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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 in January 2006...

by Bob Camardella
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October 17, 2014 11:34 AM PDT
Misfortune's Isle (Aired March 21, 1948)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with the introduction, intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: March 21, 1948. CBS network. "Misfortune's Isle". Sustaining. East coast broadcast. A swashbuckling tale of adventure, treasure, Dayak headhunters, and a beautiful senorita. The program opening is very slightly upcut. William N. Robson (producer, director), Paul Frees, Virginia Gregg, William Conrad, Richard Matthews Hallet (author), Les Crutchfield (adaptor), Berry Kroeger, Tony Barrett. 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 17, 2014 07:12 AM PDT
Radio Station with Alan Ladd (Aired March 30, 1944)
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). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy, with annoncing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1944. "Radio Station with Alan Ladd" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels. The opening routine is about the money Costello has inherited from his Uncle Oscar. Abbott blows his lines and cannot pronounce "toothpaste." Costello buys a radio station with his inheritance. Guest Alan Ladd auditions for a job as an announcer. Ladd then does his version of an all-night disc jockey and joins in a day-time soap opera. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Connie Haines, Elvia Allman, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc. 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 17, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lone Ranger" - A Toll In Cattle (Aired April 28, 1944)
On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: “ A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!' The Lone Ranger! ”In later episodes the opening narration ended with the catch phrase "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... The Lone Ranger Rides Again!" Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, that was the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. The theme music was the "cavalry charge" finale of Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell Overture, now inseparably associated with the series, which also featured many other classical selections as incidental music including Wagner, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. The theme was conducted by Daniel Perez Castaneda. Inspiration for the name may have come from The Lone Star Ranger, a novel by Zane Grey. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1944. "A Toll In Cattle" - Program #1759/979. Syndicated. "Jack Ingraham"/"Longhorn Trail". Music fill for local commercial insert. Ganon is planning to build a bridge...a toll bridge for cattle. The ranchers have already paid for the bridge and won't pay the toll. Brace Beemer, John Todd, Fran Striker (writer), George W. Trendle (creator, producer). 30:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
A Blueprint For Murder (Aired March 29, 1954)
Lux Radio Theater employed several hosts over the following year, eventually choosing William Keighley as the new permanent host, a post he held from late 1945 through 1952. After that, producer-director Irving Cummings hosted the program until it ended in 1955. For its airings on the Armed Forces Radio Service (for which it was retitled Hollywood Radio Theater), the program was hosted by Don Wilson in the early '50s. During its years on CBS in Hollywood, Lux Radio Theater was broadcast from the Lux Radio Playhouse located at 1615 North Vine Street in Hollywood, one block south of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. THIS EPISODE: March 29, 1954. Program #117. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "A Blueprint For Murder". A good whodunit with a smashing conclusion. A little girl has been poisoned and her stepmother is suspect. AFRTS program name: "Hollywood Radio Theatre." Dan Dailey, Dorothy McGuire, Irving Cummings (host), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Rudy Schrager (music director), Yvonne Peattie, Fred MacKaye, Harry Shearer, Jonathan Hole, Barney Phillips, Jack Kruschen, William Conrad, Joyce McCluskey, Herb Butterfield, James Eagles, Charles Seel, John Larch, Edward Marr, Andrew Stone (screenwriter), Earl Ebi (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 58:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2014 04:50 PM PDT
The Girl Who Cried Wolf (Aired December 15, 1950
Wolf drinks beer throughout the day and is a glutton. He employs a live-in chef, Fritz Brenner. He is multilingual and brilliant, though apparently self-educated, and reading is his third passion after food and orchids. He works in an office in his house and almost never leaves home, even to pursue the detective work that finances his expensive lifestyle. Instead, his leg work is done by another live-in employee, Archie Goodwin. While both Wolf and Goodwin are licensed detectives, Goodwin is more of the classic fictional gumshoe, tough, wise-cracking, and skirt-chasing. He tells the stories in a breezy first-person narrative that is semi-hard-boiled in style. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index. THIS EPISODE: December 15, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Girl Who Cried Wolf". Sustaining. The director of an "ecological foundation" has disappeared. Murder soon follows...ecologically! Part of the program closing and the system cue have been deleted. Sydney Greenstreet, Charles O'Neill (writer), J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Lamont Johnson, Herb Butterfield, Don Stanley (announcer), Rex Stout (creator), Edwin Fadiman (producer), Lawrence Dobkin, Charlotte Lawrence, Monica Nealy, Howard McNear. 29:06.

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October 16, 2014 01:21 PM PDT
The Eleanor Corbett Murder Case (Aired May 26, 1951)
Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air. The series featured music by Robert Stringer, and scripts by Peter Lyon. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb (eventually succeeding him as producer). Bern Bennett was the original announcer. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton S. Fine and David Friedkin. THIS EPISODE: May 26, 1951. "The Eleanor Corbett Murder Case" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Al Martin has been found stabbed. Eleanor Corbett has been thrown out of a window. What's the connection? Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer), Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen. 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2014 08:55 AM PDT
Phil Thinks He Is Being Drafted (Aired January 2, 1949)
As both Phil and Alice were known singers, there were two musical numbers in each show, and they were always for real, except some of Phil's, which were for laughs. But Phil's band gave much more than music to the show. Frankie Remley was the band's left handed guitar player, with a sardonic sense of humor out of left field. The character was first done on The Jack Benny Show, and, of course, now on a show about the band itself, Frankie was even more obnoxious. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis played him with relish. In fact, later in the run they actually started calling the character Elliott! (Elliott Lewis changes his name on the show from Frankie Remly to Elliott because Harris stopped leading Jack Benny's band--so he wasn't connected to Remly any more. THIS EPISODE: January 2, 1949. NBC network. Sponsored by: Rexall. Phil Harris thinks he is drafted! Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Alan Reed, Bill Forman (announcer), Griff Barnett (Rexall druggist). 27:50.

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October 16, 2014 02:42 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Jaliscoe Pete (Aired May 10, 1952)
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and still remains the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes ("Law and Order" ended in 2010 with 476 episodes). THIS EPISODE: May 10, 1952. CBS network. "Jaliscoe". Sustaining. "Jaliscoe Pete" and his three friends murder Will Thompson and his family and try to make it look like it was done by Indians. Barney Phillips, Georgia Ellis, Harry Bartell, Howard McNear, Jack Kruschen, John McGovern, Les Crutchfield (writer), Lou Krugman, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Parley Baer, Rex Koury (composer, performer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Vivi Janis, William Conrad. 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2014 05:39 PM PDT
The Ball aka: Paris Macabre (Aired March 9, 1943)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1943. CBS network. "The Ball". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene Shoe White. A ghastly story about the headless, walking dead. The story is also known as, "Paris Macbre." This is a network, sponsored version. Arch Oboler (writer, host), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman), Bea Benaderet, Jane Morgan. 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2014 01:07 PM PDT
The Insurance Crash (Aired January 2, 1950)
Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8208, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas. Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with "Candy Matson, YU 2-8209" and then the organ swung into the theme song, "Candy". Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot. THIS EPISODE: January 2, 1950. "The Insurance Crash" - NBC network, San Francisco origination. Sustaining. Candy investigates a plane crash and is asked to certify the safety of an airport. Bill Brownell (sound effects), Dudley Manlove (announcer), Eloise Rowan (organist), Harry Bechtel, Henry Leff, Jack Cahill, Jay Rendon (sound effects), Lou Tobin, Monte Masters (writer, producer), Natalie Masters. 27:38.

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