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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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February 16, 2017 10:00 AM PST
The Black Angel (Aired July 8, 1946)
The veteran character actor Ed Begley co-starred as Sgt. O'Hara, and the supporting cast included Betty Garde, Paul Stewart, Linda Watkins, Mary Patton as Lila North and Vicki Vola, who was also the female lead in Mr. District Attorney. Amzie Strickland played Runyon's girlfriend Cathy Evans, and Nell Harrison was Runyon's mother during the early episodes. The cast also included Dan Ocko, Rolly Bester (wife of science fiction writer Alfred Bester) and Robert Dryden. An 11-piece orchestra was directed by Bernard Green, who also wrote the program's theme. The sound effects were by Ed Blaney, and the announcers were Charles Irving and sportscaster Gene Kirby (1909-1985). The success of the radio series led to a movie, The Fat Man (1951), directed by William Castle. THIS EPISODE: July 8, 1946. ABC network. "The Black Angel". The Fat Man becomes involved with a blackmail plot involving $100,000 in stolen bank money. J. Scott Smart, Bernard Green (music), Ed Begley, Gene Kirby (announcer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 27:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2017 05:00 AM PST
A Job For Lou's Girlfriend (Aired October 4, 1945)
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. After working as Allen's summer replacement. THIS EPISODE: October 4, 1945. "A Job For Lou's Girlfriend" - Red network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco. The first show of the season. The boys have just returned from New York. Lou has claimed to be the owner of NBC and has promised to get Lena Genster (say it fast) into the movies. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ken Niles (announcer), Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Dick Mack (director), Connie Haines. 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2017 12:00 AM PST
The Escape Of Mr. Trimm (Aired March 13, 1957)
Nelson Olmsted was a national treasure. Over a broadcasting career of thirty-five years, Olmsted's soothing, reassuring, and highly versatile narrations graced thousands of broadcast recordings. While also a prolific and highly successful actor in both Radio and Television, it's Olmsted's literature readings and narrations that are the focus of this series and this article. Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. On the plus side of the equation were Nelson Olmsted's extremely loyal following throughout the U.S. combined with the classic nature of the stories which comprised the series. These stories were many of the most popular and compelling supernatural stories and adventures in literary history. THIS EPISODE: March 13, 1957. NBC network. "The Escape Of Mr. Trimm". Sustaining. A very well-done story of suspense. An escaped convict is prevented from getting his complete freedom by a pair of handcuffs. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer). 28:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2017 07:00 PM PST
Corpse In The Cellar (Aired April 30, 1935)
Calling All Cars was one of the earliest police shows on the air. It ran from Nov. 29, 1933-Sept. 8, 1939. It’s sponsor was the Rio Grande Oil Company, which is why the show only ran in areas where Rio Grande "cracked" gasoline was sold. The sponsor promoted its "close ties" with police departments in Arizona and Southern California, urging listeners to buy its product for "police car performance" in their own cars. As shows of this nature do it dealt with tracking killers and robbers with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. Calling All Cars episodes were dramatized true crime stories that were not only introduced by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department but were true life crime stories of the LAPD. THIS EPISODE: April 30, 1935. Program #75. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Corpse In The Cellar". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. A body has been found buried in the basement of a house, wearing a gold ring and wearing a silver belt buckle. Jesse Rosenquist (dispatch), William N. Robson (writer, director), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 32:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2017 01:00 PM PST
The Crab Louis Caper (Aired March 2, 1951)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. Before the series, Sam Spade had been played in radio adaptations of The Maltese Falcon by both Edward G. Robinson (in a 1943 Lux Radio Theater production) and by Bogart himself (in a 1946 Academy Award Theater production), both on CBS. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1951. NBC network. "The Crab Louis Caper". Sustaining. Sam is hired to find out how an Italian crab- fisher was killed. Was it an accident or murder? The story title is also known as, "View Of Fisherman's Wharf From The Water." Steve Dunne, Lurene Tuttle, William Spier (producer, editor, director), Lud Gluskin (composer), Robert Armbruster (conductor), Harold Swanton (writer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 28:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2017 08:00 AM PST
