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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...


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October 18, 2014 08:02 AM PDT
The Gooseby Vacation (Aired June 22, 1951)
This was a variety show starring Don Ameche and singer-actress Frances Langford as co-hosts, airing on NBC and sponsored by Drene Shampoo. Announcing the show—and later familiar to television viewers as The Millionaire's presenter and executive secretary, Michael Anthony—was Marvin Miller. Drene Time typically opened with Langford singing a big band-style arrangement before Ameche and Langford would slip into routine comedy, often aided by co-star Danny Thomas, in routines that often expressed Ameche's frustration that Thomas was more interested in modern technology and discoveries than in women. THIS EPISODE: June 22, 1951. "The Gooseby Vacation" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. Unedited tape. Frances starts the program by singing, "Exactly Like You." After a driving lesson, the Bickersons rent the Gooseby's house while Brother Barney uses the Bickerson's home for a poker game. Tony Romano and His Orchestra, Phil Rapp (creator), Frances Langford, Lew Parker, Bob Pfoeffer (commercial spokesman), John Holbrook (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 18, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - Woman At Horse Creek (Aired February 12, 1956)
Heading up the cast was a 39 year old, Canadian-born actor with a long history in broadcasting and the movies, Raymond Burr. He had begun his career in 1939, alternating between the stage and radio. He turned to Hollywood, and from 1946 until he got the part of Captain Lee Quince in Fort Laramie in 1956, he had appeared in thirty-seven films. A few were excellent (Rear Window, The Blue Gardenia) some were average (Walk a Crooked Mile, A Place in the Sun) but many were plain awful (Bride of Vengeance, Red Light, and Abandoned). With Burr in the lead, Macdonnell selected two supporting players: Vic Perrin as "Sgt. Goerss" and Jack Moyles as "Major Daggett", the commanding officer of the post. (The original Fort Laramie usually had a Lieutenant Colonel as the C.O. but Macdonnell probably preferred a shorter military title.) THIS EPISODE: February 12, 1956. CBS network. "Woman At Horse Creek". Sustaining. A new widow named Mrs. Dennis remains all alone out on the prairie...easy prey for Indians...or soldiers. The system cue was added live. Raymond Burr, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Vic Perrin, Kathleen Hite (writer), Virginia Christine, Barney Phillips, Jack Moyles, John Dehner, Bill James (sound patterns), Ray Kemper (sound patterns), Amerigo Moreno (music supervisor), Harry Bartell. 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 17, 2014 07:45 PM PDT
Death Tolls A Requiem (Aired August 23, 1946)
According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era. But the investment shows. And indeed, well into its almost six years of syndication, the series continued to pull respectable audience shares. The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1946. Program #19. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "Death Tolls A Requiem". Commercials added locally. After a man kills the bell ringer in his belfry, he hears the sound of bells wherever he goes. Raymond Morgan (host), Max Ehrlich (writer), Albert Buhrman (organist), Anton M. Leader (director), Michael Fitzmaurice, Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 17, 2014 03:18 PM PDT
The Nightmare Murder Case (Aired November 22, 1949)
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." THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1949. Program #72. ZIV Syndication. "The Nightmare Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A woman tells Vance that she's had two dreams, both of which came true! Her third dream is that she's going to kill a man! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander (doubles), Mandel Kramer, Ian Martin (doubles), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), George Petrie, S. S. Van Dine (creator). 25:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 17, 2014 11:34 AM PDT
Misfortune's Isle (Aired March 21, 1948)
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 the introduction, intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: March 21, 1948. CBS network. "Misfortune's Isle". Sustaining. East coast broadcast. A swashbuckling tale of adventure, treasure, Dayak headhunters, and a beautiful senorita. The program opening is very slightly upcut. William N. Robson (producer, director), Paul Frees, Virginia Gregg, William Conrad, Richard Matthews Hallet (author), Les Crutchfield (adaptor), Berry Kroeger, Tony Barrett. 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 17, 2014 07:12 AM PDT
Radio Station with Alan Ladd (Aired March 30, 1944)
They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy, with annoncing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1944. "Radio Station with Alan Ladd" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels. The opening routine is about the money Costello has inherited from his Uncle Oscar. Abbott blows his lines and cannot pronounce "toothpaste." Costello buys a radio station with his inheritance. Guest Alan Ladd auditions for a job as an announcer. Ladd then does his version of an all-night disc jockey and joins in a day-time soap opera. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Connie Haines, Elvia Allman, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc. 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 17, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lone Ranger" - A Toll In Cattle (Aired April 28, 1944)
