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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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December 24, 2014 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Britt Ponset's Christmas Carol (Aired December 20, 1953)
Though The Six Shooter wasn't the first popular adult western to air over Radio, a case can be made that it was the first to thoroughly legitimize the genre over the medium. Not only were The Six Shooter scripts--and casts--the equal of any of the first wave of adult westerns to air over Radio, but the series carried the considerable weight of James Stewart in the starring role as Britt Ponset, the reluctant, yet highly efficient, western gunslinger. For the era, James Stewart was a natural choice to popularize the genre over Radio. His ground-breaking--for Stewart--depiction of the angst and inner turmoil of his protagonist, Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950), launched a series of James Stewart appearances in other taut Anthony Mann and Alfred Hitchcock psychological thrillers over the following ten years. More importantly, the timing was perfect to cast Stewart in a psychological western thriller for Radio. THIS EPISODE: December 20, 1953. "Britt Ponset's Christmas Carol" - NBC network. Sustaining. The story of A Christmas Carol is retold with a western motif. Jimmy Stewart, Basil Adlam (music), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Jack Johnstone (producer, director), Dick Beals, Howard McNear, Will Wright, Eleanor Audley, Tyler McVey. 32:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 24, 2014 12:00 AM PST
Crossroads Of Christmas (Aired December 17, 1952)
Meaningful Stories from Years Past that Continue to Inspire Families Today Families, then and now, face similar situations and struggles: communication, honesty, gambling, music, alcoholism, sports and many spiritual questions, such as life after death. How we address these struggles makes all the difference in strengthening our family bonds. These compelling half-hour dramas offer inspiring insights into how to build unity within your family. Join us on a visit with the stars of the past for an uplifting, humorous and meaningful look into family life. More than 500 of these programs have been digitally re-mastered and are "crystal clear." THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1952. Mutual network. "Crossroads Of Christmas". Sustaining. An inn-keeper of Nazareth is jeopardized by his Roman-hating nephew, who is hiding from the Centurians. A carpenter and his family in the stable return the inn-keeper's assistance. Irene Dunne (hostess), Victor Jory, Rita Johnson, Tony La Frano (announcer), Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Joseph Mansfield (director), Eddie Firestone, John McGreavy (writer), Pat McGeehan, Howard Culver, Tudor Owen, Michael Hayes. 25:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 23, 2014 08:32 PM PST
A Christmas Special (Aired December 24, 1942)
Command Performance is a radio program which originally aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) with a direct shortwave transmission to the troops overseas. It was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations. Troops sent in requests for a particular performer or program to appear, and they also suggested unusual ideas for music and sketches on the program, such as Ann Miller tap dancing in military boots. Top performers of the day appeared, including Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and The Andrew Sisters. THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1942. AFRS origination, pool feed to all nets. "A Christmas Special". The Andrews Sisters sing, "The Pennsylvania Polka." This was one of the few times a program in this series was heard in the United States. Jack Benny and Fred Allen stage another round in their long-running feud. Bob Hope (m. c.), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Elmer Davis, The Andrews Sisters, Harriet Hilliard, Red Skelton, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Ginny Simms, Bing Crosby, Ethel Waters, Charles Laughton, Edgar Bergen, Kay Kyser, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, The Charioteers, The Twentieth Century Fox Studio Orchestra, Alfred Newman (conductor). 2:02:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 23, 2014 03:45 PM PST
A Rifle For Christmas (Aired December 22, 1949)
Dragnet was a long-running radio and television police procedural drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. THIS EPISODE: December 22, 1949. "A Rifle For Christmas" - Program #30. NBC network. Sponsored by: Fatima. A young boy named Stanley Johnstone is missing, and so is the .22 caliber rifle he was going to get for Christmas. The script would be used as a Christmas program four more times over the years. Well written, dramatic radio. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, William P. Rousseau (director), Bud Tollefson (sound effects), Wayne Kenworthy (sound effects), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (announcer), Herb Butterfield, Peggy Webber, William Johnstone. 32:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 23, 2014 01:00 PM PST
Christmas Program (Aired December 21, 1950)
The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as the General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson), and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954. On the radio program, the character of Jim differs from the later television character. The radio Jim is far more sarcastic and shows he really "rules" over his family. Jim also calls his children names, something common on radio but lost in the TV series. THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1950. "Christmas Program" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Maxwell House Coffee. A Christmas fable about Hans Christian Anderson and his many children's characters. Robert Young, Norma Jean Nilsson, Ted Donaldson, Rhoda Williams, June Whitley, Eleanor Audley, Bill Forman (announcer), Roy Bargy and His Orchestra, Clarence Nash (as the duck). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 23, 2014 10:00 AM PST
