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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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...


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July 16, 2018 02:00 PM PDT
The Outer Limit (Aired April 13, 1950)
Beyond Tomorrow was to be CBS's science fiction series. Three shows and one audition were transcribed to disk, but it's not certain if they were actually broadcast, despite announcements in newspapers. In the audition, the series title was BEYOND THIS WORLD and the audition show was "The Outer Limit". The first show under the series name Beyond Tomorrow was "Requiem", a story by Robert Heinlein, which was later be done in DIMENSION X. THIS EPISODE: April 13, 1950. CBS network. "The Outer Limit". Sustaining. The script was used on "Suspense" on February 15, 1954 and March 17, 1957. on "Dimension X" on April 8, 1950 and September 8, 1950, on "X Minus One" on November 16, 1955, on "Escape" on February 7, 1950, on "Beyond This World" on February 23, 1950. A similar script was used on "Your Movietown Radio Theatre" on December 17, 1947. Graham Doar (author), Frank Lovejoy, William N. Robson (producer, director), Henry Sylvern (music), John Campbell Jr.(host). 31:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 16, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
That Hammer Guy - Contract On A Dead Man (Aired May 5, 1953)
The 'hot potato' that "That Hammer Guy" had become ultimately resolved itself with the premiere of That Hammer Guy--over Mutual--on December 30, 1952, the beginning of a ninety-one episode series of hard-boiled Mickey Spillane mystery and adventure yarns. The series premiered with Inner Sanctum workhorse Larry Haines as Mike Hammer, aided by Jan Miner in the role of Velda, Hammer's secretary and love interest, as well as several other roles in the ensemble cast. By about three months into the run, the series attempts--rather unsuccessfully--to rename itself, Mickey Spillane-Mystery or Mickey Spillane, Mystery depending on the outlet. Neither name ever really took, and the majority of the newspaper and magazine listings of the era continued to refer to the series as either That Hammer Guy, Mike Hammer, or Mickey Spillane Mysteries. Mickey Spillane-Mystery left the air on September 28, 1954 after an unbroken run of ninety-one installments. It was replaced in Mutual's lineup by Treasury Agent. The production's broadcast outlets had been so loyal to the series that, rather than simply pre-empt an episode, many of them simply rescheduled them later the evening of the mostly sporting events that occupied Mickey Spillane-Mystery's regular slot. While only twelve exemplars of the series enjoy circulation, we're certain that many more will enter the circulating canon in due time. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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July 16, 2018 04:00 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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July 15, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
Youth (Aired July 10, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. THIS EPISODE: July 10, 1977. Program #46. CBS network, WBBM, Chicago aircheck. "Youth". Sponsored by: General Mills, Orca (movie, local). The program was repeated on January 7, 1978 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Joseph Conrad (author), James Agate Jr. (adaptor), Himan Brown (producer, director), Russell Horton, Arnold Moss, Robert Dryden, William Griffis. 40:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 15, 2018 06:00 PM PDT
Murder Shows A Phantom Face (Aired April 7, 1955)
"There he goes across the street into the drugstore, steps on the scale, height: 6 feet, weight: 290 pounds, fortune: Danger. Who isit? THE FAT MAN." Brad Runyon was the Fat Man, played by Jack Scott Smart. The series was created by Dashall Hammott and was first heard on the ABC network Jan. 21, 1946. J. Scott Smart fit the part of the Fat Man perfectly, weighing in at 270 pounds himself. When he spoke, there was no doubt that this was the voice of a big guy. Smart gave a witty, tongue-in-cheek performance and helped make THE FAT MAN one of the most popular detective programs on the air. Smart also appeared in The March Of Time (early 1930s), the Theater Guild On The Air, Blondie, The Fred Allen Show, and The Jack Benny Program. There was also an version made in Australia, syndicated on the Artansa lable, about 1954. There are at least 36 shows available from vendors. The Australian Fat Man was played possibly by Lloyd Berrell. Although not featuring J. Scott Smart, who really fit the part, the series is quite good. THIS EPISODE: April 7, 1955. Program #34. Grace Gibson syndication (Australia). "Murder Shows A Phantom Face". Commercials added locally. Lloyd Berrill, Grace Gibson (producer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 26:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 15, 2018 01:00 PM PDT
