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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 Libsyn.com in January 2006...


by Bob Camardella
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September 15, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The River Of Death (Aired June 19, 1953)
The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1953. Program #165. Mutual network. "The River Of Death". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Rice Krispies, Variety. The last show of the season. Wild Bill, Jingles and "Whitewater Sam" tackle a raging river to track down a gang of smugglers. The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, David Hire (producer), Richard Aurandt (music), Paul Pierce (writer, director), Charles Lyon (announcer), Forrest Lewis, Tyler McVey, Dusty Walker. 25:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
In Fear And Trembling (Aired February 16, 1943)
Suspense is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962. One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end. In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1943. CBS network. "In Fear and Trembling". Sustaining. A hypochondriacal woman is sure that her husband and his lover want to kill her, so she decides to act first. Mary Astor, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"), William Spier (director), Ted Bliss (director), J. Donald Wilson (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 30:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 07:19 PM PDT
2 Episodes "By Hook Or By Crook" (12-09-43) and "No Escape For A Murderer" (12-30-43)
Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroit's station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet). The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. Under the title Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, it later transferred to television. The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. TODAY'S SHOW: 2 Episodes "By Hook Or By Crook" and "No Escape For A Murderer" December 9, 1943. Program #306. WXYZ, Detroit origination, The Michigan Radio Network. "By Hook Or By Crook". Sustaining. Egg Larson wants to buy the Groundhog Cafe in the town of Hightop. He's offering $15,000 cash, and he used to sweep the floors! Possible recording date: October 22, 1943. Jay Michael, Bill Morgan (announcer), Betty Joyce (writer), Fran Striker (writer). 14:12. December 30, 1943. Program #309. WXYZ, Detroit origination, The Michigan Radio Network. "No Escape For A Murderer". Sustaining. The Buckeye Bank has been robbed. Banker Walt Cramer accuses the missing cashier of the crime. Possible recording date: November 3, 1943. Jay Michael, Bill Morgan (announcer), Betty Joyce (writer), Fran Striker (writer). 14:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 02:59 PM PDT
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (Aired February 11, 1940)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: February 11, 1940. CBS network. "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Comedy-Romance based on the Frank Capra movie. A small town eccentric inherits $20 million and sets New York City on its ear! Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Edgar Barrier, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Everett Sloane, