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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 in January 2006...

by Bob Camardella
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May 18, 2015 02:51 PM PDT
Three Swords (Aired April 16, 1977)
The series had it origins in the meeting of two minds: the ad agency for General Mills at the time, Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample was looking for a different means to reach a child audience besides television, which was decreasing commercial minutes and increasing costs; and Himan Brown, producer-director of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, who wanted to introduce new audiences to the dramatic form on radio. Tom Bosley was chosen as the host because of his television recognition from a kid’s oriented series, Happy Days. CBS chose to produce 52 original broadcasts followed by 52 repeat broadcasts. I believe they had hoped to maintain General Mills sponsorship during the complete 104 episodes, but General Mills dropped their sponsorship after the original broadcasts. The series continued for the next 52 repeats as the CBS Radio Adventure Theater. THIS EPISODE: April 16, 1977. Program #21. CBS network. "Three Swords. Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on October 16, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Elspeth Eric (adaptor from a traditional story), Kristoffer Tabori, Ian Martin, Himan Brown (producer, director). 38:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2015 11:33 AM PDT
The Kachin Story (Aired June 18, 1950)
Based on the book, Cloak and Dagger: The Secret Story of the O.S.S. by Corey Ford and Alistair McBain, the Radio rendition of these fascinating stories promised to keep any listener perched on the edge of their seat. Apart from describing the book upon which the new adventure series was based, the above is just about all the fanfare that was associated with the roll-out of NBC's only espionage program of the year. It was also one of the few solo productions that Wyllis Cooper undertook for NBC. It was also Cooper's first collaboration with British crime journalist Percy Hoskins, who would work with Cooper yet again on NBC's WHItehall-1212 a year hence. The combination of Hoskin's unfailingly accurate research and Cooper's lively, fast-paced writing and direction proved to be an excellent underpinning for an espionage adventure drama based on factual events. THIS EPISODE: June 18, 1950. NBC network. "The Kachin Story". Sustaining. 4:00 P. M. An O. S. S. operative is shot down in Burmese head-hunting country. With the help of an irish priest and his Kuching friends, the American battles a wiley Japanese commander, M. I. T., class of '37! Jackson Beck, Raymond Edward Johnson, Inge Adams, Winifred Wolfe (writer), Sherman Marks (director), Karl Weber, William Quinn, Joseph Julian, Everett Sloane, Jerry Jarrett, Jack Gordon (writer), Jon Gart (music director), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Alfred Hollander (producer), Bob Warren (announcer), Corey Ford (originator), Alistair MacBain (originator). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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May 18, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Mouse (Aired March 14, 1947)
The Alan Young Show was a radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Canadian-English actor Alan Young. It began on NBC radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It moved to ABC with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III. In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to television as a variety, sketch comedy show, taking an 11-month hiatus in 1952. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1947. "The Mouse" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Ipana Toothpaste, Minit-Rub, Vitalis. Alan visits a psychiatrist who convinces him to be ruthless and aggressive. When Alan tries to kill a mouse, Hubert Updike thinks Alan is going to kill him. The program ending is filled with errors as broadcast. The show runs short, the orchestra stops playing, an announcer makes a stand-by announcement and then an off-mike system cue is heard! Dick Lane, Jim Backus, Sarah Selby, Veola Vonn, Alan Young, Hans Conried, Charlie Cantor, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Al Schwartz (writer), Sherwood Schwartz (writer). 33:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Roy Rogers Show" - The Legend Of Pecos Bill (Aired May 8, 1945)
After four years of little success, he formed Sons of the Pioneers, a Western cowboy music group, in 1934. The group hit it big with songs like "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in western films, including a large supporting role as a singing cowboy while still billed as "Leonard Slye" in a Gene Autry movie. In 1938 when Autry temporarily walked out on his movie contract, Slye was immediately rechristened "Roy Rogers" and assigned the lead in Under Western Stars. Rogers became a matinee idol and American legend. A competitor for Gene Autry as the nation's favorite singing cowboy was suddenly born. In addition to his own movies, Rogers played a supporting role in the John Wayne classic Dark Command (1940). Rogers became a major box office attraction. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1945. "The Legend Of Pecos Bill" - Mutual network. Sponsored by: Goodyear Rubber. The first tune is, "I've Got A Locket In Pocket." Roy tells the story of Pecos Bill. Roy Rogers, The Sons Of The Pioneers, Porter Hall (famous movie villain), Pat Friday, Perry Botkin and His Orchestra, The Farr Brothers, Bob Nolan. 29:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Chinese Gong (Aired March 29, 1944)