Free Movie Tickets (Aired September 25, 1948)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: September 25, 1948. "Free Movie Tickets" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Swift's Premier Meats. Archie has gotten two free tickets to the movies at the Bijou Theatre. Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Bob Hastings, Carl Jampel (writer), Gloria Mann, Harlan Stone, Jan Aymar, Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director), Rosemary Rice, Arnold Stang, Bob Sherry (announcer). 30:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2017 03:00 AM PST
The Melody Or Murder (Aired August 3, 1945)
The Avenger is a fictional character whose original adventures appeared from 1939 to 1942 in The Avenger magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications. Five additional short stories were published in Clues Detective magazine from 1942 to 1943, and a sixth novelette in The Shadow magazine in 1943. Newly-written adventures were commissioned and published by Warner Brother's Paperback Library from 1973 to 1974. The Avenger was a pulp hero who combined elements of Doc Savage and The Shadow though he was never as popular as either of these characters. The authorship of the pulp series was credited by Street and Smith to Kenneth Robeson, the same byline that appeared on the Doc Savage stories. The "Kenneth Robeson" name was a house pseudonym used by a number of different Street & Smith writers. Most of the original Avenger stories were written by Paul Ernst. THIS EPISODE: August 3, 1945. Program #9. Michelson syndication. "The Melody Of Murder". Music fill for local commercial insert. Ruth Braun (writer), Gilbert Braun (writer), James Monks, Helen Adamson, Alyn Edwards (announcer), Doc Whipple (organist), Charles Michelson (producer), Walter Gibson (writer). 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 14, 2017 10:00 PM PST
A Shortage Story With Jackie Cooper ((Aired May 6, 1974)
Syndicated by the Mutual Broadcasting System, the series debuted September 3, 1973. 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. Since Mutual affiliates could broadcast the programs at convenient timeslots on any suitable dates, the series did not begin in certain areas until late fall or early winter of 1973. 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. Producer J.M. Kholos was a Los Angeles advertising man who acquired the rights to suspense novels, including Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way, for radio adaptations. In some cases, the titles were changed. For example, the five-part "Desperate Witness" was an adaptation of The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing. To create a strong package, Kholos followed through by lining up top actors, including John Astin, Edgar Bergen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Crenna, John Dehner, Howard Duff, Patty Duke, Nina Foch, George Maharis, Susan Oliver, Brock Peters and Lurene Tuttle.

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February 14, 2017 05:00 PM PST
Fatal Appointment (Aired January 16, 1952)
Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer.William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye BARRY CRAIG while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. THIS EPISODE: January 16, 1952. NBC network. "Fatal Appointment". Sustaining. "A beautiful girl dies in a hotel room, a man gives all for love and an appointment for romance winds up in a rendezvous with death." William Gargan, Lou Vickert (? writer), Joan Alexander, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer). 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 14, 2017 11:59 AM PST
Round Robin (Aired August 14, 1949)
Box 13 was a syndicated radio series about the escapades of newspaperman-turned-mystery novelist Dan Holliday, played by film star Alan Ladd. Created by Ladd's company, Mayfair Productions, Box 13 premiered in 1947. In New York City, it first aired December 31, 1947, on Mutual's New York flagship, WOR. To seek out new ideas for his fiction, Holliday ran a classified ad in the Star-Times newspaper where he formerly worked: "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything -- write Box 13, Star-Times." The stories followed Holliday's adventures when he responded to the letters sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims. Sylvia Picker appeared as Holliday's scatterbrained secretary, Suzy, while Edmund MacDonald played police Lt. Kling. THIS EPISODE: August 14, 1949. Program #52. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Round Robin". Commercials added locally. Dan Holiday foils a blackmail plot involving a valuable necklace and a lady's gambling losses. The last show of the series. Alan Ladd, Arthur Boland (writer), Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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