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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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June 28, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Unfinished Business (Aired August 2, 1951)
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: August 2, 1951. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Unfinished Business". Sponsored by: Wheaties, Wildroot Cream-Oil. Eddie took the rap for Joe after a bank job. He was paid $100,000 to do it. Now that he's out of stir, Joe wants the loot back. Martin Blaine, Don Briggs, Ed Begley, Frank Readick, Frederick L. Collins (creator), Betty Mandeville (producer, director). 28:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 28, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Nightwatch - Black Eye To Road Death (Aired February 24, 1955)
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: February 24, 1955. "Black Eye To Road Death (02-24-55)" - CBS network. Sustaining. 8:30 P. M. The first case is about a woman with a black eye who's been choked. Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief of Police), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Jim Headlock (producer), Ron Perkins (technical adviser). 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
The Urgent Errand (Aired April 16, 1949)
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. THIS EPISODE: April 16, 1949. NBC network. "The Urgent Errand". Sustaining. Frank and Bart try desperate measures to protect the Yale pottery collection which is in danger of being dynamited. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2016 01:00 PM PDT
The Nightmare Murder Case (Aired November 22, 1949)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1949. Program #72. ZIV Syndication. "The Nightmare Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A woman tells Vance that she's had two dreams, both of which came true! Her third dream is that she's going to kill a man! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander (doubles), Mandel Kramer, Ian Martin (doubles), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), George Petrie, S. S. Van Dine (creator). 25:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Fixing A Radio (Aired February 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. 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 led to a number of other appearances which would culminate in Carson's own radio show in 1943. From 1950-51, Carson was one of four alternating hosts of NBC's "4 Star Revue." Other hosts that season were Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. and Danny Thomas. The show aired Wednesday evenings. Carson's second season was his last with the comedy-variety program when its title was changed to "All Star Revue.

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June 27, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
Notebook On Murder (Aired September 15, 1940)
KMPC's The Hermit's Cave debuted over Southern California airwaves late Sunday evening on the 22nd of September, 1940. Initially airing all over the late Sunday evening schedule, after twenty-six episodes The Hermit's Cave found regular sponsors and began airing on Sunday nights at 9:30 for the following four years without interruption. The KMPC run of The Hermit's Cave ended with its 217th episode on November 12th 1944. Versatile Southern California animator, pianist, newscaster and Radio actor John Dehner assumed the role of 'The Hermit' for the latter half of the KMPC run. And so it was that The Hermit's Cave ultimately extended its reach quite literally from East Coast to West Coast across America--from Maryland broadcasts of the WJR-transcribed run to KMPC's own orginal California run. Between 1940 and 1944 The Hermit's Cave was being heard over at least three of the four major networks, at least four regional powerhouse stations, and over at least twenty-three independent stations via transcription. THIS EPISODE: September 15, 1940. World syndication. "Notebook On Murder". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. A woman who is recovering from a nervous breakdown is terorized by a burglar in the house. Keeping a "notebook on crime," she names her killer from beyond the grave!. 24:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 26, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
Nightmare (Aired May 5, 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: May 5, 1957. CBS network. "Nightmare". Sustaining. An experimental drama vividly portraying the stuff of nightmares. Interesting listening. Barney Phillips, Edgar Barrier, Elliott Lewis, Frederick Steiner (composer, conductor), Herb Butterfield, Mary Jane Croft, Paula Winslowe, William N. Robson (director). 24:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 26, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
Circumstantial Evidence (Aired May 3, 1953)
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. THIS EPISODE: May 3, 1953. NBC network. "Circumstantial Evidence". Sustaining. A series of strange coincidences finds a traveling salesman accused of murder. Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Fred Weihe (director, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), Don Briggs, Joe Latham, Jane Webb, Ted Osborne, Ken Williams. 30:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 26, 2016 09:00 AM PDT
Old Love Letters (Aired April 3, 1945)
Alan Young Show (born November 19, 1919) is an actor best known for his television role opposite a talking horse, Mister Ed. Born in North Shields,Tyne and Wear, England, with the given name Angus Young, he was raised in Edinburgh, Scotland and in Canada. He grew to love radio when bedbound as a child because of severe asthma and became a radio broadcaster on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1944, he made the leap to American radio with The Alan Young Show, NBC's summer replacement for Eddie Cantor. Following a move to ABC in the fall (1944-46), he returned to NBC (1946-49). THIS EPISODE: April 3, 1945. "Old Love Letters" - ABC Blue network. Sponsored by: Sal Hepatica, Mum. Carlotta Bullfinch, Alan's old sweetheart, wants Alan to be the best man at her wedding. Carlotta thinks Alan's going to be the groom! Possibly dated September 3, 1945. Alan Young, Kenny Delmar (announcer), The Tune Twisters, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra, Minerva Pious, Jean Gillespie. 30:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 26, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
One Hundred In The Dark (Aired September 30, 1942)
In the earliest years, the program was hosted by "The Man in Black" (played by Joseph Kearns or Ted Osborne) with many episodes written or adapted by the prominent mystery author John Dickson Carr. One of the series' earliest successes and its single most popular episode is Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number," about a bedridden woman (Agnes Moorehead) who panics after overhearing a murder plot on a crossed telephone connection but is unable to persuade anyone to investigate. First broadcast on May 25, 1943, it was restaged seven times (last on February 14, 1960) — each time with Moorehead. The popularity of the episode led to a film adaptation, Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), starring Barbara Stanwyck. Nominated for an Academy Award for her performance, THIS EPISODE: September 30, 1942. CBS network. "One Hundred In The Dark". Sustaining. A strange series of tales with no conclusive endings. The show actually gets away with having a person count from one to one hundred, without fadeouts or skipping numbers. The script was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on November 20, 1947. Alice Frost, Helen Lewis, Paul Luther, Ian Martin, Ted Osborne, Frank Readick, Stefan Schnabel, Owen M. Johnson (author), Jack Finke (adaptor), William Spier (producer), John Dietz (director), Berry Kroeger (announcer), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor). 28:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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