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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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April 23, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
The Untouchables "The Scarface Mob" - Part 1 of 2 (Aired April 20, 1959)
This show was based on the life of real treasury department gangbuster Eliot Ness, who had in fact played an important part in stopping the power of the notorious Al Capone in 1931 Chicago. The Ness autobiography served as the basis of a two-part semidocumentary dramatization of the Capone affair, presented on a 1959 Desilu Playhouse. It was a huge hit that turned into a regular series the next fall. It followed Ness and his small band of incorruptible agents (called the "Untouchables" by a Chicago newspaper) as they battled the worst people in organized crime. (Ness had in real life disbanded the Untouchables after cracking the Capone case, and had nothing to do with most of the cases dramatized on TV.) The Untouchables went after hoods like Bugs Moran, in whose garage the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place.

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April 23, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Nosy Neighbors (Aired April 10, 1949)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949, to June 18, 1954. In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. The two boys felt frustrated at hearing themselves played by actors and continually requested they be allowed to portray themselves. Prior to April 1949, the role of David was played by Joel Davis (1944-45) and Tommy Bernard, and Henry Blair appeared as Ricky.

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April 23, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
Ground Zero (Aired April 19, 1985)
Vanishing Point is the title of a science fiction anthology series that ran on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio from 1984 until 1986, although the show would continue under different names and formats. A descriptive intro declared that Vanishing Point. The series was produced by Bill Lane in the CBC's Toronto studios. 1984-1986 There were 69 episodes in the original series. The series continued after that under various names and formats. "The point between reality and fantasy. Where imagination holds the key to new worlds. That point of no return---The Vanishing Point." Favorably compared to Rod Sterling's classic TV series, The Twilight Zone, these finely tuned radio dramas from the CBC provide compelling excursions into the realm of mystery and fantasy. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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April 22, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
The Cheat (Aired February 6, 1949)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. THIS EPISODE: February 6, 1949. CBS Pacific network. "The Cheat". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A man needs $35,000 to achieve independence. How to get the money from his wealthy, scatter-brained wife? Well, there's always George Turner! Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music), John Hoyt, Sarah Selby, Bernard Gerard (writer). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
The Bridle Path Murders (1952) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Mr. District Attorney, champion of the people, guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Vicki Vola portrayed the District Attorney's secretary, Edith Miller, for the entire run of the series on both radio and television. Mr. District Attorney is a popular radio crime drama which aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952 (and in transcribed syndication through 1953). The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. A key figure in the dramas was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (Vicki Vola). Created, written, and directed by former law student Ed Byron, the series was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering which led to his election as governor.

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April 22, 2016 11:00 AM PDT
A Quiet Evening At Home (Aired November 8, 1942)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, 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 EPISODE: November 8, 1942. "A Quiet Evening At Home" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Pabst-Ett. Gildersleeve wants to spend a quiet evening at home, so he starts by buying a piano! Harold Peary sings, "Why Do I Love You?" Billy Mills (composer, conductor), Earle Ross, Harold Peary, John Whedon (writer), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Lillian Randolph, Lurene Tuttle, Richard LeGrand, Shirley Mitchell, Verna Felton, Walter Tetley. 34:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - Spotted Tail's Return (Aired July 22, 1956)
Heading up the cast was a 39 year old, Canadian-born actor with a long history in broadcasting and the movies, Raymond Burr. He had begun his career in 1939, alternating between the stage and radio. He turned to Hollywood, and from 1946 until he got the part of Captain Lee Quince in Fort Laramie in 1956, he had appeared in thirty-seven films. A few were excellent (Rear Window, The Blue Gardenia) some were average (Walk a Crooked Mile, A Place in the Sun) but many were plain awful (Bride of Vengeance, Red Light, and Abandoned). With Burr in the lead, Macdonnell selected two supporting players: Vic Perrin as "Sgt. Goerss" and Jack Moyles as "Major Daggett", the commanding officer of the post. (The original Fort Laramie usually had a Lieutenant Colonel as the C.O. but Macdonnell probably preferred a shorter military title.) Perrin, a 40 year old veteran radio actor had been in countless productions, but had achieved name recognition only on The Zane Grey Show where he played the lead, "Tex Thorne." THIS EPISODE: July 22, 1956. CBS network. "Spotted Tail's Return". Sustaining. Spotted Tail has suddenly moved off the reservation with his whole tribe. Captain Quince and sixty troopers ride out after him to find out why. The program was recorded June 28, 1956. The writer of the script is reported to be Les Crutchfield. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), John Dehner, Tim Graham, Lou Krugman, Ralph Moody, Joe Cranston. 30:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
Perigi's Wonderful Dolls (Aired August 4, 1950)
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, who adapted the master works and contributed occasional storied of his own. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 4, 1950. NBC network. "Pyrigi's Wonderful Dolls". Commercials deleted. The story of the little dolls with the big ideas. The program closing has been deleted. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on June 5, 1955, and on January 18, 1956. The "X Minus One" program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during August, 1973. George Lefferts (writer), Les Damon, Joan Alexander, Denise Alexander, Joe DeSantis, Leon Janney, Norman Rose (host), Van Woodward (producer), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer). 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
Child Deserters (Aired March 4, 1952)
The Lineup is a realistic police drama that gives radio audiences a look behind the scenes at police headquarters. Bill Johnstone plays Lt. Ben Guthrie, a quiet, calm-as-a-cupcake cucumber. Joseph Kearns (and from 1951 to 1953, Matt Maher) plays Sgt. Matt Grebb, a hot-tempered hot plate who is easily bored. The director and script writer often rode with police on the job and sat in on the police lineups to get ideas for The Lineup. They also read dozens of newspapers daily and intermeshed real stories with those that they used in the show. With Dragnet a smash hit, realism in police dramas was popular at the time this show aired. THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1952. CBS network. "Child Deserters". Sustaining. William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Eddie Dunstedter (organ), Jaime del Valle (producer, director). A pornshop owner notifies the police that a 10 year old boy tried to hock a very expensive diamond necklace. 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
The Derelict (Aired April 26, 1953)
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 this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: "We offer you... Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!" THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1953. CBS network. "Derelict">/I>. Sustaining. Three men and a woman are adrift with a cargo of gold. Charlotte Lawrence, Joseph Kearns, Charlie Lung, Ben Wright, Larry Roman (adaptor), Roy Rowan (announcer), Victor Schwartz (author), Antony Ellis (director), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor). 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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