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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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March 24, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Power And Light Holdup (Aired June 27, 1934)
Calling All Cars was one of radio’s earliest cop shows, dramatizing true crime stories and introduced by officers from the Los Angeles and other police departments. The narrator of the program was speech professor Charles Frederick Lindsley, and the only other regular voice heard on the program week after week belonged to that of Sergeant Jesse Rosenquist of the L.A.P.D., whose name and voice were so unusually distinctive that he was retained for the show’s entire run. None of the actors on the show ever received on-air credit, but among the talent OTR fans can hear the likes of Elvia Allman, Jackson Beck, Charles Bickford, John Gibson, Richard LeGrand and Hanley Stafford, just to name a few. THIS EPISODE: June 27, 1934. Program #31. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Power and Light Holdup". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. A want ad appeals for a man with "plenty of nerve and a good head." The job is for a man to help with a payroll robbery! The system cue has been deleted. Hanley Stafford, Madeleine Kelly (writer), William N. Robson (adaptor, producer), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 28:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 24, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Nolen Brothers (Aired July 7, 1953)
21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of Dragnet. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21st Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operations of a single police precinct. THIS EPISODE: July 7, 1953. CBS network. "The Nolen Brothers" - Sustaining. The first show of the series. An exciting story about three desperate bank robbers trapped in a Bronx apartment and more than willing to shoot it out. Everett Sloane, Lawson Zerbe, Mandel Kramer, Ken Lynch, Joan Lorring, Barbara Weeks, Art Hannes (announcer), Bill Lipton, Wendell Holmes, Stanley Niss (writer, director), John Ives (director). 27:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 24, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Hiking Trip (Aired March 24, 1942)
Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued June 6, 1944. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private." On December 4, 1945, The Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior's mother and grandmother. David Forrester and David Rose led the orchestra, featuring vocalist Anita Ellis. The announcers were Pat McGeehan and Rod O'Connor. THIS EPISODE: March 24, 1942. "Hiking Trip" - Red net. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Pipe Tobacco. The first tune is, "Deep In The Heart Of Texas." Red's opening monologue is about a picnic in the park. "Deadeye" starts Spring cleaning in his hideout. Clem Kadiddlehopper has just cleaned up his excursion boat. "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid," and his mother start on Spring cleaning. Red Skelton, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, Harriet Hilliard, Wonderful Smith, Truman Bradley (anouncer), Del King (commercial spokesman). 31:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 24, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - The Honky Tonkers (Aired February 16, 1958)
Written and directed by Antony Ellis, it followed the adventures of journalist Kendall as he roamed the Western United States in search of stories for the Times. Along the way, he encountered various fictional drifters and outlaws in addition to well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Music for the series was by Wilbur Hatch and Jerry Goldsmith, who also supplied the opening trumpet theme. The announcers were Dan Cubberly, Johnny Jacobs, Bud Sewell and John Wald. Supporting cast: Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris, Johnny Jacobs, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Jack Moyles, Jeanette Nolan, Vic Perrin and Barney Phillips. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1958. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Honky Tonkers". A funny story as J. B. Kendall, reporter, meets Wild Bill Bascombe in a saloon and becomes J. B. Kendall, surgeon. AFRTS program name: "Sagebrush Theatre." The program is also known as "Son-Of-A-Gun." John Dehner, Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Jerry Goldsmith (composer, conductor), John Wald (announcer), Jack Kruschen, Stacy Harris, Virginia Gregg, Eve McVeagh, Barney Phillips, Charles Seel. 25:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
High Air (Aired February 19, 1945)
Author’s Playhouse - Famous stories by celebrated authors: among them, Elementals (Stephen Vincent Benet), The Piano (William Saroyan), and The Snow Goose (Paul Gallico).March 5, 1941 till June 4, 1945, NBC; Blue Network until mid-October 1941, then the Red Network. Many briefly held 30m timeslots, including Sundays at 11:30, 1941-42; Wednesdays at 11:30, 1942-44; Mondays at 11:30, 1944-45. Sponsor was Philip Morris, 1942-43. Cast: John Hodiak, Fern Persons, Arthur Kohl, Laurette Fillbrandt, Kathryn Card, Bob Jellison, Nelson Olmsted, Marvin Miller, Olan Soule, Les Tremayne, Clarence Hartzell, Curley Bradley, etc. Orchestra: Rex Maupin, Roy Shield, J6seph Gallicchio. Creator: Wynn Wright. Directors: Norman Felton, Fred Weihe, Homer Heck. THIS EPISODE: February 19, 1945. NBC network, Chicago origination. "High Air". Sustaining. A sandhog finds his son working on the same tunnel with him. Bordon Chase (author), Ed Prentiss, Elwyn Owen (organist), Fern Persons, Gilbert Ferguson, Harry Bubeck (director), Jim Pease (adaptor), Leo Curley, Michael Romano, Sidney Ellstrom, Stanley Garden. 28:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
