Byron, the series was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering which led to his election as governor. Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gangbusters, helped to develop the concept and coined the title. Byron lent an air of accuracy and immediacy to his scripts through close study of crime statistics, a library of criminology texts, following the newspapers, and even going around rough bars to gain tips, background, and color from crooks and police alike. His techniques sometimes enabled Byron to accurately predicting major crime waves before the news broke. Produced throughout its run in New York City, the series began as a fifteen minute serial, becoming a half hour, self-contained series three months later.

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April 20, 2018 11:00 AM PDT
The Wreck (Aired August 25, 1954)
21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of DRAGNET. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. "21st Precinct.., It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st." The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21st Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. THIS EPISODE: August 25, 1954. "The Wreck" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Captain Conelli and a patrolman are injured when an auto that disregarded the squad car's siren, hit them broadside. Everett Sloane, Ken Lynch, Harold Stone, Stanley Niss (writer, director), John Ives (producer), Art Hannes (announcer). 30:06.

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April 20, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
The Red Cross Fund Drive (Aired March 7, 1951)
The Harold Peary show made its CBS debut on September 9, 1950. An audition show was done on August 23, 1950. Harold Peary was the creator and main performer for the show. Previously starring on The Great Gildersleeve, Peary took many of Gildy's characteristics along with him to his new Honest Harold character... the "dirty" laugh, singing songs, and closing dialogue over credits were all there with Harold. And that voice. Who could forget that voice? In simple terms, Peary couldn't or wouldn't sound and act differently enough to make listeners forget Gildy, and that made it very tough for the new show to fly. Perhaps the plot was a little creaky for the beginning of the Rock 'n' Roll era, as well. The show was about an older, unmarried guy, Honest Harold Hemp, who lived with his mother and nephew and did a radio homemaker's program. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 7, 1951. CBS network. Sustaining. Harold has sworn off women...especially Florabelle. He is in charge of "The Red Cross Fund Drive" in Melrose Springs. Harold Peary, Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Norman Macdonnell (director), Jane Morgan, Gloria Holiday, Parley Baer, Cliff Arquette, Shirley Mitchell, Olan Soule, Joseph Kearns, Dick Powell (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer). 31:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 20, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
No Time For Murder (Aired September 25, 1947)
Crime club was a Mutual Network murder and mystery series, a product of the Doubleday Crime Book Club imprints found weekly in bookstores everywhere. The telephone rings"Hello, I hope I haven't kept you waiting. Yes, this is the Crime Club. I'm the Librarian. Murder Rents A Room? Yes, we have that Crime Club story for you.Come right over. (The organist in the shadowed corner of the Crime Club library shivers the ivories) The doorbell tones sullenly"And you are here. Good. Take the easy chair by the window. Comfortable? The book is on this shelf." (The organist hits the scary chord) "Let's look at it under the reading lamp." The Librarian, played by Raymond E. Johnson, begins reading the tale. Veteran Willis Cooper (Lights Out, Quiet Please) did some of the scripts from the Crime Club books. THIS EPISODE: September 25, 1947. Mutual network. "No Time For Murder". Sustaining. Murder and stolen diamonds are involved with a collection of antique clocks. The story of a clock that "chimed in with death!" Stedman Coles (writer), Roger Bower (producer, director), Raymond Edward Johnson, Myron McCormick, Charlotte Lawrence, Jean Ellen, Cameron Prud'Homme. 29:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2018 07:46 PM PDT
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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April 19, 2018 01:00 PM PDT
The New Will (Aired December 11, 1947)
The Television scripts were exposited in flashback format, with Casey narrating his latest exploit to Ethelbert the bartender. The 'Morning Express' also makes the transition from Boston to Manhattan, with reporter Ann Williams augmented by cub reporter Jack Lipman. 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. THIS EPISODE: December 11, 1947. CBS network. "The New Will". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A millionaire is killed right after making out a new will, cutting off his daughter and her gigolo boyfriend who's an Italian Count. The new will however, has disappeared! Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), Archie Bleyer (music), Herman Chittison (piano), Jan Miner, John Dietz (director), John Gibson, Staats Cotsworth, Tony Marvin (announcer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2018 04:21 AM PDT
The Planet Zevius (Aired May 1, 1951)
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: May 1, 1951. Mutual network. "The Planet Zevius". Sustaining. The ITX4, an experimental spaceship, lands on the Planet Zevius, paving the way for a flight by scientists. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Maurice Tarplin, Robert A. Arthur (writer). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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