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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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March 18, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
Outer Limit (Aired February 7, 1950)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with the introduction, intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. THIS EPISODE: February 7, 1950. CBS network. "Outer Limit". Sustaining. A famous science fiction story about a test pilot who gets a warning from beyond. Graham Doar (author), Frank Lovejoy, William N. Robson (producer, director), Morton Fine (adaptor), David Friedkin (adaptor). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 18, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
The Golf Challenge (Aired May 11, 1950)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1950. "The Golf Challenge" - (WIBA) Radio. Jim and Ed Davis are paired in golf tournament. Robert Young, Jean Vander Pyl, Ted Donaldson, Ed James (creator), Bill Forman (announcer), Paul West (writer), Roz Rogers (writer), Jerry Marshall (commercial spokesman), Rhoda Williams, Marylee Robb, Helen Strohm. 33:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 18, 2017 07:00 AM PDT
Three O'Clock (Aired December 12, 1956)
Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. On the plus side of the equation were Nelson Olmsted's extremely loyal following throughout the U.S. combined with the classic nature of the stories which comprised the series. These stories were many of the most popular and compelling supernatural stories and adventures in literary history. THIS EPISODE: December 12, 1956. NBC network. "Three O'Clock". Sustaining. A man plans murder of his wife but out smarts himself. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer), Kenneth MacGregor (director), Cornell Woolrich (author, using the name William Irish). 29:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 18, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
Him Or Me (Aired December 26, 1964)
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. THIS EPISODE: December 26, 1964. Syndicated, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Him Or Me". Commercials added locally. A battle to the death between a man and a rat. The program closing has been deleted, the story is complete. The last show of the series. Arch Oboler (writer, host). 27:34.

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March 17, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
The Battle Of Hastings (Aired February 13, 1949)
Imagine if CBS radio news existed when the Bastille was stormed in 1789, or if radio reporters were stationed in Ford Theater as Lincoln was assassinated, or again at the Battle of Gettysburg? Indeed, such was the premise behind the CBS series, You Are There. Audiences witnessed history through the present-tense accounts of newsmen allegedly witnessing historical events transpiring before their eyes. Don Hollenbeck and John Daley (known for his TV game show panelist appearances) played the lead anchors, while real-life newsman provided the remote commentaries as the dramas unfolded. As show opened, an anchor would describe the present situation with "As it stands now…" and segue into commentaries, live remote feeds or analysis as the story unfurled.The show was well received, but perhaps was doomed to eventual failure in part due John Daly's emoting. Bernard DeVoto in Harper Magazine lamented: "We have heard his (Daly) voice vibrate with the real emotion, and our memory of the real simply turns the imagined to ham." THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1949. CBS network. "The Battle Of Hastings". Sustaining. The events of October 14, 1066. William, the Duke of Normandy, conquers King Harold and becomes king of England. Guy Sorel, Staats Cotsworth, Don Hollenbeck, Robert Lewis Shayon (writer, producer, director), John Daly, Michael Sklar (writer), Ken Roberts, William Podmore, Oliver Cliff, John Merlin, Peter Hobbs, Alfred de La Fuente. 28:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 17, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
Guest In The House (Starring Kirk Douglas) Aired September 25, 1946
Stars and movies with Oscars were the idea - in most cases, the movie stars recreated their academy award roles for the show, or in other cases, fine actors played the parts and gave it a different character. Both ways make for great radio drama and first class Hollywood motion picture star entertainment. The Lux Radio Theater had been doing this kind of radio show in the grandest manner for many years, but sponsor Squibb had the hubris and deep pockets to take on the competition by doing Academy Award Theater right after the Second World War. The year 1946 was pre-television, and so movies were still the major American visual art form, with radio the other popular network entertainment. In this final pre-TV time, Academy Award Theater was thought of as a premier radio production, a wow show, much like CinemaScope was to be in the 1950's when Hollywood felt the box office blow of early TV. THIS EPISODE: September 25, 1946. CBS network. "Guest In The House". Sponsored by: Squibb Drugs. A neurotic disrupts the happy home life of her doctor's family. Joan Lorring, Anita Louise, Kirk Douglas. 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 17, 2017 12:59 PM PDT
