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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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October 04, 2015 08:36 PM PDT
The Case Of The Quincy Killers (Aired April 24, 1948)
Gang Busters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by Chevrolet, on July 20, 1935. After the title was changed to Gang Busters January 15, 1936, the show had a 21-year run through November 20, 1957. Beginning with a barrage of loud sound effects — guns firing and tires squealing — this intrusive introduction led to the popular catch phrase "came on like Gang Busters."The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1948. Program #526. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Quincy Killers". Participating sponsors. A father and son team specialize in kidnapping, theft and murder. This program is noted for its use of a melodeon instead of the usual organ. WRVR rebroadcast date: July 9, 1973. Ted Corday (director), Stanley Niss (writer), William Zuckert, Bill Smith, Phillips H. Lord (producer), Don Gardiner (announcer), Ben Hunter (KEX Portland Oregon announcer). 23:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 04, 2015 03:29 PM PDT
The Canary Yellow Sack (Aired March 20, 1955)
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: March 20, 1955. Program #7. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Canary-Yellow Sack". Les Damon, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ted Lloyd (producer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Mandel Kramer, Jean Darling, Everett Sloane, Lon Clark, Harry Frazee (director, recordist). 30:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 04, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes "The College Representative (06-02-58)" and "The Baby Bed (06-03-58)"
The Couple Next Door was a Peg Lynch series which began in 1953-57 on Chicago's WGN, moving to the Mutual Broadcasting System in the summer of 1957. The married couple was played by Olan Soule and Elinor Harriot. It was revived on CBS Radio (December 30, 1957-November 25, 1960) with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce as the unnamed married couple---essentially, it reprised Ethel and Albert but the new name was necessitated because Lynch had long since lost the rights to the original title. TODAY'S SHOW: "The College Representative (06-02-58)" and "The Baby Bed (06-03-58)" . June 2, 1958. "The College Representative" - CBS network. Sustaining. Mr. Rogers gets the planks, the beams, a Revolutionary War rifle and a brick! The system cue is added live. Peg Lynch (writer, performer), Alan Bunce, Walter Hart (producer), Stuart Metz (announcer), John Gibson, House Jameson, Frank Hummert (creator), Anne Hummert (creator). 15:01. June 3, 1958. "The Baby Bed" - CBS neworkt. Sustaining. Cutting back the baby bed. The system cue is added live. Peg Lynch (writer, performer), Alan Bunce, Walter Hart (producer), Stuart Metz (announcer), Francine Meyers, Frank Hummert (creator), Anne Hummert (creator). 15:07.

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October 04, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - Roped (Aired June 7, 1959)
The radio series debuted November 23, 1958. Have Gun — Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, and Julian Claman. There were 225 episodes of the TV series (several were written by Gene Roddenberry), of which 101 were directed by Andrew McLaglen and 19 were directed by the series star Richard Boone. The title was a catch phrase used in personal advertisements in newspapers like The Times, indicating that the advertiser was ready-for-anything. It was used in this way from the early 1900s. THIS EPISODE: June 7, 1959. CBS network. "Roped". Sponsored by: Longines Watches, Mutual Of Omaha. Dirk and Agnes, professional horse thieves, need Paladin to keep from being lynched...after knocking him unconscious and tying him up! This is a network, sponsored version. Possibly Virginia Gregg's first appearance on the show as "Miss Wong." John Dehner, Ben Wright, Vic Perrin, Jeanne Bates, Joseph Kearns, Frank Michael (writer), Hugh Douglas (announcer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Virginia Gregg, Frank Knight (Longines commercial), Tom Hanley (sound effects, performer), John James, Bill James (sound effects), Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator). 24:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 03, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Trixie's Bank Heist (1953) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. They had met on the movie set of The Treasure of Monte Cristo. On the show, the repartee between the two is strictly old school and quite enjoyable. The dialogue is solid and makes the most of the plots. Unheralded and left for dead, Stand By for Crime is well worth your time. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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October 03, 2015 07:39 PM PDT
Nelson Walker (Aired June 15, 1948)
The production didn't stint on talent, as hinted above. No less than Ivan Ditmars provided the music direction and in addition to Herb Lytton as 'Fate', the varying casts included Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Hal Sawyer, Gloria Blondell, Frank Albertson, Jerry Hausner, Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Ken Peters, Daws Butler and William Johnstone. All in all a superb well of talent from which to draw each week. While a bit difficult to document, the production remains quite collectable and the perspective of the presentation is also unique for the era--or since for that matter. Diary of Fate is one of Radio's little, oft-overlooked gems that demand pulling out, polishing up for better enjoyment, then dutifully returning them to their preserve for another airing one day in the future. THIS EPISODE: June 15, 1948. Program #27. ABC network, KECA, Los Angeles origination, Finley syndication. "Nelson Walker". Commercials added locally. Book 97, page 302. A drifter faces "an instant of horror." The date is subject to correction. Larry Finley (producer), Gloria Blondell, Herb Lytton (as "Fate" and co-producer), Jack Edwards Jr., Pat McGeehan, Ray Ehrlenborn (sound effects), Hal Sawyer, Bern Surrey. 28:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 03, 2015 12:08 PM PDT
