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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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September 25, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
A Date For Dennis Day (Aired May 2, 1944)
When the AFRN rebroadcast those episodes for U.S. servicemen during World War II, the announcer referred to Duffy's Tavern. Radio's Duffy's Tavern didn't translate well to film or television. Burrows and Matt Brooks collaborated on the screenplay for the 1945 film, Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern, in which Archie (with regulars Eddie and Finnegan) was surrounded by a throng of Paramount Pictures stars playing themselves, including Robert Benchley, William Bendix, Eddie Bracken, Bing Crosby, Cass Daley, Brian Donlevy, Paulette Goddard, Betty Hutton, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and Dorothy Lamour. The film's plot involves a war-displaced record manufacturer whose staff — those not sent off to war — drown their sorrows at Duffy's on credit, while the company owner tries to find ways around the price controls and war attrition that threaten to put him out of business. The movie was a box-office disappointment. THIS EPISODE: May 2, 1944. Program #50. "A Date For Dennis Day" - Blue network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Archie tries to get a date for guest Dennis Day. Ed Gardner, Dennis Day, Helen Lynd, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra. 30:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
Shock (Aired August 21, 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: August 21, 1954. "Shock" - CBS network. Sustaining. The first call is about an escaped woman, referred to as a "mental case," who may become violent. Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief of Police), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Jim Headlock (producer), Ron Perkins (technical advisor). 27:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2016 05:19 PM PDT
The Case Of The Man Who Invented Death (Aired January 6, 1950)
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio's longest running shows, airing (October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955), continuing well into the television era. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. The sponsors included Whitehall Pharmacal (as in Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets and Heet liniment), Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. It aired on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to CBS. Bennett Kilpack began as Mr. Keen in 1937 with Phil Clarke stepping into the role late in the series. For 18 years the kindly Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy (Jim Kelly), entertained followers with their intuitive perception that kept listeners coming back for more. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1950. CBS network. "The Case Of The Rushville Murder". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. A madwoman has escaped from the asylum and committed murder, but what about her sane sister? Frank Hummert, Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Bennett Kilpack, Lawrence Klee (writer), Larry Elliott (announcer). 28:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2016 01:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Bouncing Bankrobber (08-23-49) (Aired August 23, 1949)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Both Connecticut residents, House Jameson premiered in the role while Lord was still auditioning talent for the lead. By the third episode, Phillips H. Lord selected Don MacLaughlin for the role. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Bouncing Bankrobber". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. A quick-shooting intruder plunges through a plate glass window. A ferryboat whistles a strange message. The system cue has been deleted. The date above conflicts with another program in this series (see cat. #85045). Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), Jesse Crawford (organ), Shirley Eggleston. 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Renting Mr. Ingram's House - 2 Episodes COMPLETE (02-12-54) (02-17-54)
Fibber McGee and Molly was a popular radio show during the era of classic, old-time radio. It was one of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States. The series premiered on NBC in 1935 and remained popular until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture. James "Jim" Jordan (16 November 1896–1 April 1988) and Marian Driscoll (15 April 1898–7 April 1961), were natives of Peoria, Illinois who met in church and married in 1918. The genesis of Fibber McGee and Molly occurred when the small-time husband-and-wife vaudevillians began their third year as Chicago-area radio performers. TODAY'S SHOW: February 12, 1954. NBC network. Sustaining. Fibber continued to try to rent Mr. Ingram's house for him. A professor is a likely prospect. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Phil Leslie (writer), Ralph Goodman (writer), Max Hutto (director), John Wald (announcer), Jack Kruschen. 13:54. February 17, 1954. NBC net. Sponsored by: Richard Hudnut. At last, Fibber rents the house for Mr. Ingram. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Phil Leslie (writer), Ralph Goodman (writer), Max Hutto (director), John Wald (announcer), Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan. 14:45.

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September 24, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Nolen Brothers (Aired July 7, 1953)
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. 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. 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 operations of a single police precinct. THIS EPISODE: July 7, 1953. CBS network. "The Nolen Brothers" - Sustaining. The first show of the series. An exciting story about three desperate bank robbers trapped in a Bronx apartment and more than willing to shoot it out. Everett Sloane, Lawson Zerbe, Mandel Kramer, Ken Lynch, Joan Lorring, Barbara Weeks, Art Hannes (announcer), Bill Lipton, Wendell Holmes, Stanley Niss (writer, director), John Ives (director). 27:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 07:14 PM PDT
The Missing Archeologist (Aired February 24, 1950)
During this time, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar attracted some of the best writers in Hollywood, including Jack Johnstone, E. Jack Neuman (using the pen name John Dawson), Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield. Bob Bailey also wrote a script while he was playing Johnny Dollar. He used the pen name Robert Bainter (Bainter was his middle name) as the scriptwriter for "The Carmen Kringle Matter", which was aired on Saturday, December 21, 1957 on the West Coast, and on the following day for the rest of the country. Bob Bailey, generally thought of as the most popular of the Johnny Dollars, brought a new interpretation to the character – tough, but not hard-boiled; streetwise, but not overly cynical, Bailey's Dollar was smart and gritty when he had to be. But Bailey's Johnny Dollar was also human. His character would get emotionally involved in a number of his cases. THIS EPISODE: February 24, 1950. "The Missing Archeologist" - CBS network. Sustaining. Bruce Lambert, an archeologist ("Who never should have left his tomb") has disappeared in Egypt. Lambert's sister asks Johnny to dig him up. Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Gregg, Jay Novello, Ed Begley, John Dehner, Pat McGeehan, Paul Dudley (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Leith Stevens (music), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Roy Rowan (announcer). 30:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 11:02 AM PDT
The Chop Suey Murder Case (Aired December 30, 1949)
The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. 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: December 30, 1949. Program #76. ZIV Syndication. "The Chop Suey Murder Case". Commercials added locally. After a robbery and murder in Chinatown, Vance gets a jive-talking you Chinese assistant (who sounds like Charlie Chan's "Number One" son). The killer asks for an order of Din Yip Har...at $15,000 a dish! Jackson Beck, George Petrie, Joan Alexander. 26:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Mystery Of The Live Ghost (Aired September 11, 1948)
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute NBC Saturday morning show, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. The announcer was Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. There are at least three generations of Merriwells: Frank, his half-brother Dick, and Frank's son, Frank Jr. There is a marked difference between Frank and Dick. Frank usually handled challenges on his own. Dick has mysterious friends and skills that help him, especially an old Indian friend without whom the stories would not have been quite as interesting. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1948. NBC network. "The Mystery Of The Live Ghost". Sustaining. A one time coach at Yale is plagued by thieves, murderers, arsonists. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Al Hodge, Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
Young Man Axelbrod (Aired September 22, 1957)
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 22, 1957. CBS network. "Young Man Axelbrod". Sustaining. An old Norwegian man decides to go to Yale. The last show of the series. Sinclair Lewis (author), William N. Robson (adaptator, director). 24:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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