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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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July 28, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Perilous Horoscope (Aired April 8, 1952)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. THIS EPISODE: April 15, 1952. NBC network. Sponsored by: Pet Milk. "The Perilous Horoscope" .Fibber's horoscope is not good and he refuses to move from his living room chair. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox, Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Gil Stratton, Gloria McMillan, Cliff Arquette, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Lou Krugman, Phil Leslie (writer), Keith Fowler (writer), Max Hutto (director). 31:59.

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July 28, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
The Nameless (1939) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: 1939. World syndication. "The Nameless". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. A hard working businessman has become a millionaire in just three years. He achieved this by killing his partner, the inventor of the automobile air conditioner that had made him rich. The dead partner, now known in the morgue as "John Doe #9," returns to visit his old partner. 24:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2016 04:22 PM 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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July 27, 2016 11:16 AM PDT
Sold At Auction (Aired July 24, 1948)
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell,Frank Merriwell Show a fictional character that appeared in novels and short stories. The works were penned by Gilbert Patten who wrote under the pseudonym Burt L. Standish. The first Frank Merriwell story was published in 1896 and became popular with readers, especially boys and girls. Frank also appears in radio adventures and comic books based on the novels. He was an all-around athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball and track at Yale while also playing the part of a detective that solved mysteries and righted various wrongs. Merriwell is clean-cut, refusing alcoholic drinks as well as cigarettes and tobacco products. The radio show The Adventures of Frank Merriwell ran on NBC in 1934 as a 15 minute show and was sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste. The series also ran from 1946-1949 as a 30 minute Saturday morning show on NBC. Broadcast from New York, the new series starred Lawson Zerbe as Frank, with Hal Studer as his pal Bart Hodge and Jean Gillespie (soon replaced by Elaine Rost) as his girlfriend, Inza Burridge.

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July 27, 2016 11:12 AM PDT
The Coachman Murder Case (Aired November 14, 1946)
. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 14, 1946. Program #8. Mutual net origination, Ziv syndication. "The Coachman Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A famous fly fisherman named Jonathan Zachery is found dead, floating in his pool. Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist). 26:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Who's Sending Threatening Letters (Aired January 29, 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. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1947. "Threatening Letters" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack receives a threatening telegram and a strange woman named Tanya makes a phone call. He's only has 42 days left! This is a network, sponsored version of cat. #49636. Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Norma Jean Nilsson, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Murray Arnold (piano). 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Oedipus Story (Aired September 21, 1956)
The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. Creator William Froug launched the series with this powerhouse two-part adaptation of "Brave New World" and booked author Aldous Huxley to narrate his famous novel. "We’ll never get a sponsor anyway," CBS vice president Howard Barnes explained to Time, "so we might as well try anything." The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1956. CBS network. "The Oedipus Story". Sustaining. A study of the dramatic character and psycho-analytical look at excessive mother-love from Sophocles to Eugene O'Neill. Alexander Scourby (narrator), Elspeth Eric, Jack Manning, Roger De Koven, Guy Repp, Robert Dryden, Joseph Julian. 29:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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July 26, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
The Big Heist (Aired December 1, 1952)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. It had numerous announcers during those two decades, ranging from the early Berry Kroeger to the veteran announcers, Paul Frees and George Walsh. But it was Joseph Kearns who evolved into "The Man in Black" host in 1943. This mysterious all-knowing narrator was similar to The Whistler.. The character lasted for over 100 episodes until March of 1945. THIS EPISODE: December 1, 1952. CBS network. "The Big Heist". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. The best bank buster in the business takes on a new man for his next job...much to his sorrow. John Hodiak, Herb Butterfield, Joseph Kearns, Ted Bliss, Jerry Hausner, Junius Matthews, Charles Calvert, Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), E. Jack Neuman (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Bert Holland, Larry Thor (announcer). 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
Easy Riches Sudden Death (Aired June 1, 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1952. NBC network. "Easy Riches, Sudden Death". Sustaining. A well-acted story about three rogues who set out for, and find $40 million in gold bars, salvaged from a sunken ship. This is a network version. George Matthews, Joe DeSantis, Kermit Murdock, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Walter McGraw (director, transcriber). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 10:21 AM PDT
Typical American Mother (Aired May 9, 1947)
The Alan Young Show was a radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Canadian-English actor Alan Young. It began on NBC radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It moved to ABC with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III. In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to television as a variety, sketch comedy show, taking an 11-month hiatus in 1952. THIS EPISODE: May 9, 1947. "Typical American Mother" - NBC network, Sponsored by Ingram Shaving Cream, Vitalis. Who will be the typical Van Nuys mother on Mother's Day? Alan will be, of course! Al Schwartz (writer), Alan Young, Charlie Cantor, Dick Lane, Elvia Allman, Hans Conried, Jim Backus, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Sherwood Schwartz (writer). 32:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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