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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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March 05, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western - Have Gun Will Travel - A Brother Lost (Aired February 28, 1960)
The show followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman-turned-gunfighter (played by Richard Boone on television, and by John Dehner on radio), who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled. Paladin lived in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dressed in semi-formal wear, ate gourmet food, and attended opera. In fact, many who initially met him mistook him for a dandy from the East. When working, he dressed in black, used calling cards and wore a holster which carried characteristic chess knight emblems, and carried a derringer under his belt. The knight symbol is in reference to his name — possibly a nickname or working name — and his occupation as a champion-for-hire (see paladin). THIS EPISODE: February 28, 1960. CBS network. "Bad Bert". Sponsored by: Camels, Ex Lax, Fitch Shampoo, Dristan, French's Worcester Sauce. The search for "Bad Bert," a road agent widely wanted by lawmen, is in reality, an English nobleman! John Dehner, Ben Wright, Virginia Gregg, Hugh Douglas (announcer), Frank Paris (producer, director), Ann Doud (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Peggy Webber, James Nusser, Bartlett Robinson, Bill James (sound effects), Tom Hanley (sound effects), Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator). 24:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 04, 2015 11:00 PM PST
For A Pal (Aired February 13, 1949)
Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theater" dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. Damon Runyon (October 4, 1884 – December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. He spun tales of gamblers, petty thieves, actors and gangsters; few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead to be known as "Nathan Detroit", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charlie", "Dave the Dude", and so on. These stories were written in a very distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1949 - Program #7. Mayfair syndication. "For A Pal". Commercials added locally. The story of the friendship of Little Joey and Blind Benny, and how a doll came between them. Damon Runyon (author), John Brown, Richard Sanville (director), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 04, 2015 06:50 PM PST
The Sailor Who Wouldn't Give Up (Aired July 9, 1977)
The series had it origins in the meeting of two minds: the ad agency for General Mills at the time, Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample was looking for a different means to reach a child audience besides television, which was decreasing commercial minutes and increasing costs; and Himan Brown, producer-director of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, who wanted to introduce new audiences to the dramatic form on radio. Tom Bosley was chosen as the host because of his television recognition from a kid’s oriented series, Happy Days. CBS chose to produce 52 original broadcasts followed by 52 repeat broadcasts. I believe they had hoped to maintain General Mills sponsorship during the complete 104 episodes, but General Mills dropped their sponsorship after the original broadcasts. The series continued for the next 52 repeats as the CBS Radio Adventure Theater. THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1977. Program #45. CBS network. "The Sailor Who Wouldn't Give Up". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on January 8, 1978 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Jack London, James Agate Jr. (adaptor), Russell Horton, Earl Hammond, Himan Brown (producer, director). Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 04, 2015 03:00 PM PST
Nikoli Debarov (Aired April 22, 1953)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 22, 1953. NBC network. Sustaining. Steve Mitchell is sent to London to be the bodyguard of "Nikoli Debarov"...who doesn't even exist! Adrian Gendot (writer), Bill Cairn (director), Brian Donlevy, Herb Butterfield, Jan Arvan, Jean Tatum, Jeanne Bates, John Storm (announcer), Paul Dubov, Robert Ryf (writer). 28:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 04, 2015 11:00 AM PST
Death Is No Accident (1973) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Epic Casebook (1957–1985) - "... in which Inspector Carr investigates ..." - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1964 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980s with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned.

