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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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November 28, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Jack Prepares For A Trip (Aired June 25, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. THIS EPISODE: June 25, 1947. "Jack Prepares For A Trip" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Franco-American Spaghetti. The last show of the series. Jack and Tugwell are planning to return east on the Superchief. Unbilled guest Bob Crosby pays a visit. His program replaces Jack's show (for Campbell's) next week, to be heard five days be per as, "Club Fifteen." This time slot will be filled by, "The American Melody Hour." Del, Bob and Jack sing a "duet" Campbell's soup commercial to the tune of, "Ta-Ra-Ta-Boom-Dee-Ay." Jack ends the show sing, "Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer." Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Irene Ryan, Frank Sinatra, Gene Conklin (whistling "Hora Staccato"). 29:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - The Chaplain (Aired August 26, 1956)
Fort Laramie had one of the strongest supporting casts in radio history: John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Barney Phillips, Larry Dobkin, Ben Wright, Jeanette Nolan, and Harry Bartell. Most of them were also working regularly on Gunsmoke. And while Bill Conrad ("Matt Dillon") and Georgia Ellis ("Miss Kitty") never got to Fort Laramie, Parley Baer ("Chester") and Howard McNear ("Doc Adams") did. They both had major roles in the 7-29-56 production entitled "Nature Boy" and McNear had a reoccurring role as "Pliny" the sutler. Later, to create a foursome of major cast members, Macdonnell introduced "Lt. Seiberts" in episode #7, which aired 3-4-56 and he gave the role to Harry Bartell. This show, "The Shavetail", was based upon the nickname that enlisted men in the U.S. Cavalry in the 1800s gave to new officers fresh out of West Point. THIS EPISODE: August 26, 1956. CBS network. "The Chaplain". Sustaining. Fifty-nine men are down with scurvy, and there are no fresh fruits or vegetables anywhere on the prairie. This is a network version. The program was recorded July 26, 1956. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), Parley Baer, Paul Dubov, Lawrence Dobkin. 30:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Death Warmed Over (Aired September 24, 1980)
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.

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November 27, 2015 08:00 PM PST
The Elgin 7th Annual Thanksgiving Show (Aired November 25, 1948)
The Elgin's Holiday Specials began airing in 1942 and ran through 1948, presented on the Armed Forces Radio Service as a way to bring home to the men and women serving their country in the armed forces. An annual series of two hour shows broadcasted Thanksgiving and Christmas specials with greetings by Americans for hospitalized veterans and servicemen overseas, around the world. The show was a variety affair hosted by Don Ameche and featured such stars a Jo Stafford, Mario Lanza, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers, Barbara Jo Allen and many other notables of that era. THIS EPISODE: November 25, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Elgin Watches. "The seventh Annual Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America." The first tune is, "Cosi, Cosa." Dean Martin is introduced as a promising "newcomer" and "a star of tomorrow." Don Ameche (host), Mario Lanza, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers, Barbara Jo Allen (as "Vera Vague"), Andre Previn, Bob Hopkins, Jack Benny, Frances Langford, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton, The Elgin Orchestra, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Earl Levy (producer), John Christ (producer), Ed Helwig (writing supervisor), Frank Nelson, Artie Auerbach, Lurene Tuttle, Verna Felton. 1:58:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 27, 2015 04:00 PM PST
The Thanksgiving Dinner (Aired November 20, 1951)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1951. "The Thanksgiving Dinner" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum. It's Thanksgiving, and Luigi misses having a family to celebrate with. America will be his guest. J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Lou Derman (writer), Pat Burton (associate producer), Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Joe Forte, Ken Peters, Lud Gluskin (music director), Charles Lyon (announcer), Jody Gilbert. 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 27, 2015 12:00 PM PST
Harvest & Thanksgiving (Aired November 2, 1938)
