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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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May 22, 2016 11:00 PM PDT
Across The Pacific (Starring Humphrey Bogart) Aired January 25, 1943
Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1943 - "Across the Pacific" is a 1942 spy film set on the eve of the entry of the United States into World War II. The film was directed first by John Huston, then by Vincent Sherman after Huston joined the United States Army Signal Corps. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet. 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 05:59 PM PDT
The Thinking Room (Aired August 6, 1982)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1982. Program #51. CBC network origination, NPR network, WPBH-FM, Middlefield, Conn. aircheck. "The Thinking Room". Sustaining. A modern visit to "The Suicide Club," and a toast to no-one. The WPBH-FM rebroadcast date is May 16, 1982. Henry Ramer (host), Tom Wynne-Jones (writer). 28:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Ransom (Aired July 25, 1979)
Mutual Radio Theater ( Sears Radio Theater ) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy. Though less long-lived than NPR's Earplay or the Mystery Theater, it was an ambitious if not particularly critically-favored attempt to reinvigorate a neglected field. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1979. Program #123. CBS network. "The Ransom". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Percy Grainger (writer), Vincent Price (host), Lurene Tuttle, Vic Perrin, Steven Markle, Jack Carroll, Barney Phillips, Don Diamond, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 35:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
The Nelson Bank (Aired February 27, 1949)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949, to June 18, 1954. In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1949. NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. "The Nelson Bank" gets in trouble when the $17 on deposit disappears. Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown, Tommy Bernard, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Henry Blair, Hans Conried, Alan Reed, Billy May (composer, conductor). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - Don't Kick My Horse (Aired June 3, 1956)
Fort Laramie opened with "Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry". When Norman Macdonnell created Fort Laramie in late 1955, he made it clear to his writers that historical accuracy was essential to the integrity of the series. Correct geographic names, authentic Indian practices, military terminology, and utilizing actual names of the original buildings of the real fort, was insisted upon. So when the radio characters referred to the sutler's store (which is what the trading post was called prior to 1870), the surgeon's quarters, Old Bedlam (the officers' quarters) or the old bakery, they were naming actual structures in the original fort. While Macdonnell planned to use the same writers, soundmen, and supporting actors in Fort Laramie that he relied upon in Gunsmoke, he naturally picked different leads. Heading up the cast was a 39 year old, Canadian-born actor with a long history in broadcasting and the movies, Raymond Burr. THIS EPISODE: June 3, 1956. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Don't Kick My Horse". A soldier's love for his eleven-year-old horse gets the entire troop into danger when the Indians attack. A good story. The program was recorded May 3, 1956. Raymond Burr, Les Crutchfield (writer), Virginia Gregg, Barney Phillips, Lawrence Dobkin, Tim Graham, Jack Kruschen. 30:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Aired May 12, 1964)
Walk Softly, Peter Troy Detective Drama Aired on Springbok Radio from 10 December 1963 to 21 February 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: May 12, 1964. Program #23. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "A Partridge In A Pear Tree". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 24:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
Sky Lab Are You There (Starring William Shatner) Aired May 30, 1974
The Zero Hour (aka Hollywood Radio Theater) was a 1973-74 radio drama anthology series hosted by Rod Serling. With tales of mystery, adventure and suspense, the program aired in stereo for two seasons. Some of the scripts were written by Serling. Originally placed into syndication on September 3, 1973, the series was picked up by the Mutual Broadcasting System in December of that year. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Mutual affiliates could broadcast the series in any time slot that they wished. In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974.

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May 21, 2016 11:01 AM PDT
The Top Secret D-ray (Aired January 31, 1953)
The stories followed the 30th-century adventures of Commander Buzz Corry (Ed Kemmer) of the United Planets Space Patrol and his young sidekick Cadet Happy (Lyn Osborn) —- yes, Cadet Happy —- as they faced nefarious interplanetary villains with diabolical schemes. Not surprisingly for the time, some of these villains had Russian- or German-sounding accents. Cmdr. Corry and his allies were aided by such nifty gadgets as "miniature space-o-phones" and "atomolights." Episodes had such pulp-magazine titles as "Revolt of the Space Rats" and "The Menace of Planet X." The special effects used in the live half-hour TV episodes had to be performed in real time. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1953. ABC network. "The Top Secret D-Ray". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals (Space Binoculars premium). A microfilm of plans of the deadly "D-Ray" have been stolen. This is a network, sponsored version. Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn, Larry Robertson (director), Lou Houston (writer), Dick Tufeld (announcer), Mike Mosser (producer), Nina Bara, Ken Mayer, Norman Jolley, Steven Robertson. 28:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Singing Cowboy Parody (Aired July 27, 1947)
Singing Cowboy Parody (Aired July 7, 1947) Television and radio pioneer Jack Par has been called the most imitated personality in broadcasting. He virtually created the late-night talk show format as the host of The Tonight Show , one of television's longest continuously running programs. The Washington Post said, "Jack Paar was genuine, and the footprints he left on the loony moonscape of television are enormous; they will be there forever." As the stars of stage and screen were rising around him, Paar was becoming an icon himself, on television sets in the homes of millions of Americans across the country. During the Golden Age of television, Paar was its golden boy, charming guests and viewers alike. From 1957 to 1962, Paar was the king of late-night television as host of The Tonight Show, which NBC eventually renamed The Jack Paar Show. He turned it from a typical variety format into something very different. With a rare combination of intelligence, irreverence and intuition, he invented a new genre of programming that would become ubiquitous to television.Paar helped launch the careers of such performers as Carol Burnett, Woody Allen and Liza Minnelli, but his guests weren't limited to the glitterati. He discussed religion with Billy Graham, visited Albert Schweitzer in Africa, and talked politics with Richard Nixon, all before the transfixed eyes of the American television audience.

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May 21, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Roy Rogers Show" - The Cash & Carry Rodeo (Aired January 22, 1953)
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, as well as the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchety George "Gabby" Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West." THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1953. NBC network. "The Cash and Carry Rodeo". Sponsored by: Post Cereals. Cob Collins, a professional but crooked rodeo contestant, plans to compete against Roy and Pat, and to show them up! Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Pat Brady, Frank Hemingway, Herb Butterfield, Junius Matthews, Jim Bannon, Howard McNear, Art Rush (producer), Fran Van Hartesfeldt (writer, director), Milton Charles (music), Art Ballinger (announcer). 26:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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