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March 04, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Granby Bites The Love Bug (Aired July 24, 1950)
Broadcast History: July 3 - August 21, 1950, CBS. 30m, Mondays at 9:30. Cast: Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet as John and Martha Granby, ex-bank teller and wife who moved to the country to become farmers. Louise Erickson as Janice, their daughter. Parley Baer as Eb, the hired hand. Announcer: Bob LeMond Music: Opie Cates Writer-Producer-Director: Jay Sommers. Granby's Green Acres grew out of characters played by Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet on the Lucille Ball series My Favorite Husband. The names were changed, but the basic characters remained the same. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1950. CBS network. "Mr. Granby Fights The Love Bug". Sustaining. Granby's corn is doing poorly, but he won't listen to the county agent's advice. Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, Parley Baer, Opie Cates (composer, conductor), Louise Erickson, Horace Murphy, Rye Billsbury, Jay Summers (writer, director), Jack Harvey (writer), Dave Swift (writer), Johnny Jacobs (announcer). 35:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 04, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Anna Norquest (Aired May 6, 1954)
Radio and Film. Just as in noir crime fiction in print, film noir and radio noir had ushered in a new perspective on traditional fiction; the overlaying of contemporary values, psychological themes and sophisticated social interactions between characters of a story. The adult western transformed the traditional 'black hat'-'white hat' type of shoot'em up cowboy opera format into a form that examined the deeper motivations of its characters and how those psychological themes informed the plot--but in a period western setting. Adult westerns first appeared in Film with big screen hits like Sam Fuller's classic I Shot Jesse James (1949), Winchester '73 (1950), High Noon (1952), and Shane (1953). These were typical examples of the earliest popular appearances of the genre. The first manifestations of the genre in Radio came near the end of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed, some feel that the genre may have helped extend the Golden Age of Radio to the early 1960s. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 6, 1954. "Anna Norquest" - NBC network. Sustaining. A good story about a mail-order bride from Sweden who arrives to find her pen-pal groom about to be hanged for murder. Harry Bartell is billed as Harry "Killer" Bartell. This is a network, sponsored version. Jimmy Stewart, Harry Bartell, Hal Gibney (announcer), Basil Adlam (music), Lillian Buyeff, Lou Merrill, William Johnstone, Frank Burt (writer), Jack Johnstone (director). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 03, 2015 05:52 PM PST
The Fixer (Aired December 28, 1950)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewsis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. Airing on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. THIS EPISODE: December 28, 1950. "The Fixer" - Program #46. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Fixer". Frank Molino is "kingpin of the nation's mobsterdom." He machine guns Harry Brock in broad daylight. The program may be dated December 18, 1950. Frederick L. Collins (creator). 24:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 03, 2015 07:00 PM PST
Carnival Frail (Aired February 14, 1951)
A series based on short films of the same name produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was similar to Gangbusters, having a moralistic message about the law and lawbreaker. It was first heard over WMGM (NYC), hosted by Donald Buka. The last original show aired on Apr. 11, 1951. The series started on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM (on WMGM) and held that time/day spot until Oct. 30, 1950. The 56'th show marked a change to Wednesday night, again at 7:30. After show number 78 (Apr.11, 1951) the shows were repeated, starting with the first, "Kid With a Gun". The repeats followed the original order up until repeat of number 26, "Ingenious Woman" on Oct. 10, 1951. Repeats were not uncommon. Even before the last original show, older shows were repeated on alternate dates to the main series run. On Jan. 7, 1952, the series moved to Mutual but lasted just one year. Only repeats of the original series were aired and show ordering did not match the first run. The show was heard on Dec. 22, 1952. THIS EPISODE: February 14, 1951. Program #70. MGM syndication. "Carnival Frail". Commercials added locally. A hard-boiled carnival worker meets a wealthy "old geezer." She becomes "the rich girl that lives on the hill" and the old geezer gets a knife in the back. The date above is the date of the first broadcast on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Diane Barrymore, Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Ira Marion (writer), Marx B. Loeb (producer, director), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 25:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 03, 2015 03:00 PM PST
Nicky (Aired March 4, 1948)
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. NBC, by contrast was fairly brutal in its approach to new programming: if it didn't attract a sponsor by the magical thirteenth installment, NBC moved it all over the Radio dial on the slightest programming whim, in an effort to find either a home, an audience, or a sponsor for it. The Clock might well have found a larger audience had ABC had either the budget or resolve to promote it. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1948. ABC network. "Nicky">/I>. Sustaining. A gangster is executed for murder.., or is he? Everyone thinks so. Alice Frost, Joe DeSantis, Lawrence Klee (writer), Bernard Green (music director), Clark Andrews (director), Lamont Johnson. 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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