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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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July 27, 2016 11:16 AM PDT
Sold At Auction (Aired July 24, 1948)
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.

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July 27, 2016 11:12 AM PDT
The Coachman Murder Case (Aired November 14, 1946)
. 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 Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted.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: November 14, 1946. Program #8. Mutual net origination, Ziv syndication. "The Coachman Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A famous fly fisherman named Jonathan Zachery is found dead, floating in his pool. Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist). 26:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Who's Sending Threatening Letters (Aired January 29, 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 EPISODE: January 29, 1947. "Threatening Letters" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack receives a threatening telegram and a strange woman named Tanya makes a phone call. He's only has 42 days left! This is a network, sponsored version of cat. #49636. Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Norma Jean Nilsson, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Murray Arnold (piano). 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 27, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Oedipus Story (Aired September 21, 1956)
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 21, 1956. CBS network. "The Oedipus Story". Sustaining. A study of the dramatic character and psycho-analytical look at excessive mother-love from Sophocles to Eugene O'Neill. Alexander Scourby (narrator), Elspeth Eric, Jack Manning, Roger De Koven, Guy Repp, Robert Dryden, Joseph Julian. 29:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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July 26, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
The Big Heist (Aired December 1, 1952)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. It had numerous announcers during those two decades, ranging from the early Berry Kroeger to the veteran announcers, Paul Frees and George Walsh. But it was Joseph Kearns who evolved into "The Man in Black" host in 1943. This mysterious all-knowing narrator was similar to The Whistler.. The character lasted for over 100 episodes until March of 1945. THIS EPISODE: December 1, 1952. CBS network. "The Big Heist". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. The best bank buster in the business takes on a new man for his next job...much to his sorrow. John Hodiak, Herb Butterfield, Joseph Kearns, Ted Bliss, Jerry Hausner, Junius Matthews, Charles Calvert, Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), E. Jack Neuman (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Bert Holland, Larry Thor (announcer). 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
Easy Riches Sudden Death (Aired June 1, 1952)
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. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1952. NBC network. "Easy Riches, Sudden Death". Sustaining. A well-acted story about three rogues who set out for, and find $40 million in gold bars, salvaged from a sunken ship. This is a network version. George Matthews, Joe DeSantis, Kermit Murdock, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Walter McGraw (director, transcriber). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 10:21 AM PDT
Typical American Mother (Aired May 9, 1947)
The Alan Young Show was a radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Canadian-English actor Alan Young. It began on NBC radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It moved to ABC with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III. In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to television as a variety, sketch comedy show, taking an 11-month hiatus in 1952. THIS EPISODE: May 9, 1947. "Typical American Mother" - NBC network, Sponsored by Ingram Shaving Cream, Vitalis. Who will be the typical Van Nuys mother on Mother's Day? Alan will be, of course! Al Schwartz (writer), Alan Young, Charlie Cantor, Dick Lane, Elvia Allman, Hans Conried, Jim Backus, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Sherwood Schwartz (writer). 32:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Dead Reporter (Aired April 5, 1953)
And it shall be my duty, not only to proscute to the limit of the law, all persons accused of crime perpetrated within this county, but to defend with equal vigor, the rights and privileges of all its citizens! Mr. District Attorney, champion of the people, guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Vicki Vola portrayed the District Attorney's secretary, Edith Miller, for the entire run of the series on both radio and television. Mr. District Attorney is a popular radio crime drama which aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952 (and in transcribed syndication through 1953). The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1953. Program #35. Ziv syndication, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Dead Reporter". A reporter finds out who Mr. Big is, the guy that is controlling all crime in town, but he's shot in a phone booth before he can tell Mr. D. A. The date is subject to correction David Brian, Phillips H. Lord (creator). 27:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 26, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Big Brain (Aired March 14, 1950)
Written and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan, the series began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1950. Mutual network. "The Big Brain". Sustaining. An absent-minded professor works on a one-of-a-kind computer. It weighs fifty tons, can figure elliptical intergers and the winner of a horse race! The show contains a dramatized airplane highjacing. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Santos Ortega (doubles), John Marvin, Al Fanelli (organist), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler" and performer), Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), Bob Emerick (announcer), Barney Beck (sound effects), Al Schaffer (sound effects), Leon Janney (doubles), John Martin, Marilyn Erskine. 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 25, 2016 07:04 PM PDT
The Baffled Book Keeper (Aired November 3, 1950)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational.

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