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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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April 23, 2018 07:00 PM PDT
The Hunters (Aired February 3, 1965)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: February 3, 1965. ABC network. "The Hunters". Commercials deleted. An alcoholic and his son go hunting in the woods...along with the father's bottle. Richard McCracken (writer), Ted Bell (producer, director), Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Fred Foy (announcer), Lee Bowman (executive producer), Neal Pultz (audfio engineer), Marty Folia (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), George Petrie, Fran Carlon, Peter Fernandez, Jack Hurdle, Mark O'Daniels. 21:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2018 01:00 PM PDT
Recovering A Civil War Map (Aired December 16, 1950)
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. Dangerous Assignment ran for the most part, network sustained for over half of its entire run. NBC transcribed Dangerous Assignment for syndication via its NBC Orthacoustic Transcription Series. NBC's Orthacoustic transcriptions are the source of most of the surviving recordings. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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April 23, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
The Quiz Show (Aired November 25, 1949)
The main sponsor was General Foods' Jell-O, and an average of three "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode, including Lucille Ball's usual sign-on, "Jell-O, everybody!" The program, which aired 124 episodes from July 23, 1948 through March 31, 1951, initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife, but three new writers — Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh and Jess Oppenheimer — took over the writing, changed the couple's name to Cooper and remade them into a middle-class couple, which they thought average listeners would find more accessible. Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), and CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, Ball refused to do a husband-and-wife TV show without real-life husband Desi Arnaz playing her on-screen husband. THIS EPISODE: November 25, 1949. "The Quiz Show" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz and George are contestants on a quiz show and win a new dishwasher. Lucille Ball, Richard Denning, Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Bob Jellison, Wally Maher, Jerry Hausner, Sandra Gould, Isabel Scott Rorick (creator), Jess Oppenheimer (producer, director), Bob Carroll Jr. (writer), Madelyn Pugh (writer). 27:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2018 03:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes - "Fire Valley" (01-31-38) and "Murder In Long Cooley" (02-07-38)
Blair of the Mounties is the story of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police -- a fictional series based on the work of the Northwest Mounted Police before the World War I. It was a fifteen minute weekly serial heard every Monday for 36 weeks beginning January 31st, 1938 and running through the 3rd of October of 1938. It may have been on the air as early as 1935, although there’s no actual proof of this. Little is known of the series other than it followed the exploits of Sgt. Blair of the Northwest Mounted Police. and probably was the inspiration for Trendell, Campbell and Muir's Challenge of the Yukon. The series was written by Colonel Rhys Davies, who also played the Colonel Blair in the series. Jack Abbot played the Constable. Jack French, one of OTR’s best researchers says this about the series: “Blair is not restricted to Canada, as other Mounties, as we find him, in a few cases, in Great Britain, solving cases. Overall the series is amateurishly written, with the actor playing Blair coming accros as a bit stuffy.” THIS EPISODE: Blair Of The Mounties. January 31, 1938. Program #1. Walter Biddick syndication. "Fire Valley". Corporal Lesley has been, "stolen away by Ghosts." . 12:37. February 7, 1938. Program #2. Walter Biddick syndication. "Murder In Long Cooley". Belle La Tour is on the trail to Fort MacAllister...during a blizzard. . 12:00.