The Rocket And The Skull (Aired October 10, 1951)
2000 AD is known as the first of the network science fiction shows, although it ran on Mutual just a month prior to the introduction of the landmark series, Dimension X. It was a half hour of science fiction wonder in an exciting package. The stories have a charm that is always present in science fiction of the future that is written in the past. "When The Worlds Met" takes place "at the giant space port in Washington, temporary capitol of the federated world government as in April 21, 2000 Plus 20 (2020) crowds throng as audio and televox networks cover a space ship carrying in its space hold the first load of uranium taken from the pits of Luna, satellite of Earth. THIS EPISODE: October 10, 1951. Mutual network. "The Rocket and The Skull". Sustaining. The most important man in the country's race to the Moon is wounded in a plane crash...and starts to hear strange messages to Mars! Arnold Robertson, Emerson Buckley and His Orchestra, William Griffis, Sherman H. Dryer (creator, producer), Robert Weenolsen (producer), Gregory Morton, Nat Polen, Merrill Joels, Elliot Jacoby (composer), Walt Shaver (sound), Adrian Penner (sound), Bob Albright (engineer), Ken Marvin (announcer). 27:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2015 02:49 PM PDT
Never Judge A Book By Its Cover (Aired July 6, 1951)
Very few writers have managed to combine the hard boiled detective novel and comedy. Jonathan Latimer succeeded with Bill Crane and Craig Rice did it with JOHN J. MALONE, her ne'er-do-well bibulous attorney. Despite being billed as "Chicago's noisiest and most noted criminal lawyer," Malone acts more like a private eye than a member of the court. And a particularly hard-drinking private eye, at that. Despite a rep for courtroom pyrotechniques, he's far more likely to be found at Joe the Angel's City Hall Bar than in any court. Along with his boozing buddies, Jake and Helene Justus, an affable young couple, he drank his way through a whole slew of novels and short stories, not to mention later film, radio and television appearances. Seemingly inept and irresponsible, he nevertheless somehow (luck of the Irish?) managed to crack the case everytime. Even if his methods were a wee bit, uh, unorthodox, and his interpretation of the law rather imaginative. Malone always seems less interested in going to trial than in playing P.I. Show Notes From ThrillingDetective.com THIS EPISODE: July 6, 1951. NBC network. "Never Judge A Book By Its Cover". Sustaining. Connie Burton has been murdered, after her husband falls in love with a woman he's been hired to find. George Petrie, Larry Haines, Craig Rice (creator), Eugene Wang (writer), Richard Lewis (director), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Fred Collins (announcer). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Mystery Of The Live Ghost (Aired September 11, 1948)
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. Frank usually handled challenges on his own. Dick has mysterious friends and skills that help him, especially an old Indian friend without whom the stories would not have been quite as interesting. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1948. NBC network. "The Mystery Of The Live Ghost". Sustaining. A one time coach at Yale is plagued by thieves, murderers, arsonists. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Al Hodge, Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Irma's Newspaper Column (Aired February 3, 1952)
My Friend Irma, created by writer-director-producer Cy Howard, was a top-rated, long-run radio situation comedy, so popular in the late 1940s that its success escalated to films, television, a comic strip and a comic book, while Howard scored with another radio comedy hit, Life with Luigi. Marie Wilson portrayed the title character, Irma Peterson, on radio, in two films and a television series. The radio series was broadcast on CBS Radio from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954. 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. THIS EPISODE: February 3, 1952. "Irma's Newspaper Column" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Ennds, Eye-Gene. Irma's newspaper column. The script was subsequently used on June 23, 1953. Marie Wilson, Cathy Lewis, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Basil O'Connor (March Of Dimes appeal), Parke Levy (director, writer), Stanley Adams (writer), Pat Burton (Associate Producer), John Brown, Hans Conried, Gloria Gordon, Lud Gluskin (music director), Carl Caruso (announcer). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - Cry Of A Killer (Aired March 25, 1953)
The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. Give the horses a break. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. Also Wild Bill was portrayed by Gary Cooper in the 1936 movie, The Plainsman. Wild Bill has shown up in various other movies and television shows, most recently in the show Deadwood on HBO. THIS EPISODE: March 25, 1953. Program #140. Mutual network. "Cry Of A Killer". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Sugar Pops, Kellogg's Variety Pak (Wyoming Rodeo contest). As a savage cougar is heard at night, cattle disappear and evil is afoot! The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Charles Lyon (announcer), David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Barney Phillips, Ken Peters, Lou Merrill, John McGovern, Jack Moyles, Richard Aurandt (music), Larry Hayes (writer). 25:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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