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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 in January 2006...

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March 27, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Into Each Life (Aired August 19, 1951)
The Whisperer was an American old-time radio show broadcast from July 8 to September 30, 1951 on NBC. The premise of the series was as improbable as its storylines. The protagonist was Philip Gault (Carleton G. Young), a lawyer who, due to some unexplained accident, lost his voice and could only speak in an eerie whisper. Gault infiltrates "the syndicate" in his native Central City to bring down organized crime from within; to the underworld, he becomes known as the Whisperer. Later, his voice is restored through surgery, but he continues to lead a double life as the Whisperer, relaying instructions from the syndicate bosses in New York (who don't know he's a mole) to their lackeys in Central City, whom Gault is actually setting up. By today's standards, the stories are dated and their message-mongering usually criticized as ham-fisted, the product of what might be considered the unenlightened attitudes of the time. THIS EPISODE: August 19, 1951. "Into Each Life" - NBC network. Sustaining. This program includes a scene where "The Whisperer" recounts his origins to Ellen. "The Syndicate" is determined to kill a nightclub owner who refuses to pay them off. They've already tried to assassinate him seven times! Bernard Phillips, Betty Lou Gerson, Betty Moran, Bill Cairn (director), Byron Kane, Carleton Young, Don Rickles (announcer), John Duffy (original music), Stetson Humphrey (creator). 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 27, 2015 03:02 PM PDT
The Heat Wave (Aired April 16, 1949)
CBS decided to take a chance on reviving the show. Norman Macdonnell was producer/director; Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, Mel Dinelli, and Kathleen Hite wrote the scripts; and Richard Aurandt was responsible for the music. CBS cast Gerald Mohr to star as Philip Marlowe, with Roy Rowan as announcer. Philip Marlowe, being a loner, was really the only regular character, but throughout the three years the series ran a long string of high-quality supporting Hollywood actors appeared on the show. Performing alongside Mohr at various times were Jeff Corey, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Gloria Blondell, and Lou Krugman. The CBS production ran from September 26, 1948 to September 29, 1950 with an additional short summer run from July 7 to September 15, 1951. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 16, 1949. CBS network. "The Heat Wave". Sustaining. Why is "The Heat Wave," a burlesque dancer wearing a golden mask? Marlowe's been hired to find out. Murder tries a strip tease! Barney Phillips, Byron Kane, Ed Begley, Elsie Holmes, Gene Levitt (writer), Gerald Mohr, Mel Dinelli (writer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Raymond Chandler (creator), Richard Aurandt (music), Robert Mitchell (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Vivi Janis, Wilms Herbert. 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 27, 2015 11:06 AM PDT
Slate Gets The Hook (Aired October 8, 1951)
One can only imagine the number of Ad agencies, networks, sponsors, and syndicators that lined up month after month to pitch a Radio project to Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. That's undoubtedly a story in itself. What the Bogarts finally settled on has become something of a cult favorite in the world of Golden Age Radio. And they settled on a gem--for both its day and for generations of Golden Age Radio fans to come. The concept of Bold Venture had to have piqued the Bogarts' interest from the first pitch. Having already bought their beloved Santana schooner from Dick Powell and June Allyson, they'd become one of America's leading seafaring families within just a couple of years. The seafaring wanderlust aspect of the concept of Bold Venture had to have been one of the project's most persuasive elements. Add to that their impending departure for the bowels of Africa to film Bogie's classic, The African Queen (1951) and Frederick Ziv's willingness to bend over backwards to get at least thirty episodes of Bold Venture taped before their departure . . . then mix in an amazing back-of-the-mike staff that included David Rose as composer and music director, Henry Hayward to direct, and both Morton Fine and David Friedkin to write the radioplays. And if that wasn't enough incentive to assure an amazing production, consider the supporting cast of some of Radio's finest voice talent. And last but by no means least, legendary choral director, songwriter and composer Jester Hairston in the almost cameo role of sidekick 'King' Moses. All in all, an amazing repertory company for the Bogarts' debut as leads in their own Radio program.

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March 27, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
All About Werewolves (Aired October 6, 1957)
Stanley Victor Freberg (born August 7, 1926 in Los Angeles) is an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, puppeteer and advertising creative director. The son of a Baptist minister, Stan Freberg grew up in Pasadena, California. His traditional upbringing is reflected both in the gentle sensitivity which underpins his work (despite his liberal use of biting satire and parody), and in his refusal to accept alcohol and tobacco manufacturers as sponsors (an impediment to his radio career when he took over for Jack Benny on CBS radio), as Freberg explained to Rusty Pipes: After I replaced Jack Benny in 1957 they were unable to sell me with spot announcements in the show. That would mean that every three minutes I'd have to drop a commercial in. So I said, "Forget it, I want to be sponsored by one person like Benny was, by American Tobacco or State Farm Insurance," except that I wouldn't let them sell me to American Tobacco. I refused to let them sell me to any cigarette company. THIS EPISODE: October 6, 1957. Program #13. " All About Werewolves" - CBS network. Sustaining. "Cocktails For Two," "Gray Flannel Hat Full Of Teenage Werewolves," a great story about a werewolf who changes into a horrible monster in the daylight (an advertising executive). Stan Freberg (writer, performer), Billy May and His Orchestra, Peter Leeds, June Foray, Daws Butler, Peggy Taylor, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires, Pete Barnum (producer, writer). 34:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 27, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Helping Hand (Aired November 4, 1951)
Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases. The series was produced and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties. Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, a Ranger for 30 years and who was said to have killed 31 men during his career, served as consultant for the series. The series was adapted for television from 1955 to 1957 and produced by Screen Gems. For the TV version, Willard Parker took over the role of Jace Pearson. On radio, Pearson often worked by request with a local sheriff's office or police department but on the TV show, he had a regular partner, Ranger Clay Morgan (who had been an occasional character on the radio show), played by Harry Lauter.

