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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...


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January 29, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - The Killer (Aired February 13, 1954)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1954. CBS network. "The Killer". Sustaining. Crego is a cowardly killer who's very particular about whom he shoots. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on May 19, 1956. William Conrad, John Meston (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Howard Culver, Vic Perrin, Richard Deacon, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (director), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), George Walsh (announcer). 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2015 11:00 PM PST
The Man Who Sold His Soul (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This series was written by Michael McCabe and was produced in South Africa. It was a replacement for another series McCabe produced, called SF68. That series adapted famous Sci-fi stories to radio, and it seems to have been the place where McCabe honed his craft. The subject matter to Beyond Midnight was more horror oriented, including madness, murder, and supernatural sleuths! What survives today doesn't involve a horror host per se, but a few include framing narration (by someone involved in the plot) while others just start up the story with no announcer or lead-in whatsoever. So it's possible the regular host or announcer was left off (edited out) of the recordings. The host-- if there was one-- may have only been heard by those who listened to this series when it first aired. It's another radio mystery we may never know for sure, but we're lucky to at least have some of the recordings!

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January 28, 2015 07:38 PM PST
The Man Who Woke Up Famous (Aired July 15, 1944)
Author's Playhouse was an anthology radio drama series, created by Wynn Wright, that aired on the NBC Blue Network from March 5, 1941 until October 1941. It then moved to the NBC Red Network where it was heard until June 4, 1945. Philip Morris was the sponsor in 1942-43. Premiering with "Elementals" by Stephen Vincent Benét, the series featured adaptations of stories by famous authors, such as “Mr. Mergenthwirker’s Lobbies” by Nelson Bond, "The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico, "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, "The Piano" by William Saroyan and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber. Cast members included Curley Bradley, John Hodiak, Marvin Miller, Nelson Olmsted, Fern Persons, Olan Soule and Les Tremayne. Orchestra conductors for the program were Joseph Gallicchio, THIS EPISODE: July 15, 1944. NBC network. "He Woke Up Famous". Sustaining. A comedy about a gushing socialite, her beautiful secretary, and a supposed shipwrecked sailor. Corey Ford (author). 28:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2015 02:47 PM PST
The Dude (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Based on Craig Rice’s (a female crime novelist who rivaled Agatha Christie in book sales) novels of crime drama, Frank Lovejoy (and later Gene Raymond and George Petrie) plays “fiction’s most famous criminal lawyer,” John J. Malone. Mr. Malone is our amazing hero, a Chicago lawyer whose bar is more famous than Cheers. His hobby is collecting clichés, and each weeks show is based off of one: cleanliness is next to Godliness, a strong offense is the best defense, seek and ye shall find, and so on. Stories are gripping, from tales of Chicago’s biggest operator who runs a nightclub and his right hand man, to a man looking for trouble in a hotel and finds it in room 419, to a story of a man who owns the most luscious gambling joint this side of Vegas. So brush up on your one liners, and grab your gun, because you’ll want to tune in for this exciting half hour of mystery!

