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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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October 15, 2018 01:07 PM PDT
Wanda's Work Of Art (Aired August 25, 1964)
Walk Softly, Peter Troy Detective Drama Aired on Springbok Radio from 10 December 1963 to 21 February 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. Show Notes From Pumamouse. THIS EPISODE: August 25, 1964. Program #38. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "Wanda's Work Of Art". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2018 05:00 AM PDT
Jack Writes His Will (Aired March 12, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO.

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October 14, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
The Derringer Society (Aired July 08, 1946)
In The Casebook of Gregory Hood the spokesperson was initially the legendary and versatile Radio talent, Harry Bartell. The incorporation of a sponsor's spokesperson into the ensemble cast wasn't ground-breaking for the genre. Petri had introduced their flavor of the format with their first sponsorship of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes over MBS in October 1943 and for the three following years immediately preceding their sponsorship of The Casebook of Gregory Hood. But this wasn't the earliest product placement innovation in Radio. Burns and Allen had woven their various sponsors' products into their earliest scripts, as had Bob Hope with his sponsors, Jack Benny with his sponsors, and Fred Allen with his. The format, at least under Harry Bartell's watch, was seamlessly intertwined into each script, as well as even more complementary and entertaining for Bartell's contribution. The introductions completed, Harry Bartell would inquire as to the casebook adventure for the evening. Sandy or Gregory would frame the adventure and launch into the scripted mystery. One out of context sponsor break would occur at the midpoint of the script, with Bartell transitioning into a recap of the continuing adventure. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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October 14, 2018 06:00 PM PDT
The Bathtub (Aired April 1, 1952)
Opening in 1875, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard is the oldest museum in the world purely for recording crime. The name Black Museum was coined in 1877 by a reporter from The Observer, a London newspaper, although the museum is still referred to as the Crime Museum. The idea of a crime museum was conceived by Inspector Neame who had already collected together a number of items, with the intention of giving police officers practical instruction on how to detect and prevent burglary. It is this museum that inspired the Black Musuem radio series. The museum is not open to members of the public but is now used as a lecture theatre for the curator to lecture police and like bodies in subjects such as Forensic Science, Pathology, Law and Investigative Techniques. A number of famous people have visited the musuem including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Orsen Welles hosted and narrated the shows. THIS EPISODE: April 1, 1952. Program #25. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Bathtub". Participating sponsors. Edward Jones is married...very married. He has wives all over the place. The date is approximate. Syndicated rebroadcast date: February 26, 1975. Harry Alan Towers (producer), Orson Welles (narrator), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor), Ira Marion (writer). 26:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2018 02:00 PM PDT
The Edna Wolf Case (Aired August 9, 1950)
Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama. Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends. THIS EPISODE: August 9, 1950. NBC network. "The Edna Wolf Case". Sponsored by: Rexall. Edna Wolf hires Diamond to get the goods on her husband for a divorce. Diamond comes up with a frame for murder. Dick Powell sings, "You Made Me Love You" after solving the case. This program was rebroadcast on September 20, 1953. The scene where Diamond is "taken for a ride" is similar to a scene in the program of February 2, 1951. Dick Powell, Virginia Gregg, Ted de Corsia, Wilms Herbert, Blake Edwards (writer), Hy Averback, Stacy Harris, Vic Perrin, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Bill Forman (announcer), Jaime del Valle (producer, director). 32:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes - "A Piece Of Silk" (02-02-43) and "The Fight Against Fire" (02-09-43)"
A wonderfully informative old time radio series can be found in Adventures In Research. With tales that are not only wonderfully dramatic, but at the same time extremely interesting and entertaining. Adventures In Research offers the listener accounts in American scientific research history. You will be enthralled, as will your children. Best of all, in regards to providing a great educational tool for children, the episodes are made for their attention span, and run approximately fifteen minutes. Hear about the development of the parachute; History of 1st Regular Radio Broadcast; learn about the George Westinghouse; be amazed at The First American Patent; the horrible Dread Scourge - Typhus; be in awe of The Man Who Found A Continent; and so much more wonderful history. TODAY'S SHOW: "A Piece Of Silk" (02-02-43) and "The Fight Against Fire" (02-09-43)" February 2, 1943. Program #596. A Piece Of Silk". Sustaining. How Andre Garnerin perfected the first parachute (and used it!). 15 minutes. February 9, 1943. Program #590. Westinghouse syndication. "The Fight Against Fire". Sustaining. A history of firemen and their equipment. . 15 minutes.

