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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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June 19, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
Out Of The Past (Aired May 13, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." The Sealed Book was very much its own production, despite the extraordinary similarities to the Mysterious Traveler, and it doesn't diminish yet another well-mounted supernatural drama series that has, over the years, found its own loyal following separate and apart from that of The Mysterious Traveler. THIS EPISODE: May 13, 1945. Program #9. Mutual network. "Out Of The Past". Sustaining. The classic tale about the beautiful wife and the insistent blackmailer. The script was also used on "The Mysterious Traveler" on April 19, 1949. This program has also been dated July 15, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. David Kogan (writer), Robert A. Arthur (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 18, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
The Bartender (Aired July 21, 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. "21st Precinct.., It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st." 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.

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June 18, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
Blood On The Sun (Aired October 16, 1946)
John Dunning in his book,"On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio,"tells us why such a fine production lasted less than a year: "The House of Squibb, a drug firm, footed a stiff bill: up to $5,000 for the stars and $1,600 a week to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for use of the title. The production had all the class of a Lux or Screen Guild show…But the tariff took its toll, and after 39 weeks the series was scrapped." The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! THIS EPISODE: October 16, 1946. CBS network. "Blood On The Sun". Sponsored by: Squibb. A crusading newspaper editor in pre-war Japan uncovers the "Tanaka Plan" of world conquest. John Garfield, Jeff Chandler. 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 18, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
The Football Game (Special Guest Is Harold Peary) Aired January 20, 1944
Cast in supporting roles, they stole the show with several classic routines, including "Who's on First?" The same year they were a summer replacement on radio for Fred Allen. Two years later, they had their own NBC show. Universal signed them to a long-term contract, and their second film, Buck Privates, (1941) made them box-office stars and saved Universal from imminent bankruptcy. In most of their films, the plot was a framework for the two comics to reintroduce comedy routines they first performed on stage. Universal also added glitzy production numbers to capitalize on the musical-comedy film genre of the day which featured The Andrews Sisters, Ted Lewis and his Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Raye, The Merry Macs, and Dick Foran, singing "I'll Remember April" in "Ride 'Em Cowboy." THIS EPISODE: January 20, 1944. "Football Game" - With guest, The Great Gildersleeve. Red network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Tobacco. Costello takes on "The Great Gildersleeve," on and off the fottball field. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Harold Peary, Elvia Allman, Arthur Q. Bryan, Ken Niles (announcer), Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Connie Haines. 29:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 18, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
The Trouble With Tanya (Aired January 7, 1964)
Walk Softly Peter Troy, Detective Drama, Aired on Springbok Radio from 10 December 1963 to 21 February 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1964. Program #5. Springbok Radio (South African) origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Trouble With Tanya". Tanya inherits all from a hated relation with a heart condition...and that's her trouble. Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 28:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 17, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
The Extortionist (Aired May 2, 1974)
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. 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. The opening theme music was by Ferrante & Teicher and Don Hill produced the series.

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June 17, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
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Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television. The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young.

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June 17, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Hate That Killed (Aired August 13, 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: August 13, 1948. Program #5. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Hate That Killed". Why has a life insurance company refused to issue a policy on the life of Mark Sanderson? It looks like murder from beyond the grave! These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. William Conrad, Jeff Chandler, Stanley Kramer (film director: public service announcement), William P. Rousseau (host, director), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Brett Halliday (creator), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 27:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 17, 2017 07:58 AM PDT
The New TV Set (Aired May 21, 1949)
Jughead Jones has been Archie's best friend ever since childhood. When Jughead first came to Riverdale, he was in a bad mood and tended to dismiss Archie. However, Archie, of good heart, tried to cheer up Jughead and the two have been inseparable ever since. Jughead wears a trademark "clubhouse beanie" (a Depression-era style of makeshift hatwear, crafted from an inverted fedora with a scallop-cut brim, and decorated with assorted pinbacks) and an inscrutable, closed-eyelid expression. Often Jughead has to help Archie out from a tricky situation. Jughead usually knows when Archie's ideas will not work, but is powerless to avoid getting involved. THIS EPISODE: May 21, 1949. "The New TV Set" - NBC network. Sustaining. Mr. Andrews has purchased a new television. When the family tries to watch a program, complications result. The concept of watching a television in your home is treated as a novelty. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Smith Hall (?), Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice, John McGovern, Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director), Dick Dudley (announcer), Carl Jampel (writer). 30:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 17, 2017 03:14 AM PDT
The Geranium Plant (Aired May 15, 1949)
Pat Novak for Hire is set on the San Francisco, California waterfront and depicts the city as a dark, rough place where the main goal is survival. Pat Novak is not a detective by trade. He owns a boat shop on Pier 19 where he rents out boats and does odd jobs to make money. Each episode of the program, particularly the Jack Webb episodes, follows the same basic formula; a foghorn sounds and Novak's footsteps are heard walking down the pier. He then pauses and begins with the line "Sure, I'm Pat Novak . . . for hire". The foghorn repeats and leads to the intro theme, during which Pat gives a monologue about the waterfront and his job renting boats. Jack Webb narrates the story as well as acts in it, as the titular character. Playing the cynic, he throws off lines such as "...about as smart as teaching a cooking class to a group of cannibals". He then introduces the trouble in which he finds himself this week. THIS EPISODE: May 15, 1949. Program #11. "The Geranium Plant" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Patsy gets $50 for delivering a potted geranium, and an epidemic of the double-cross. Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau (producer), Tudor Owen, Basil Adlam (composer, conductor), Raymond Burr. 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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