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April 22, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
The Green Eyed Divorcee (Aired May 8, 1955)
Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955. The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. Scripts were by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten. Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947. Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. The Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1955. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Green-Eyed Divorcee". Mandel Kramer, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Nancy Sheridan, Luis Van Rooten, Chester Stratton, Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Ted Lloyd (producer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Wayne Howell (announcer). 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2018 04:00 PM PDT
The Charles Wyatt Murder (Aired January 30, 1951)
The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 40 novels, including Death takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. In this version, the North's apartment was located on Greenwich Place, realized in a scenic design by Jo Mielziner. THIS EPISODE: January 30, 1951. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Charles Wyatt Murder". Charles Wyatt is sentenced to five-to-ten years for fraud. His attorney, Gordon Ross, is involved and kills Wyatt, dumping his body and his car into the bay. The story title is subject to correction. Joseph Curtin, Alice Frost, Frances Lockridge (creator), Richard Lockridge (creator). 24:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2018 10:00 AM PDT
Run Until Dead (Aired November 14, 1949)
Bob Bailey played George Valentine as a detective handy man, who got his jobs from responses to a newspaper ad. Part-time detective and writer Dan Holiday in Box 13 also used the premise. It pays to advertise! The shows follow the usual formats of crime caper shows, with toughs, mysterious rendezvous and people who aren't who they say they are. Francis Robinson first played Brooksie, then Virginia Gregg took the role through its best years. Both ladies played Brooksie smart and sassy. Brooksie took every occasion to make it clear to George that the case he was the most off base on was the "Case of the Missing Engagement Ring." In the late '40's, an organist was used for the scene transitions, and sound effects were fairly minimal, as the show was loaded with snappy patter. In the 1950's, the music turns orchestral, and the production values are a little more thorough. THIS EPISODE: November 14, 1949. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Run Until Dead". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. A known racketeer named Eric Suderman has appeared before the Grand Jury and not been indicted. After Atkins, a witness against the racketeer mysteriously dies, "Old Ironjaw," the prosecutor disappears! Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Lawrence Dobkin, Bill Bouchey, Will Wright, Byron Kane, Frank Hale, Eddie Dunstedter (music), David Victor (writer), Don Clark (director), Bud Hiestand (announcer), Jackson Gillis (writer). 30:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2018 05:00 AM PDT
The Honourable Man (Aired April 17, 1974)
1968 and 1977, and there were a total of eighty episodes spread over nine series, as well as three Christmas specials. Most episodes were also adapted for radio. The show was set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, on the south coast of England, making the Home Guard the front line of defence against an invasion by the enemy forces across the English Channel, which formed a backdrop to the series. The first episode, The Man and the Hour, began with a scene set in the "present day" of 1968, in which Mainwaring addressed his old platoon as part of the contemporary "I'm Backing Britain" campaign. It was a flash-back to the founding of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon by Mainwaring after he had heard Anthony Eden's 1940 radio broadcast. The final episode, Never Too Old, focused on the wedding of Corporal Jones and Mrs. Fox, which was interrupted as the platoon were put on full invasion alert. The first two series were in black and white. There are three lost episodes from series two. Only film copies made of the episodes from these series survive; copies of series one were made for overseas sales, but there was little interest, so none were made of any series two episodes. The three episodes that exist do so because two were film recorded to show Columbia Pictures executives and another needed to be edited post-production.

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April 21, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
George Washington Jenks (Aired February 21, 1945)
Dr. Christian is a long-running radio series with Jean Hersholt in the title role. It aired on CBS Radio from November 7, 1937, to January 6, 1954.[1] In 1956, the series was adapted for television where it aired in syndication until 1957. After Hersholt portrayed the character Dr. John Luke, based on Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, the obstetrician who delivered and cared for the Dionne Quintuplets, in the 20th Century Fox movie The Country Doctor (1936) and its two sequels. He wanted to do the same role on radio but could not get the rights. He decided to create his own doctor character for radio, and since he was a Hans Christian Andersen enthusiast, he borrowed that name for his character of philosophical Dr. Paul Christian. THIS EPISODE: February 21, 1945. CBS network. "George Washington Jenks". Sponsored by: Vaseline. Jean Hersholt, Rosemary De Camp, Bob Anderson (announcer). 25:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2018 06:00 PM PDT
Murder On Approval (Aired August 21, 1938)
One of the most popular radio shows in history debuted in August 1930 when "The Shadow" went on the air. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to "cloud men's minds." THIS EPISODE: August 21, 1938. Mutual network origination, syndicated. "Murder On Approval". Sponsored by: B.F. Goodrich Tires. A foreign agent tries to conquer America by infecting the U. S. Army with a secret disease. Orson Welles, Margot Stevenson, Ken Roberts (announcer). 28:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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