The Eric Spalding Concert (Aired January 13, 1950)
Candy Matson, in its various guises, was one of the ground-breaking lady detective anthologies from The Golden Age of Radio. Locally produced out of the KNBC studios in San Francisco, the series was produced, written and directed by Monty Masters and starred his wife, Natalie Masters, the former Natalie Park. One of only a handful of successful female-led radio noir detective dramas of the era, Candy Matson was the eighth attempt to launch a successful distaff gumshoe series over Radio. After the fine-tuning of the audition--and the green light from NBC--Candy Matson aired as 'Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209', with expanded characterizations for both Rembrandt and Lt. Mallard and a somewhat 'friskier' Candy herself. The combination clicked. Monty Masters' snappy dialogue, regular references to Bay Area locations, sports teams, cultural attractions and historic landmarks made for a both entertaining and familiar local production. The Jack Webb influence was unmistakeable. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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July 15, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Counterfeit Combine (Aired January 29, 1949)
The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Returning to CBS on January 8, 1949, it ran until June 25, 1955, sponsored by Grape-Nuts and Wrigley's chewing gum. The final series was on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 5, 1955 to November 27, 1957. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1949. Program #565. CBS net origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Counterfeit Combine". Sponsored by: World-Wide Handicrafts. A counterfeiting gang is caught when one of the members buys a live turkey from a suspcious farmer. A detailed description of counterfeit $10 and $20 bills is given instead of "Gangbusters Nationwide Clues." WRVR rebroadcast date: July 16, 1973. Mandel Kramer, Elspeth Eric, Stanley Niss (writer), William Sweets (director), Jay Jackson (announcer), Phillips H. Lord (producer). 25:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 15, 2018 02:00 AM PDT
The Criminal Mind (Aired April 27, 1947)
The Clock, is an Australian radio show, a dramatic thirty-minute suspense and mystery series. It was written by Lawrence Klee and narrated by "The Clock." First Broadcast in the United States was in November, 1946. It was syndicated by Grace Gibson syndication. At the time of production, the Australian accent, we now know and love, originating from the Irish and Cockney accents, was rather frowned upon by non other than Australians. The shows tried to sound neutral, then there was hope that the show could be sold to Great Britain and the United States. The show was bought by the ABC network in the States, although the ABC on the CD label (below) stands for the Australian Broadcast Company. The settings were usually generic and the actors tried to speak without a perceptible accent and for that reason the program sounded sort of "American". They occasionally slipped up on a few words, using 'boot' instead of 'trunk' when referring to a car. At the end of the fifteen month series run it continued for another 13 weeks but now with an All-American cast with new scripts and the entire crew including the cast, directors, musicians, etc., Americans.

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July 14, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
Million Dollar Hunt (Aired June 29, 1952)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. NBC's Television version of The Chase was in production during May 1953. It was to star Doug Fowley as both narrator and performer. THIS EPISODE: June 29, 1952. "Million Dollar Hunt" - NBC network. Sustaining. A man robs the bank in which he works. Killing the bank guard and taking $1,000,000 in cash and his greedy wife with him, he begins a desperate attempt to escape to Mexico. Daniel Sutter (director, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), Cathleen Cordell, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Leon Janney, Scott Tennyson. 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 14, 2018 04:00 PM PDT
I Know Your Secret (Aired April 10, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1950. NBC network. Sustaining. Randy Stone fishes Wanda Rhodes out of the river. She had been receiving unsigned notes, all of which say, "I Know Your Secret!" Betty Lou Gerson, Colleen Collins, Frank Lovejoy, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Jeff Corey, Joan Banks, Joel Hunt (writer), Larry Marcus (writer), Martha Wentworth, Warren Lewis (director), Will Wright. 34:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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