Seeds Of Doubt (Aired September 15, 1950)
One of the few solo productions that Wyllis Cooper undertook for NBC. It was also Cooper's first collaboration with British crime journalist Percy Hoskins, who would work with Cooper yet again on NBC's WHItehall-1212 a year hence. The combination of Hoskin's unfailingly accurate research and Cooper's lively, fast-paced writing and direction proved to be an excellent underpinning for an espionage adventure drama based on factual events. The Office of Strategic Services--the progenitor of our Central Intelligence Agency--was one of American History's most colorful and compelling World War II intelligence gathering efforts. It was also, quite understandably, one of our most secret undertakings. Given that backdrop it's very instructive that during the run up to the Cold War years, NBC would attempt to air a fact-based espionage anthology. THIS EPISODE: September 15, 1950. NBC network. "Seeds Of Doubt". Sustaining. 8:00 P. M. An O. S. S. operative travels to liberated Paris to replace a dead friend as a spy...and as a husband! His mission is to uncover Nazis disguised as American soldiers. The final promotional announcement and system cue have been deleted. Ken Field (writer), Manny Segal (sound effects), Corey Ford (creator), Alistair MacBain (creator), Joseph Julian, Karl Weber, Evie Juster, Jerry Jarrett, Louis Sorin, Horace Braham, Anna Karen, Jon Gart (music director), John Powers (sound effects), Don Abbott (engineer), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Alfred Hollander (producer), Sherman Marks (director, supervisor), Charles Webster, Alice Frost. 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 03, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Rosemary Clooney (Aired September 16, 1952)
On October 3, 1948, the team were stars of the television debut of the NBC live television variety show Welcome Aboard sponsored by Admiral, manufacturers of TV sets, and were also featured on the second show of October 10, 1948 (kinescope survives of this live TV broadcast in UCLA Film and Television Archive). On April 3, 1949 they debuted on their TV version of their "Martin & Lewis" radio show on the NBC-TV network, with guest Bob Hope, with their inaugural program drawing lackluster reviews in the April 30, 1949 issue of Billboard magazine. Also in 1949, Martin and Lewis were signed by Paramount producer Hal Wallis as comedy relief for the film My Friend Irma. THIS EPISODE: September 16, 1952. NBC network. Sponsored by: Chesterfield. The first show of the season. The first tune is, "Hominy Grits." The system cue has been deleted. Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, George Fenneman (announcer), Ed Simmons (writer), Norman Lear (writer), Dick Mack (producer, director), Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Rosemary Clooney (Guest). 33:306. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 03, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Red Ryder" - Wildcat Wire (Aired May 16, 1942)
Red Ryder was a newspaper comic western hero, and was a natural for the radio kids. Known on the air as "America's famous fighting cowboy," he was still an upstanding cowboy action hero. The hero was first seen in a series of short stories by writer-cartoonist Fred Harman, who adapted it as a comic strip for the Los Angeles Times in 1938 before it finally became a radio show. For almost a decade, Red Ryder starred in half-hour cowboy adventures featuring a great cast of characters including his pal Buckskin and his little indian boy ward, "Little Beaver". The ranch homestead was cared for by the "The Duchess," actually Red's aunt. Red Ryder was always ready for adventure with his pals, Buckskin Blodgett and Rawhide Rolinson. Little Beaver was beloved by the kids who thought it would be great to be like Little Beaver and be in on all the western action! At one point, Red Ryder was pitted against The Lone Ranger in the radio "badlands," and did really well against the more famous and well established masked man. In the later years, the show played on the West Coast via Don Lee productions, as sponsored by regional bread maker Langendorf Bread. It remained a mainstay of West Coast juvenile radio for all the little pre-TV buckaroos. After the radio show went off the air, Red Ryder and "little Beaver" continued to please 50's kids who avidly read his latest adventures in the popular "Red Ryder" comic books.

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October 02, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Elmer Versus The Invaders (1989) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Chet Chetter's Tales from the Morgue is a series of short stories as told by an old obliging morgue attendant, licensed embalmer and resident story teller named Chet Chetter to a passing stranger of the night played by you the listener. The stories Chet relates to us are all quite fanciful. They deal with topics that would be classified supernatural and science fiction. They border on outrageous but that is how they are meant to be. Roughly half of the shows feature a nice, likeable, rural southern manure hauler by the name of Elmer Korn who always finds himself involved in some inane predicament. The creators of the series themselves admit the show is rather off-beat but, you will find, not without it’s own charm which lies within the humorous writing and the recurring characters. This series was created and produced by M&J Audio Theater. The M stands for Mark Sawyer and the J is for Jay Reel. Two childhood friends who met in the 6th grade in 1977 with a tape recorder that had a mutual interest in radio drama as influenced by old time radio shows such as X Minus One, Lum and Abner, and Gunsmoke. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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