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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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...


by Bob Camardella
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October 20, 2014 01:10 PM PDT
The City At Your Fingertips (Aired July 20, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. ‘The Slasher’, broadcast on 10 November 1950, the last show of season one, has a very loosely Ripper-derived plot in which Stone searches for an artist. Supporting actors included Parley Baer, William Conrad, Jeff Corey, Lawrence Dobkin, Paul Frees, Jack Kruschen, Peter Leeds, Howard McNear, Lurene Tuttle and Martha Wentworth. THIS EPISODE: July 20, 1950. "The City At Your Fingertips" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Wheaties. Randy Stone dials his phone at random and speaks to a woman about to be murdered by her insane husband. Barbara Dupar, William Lally (announcer), Frank Lovejoy, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Jay Novello, Katherine Card, Larry Marcus (writer), Lurene Tuttle, Peter Leeds, Warren Lewis (director). 31:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 09:18 AM PDT
Muscle Man Contest (Aired October 1, 1946)
Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver.) THIS EPISODE: October 1, 1946. "Muscle Man Contest" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Hollywood origination. Mel enters a contest of strength with the district manager of a supermarket, expecting to lose. Zookie (also played by Mel Blanc) has his own ideas. Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Earle Ross, Joseph Kearns, Bud Hiestand (announcer). 23:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Gold Maker (Aired November 19, 1950)
Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1950. Program #34. Mutual network. "The Gold Maker". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Corn Pops. A con-man is selling the secret of making gold. The system cue is added live, the date is approximate. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Charles Lyon (announcer), Richard Aurandt (music), David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Parley Baer, Joseph Du Val, Fred Howard, Ralph Moody, Jack Moyles. 25:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 19, 2014 09:11 PM PDT
The Crawling Thing (Aired May 18, 1953)
Written and directed by Richard Thorne, a prolific and talented writer and producer, this series is often overlooked, even by fans of OTR. It is unfortunate, since it provides some very unique and dramatic material; the acting in particular was superb. Early on, the series concentrated on murder mysteries, but later shows were devoted to horror and some sci-fi. Sadly, not all episodes have survived - only about 40 of perhaps over a hundred shows still exist. All episodes were standard half-hour format. THIS EPISODE: May 18, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Crawling Thing". Commercials deleted. A scientist uses a deadly spider to experiment with his growth serum. It works all too well. Good of this kind. The program was rebroadcast on November 16, 1953. Richard Thorne (writer, producer), Harold Turner (music), Leroy Olliger (director). 24:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 19, 2014 04:05 PM PDT
The Fred Sears Murder Case (Aired June 19, 1949)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective was a radio show starring Dick Powell which aired from 1949 to 1953, first on NBC, then ABC and finally on CBS. The title character was a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen. The television series was produced by Powell's company, Four Star Television, and that series ran for 3 years from 1957 to 1960. On TV, David Janssen played the hard boiled private eye and his secretary renamed “Sam”, was only ever shown on camera from the waist down, most assurardidly to display her beautiful legs. It was later leared that the legs belonged to Mary Tyler Moore. Original music by Frank DeVol and pete rugolo and later by richard shores. Good scripts, a solid cast and Powell’s exceptional talent made a good time 30 minute program that was quite popular during that Golden Age of Radio. So Let’s sit back now, relax and enjoy this truly otr radio classic.,…, Dick powell as Richard Diamond.., Private Detective. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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October 19, 2014 12:17 PM PDT
The Cigar Box Bandit (Aired February 15, 1951)
The Lineup is a realistic police drama that gives radio audiences a look behind the scenes at police headquarters. Bill Johnstone plays Lt. Ben Guthrie, a quiet, calm-as-a-cupcake cucumber. Joseph Kearns (and from 1951 to 1953, Matt Maher) plays Sgt. Matt Grebb, a hot-tempered hot plate who is easily bored. The director and script writer often rode with police on the job and sat in on the police lineups to get ideas for The Lineup. They also read dozens of newspapers daily and intermeshed real stories with those that they used in the show. With Dragnet a smash hit, realism in police dramas was popular at the time this show aired. Don’t be caught without this radio show in your collection! THIS EPISODE: February 15, 1951. CBS network. Sustaining. "The Cigar Store Bandit" has the entire police force puzzled in this surprisingly good story with a twisted ending. David Young, Ed Begley, Eddie Dunstedter (music), Howard McNear, Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Joe Walters (announcer), John McIntire, Milton Geiger (adaptor), Peggy Webber, Wally Maher, Walter Catlett, William Johnstone. 28:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 19, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Vengeance At Wind Rock (Aired August 26, 1954)
Broadcast constantly sometimes once a week sometimes 3 times a week By Mutual, between 1942 and 1956. Western Drama mainly for the young ones or maybe just the young at heart. I say the young at heart, because The Cisco Kid and his likeable but simple partner Pancho were a couple of lovable rogues and because there was usually a lovely senorita around in every episode who fell madly in love with Sisco, there may well have been an element of lady listeners included in the audience rating figures. THIS EPISODE: August 26, 1954. Program #218. Mutual-Don Lee network origination, Ziv syndication. "Vengeance At Wind Rock". Commercials added locally. Larry Carson has been released from jail. He has sworn vengeance against the marshal that sent him to prison...his own father! Jack Mather, Harry Lang. 28:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 18, 2014 07:05 PM PDT
The Adventure At Wisteria Lodge (Aired May 12, 1947)
According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone. THIS EPISODE: May 12, 1947. ABC network. "The Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge". Sponsored by: Kreml Hair Tonic, Kreml Shampoo. A Mr. Eckles is invited to the mansion of a Spanish gentleman, only to find that everyone has disappeared the next morning. The clues are a cipher that only Sherlock Holmes can understand. The story is based on, "The Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Tom Conway, Nigel Bruce, Joseph Bell (announcer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Denis Green (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Alex Steinert (composer, conductor), Tom McKnight (producer). 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 18, 2014 01:26 PM PDT
The Apparition (Aired May 6, 1981)
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio in the 1970s. Created by Himan Brown (who had by then become a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries and other shows dating back to the 1930s), and aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network, the series began its long run on January 6, 1974. The final episode ran on December 31, 1982. The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over.

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October 18, 2014 08:02 AM PDT
The Gooseby Vacation (Aired June 22, 1951)
This was a variety show starring Don Ameche and singer-actress Frances Langford as co-hosts, airing on NBC and sponsored by Drene Shampoo. Announcing the show—and later familiar to television viewers as The Millionaire's presenter and executive secretary, Michael Anthony—was Marvin Miller. Drene Time typically opened with Langford singing a big band-style arrangement before Ameche and Langford would slip into routine comedy, often aided by co-star Danny Thomas, in routines that often expressed Ameche's frustration that Thomas was more interested in modern technology and discoveries than in women. THIS EPISODE: June 22, 1951. "The Gooseby Vacation" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. Unedited tape. Frances starts the program by singing, "Exactly Like You." After a driving lesson, the Bickersons rent the Gooseby's house while Brother Barney uses the Bickerson's home for a poker game. Tony Romano and His Orchestra, Phil Rapp (creator), Frances Langford, Lew Parker, Bob Pfoeffer (commercial spokesman), John Holbrook (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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