The Case Of The Popular Corpse (1947) The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The feel of Michael Shayne over the years most noticeably evolved over Radio. Wally Maher's portrayal of Michael Shayne was not only the first over Radio, and the longest-running over Radio, but it was also the most fully developed over Radio. Aided by Cathy Lewis in her role of feisty bright Phyllis Knight, as well as by Joe Forte as Lieutenant Farraday, the family nature of the growing radio ensemble over the years put far more flesh on the bones of Brett Halliday's character than any other characterization that succeeded it. Maher's characterization of Shayne was so successful that for the remainder of Maher's career he actively kneaded Shayne's basic attributes into virtually every other detective or crime drama genre character Maher appeared in until his untimely death in 1951. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: 1947. Program #15. Broadcaster's Guild syndication. "The Case Of The Popular Corpse". Commercials added locally. Shayne is hired to find a rich heiress. An hour later, a mysterious man hires Shayne to find the same girl. The date is approximate. Jeff Chandler, Don W. Sharp (producer), William P. Rousseau (director, host), Brett Halliday (creator), Robert Ryf (writer), John Duffy (composer, conductor). 26:19 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 17, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
At The Circus With Alan Hale (Aired March 16, 1944)
Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers.) THIS EPISODE: March 16, 1944. "At The Circus With Alan Hale" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco. The opening routine is about the circus. Guests Sally Eilers and Alan Hale join Abbott and Costello at the circus. Costello is the target at a baseball throwing concession, then wrestles Alan Hale. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Connie Haines, Elvia Allman, Sally Eilers, Alan Hale, The Camel Five. 29:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 17, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
The Old Man's Bride (Aired July 30, 1953)
General Electric Theater featured a mix of romance, comedy, adventure, tragedy, fantasy and variety music. Occupying the Sunday evening spot on CBS following the Toast of the Town/Ed Sullivan Show from 1 February 1953 to 27 May 1962, the General Electric Theater presented top Hollywood and Broadway stars in dramatic roles calculated to deliver company voice advertising to the largest possible audience. Despite a long technical and practical experience with television production, GE's previous attempts to establish a Sunday evening company program had fared poorly. In the fall of 1948 GE entered commercial television for the first time with the Dennis James Carnival, a variety show dropped after one performance. THIS EPISODE: July 30, 1953. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Old Man's Bride". A wealthy Texas Colonel sends his assistant to New Orleans to fetch him a bride. Complications ensue when the messenger falls for the girl himself. AFRTS program name: "Playhouse 25." Van Johnson, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Hett Manheim (editorial supervisor), Jaime del Valle (transcriber). 29:30. <>I>Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 16, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
Murder Through A Crystal (Aired October 28, 1954)
"There he goes across the street into the drugstore, steps on the scale, height: 6 feet, weight: 290 pounds, fortune: Danger. Who isit? THE FAT MAN." Brad Runyon was the Fat Man, played by Jack Scott Smart. The series was created by Dashall Hammott and was first heard on the ABC network Jan. 21, 1946. J. Scott Smart fit the part of the Fat Man perfectly, weighing in at 270 pounds himself. When he spoke, there was no doubt that this was the voice of a big guy. Smart gave a witty, tongue-in-cheek performance and helped make THE FAT MAN one of the most popular detective programs on the air. Smart also appeared in The March Of Time (early 1930s), the Theater Guild On The Air, Blondie, The Fred Allen Show, and The Jack Benny Program. There was also an version made in Australia, syndicated on the Artansa lable, about 1954. There are at least 36 shows available from vendors. The Australian Fat Man was played possibly by Lloyd Berrell. Although not featuring J. Scott Smart, who really fit the part, the series is quite good. THIS EPISODE: October 28, 1954. Program #11. Grace Gibson syndication (Australia). "Murder Through A Crystal". Commercials added locally. Lloyd Berrill, Grace Gibson (producer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 28:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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