On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: “ A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!' The Lone Ranger! ”In later episodes the opening narration ended with the catch phrase "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... The Lone Ranger Rides Again!" Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, that was the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. The theme music was the "cavalry charge" finale of Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell Overture, now inseparably associated with the series, which also featured many other classical selections as incidental music including Wagner, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. The theme was conducted by Daniel Perez Castaneda. Inspiration for the name may have come from The Lone Star Ranger, a novel by Zane Grey. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1944. "A Toll In Cattle" - Program #1759/979. Syndicated. "Jack Ingraham"/"Longhorn Trail". Music fill for local commercial insert. Ganon is planning to build a bridge...a toll bridge for cattle. The ranchers have already paid for the bridge and won't pay the toll. Brace Beemer, John Todd, Fran Striker (writer), George W. Trendle (creator, producer). 30:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
A Blueprint For Murder (Aired March 29, 1954)
Lux Radio Theater employed several hosts over the following year, eventually choosing William Keighley as the new permanent host, a post he held from late 1945 through 1952. After that, producer-director Irving Cummings hosted the program until it ended in 1955. For its airings on the Armed Forces Radio Service (for which it was retitled Hollywood Radio Theater), the program was hosted by Don Wilson in the early '50s. During its years on CBS in Hollywood, Lux Radio Theater was broadcast from the Lux Radio Playhouse located at 1615 North Vine Street in Hollywood, one block south of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. THIS EPISODE: March 29, 1954. Program #117. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "A Blueprint For Murder". A good whodunit with a smashing conclusion. A little girl has been poisoned and her stepmother is suspect. AFRTS program name: "Hollywood Radio Theatre." Dan Dailey, Dorothy McGuire, Irving Cummings (host), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Rudy Schrager (music director), Yvonne Peattie, Fred MacKaye, Harry Shearer, Jonathan Hole, Barney Phillips, Jack Kruschen, William Conrad, Joyce McCluskey, Herb Butterfield, James Eagles, Charles Seel, John Larch, Edward Marr, Andrew Stone (screenwriter), Earl Ebi (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 58:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2014 04:50 PM PDT
The Girl Who Cried Wolf (Aired December 15, 1950
Wolf drinks beer throughout the day and is a glutton. He employs a live-in chef, Fritz Brenner. He is multilingual and brilliant, though apparently self-educated, and reading is his third passion after food and orchids. He works in an office in his house and almost never leaves home, even to pursue the detective work that finances his expensive lifestyle. Instead, his leg work is done by another live-in employee, Archie Goodwin. While both Wolf and Goodwin are licensed detectives, Goodwin is more of the classic fictional gumshoe, tough, wise-cracking, and skirt-chasing. He tells the stories in a breezy first-person narrative that is semi-hard-boiled in style. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index. THIS EPISODE: December 15, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Girl Who Cried Wolf". Sustaining. The director of an "ecological foundation" has disappeared. Murder soon follows...ecologically! Part of the program closing and the system cue have been deleted. Sydney Greenstreet, Charles O'Neill (writer), J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Lamont Johnson, Herb Butterfield, Don Stanley (announcer), Rex Stout (creator), Edwin Fadiman (producer), Lawrence Dobkin, Charlotte Lawrence, Monica Nealy, Howard McNear. 29:06.

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October 16, 2014 01:21 PM PDT
The Eleanor Corbett Murder Case (Aired May 26, 1951)
Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air. The series featured music by Robert Stringer, and scripts by Peter Lyon. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb (eventually succeeding him as producer). Bern Bennett was the original announcer. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton S. Fine and David Friedkin. THIS EPISODE: May 26, 1951. "The Eleanor Corbett Murder Case" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Al Martin has been found stabbed. Eleanor Corbett has been thrown out of a window. What's the connection? Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer), Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen. 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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