Allen's best-remembered feature was “Allen's Alley,” a weekly segment in which he would discuss issues of the day with eccentric creations like the blustery Senator Claghorn, Brooklyn housewife Pansy Nussbaum and stoic New Englander Titus Moody. Allen was known to read up to nine newspapers a day and often spent 12 to 14 hours a day writing and re-writing his scripts. Poor health forced Allen off the air in 1944, but he returned in the fall of 1945 with The Fred Allen Show, which lasted until June 26, 1949. Fred Allen died on March 17, 1956. Fred Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988. THIS EPISODE: November 2, 1938. "Harvest & Thanksgiving" - Red network. Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica, Minit Rub. The first tune is, "Who Blew Out The Flame?" Town Hall News: movie actors will now have to punch a time clock. At the Hardware Dealer's Convention. People you didn't expect to meet: Joe Allen, a Radio City page. A fascinating interview. The Mighty Allen Art Players perform, "November, Month Of Harvest and Thanksgiving," an alamanac of famous events that occured during the month. The program opening is slightly upcut. Fred Allen, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra, Portland Hoffa, Harry Von Zell (announcer), Minerva Pious, John Brown, The Merry Macs, Joe Allen, The Town Hall Singers, Hans Conried. 55:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 27, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Thanksgiving Dinner (Aired November 22, 1942)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1942. "Thanksgiving Dinner" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Kraft Dinner. "Thanksgiving" program. Gildersleeve tries to get a "B" ration book. Billy Mills (composer, conductor), Earle Ross, Harold Peary, John Whedon (writer), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Lillian Randolph, Lurene Tuttle, Richard LeGrand, Shirley Mitchell, Verna Felton, Walter Tetley. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 27, 2015 04:00 AM PST
The Thanksgiving Turkey (Aired November 23, 1952)
The Aldrich Family, a popular radio teenage situation comedy (1939-1953), is remembered first and foremost for its unforgettable introduction: awkward teen Henry's mother calling, "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!" A top-ten ratings hit within two years of its birth (in 1941, the showm carried a 33.4 Crossley rating, landing it solidly alongside Jack Benny and Bob Hope), the show is considered a prototype for teen-oriented situation comedies to follow on radio and television and is a favourite if dated find for old-time radio collectors today. The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O---which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. THIS EPISODE: November 23, 1952. "The Thanksgiving Turkey" - NBC network. Sustaining. It's Thanksgiving time and there's only one turkey left. Both the Aldrich and Brown families want it. Bob MacKenzie (announcer), Clifford Goldsmith (writer), Bobby Ellis, Jack Grimes, House Jameson, Katharine Raht, Dick Dudley (announcer). 28:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 27, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Thanksgiving (Aired November 18, 1940)
Burns and Allen are one of the most beloved couple in old time radio. They got started, like many of the greats of old time radio, in vaudeville, which is really just the touring popular entertainment in America prior to movies. Gracie was the sparkplug of the act, always the center of attention. George played the foil, the guy vainly trying to make sense of the ditzy world of Gracie. By the early 30s, Gracie was probably the best known woman on radio. Gracie often sang in a voice that showed she was also an excellent comedienne songstress. The shows had names after the sponsors, such as Maxwell House Coffee Time, or The Ammident Show - it was the Burns and Allen show to the public. Other fine radio actors were a part of the fun. Mel Blanc did the happy postman, and was also famous for his zany characters on The Jack Benny Show, and his own Mel Blanc Show. Elliott Lewis, a veteran of many radio dramas, played many of the bit parts on the Burns and Allen shows of the 40s. Burns & Allen were touring England in 1929 when they made their first radio appearance on the BBC. Gracie Allen died on August 27, 1964. George Burns died on March 9, 1996.

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November 26, 2015 08:00 PM PST
Turkey Dinner (Thanksgiving) Aired November 25, 1943
Abbott and Costello William (Bud) Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo) were an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film and television made them one of the most popular teams in the history of comedy. Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?"---whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines---the team are also the only comedians known to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 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. THIS EPISODE: November 25, 1943. "Turkey Dinner" - Red network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: Camels. Abbott and Costello plan to kill Ingrid, Costello's pet turkey, for Thanksgiving. Guest Jane Wyman joins in a routine, "What is the wind?" Connie Haines sings, "Shoo, Shoo Baby." Mel Blanc appears as Bugs Bunny. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Jane Wyman, Connie Haines, Mel Blanc (triples), Don Prindle (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Alan Woods (writer), Martin Gosch (director), Billy Gray, Elvia Allman, John Brown. 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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