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March 26, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Strange Bondfire (Aired June 8, 1952)
There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one. There were 44 episodes in the series and all but one are in circulation. None of the prorgrams were titled and as they appeared on the scene, were given names by those who collected them. For that reason there are variations of titles, some with incorrect spellings; an attempt has been made to correct this. Some of the shows had "case numbers" and when they were announced, are noted below. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1952. "The Case Of The Strange Bondfire" - NBC network. Sustaining. A broken and heat-fused lock from an automobile is an exhibit in the "Black Museum." A hatless man is seen running from a burning car, strangely close to Guy Fawkes' Day. Part of the final public service announcement and the system cue have been deleted. Percy Hoskins (research), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director), Lester Fletcher, Harvey Hayes, Jared Burke, Gordon Stern, Francois Grimar, Basil Langton, Patricia Courtley, Beulah Garrick, Victor Chapin. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 26, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Terror In The Night (Aired April 30, 1974)
Rod Serling is known to most people as the TV host (and some times writer) for The Twilight Zone. A decade later, he returned to TV to host the spooky Night Gallery series. The series was sold to the networks on Serling's name and reputation, but in reality, he had signed away creative control. A few of his scripts were produced, but others were rejected for being "too thoughtful." (We can't have any of that on television, can we?) He was banned from the casting sessions and had no real say on the show. Despite the shabby treatment by hot shot execs, Serling grit his teeth and did his duty. He continued to lead TV viewers through a darkened museum every week, looking at paintings with even darker themes. (It was very similar to the role Orson Welles served two decades earlier as the host to The Black Museum.) When Night Gallery was canceled in 1972, Serling was probably happy to retire from TV and move to upstate New York. He taught at Ithaca College, not far from where he grew up.

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March 26, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Barber Shop Horse (Aired March 9, 1950)
Maisie, the first in 1939, was from the book "Dark Dame" by the writer Wilson Collison,who did decades of scripting for the silver screen along with Broadway plays and magazine fiction. From the first, MGM wanted Ann Sothern to play Maisie. She began in Hollywood as an extra in 1927. "Maisie and I were just together - I just understood her," Sothern, born Harriette Arlene Lake, said after several of the films made her a star. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Ann Sothern and Lucille Ball, like many performers in Hollywood, had not one but two careers - one in motion pictures and one on radio. MGM Studios had created the series of ten motion pictures based on a brash blonde with a heart "of spun gold." Maisie, the first in 1939, was from the book "Dark Dame" by the writer Wilson Collison, who did decades of scripting for the silver screen along with Broadway plays and magazine fiction. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1950. "Barber Shop Horse" - Program #16. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie's working in a barbershop, where she gives the wrong money to the right bookie! The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Jack McCoy (announcer), Sidney Miller, Howard McNear, Ted Osborne, Ken Christy, Tom Tully, Peter Leeds. 28:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 26, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
Marion Lewis Teenage Alcoholic (Aired September 14, 1950)
Dr. James Kildare was a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show. The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1950. Program #34. "Marion Lewis Teenage Alcoholic" - WMGM, New York City-Mutual network origination, MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Marion Lewis, a pretty teenager, is brought to Blair hospital with acute alcoholic poisoning. Her problem goes her parents. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Dick Joy (anouncer), William P. Rousseau (director), Les Crutchfield (writer), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Kruschen, Tol Avery, Barbara Ruark. 30:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 26, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Swapping Spree (Aired April 28, 1953)
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. Two of the shows they did for station WENR beginning in 1927, both written by Harry Lawrence, bore traces of what was to come and rank as one of the earliest forms of situation comedy. In their Luke and Mirandy farm-report program, Jim played a farmer who was given to tall tales and face-saving lies for comic effect. In a weekly comedy, The Smith Family, Marian's character was an Irish wife of an American police officer. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1953. " Swapping Spree" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Reynolds Aluminum. McGee goes on a swapping spree, starting with his own Moosehead! Arthur Q. Bryan, Bill Thompson, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, Cliff Arquette, Elvia Allman, Harlow Wilcox, Jack Kruschen, Jim Jordan, Keith Fowler (writer), Marian Jordan, Mary Jane Croft, Max Hutto (director), Phil Leslie (writer), Richard LeGrand, The King's Men. 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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