Christmas Party (Aired December 22, 1947)
Dependable and level-headed Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis) narrated the misadventures of her innocent and bewildered roommate, Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson), a dim-bulb stenographer. Wilson portrayed the character on radio, in two films and a TV series. The successful radio series with Marie Wilson ran on CBS Radio from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954. The TV version, seen on CBS from January 8, 1952 until June 25, 1954, was the first series telecast from the CBS Television City facility in Hollywood. The movie My Friend Irma (1949) starred Marie Wilson and Diana Lynn but is mainly remembered today for introducing Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis to moviegoers, resulting in even more screen time for Martin and Lewis in the sequel, My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). THIS EPISODE: December 22, 1947. "Christmas Party" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Swan Soap, Spry. It's Christmas Eve and Irma's going to spend it all alone! The script was subsequently reused on "My Friend Irma" on December 20, 1948, on December 26, 1949, on December 25, 1950, on December 23, 1951, December 23, 1952 and December 22, 1953. Marie Wilson, John Brown, Cathy Lewis, Gloria Gordon, Hans Conried. 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 23, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Christmas Program (Aired December 20, 1942)
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. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. Gildy admits as much at the end of "Gildersleeve's Diary" on the Fibber McGee and Molly series (10/22/40). He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods — looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread — sponsored a new series with Peary's Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family. THIS EPISODE: December 20, 1942. NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay. "Christmas Program". As Leila leaves for the South, Gildersleeve buys a present for Judge Hooker, the old goat! Arthur Q. Bryan, 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. 32:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 23, 2014 03:00 AM PST
A Contemporary Christmas Carol (Aired December 24, 1949)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective was a radio show starring Dick Powell which aired from 1949 to 1953, first on NBC, then ABC and finally on CBS. The title character was a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen. The television series was produced by Powell's company, Four Star Television, and that series ran for 3 years from 1957 to 1960. On TV, David Janssen played the hard boiled private eye and his secretary renamed “Sam”, was only ever shown on camera from the waist down, most assurardidly to display her beautiful legs. It was later leared that the legs belonged to Mary Tyler Moore. Original music by Frank DeVol and pete rugolo and later by richard shores. Good scripts, a solid cast and Powell’s exceptional talent made a good time 30 minute program that was quite popular during that Golden Age of Radio. So Let’s sit back now, relax and enjoy this truly otr radio classic.,…, Dick powell as Richard Diamond.., Private Detective. THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1949. NBC network. "A Contemporary Christmas Carol". Sustaining. The famous story by Charles Dickens, but done by Richard Diamond, the private detective, and his friends. See the same script, broadcast two years later. Dick sings, "Mele Kalikimaka," after the story. Dick Powell, Edward King (announcer), Charles Dickens (author), Blake Edwards (writer). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 22, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Some Enchanted Carhop (A Christmas Show) Aired December 21, 1949
Jeff Regan, Investigator was one of the three detective shows Jack Webb did before Dragnet (see also Pat Novak For Hire and Johnny Modero: Pier 23). It debuted on CBS in July 1948. Webb played JEFF REGAN, a tough private eye working in a Los Angeles investigation firm run by Anthony J. Lyon. Regan introduced himself on each show "I get ten a day and expenses...they call me the Lyon's Eye." The show was fairly well-plotted, Webb's voice was great, and the supporting cast were skillful. Regan handled rough assignments from Lion, with whom he was not always on good terms. He was tough, tenacious, and had a dry sense of humor. The voice of his boss, Anthony Lion, was Wilms Herbert. The show ended in December 1948 but was resurrected in October 1949 with a new cast; Frank Graham played Regan (later Paul Dubrov was the lead) and Frank Nelson portrayed Lion. This version ran on CBS, sometimes as a West Coast regional, until August 1950. THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1949. CBS network. "Some Enchanted Car-Hop". Sustaining. 9:00 P. M. A beautiful girl who works at "Hamburger Heaven" is, "The girl who hated men." Frank Graham, Frank Nelson, William Froug (writer), William Fifield (writer), Sterling Tracy (producer), Gordon T. Hughes (director), Richard Aurandt (original music), Bob Stevenson (announcer). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 22, 2014 08:50 PM PST
Christmas Gift (Aired December 23, 1951)
Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and later as Michael Anthony on TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett Clarke. Cast members included Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle and Jack Webb. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. Of the 692 episodes, over 200 no longer exist. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: December 23, 1951. CBS Pacific network. "Christmas Gift". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. The story of a nightclub singer's flight from a gangster, as told in a cheap Panamanian saloon. Betty Lou Gerson, Bill Bouchey, Bill Forman (announcer), Britt Wood (harmonica), Edward Bloodworth (writer), George W. Allen (producer), Marvin Miller, Wilbur Hatch (music), William Conrad. 31:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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