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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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April 19, 2017 02:11 PM PDT
The Telephone Book Murder Case (Aired January 26, 1950)
The series originally aired as a thrice-weekly fifteen-minute serial from 1937-43 (the show moved to CBS in 1942), providing more than ample time for Keen to solve even the most baffling of disappearances. Beginning November 11, 1943, the program changed its format to that of a half-hour weekly offering—and though the title and theme song remained, Keen branched out into investigating murders. If Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons sounds a little soap opera-ish, it’s because it originated from the “radio fiction factory” of Frank and Anne Hummert. (Frank received on-air credit for the writing, but the scripts were actually churned out by scribes like Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates and Stedman Coles.) Mr. Keen“ employed all the stereotypes, heavy dialogue, and trite plotting of its daytime cousins” and “it appealed to a lowest common denominator.” So why is the show so popular with old-time radio fans today? Simple…it’s pretty doggone funny, in an unintentional sort of way. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 26, 1950. CBS network. "The Telephone Book Murder Case". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. A wealthy oil man, about to be married, is murdered. Believe it or not...it looks like the butler did it! Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Lawrence Klee (dialogue), Bennett Kilpack. 28:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2017 10:04 AM PDT
Who Has The Time (Aired September 21, 1950)
The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as 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. The show is often regarded as an example of the conservative and paternalistic nature of American family life in the 1950s and it is also cited as an overly rosy portrayal of American family life. 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. Bud is in charge of always having to answer the front door, which he hates. He is also shown as a somewhat dim boy who takes everything literally; for example, Jim might say "Go jump in the lake," to which Bud would reply "Okay, Dad; which lake should I go jump into?" On radio Kathy often is portrayed as a source of irritation. She whines, cries and complains about her status in the family as overlooked. She often is the source of money to her brother and sister, although she is in hock several years on her own allowance.

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April 19, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
The Bronze Venus (Aired August 22, 1935)
A seminal series which established the standard of a host-based anthology series, and the first horror series produced for radio. WOR, New York origination, Air Features Syndicate syndication. Music fill for local commercial insert. 9:30 P. M. lonzo Deen Cole (writer, producer, performer), Marie O'Flynn, Adelaide Fitz-Allen (as "Old Nancy"). John Dunning in his "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," relates the odd tale of getting the replacement for the original Nancy, Adelaide Fitz-Allen, who died at 79 in 1935. A radio veteran, only a mere 13 years old, Miriam Wolfe by name, was in the studio during a late-night broadcast by Witch's Tale writer/director, Alonzo Deen Cole, and began her "Nancy" without warning. Cole was so chilled by her mimicry of an ancient crone that she got the part on the spot. THIS EPISODE: August 22, 1935. WOR, Newark, New Jersey, Air Features Syndicate syndication. "The Bronze Venus". Music fill for local commercial insert. Old Nancy is 102 years old today. A statue of Venus is brought out from the earth and comes to life when a wedding ring is placed on her finger! The script was used on "The Witch's Tale" on July 2, 1931, July 18, 1932 and August 22, 1935. This program was "produced by Air Features Syndicate" and distributed by "All-Star Broadcasts," or might be an Australian production. Alonzo Deen Cole (adaptor, producer, performer), Prosper Merimee (author). 29:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
African Story (Aired November 28, 1964)
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. THIS EPISODE: November 28, 1964. Syndicated, AFRTS rebroadcast. "African Story". An English Lord returns to Africa to commit murder. Arch Oboler (writer, host, producer, director), Lurene Tuttle, Ben Wright. 22:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2017 03:22 PM PDT
The Most Dangerous Game (Aired October 1, 1947)
Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. Some of the memorable adaptations include Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", Ray Bradbury's oft-reprinted "Mars Is Heaven," George R. Stewart's Earth Abides, Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," John Collier's "Evening Primrose", later adapted to TV as a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Anthony Perkins. Vincent Price and Harry Bartell were heard in the chilling "Three Skeleton Key," the tale of three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse by thousands of rats. The half-hour was adapted from an Esquire short story by the French writer George Toudouze. THIS EPISODE: October 1, 1947. CBS network. "The Most Dangerous Game". Sustaining. A big game hunt for the biggest game of all...man! Hans Conried, Irving Ravetch (adaptor), Paul Frees, Richard Connell (writer), William N. Robson (producer), Richard Sanville (director), Cy Feuer (music conceiver, conductor). 30:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Sam Shovel & The Russian Diplomat (Aired November 18, 1948)