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October 14, 2018 03:00 AM PDT
Education & Schools (Aired January 7, 1947)
After appearances on The Rudy Vallee Show in 1937, Skelton became a regular in 1939's Avalon Time on NBC, sponsored by Avalon Cigarettes. On October 7, 1941, Skelton premiered his own radio show, The Raleigh Cigarette Program, developing a number of recurring characters including punch-drunk boxer "Cauliflower McPugg," inebriated "Willy Lump-Lump" and "'Mean Widdle Kid' Junior," whose favorite phrase ("I dood it!") soon became part of the American lexicon. That, along with "He bwoke my widdle arm!" (or other body part) and "He don't know me vewy well, do he?" all found their way into various Warner Bros. cartoons. Skelton himself was referenced in a Popeye cartoon in which the title character enters a haunted house and encounters a "red skeleton." The Three Stooges also referenced Skelton in Creeps (1956): Shemp: "Who are you?" Talking Skeleton: "Me? I’m Red." Shemp: "Oh, Red.Skeleton." THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1947. NBC network. Sponsored by: Raleigh 903 Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire: "Education and Schools." Chapter 1: "Clem Kadiddlehopper At School." Chapter 3: "Never Too Young To Learn," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor, Anita Ellis, David Forrester and His Orchestra, GeGe Pearson, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton, Wonderful Smith. 30:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 13, 2018 10:00 PM PDT
Kidnap (Aired November 11, 1954)
Before the "Reality TV", there was "Reality Radio" and Night Watch was there. This show is a straight crime documentary with no music, sound effects, or actors. Police reporter Don Reid rode in a prowl car on the night shift with officers from the Culver City, California police department. While wearing a hidden microphone, he captures the sounds and voices of real life drama. From the worried child to the hardened criminal, their stories come through loud and clear. The names were changed to protect identities, but everything else in this gripping series is real. THIS EPISODE: November 11, 1954. "Kidnap" - CBS network. Sustaining. The first call is about a juvenile "blowing his top" on marijuana. A kidnap case follows. Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief of Police), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Jim Headlock (producer), Ron Perkins (technical advisor). 27:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 13, 2018 06:00 PM PDT
The Unwelcome Rescue (Aired July 3, 1948)
The character also appears in numerous radio serials and comic books based on the stories. The model for all later American juvenile sports fiction, Merriwell excelled at football, baseball, basketball, crew and track at Yale while solving mysteries and righting wrongs. He played with great strength and received traumatic blows without injury. A biographical entry on Patten noted dryly that Frank Merriwell "had little in common with his creator or his readers." Patten offered some background on his character: "The name was symbolic of the chief characteristics I desired my hero to have. Frank for frankness, merry for a happy disposition, well for health and abounding vitality." Merriwell's classmates observed, "He never drinks. That's how he keeps himself in such fine condition all the time. He will not smoke, either, and he takes his exercise regularly. He is really a remarkable freshie." THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1948. NBC network. "The Unwelcome Rescue". Sustaining. Frank and Bart save a girl's life while working as lifeguards in Atlantic City and uncover a munitions plot. Paul Taubman (music), Richard Keith, Ruth Braun (writer), William Welch (supervisor), Burt L. Standish (creator), Earl George, Elaine Rost, Gilbert Braun (writer), Hal Studer, Jack Kuney (director), Lawson Zerbe, Lon Clark, Mary Patton, Mel Brandt (announcer). 34:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 13, 2018 01:08 PM PDT
Look Pleasant Please (Aired December 5, 1948)
Alan Ladd's early portrayals of Dan Holiday did tend to be a bit pat, somewhat sparse in depth, and even wooden in the beginning. Ladd hired some excellent voice talent for his project, and these superb, veteran Radio professionals set a pretty high bar for Ladd, himself. Box 13 is highly expositional, as are most programs of the genre, and Ladd's grovelly, gritty voice lends itself well to the production. But by Episode #6 it seems apparent that Alan Ladd was beginning to hit his stride in the role. What seems to get in the way for many reviewers of this program is its somewhat implausible premise. Dan Holiday was purportedly a successful fiction writer for the Star-Times news magazine who becomes disenchanted with the utter, mind-numbing routine of it. Dan Holiday opts out. He posts an ad reading "Go anywhere, Do anything, Write Box 13". Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 5, 1948. Program #16. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Look Pleasant Please". Commercials added locally. Dan Holiday is asked to have his picture taken with a beautiful girl, and finds himself engaged to an heiress about to come into fifteen million dollars! The date is approximate. Alan Ladd, Edmond MacDonald, John Beal, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Russell Hughes (writer), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 27:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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