The First Nighter Program was a long-running radio anthology comedy-drama series broadcast from 1930 to 1953. The host was Mr. First Nighter (Charles P. Hughes, Macdonald Carey, Bret Morrison, Marvin Miller, Don Briggs and Rye Billsbury [later known as Michael Rye). The show's opening recreated the aural atmosphere of a Broadway opening. Before each week's drama began, Mr. First Nighter was first heard walking on Broadway, emerging from the noise of people and street traffic into the crowded lobby of "the Little Theater Off Times Square" and then taking his seat in the third row center, where he gave the whispered introduction. THIS EPISODE: March 29, 1944. Mutual network. "The Chinese Gong". Sponsored by: Campana's cosmetics. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Arch Oboler (author). 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2015 03:30 PM PDT
Lefty And Delilah (Aired October 9, 1947)
The settings were usually generic and the actors tried to speak without a perceptible accent and for that reason the program sounded sort of "American". They occasionally slipped up on a few words, using 'boot' instead of 'trunk' when referring to a car. At the end of the fifteen month series run it continued for another 13 weeks but now with an All-American cast with new scripts and the entire crew including the cast, directors, musicians, etc., Americans. The series aired beyond this 13 week time period because some time after May 1948 there are at least three circulating "The Clock" programs from late 1948. There is some confusion as to whether the American version originated from New York and then moved to Los Angeles, or just broadcast from Los Angeles for the complete American run. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1947. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "Lefty and Delilah". Participating sponsors. A prize fighter learns that women and training don't mix. WRVR rebroadcast date: June 29, 1973. 23:01. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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May 17, 2015 12:48 PM PDT
Diamonds Trump (Aired March 14, 1951)
Crime Does Not Pay was an anthology radio crime drama series based on MGM's short film series which began in 1935 with Crime Does Not Pay: Buried Loot. The shows were transcribed at MGM's New York station, WMGM. Written by Ira Marion and directed by Marx B. Loeb, the radio program aired in New York on WMGM for two years (October 10, 1949-October 10, 1951), including repeats. It moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System for its final run (January 7-December 22, 1952). For the most part, actors who appeared in B-films were featured, but occasionally one of MGM's major stars would make an appearance. Actors in the series included Bela Lugosi, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, John Loder and Lionel Stander. After the play, the actors usually returned to speak with the audience. Composer-conductor John Gart furnished the music. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1951. Program #74. MGM syndication. "Diamonds Trump". Commercials added locally. Diamond smugglers in South Africa have several unique methods to get the stones into the U. S. A. The date above is the date of the first broadcast of this program on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Marx B. Loeb (director), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer), Ralph Meeker, Ira Marion (writer). 27:24 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2015 09:56 AM PDT
The Bank Statement (Aired April 24, 1945)
Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices and characters. Broadcast to the nation from WMAQ/Chicago, the show entertained America until March 1956, and continued on NBC’s Monitor until 1959. Jim Jordan died on April 1, 1988. Marian Jordan died on April 7, 1961. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1945. "The Bank Statement" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Fibber tries to use the phone to complain about his bank statement. Phil Leslie (writer), Don Quinn (writer), Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Marlin Hurt, Shirley Mitchell, Bea Benaderet, Arthur Q. Bryan. 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2015 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Last Stop (Aired August 10, 1952)
Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases. The series was produced and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties. Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, a Ranger for 30 years and who was said to have killed 31 men during his career, served as consultant for the series. The series was adapted for television from 1955 to 1957 and produced by Screen Gems. THIS EPISODE: August 10, 1952. NBC network. "Last Stop". Sustaining. Based on the events of July, 1931. A disastrous train wreck was caused by a railroad tie on the tracks, and it looks like it was done deliberately! Bert Holland, Hal Gibney (host), Jeffrey Silver, Joel McCrea (guest), Ken Christy, Leo Cleary, Stacy Keach (producer, director), Tony Barrett, Whitfield Connor. 26:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 17, 2015 12:00 AM PDT
The Silent Witness (Aired July 14, 1957)
Beginning with CBS' Columbia Workshop from 1936 to 1947, CBS set out to experiment with Radio--to push that invisible envelope of the speed of sound, the speed of light, and to capitalize on the human listeners' comparitively narrow band of audible sound. Not so much experiment in terms of hardware technology, as in Radio's earliest efforts in 'broad casting' radio transmissions, but in concept, engineering, scoring and production technique. The most well-known and widely acclaimed proponent of these techniques was Norman Corwin. Corwin was so critically and popularly successful in experimental broadcasts that CBS gave him virtual carte blanche to produce whatever projects he deemed of possible interest--at least until the HUAC years anyway. Corwin's well-deserved acclaim aside, the various other CBS experimental programming efforts over the years very much set the bar for other networks. THIS EPISODE: July 14, 1957. CBS network. "The Silent Witness". Sustaining. An excellent tour-de-force trial drama. Done with only one voice, that of the only performer on the show, Raymond Burr. All other roles on this courtroom drama are played by the listener's imagination. This was what radio was all about! Raymond Burr. 24:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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