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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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June 20, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
He's A Jolly Good Fellow (Aired February 13, 1950)
Crime Does Not Pay was a series based on short films of the same name produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was similar to Gangbusters, having a moralistic message about the law and lawbreaker. It was first heard over WMGM (NYC), hosted by Donald Buka. The last original show aired on Apr. 11, 1951. The series started on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM (on WMGM) and held that time/day spot until Oct. 30, 1950. The 56'th show marked a change to Wednesday night, again at 7:30. After show number 78 (Apr.11, 1951) the shows were repeated, starting with the first, "Kid With a Gun". The repeats followed the original order up until repeat of number 26, "Ingenious Woman" on Oct. 10, 1951. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1950. Program #19. MGM syndication. "He's A Jolly Good Fellow". Commercials added locally. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. The life-of-the-party has "the life of Riley." He has money, position and a beautiful fiance. However, he's planning several murders! John Beal, Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Marx B. Loeb (director), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer), Ira Marion (writer). 25:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 20, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Spoofs On Fan Magazines & DJ's (Aired June 22, 1947)
Jack Paar came to the attention of RKO Radio Pictures in Hollywood, which hired him to emcee Variety Time (1948), a compilation of vaudeville sketches. Paar later recalled that RKO didn't know what to do with him. His producers, trying to decide what kind of screen characters he could play, compared Paar with other RKO stars. Finally, Paar said, one of the executives had an inspiration, and figured out who Jack Paar really was: "Kay Kyser, with warmth." Paar projected a pleasant personality on film, and RKO called him back to emcee another filmed vaudeville show, Footlight Varieties (1951). Paar was featured in a few films, including a role opposite Marilyn Monroe in Love Nest (1951).

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June 20, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
Freeze Frame (Aired October 1, 1980)
The Sears Radio Theater Series premiered on Monday 02/05/79 and offered a different genre each weekday night. Each genre was hosted by a different celebrity. The program was produced on Paramount's Stage F in Hollywood. These first 130 programs were broadcast over a six month period and then rebroadcast over the following six months. From 02/14/80 to 12/19/81 this series was heard again, this time over Mutual, as The Mutual Radio Theater. This was clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of radio’s best talents, the way radio was heard in its “golden days.” Despite budget and talent, it just wasn’t to be. Hosts: Lorne Greene on Mondays (Westerns) Andy Griffith on Tuesdays (Comedy) Vincent Price on Wednesday (Mystery) Cicely Tyson on Thursday (Drama – Love & Hate) Richard Widmark on Friday (Drama – Adventure)

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June 19, 2016 08:06 PM PDT
The Jogger (Aired April 16, 1982)
Nightfall is a radio drama series produced and aired by CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. One episode was even adapted from a folk song by Stan Rogers. Some of Nightfall's episodes were so terrifying that the CBC registered numerous complaints and some affiliate stations dropped it. Despite this, the series went on to become one of the most popular shows in CBC Radio history, running 100 episodes that featured a mix of original tales and adaptations of both classic and obscure short stories. Nightfall was the brainchild of producer Bill Howell, who was best known at the time for his work on CBC Playhouse and the cult favorite adventure series, Johnny Chase: Secret Agent of Space. (Howell later went on to be executive producer of CBC Radio's highly-popular series, The Mystery Project, which ran from 1992 to 2004.) Show Notes From Calfkiller. THIS EPISODE: April 16, 1982. Program #59. CBC network, Toronto origination. "The Jogger". A good story about a 48-year-old man who pushes his body into shape...to keep up with, "The Jogger." John Stocker (triples), Melleny Brown, Neil Dainard, Alan Fawcett, John Granik, John Jessop (recording engineer), Bill Robinson (sound effects), Nancy McElvene (production assistant), Bill Howell (producer, director, executive producer), Henry Ramer (host), Linda Sorenson, Tony Bell (writer). 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 19, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
The Mysterious Meteor (Aired February 14, 1953)
The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 14, 1953. ABC network. "The Mysterious Meteor". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals (Space Binoculars premium). A meteor made of anti-matter lands in Arizona...and manages to threaten a dam on the planet Venus! This is a network, sponsored version. Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Mosser (creator), Norman Jolley. 30:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 19, 2016 09:00 AM PDT
Election Day (Aired November 1, 1950)
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. 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 EPISIODE: November 1, 1950. "Election Day" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Kraft Mustards. When Bullard and Terwilliger square off in a mayoral election, Gildersleeve picks the right candidate to back...but he loses the race! Andy White (writer), Arthur Q. Bryan, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Earle Ross, Gale Gordon, John Elliotte (writer), Lillian Randolph, Marylee Robb, Paul West (writer), Richard LeGrand, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Stanley Farrar, Walter Tetley, Willard Waterman. 32:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 19, 2016 04:00 AM PDT
Death Is The Puppeteer (Aired May 24, 1974)
The Zero Hour (aka Hollywood Radio Theater) was a 1973-74 radio drama anthology series hosted by Rod Serling. With tales of mystery, adventure and suspense, the program aired in stereo for two seasons. Some of the scripts were written by Serling. Originally placed into syndication on September 3, 1973, the series was picked up by the Mutual Broadcasting System in December of that year. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Mutual affiliates could broadcast the series in any time slot that they wished. In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974.

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June 18, 2016 11:00 PM PDT
Of Night & The River (Aired October 9, 1950)
The Hollywood Star Playhouse , well written and performed, presented many original plays and popular Hollywood stars. Some of those who accepted roles in this great series included Jimmy Stewart, William Conrad, Deborah Kerr, Vincent Price, Harry Bartell and Betty Lou Gerson. Highlights included an episode entitled The Six Shooter and which later became it’s own series staring James Stewart. In 1952, Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on The Hollywood Star Playhouse. This 30 minute anthology program was heard over three different networks during its three seasons. Many leading Hollywood stars appeared before the microphones for this programs original scripts. Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on the 08/31/52 broadcast. Several programs were intended to become new series. On 04/13/52, the broadcast # 99 of The Six Shooter w/James Stewart did indeed become a new NBC series The Six Shooter in 1953, while the broadcast of 05/18/52 Safari w/Ray Milland failed to make it. There was a title change to this series. During the third network change to NBC the series picked up the sponsorship of the American Bakers and the series was called Baker’s Theater Of Stars. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1950. CBS network. "Of Night and The River". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. A good suspense yarn about a gangster being fitted with concrete overshoes trying to escape his fate at the hands of the rest of the gang. Hans Conried, Joseph Cotten, Norman Brokenshire (announcer), Jeff Alexander (composer, conductor), Herbert Rawlinson (host). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 18, 2016 06:08 PM PDT
The Letter (Aired August 29, 1942)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. 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. THIS EPISODE: August 29, 1942. CBS network. "The Letter". Sustaining. The story of Hans Minkler, an Austrian anti-Nazi, or is he a Nazi? A confusing espionage drama set in pre-war Europe. J. Donald Wilson (writer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 18, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Man In The Moon (06-17-51)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy. THIS EPISODE: June 17, 1951. NBC network. "The Man In The Moon". Sponsored by: Wheaties. A colony on the far side of the moon is planning an invasion of the Earth. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on May 29, 1955 and on "Future tense" during July, 1976. The "X Minus One" program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during April, 1974. Luis Van Rooten, Santos Ortega, George Lefferts (writer), Van Woodward (producer), Norman Rose (host), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Raymond Edward Johnson, Joe DeSantis, Larry Haines, Arthur Gary (announcer), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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