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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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January 12, 2017 03:00 AM PST
The Hermit Of Pluto (Aired February 12, 1955)
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. The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. THIS EPISODE: February 12, 1955. ABC network. "The Hermit Of Pluto". Sustaining. A gang is after a prospector who's discovered a deposit of "stronolite" on Pluto. Bela Kovacs, Dick Wesson (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Helen Mosser (executive producer), Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Mosser (creator), Norman Jolley. 28:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 11, 2017 09:00 PM PST
Mister Worthington (Aired March 20, 1948)
Curtain Time had two separate runs on radio. The fist run was sponsored by General Mills from 1937 to 1939 and the second aired from 1945 to 1950, sponsored by the Mars Candy Co. Interesting is that this romantic drama had a theater setting and announcements with the announcer shouting "tickets please". Many of the episodes were romantic stories where a boy meets his dream girl and what happens afterwards. Announcer for the series was Harry Halcomb who was later known best for his appearances on the 60 minutes television show. Curtain Time is truly an Old Time Radio Classic. Mutual Network, local KNX show sustained, heard Fridays 7:30 - 8:00 pm THIS EPISODE: March 20, 1948. NBC network, Chicago origination. "Mister Worthington". Sponsored by: Mars Bar. Patrick Allen (host), Mike Wallace (announcer, billed as "Myron Wallace"), Harry Elders, Nannette Sargent, Hazel Burroughs (writer), Arthur Peterson, Stewart Sland, George Cisar, Bert Farber (arranger, conductor), Harry Holcomb (director). 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 11, 2017 04:00 PM PST
The Weakling (Aired January 3, 1943)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the criminal from an omniscient perspective. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 3, 1943. CBS network. "The Weakling". Sustaining. Will the honest District Attorney prosecute his own son for murder? Gerald Mohr, Hans Conried, Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 11, 2017 11:00 AM PST
Destination Moon (Aired June 24, 1950)
This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy, who adapted the master works and contributed occasional storied of his own. Dimension X was a very effective demonstration of what could be done with science fiction on the air. It came so late that nobody cared, but some of the stories stand as classics of the medium. Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven" is as gripping today as when first heard. His "Martian Chronicles" was one of the series' most impressive offerings. Dimension X played heavily on an "adventures in time and space, told in future tense" theme. Actors who worked regularly on the show included Joe Di Santis, Wendell Holmes, Santos Ortega, Joseph Julian, Jan Miner, Roger De Koven, John Gibson, Ralph Bell, John Larkin, Les Damon, and Mason Adams. It was directed by Fred Weihe and Edward King. The deep-voiced narrator was Norman Rose. THIS EPISODE: June 24, 1950. NBC network. "Destination Moon". Sustaining. The story is adapted from the George Pal movie of the same name. The story of the first expedition to the moon. The program is interrupted after eighteen minutes for a news bulletin announcing that North Korea has declared war on and has invaded South Korea. The closing credits have been deleted. Robert Heinlein (author), Wendell Holmes, Ralph Bell, Santos Ortega, Van Woodward (producer), Norman Rose (host), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Roger De Koven, Ralph Bell. 30:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 11, 2017 06:00 AM PST
Taxi Fare (Aired June 19, 1955)
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden (1908-1990) as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1955. "Taxi Fare" - CBS network. Miss Brooks has no money to pay off a cab driver, who becomes a constant companion. The system cue and the commercials and/or public service announcements have been deleted. Al Lewis (writer), Arthur Alsberg (writer), Bob Rockwell, Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Gloria McMillan, Jane Morgan, Jeff Chandler, Jerry Hausner, Joseph Kearns, Larry Berns (producer, director), Lud Gluskin, Richard Crenna. 23:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 11, 2017 01:00 AM PST
The City Manager (Aired November 16, 1964)
With a broad mix of genres and some of Radio, Stage, Television and Film's finest guest stars, ABC's humble 21-minute scripts packed a lot of entertainment into a relatively small format. Timing is everything. ABC Radio missed the sweet spot of Radio Drama History by about 20 years. Nevertheless, this series competes well with the Golden Age Radio revival attempts that post-dated it, and, for a 30-minute drama, it certainly hits its target. Now that the Golden Age of Radio has come and gone, there's all the more reason to give this wonderful dramatic anthology another listen. Moreso, given its compact, but thoroughly developed 30-minute format. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 16, 1964. ABC network. "The City Manager". Commercials deleted. When it comes to city government, efficiency is everything! Robert Cenedella (writer), Ted Bell (director), Leon Janney, Owen Jordan, Charles Randall, Jack Hurdle, Marty Folia (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Edward A. Byron (executive producer), Fred Foy (announcer). 21:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 10, 2017 07:27 PM PST
Death Tolls A Requiem (Aired August 23, 1946)
According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era. But the investment shows. And indeed, well into its almost six years of syndication, the series continued to pull respectable audience shares. The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1946. Program #19. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "Death Tolls A Requiem". Commercials added locally. After a man kills the bell ringer in his belfry, he hears the sound of bells wherever he goes. Raymond Morgan (host), Max Ehrlich (writer), Albert Buhrman (organist), Anton M. Leader (director), Michael Fitzmaurice, Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 10, 2017 02:00 PM PST
Number Thirty-One (Aired September 7, 1947)
On radio, The Adventures of Ellery Queen was heard on all three networks from 1939 to 1948. During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and contained a short one-minute case. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. Once a winner was found, the solution was broadcast as confirmation. A complete episode guide and history of this radio program can be found in the book The Sound of Detection: Ellery Queen's Adventures in Radio, published by OTR Publishing in 2002. The Adventure of the Murdered Moths (Crippen & Landru, 2005) is the first book edition of the many of the radio scripts. THIS EPISODE: September 7, 1947. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Number Thirty-One". A murdered butler provides the clue Ellery needs to convict Mr. Arkaris of diamond smuggling. AFRS program name: "Mystery Theatre." Don Hancock (announcer), Lawrence Dobkin, Chet Kingsbury (organist), Charlotte Keane, Bill Smith, Ed Latimer, Tom Everitt (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Tom Victor (producer, director). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 10, 2017 08:24 AM PST
Gildy Turns Off The Water (Aired September 18, 1946)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957) was the arguable founding father of the spin-off program, as well as one of the first true situation comedies (as opposed to sketch programs) in broadcast history. Hooked around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio hit Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest period in the 1940s, when Harold Peary graduated the character from the earlier show into the sitcom and in a quartet of likeable feature films at the height of the show's popularity. THIS EPISODE: September 18, 1946. "Gildy Turns Off The Water" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Pabst-Ett. Gildersleeve decides to turn off the water of the residents who haven't paid their water bill. Bill Kelsey (writer), Earle Ross, Frank Moore (writer), Harold Peary, Jack Meakin (music), John Laing (announcer), Lillian Randolph, Louise Erickson, Richard LeGrand, Shirley Mitchell (?), Walter Tetley. 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 10, 2017 02:00 AM PST
The Fixer (Aired December 28, 1950)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewsis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. Airing on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. THIS EPISODE: December 28, 1950. "The Fixer" - Program #46. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Fixer". Frank Molino is "kingpin of the nation's mobsterdom." He machine guns Harry Brock in broad daylight. The program may be dated December 18, 1950. Frederick L. Collins (creator). 24:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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