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, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). THIS EPISODE: November 18, 1948. "Sam Shovel & The Russian Diplomat" - ABC network. The orchestra plays one-minute fills for affiliate local inserts. "Sam Shovel" appears in, "The Case Of The Russian Diplomat Who Took The 6:00 P.M. Boat Back To Russia," or, "Red Sails In The Sunset." Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, Virginia Maxey, George Fenneman (announcer), Ed Forman (writer), Pat Costello (writer), Martin Ragaway (writer), Charles Vanda (producer), Leonard Stern (writer), Paul Conlan (writer), Norman Abbott, Veola Vonn, Sidney Fields. 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
Banquos Chair & The Coward (02-06-57)
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: February 6, 1957. NBC network. "Banquo's Chair" and "The Coward". Sustaining. A ghost catches a killer. Also, a man about to fight a duel finds that he cannot. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer), Guy de Maupassant (author of the second story). 27:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 17, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
General Electric Theater - State Fair (Aired September 10, 1953)
General Electric Theater featured a mix of romance, comedy, adventure, tragedy, fantasy and variety music. Occupying the Sunday evening spot on CBS following the Toast of the Town/Ed Sullivan Show from 1 February 1953 to 27 May 1962, the General Electric Theater presented top Hollywood and Broadway stars in dramatic roles calculated to deliver company voice advertising to the largest possible audience. Despite a long technical and practical experience with television production, GE's previous attempts to establish a Sunday evening company program had fared poorly. In the fall of 1948 GE entered commercial television for the first time with the Dennis James Carnival, a variety show dropped after one performance. A quiz program entitled Riddle Me This substituted for twelve weeks and was also dropped. In April 1949 GE returned to Sunday evenings with the musical-variety Fred Waring Show Produced by the Young & Rubicam advertising agency under the sponsorship of GE's Appliance, Electronics and Lamp Divisions, the program occasionally included company voice messages. In November 1951 GE transferred television production to the Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn (BBDO) advertising agency, under whose direction the General Electric Theater debuted 1 February 1953 as an "all-company project" sponsored by GE's Department of Public Relations Services. THIS EPISODE: September 10, 1953. CBS network. "State Fair". Sponsored by: General Electric ("Ring The Bell" contest). Ann Blyth, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Jaime del Valle (transcriber), Philip Strong (author), Verna Felton, Tom Tully, Sam Edwards, Joseph Kearns, Dick Ryan, Lamont Johnson, Kathleen Hite (adaptor), Hett Manheim (editorial supervisor). 30:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 17, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
Case Of The Bayou Monster (Aired November 6, 1948)
Michael Shayne was a fictional sleuth created by Brett Halliday (a pen name for author Davis Dresser) who was first initiated into the fraternity for detectives in the 1939 novel "Dividend of Death". Dresser based the character on a “tall and rangy” brawler who once saved his life during a braw in a Mexican cantina. The Shayne character would go on to appear in 69 novels, plus a long-running mystery magazine—and in 1941, was brought to the silver screen in Paramount’s Michael Shayne, Private Detective, an adaptation of Dividend of Death that starred Lloyd Nolan, and paved the way for six additional B-mysteries to follow. The New Adventures of Michael Shayne—premiered on July 15, 1948 starring Jeff Chandler. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1948 - Broadcaster's Guild syndication. "The Case Of The Bayou Monster". Commercials added locally. A werewolf stalks the Louisiana swamps. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, Brett Halliday (creator), William P. Rousseau (host, director), Bob Wright (writer), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 26:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 17, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
The Big Ballgame (Aired May 20, 1951)
Archibald "Archie" Andrews debuted in Pep Comics 22 (December, 1941), where he was nicknamed Chick; Reggie often describes Archie as carrot-head. Decades later, Archie is still a redheaded 17-year-old. He lives in Riverdale, attends Riverdale High and is the only son of Mary Andrews and mid-level business executive Fred Andrews. His earlier life is revealed in the "Little Archie" stories when he had a dog named Spotty. Archie is a typical small-town teenager. Generous, well-mannered, but clumsy, he is genuinely liked by many of his friends. Archie goes crazy when he sees an attractive girl, but mainly dates Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper. He has taken various employment, but despite the best intentions, often clumsily breaks things, coming in conflict with Veronica's father Hiram Lodge and Riverdale High's principal, Waldo Weatherbee. As the lead singer of The Archies, Archie performs with Betty, Veronica, Reggie, and Jughead. The Andrews family originated in Scotland, with great-grandfather "Andy Andrews" immigrating to the United States and befriending Moose Mason's Russian ancestor, who was emigrating at the same time. Archie has been depicted wearing the traditional kilt of his ancestors and playing bagpipes (but not very well).

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