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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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August 25, 2014 06:55 PM PDT
The Possessive Dead (Aired March 25, 1945)
"The Weird Circle" was produced in New York City by the National Broadcasting Company, under the auspices of its Radio-Recording Division. Though best known for live programs over its Red and Blue Networks, NBC produced and recorded a great many shows for syndication to local stations, including such diverse dramatic programs as "Playhouse of Favorites", "Five Minute Mysteries", "Destiny Trails", and "Betty and Bob" (a five-a-week daily "soap opera" featuring Arlene Francis), as well as quarter-hour musical programs starring performers ranging from Carson Robison and his Buckaroos to Ferde Grofe and his Orchestra. The quality of these syndicated shows was, for the most part, consistent with NBC's regular prime-time fare and, a result, were often aired by local stations as either special features or programmed between other shows on the network at the time. THIS EPISODE: March 25, 1945. Program #69. NBC syndication. "The Possessive Dead". Commercials added locally. The foot of a beautiful Egyptian mummy, still alive! (and kicking?) The date is approximate. Theophile Gautier (author). 25:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 25, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Deep Death (Aired January 2, 1940)
The show was initially created around these two actors, though Trevor was then a young budding actress appearing in movies as well as radio. Producer-Director-Writer Jerry McGill had been a newspaperman and wrote the series about a crusading managing editor of the Illustrated Press. McGill took his show to heart writing stories about juvenile delinquency, drunk driving and racism, though the show was at worst melodramatic at best poignant. Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei.

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August 25, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
Hay Is For Homicide (Aired August 31, 1954)
Originally aired October 31, 1951 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. THIS EPISODE: August 31, 1954. NBC network. "Hay Is For Homicide". Sustaining. While on vacation in Maine, Barry comes upon a corpse in a mound of hay. William Gargan, Parley Baer, Jack Moyles, Joyce McCluskey, Vivi Janis, Louis Vittes (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), John Laing (announcer). 29:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 25, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Riley's Tonsillectomy (Aired February 23, 1951)
Beginning October 4, 1949, the show was adapted for television for the DuMont Television Network, but Bendix's film contracts prevented him from appearing in the role. Instead, Jackie Gleason starred along with Rosemary DeCamp as wife Peg, Gloria Winters as daughter Barbara (Babs), Lanny Rees as son Chester Jr. (Junior), and Sid Tomack as Gillis, Riley's manipulative best buddy and next-door neighbor. John Brown returned as the morbid counseling undertaker Digby (Digger) O'Dell ("Well, I guess I'll be... shoveling off"; "Business is a little dead tonight"). Television's first Life of Riley won television's first Emmy (for "Best Film Made For and Shown on Television"). However, it came to an end on March 28, 1950 because of low ratings and because Gleason left the show, thinking he could find a better showcase for his unique abilities. Groucho Marx received a credit for "story. THIS EPISODE: February 23, 1951. NBC network origination, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. Participating sponsors. The story of "Riley's Tonsillectomy. Syndicated rebroadcast date: February 25, 1975. Riley enters the hospital for a routine tonsillectomy. Somehow, everyone thinks he dies. Lots of laughs. William Bendix, John Brown. 30:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 25, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Mutual (Sears) Radio Theater" - The Storekeeper (Aired March 3, 1980)
Clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of Hollywood's best. The series premiered on Monday 02/05/79 and offered a different genre each weekday night. Each genre was hosted by a different celebrity. The program was produced on Paramount's Stage F in Hollywood. These first 130 programs were broadcast over a six month period and then rebroadcast over the following six months. From 02/14/80 to 12/19/81 this series was heard again, this time over Mutual, as The Mutual Radio Theater. This was clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of radio’s best talents, the way radio was heard in its “golden days.” Despite budget and talent, it just wasn’t to be.

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August 24, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Death Warmed Over (Aired September 24, 1980)
Mutual Radio Theater (Sears Radio Theater) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host.

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August 24, 2014 06:47 PM PDT
The Letter (Aired August 29, 1942)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. THIS EPISODE: August 29, 1942. CBS network. "The Letter". Sustaining. The story of Hans Minkler, an Austrian anti-Nazi, or is he a Nazi? A confusing espionage drama set in pre-war Europe. J. Donald Wilson (writer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 24, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Wuthering Heights (Aired January 4, 1949)
There were 39 NBC and 39 CBS hour- long shows (not verified). The show initially received an unfavorable review from the New York Times for poor script adaptation but was still highly rated for the actors' performance and overall production. The show was supposed to feature only original scripts but had to forgo that plan due to lack of quality material. The first season on NBC used radio actors under the direction of George Zachary. Martin Gabel announced the first show but was soon replaced by Kenneth Banghart. The second season, on CBS, used Hollywood screen actors in the lead roles, supported by radio actors. Fletcher Markle, who previously produced CBS's STUDIO ONE series, was the producer for the second season. Although a short series, it still has some of radio's best dramas. THIS EPISODE: January 4, 1949. CBS network. "Wuthering Heights". Sponsored by: Ford. Romance on the moors once again. Montgomery Clift, Joan Lorring, Hester Sondergaard, Hedley Rennie, Fletcher Markle (host, director), Emily Bronte (author), Ben Hecht (adaptor), Charles MacArthur (adaptor), Patricia Weil, Gregory Morton, Miriam Wolfe, John Merlin, Nelson Case (announcer), Carl Emory, Rennie Rubin (script preparer), Lana Domian (composer), Cy Feuer (conductor), Robert Dryden, Alan Devitt. 1:00:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 24, 2014 11:11 AM PDT
A World All His Own (Aired April 16, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. THIS EPISODE: April 16, 1950. "A World All His Own" - NBC net. Sustaining. Prizefighter Billy Candell, a punchy former middlewight champ, wants a final meeting with his love of yesteryear. This is a rebroadcast of the program of February 20, 1950 (see cat. #50006). Frank Worth (music), Russell Hughes (writer), Larry Marcus (editor), Frank Lovejoy, William Conrad, Lurene Tuttle, William Lally, Lawrence Dobkin, Leo Cleary, Warren Lewis (director). 30:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 24, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Lucille Ball (Aired November 9, 1943)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." THIS EPISODE: November 9, 1943. Special Guest Is Lucille Ball" - Program #26. Blue network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Archie's going to be listed in, "Who's That?" Johnny Johnson (vocal), Lucille Ball (guest), Ed Gardner, Florence Halop, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra, Howard Duff (AFRS announcer), Eddie Green, John Brown. 27:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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