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January 28, 2015 11:00 AM PST
Boomarang Pitch (Aired March 19, 1949)
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute NBC Saturday morning show, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. The announcer was Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. There are at least three generations of Merriwells: Frank, his half-brother Dick, and Frank's son, Frank Jr. There is a marked difference between Frank and Dick. THIS EPISODE: March 19, 1949. NBC network. "The Boomerang Pitch". Sustaining. When Frank and Bart miss a train, an British cricket player saves the day for the Yale baseball team. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Double Troubles (Aired March 8, 1948)
Dependable, level-headed Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis, Diana Lynn) began each weekly radio program by narrating a misadventure of her innocent, bewildered roommate, Irma, a dim-bulb stenographer from Minnesota. The two central characters were in their mid-twenties. Irma had her 25th birthday in one episode; she was born on May 5. After the two met in the first episode, they lived together in an apartment rented from their Irish landlady, Mrs. O'Reilly (Jane Morgan, Gloria Gordon). Irma's boyfriend Al (John Brown) was a deadbeat, barely on the right side of the law, who had not held a job in years. Only someone like Irma could love Al, whose nickname for Irma was "Chicken". THIS EPISODE: March 8, 1948. "Double Troubles" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Swan Soap ($100,000 fur contest), Spry. Irma and Jane have had fights with Al and Richard. Plans are made for an intimate dinner for four. Professor Kropotkin is matched up with Mrs. O'Reilly. Marie Wilson, Cathy Lewis, John Brown, Cy Howard (creator, producer, director, writer), Parke Levy, Hans Conried, Frank Bingman (announcer), Leif Erickson, Gloria Gordon. 30:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - Bitter Wine (Aired June 14, 1959)
The theme song of the series refers to him as "a knight without armor." In addition, Paladin drew a parallel between his methods and the chess piece's movement: "It's a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it's always unexpected." Paladin was a former Army officer and a graduate of West Point. He was a polyglot, capable of speaking any foreign tongue required by the plot. He also had a thorough knowledge of ancient history and classical literature, and he exhibited a strong passion for legal principles and the rule of law. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1959. CBS network. "Bitter Wine". Sponsored by: Longines Watches, Mutual Of Omaha, Casite, Look Magazine. Paladin steps in to stop a feud between an Italian vineyard owner and an Irish oil driller. This is a network, sponsored version. The script was used on the "Have Gun, Will Travel" television show on February 15, 1958. Blanche Hawkins, Dennis Weaver (Look magazine commercial, along with his wife), Frank Knight (announcer: Longines Watches), Hugh Douglas (announcer), Hugh Douglas (announcer), John Dawson (writer), John Dehner, Ken Kolb (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Virginia Gregg, Waldo Epperson, Tom Hanley (sound effects, performer), Bill James (sound effects), Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator). 24:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 27, 2015 11:00 PM PST
The Whale Of Pirates Folly (08-28-40 & 08-30-40) Pt. 1 & 2 Complete
After his father was killed by a gangster's bullet, young Dan Garrett joined the New York Police Department, but soon tired of the slow pace and red tape of police work. With the help of his friend and mentor, pharmacist and drug-store proprietor Dr. Franz, Dan acquired a costume of bullet-proof chain-mail-like cellulose material, and began a second life, fighting crime as The Blue Beetle. His calling card was a small beetle-shaped marker that he left in conspicuous places to alert criminals to his presence, using their fear of his crime fighting reputation as a weapon against them. For this purpose he also used a "Beetle Signal" flashlight. The Blue Beetle's reputation was not his only weapon -- he carried a revolver in a blue holster on his belt, and was sometimes shown wearing a multi-pouched belt after the style set by Batman. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. TODAY'S SHOW: August 28, 1940. Program #43. Fox Features syndication. "The Whale Of Pirate's Folly" Part one. Commercials added locally. The Blue Beetle tracks down a gang of smugglers and is thrown into the harbor, tied up in a net and left unconscious. 12:13. August 30, 1940. Program #44. Fox Features syndication. "The Whale Of Pirate's Folly" Part two. Commercials added locally. The Blue Beetle captures a submarine disguised as a whale being used by smugglers!. 12:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 27, 2015 07:00 PM PST
Requeim (Aired April 5, 1950)
In 2005, Beyond 2000 returned to the Seven Network under the new name of Beyond Tomorrow. The first episode aired 1 June 2005. Picking up where its predecessor left off, Beyond Tomorrow delves even deeper into the world of technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs. Topics range from how probes planted in the brain can now be used to battle Parkinsons disease and obsessive compulsive disorder, to how the grumpiness of North Sea oil workers has led to a cure being found for snoring. Segments from MythBusters, another Beyond Television production, also air as part of the program. The hour-long magazine style episodes feature breakthroughs in all areas of life including the environment, medicine, sport, computers, space, agriculture, transport, architecture, leisure and adventure. Beyond Tomorrow airs in the US on The Science Channel and on Discovery Channel Canada. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1950. CBS network. "Requiem". Sustaining. The first show of the series, which evolved from the series "Beyond This World." The story old man who wanted to die on the moon. Robert Heinlein (author), Everett Sloane, William N. Robson (producer), Mitchell Grayson (director), Henry Sylvern (music), John Campbell Jr. (host). 27:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 27, 2015 03:00 PM PST
Candy's Last Case (Aired May 21, 1951)
Candt Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8208, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas. Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with "Candy Matson, YU 2-8209" and then the organ swung into the theme song, "Candy". Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot. THIS EPISODE: May 21, 1951. NBC network, San Francisco origination. "Candy's Last Case". Sustaining. The last show of the series. A double murder, a missing half million dollar diamond, and suspicion of Lt. Mallard's innocence can't keep Candy from marriage at the end of her career. Natalie Masters. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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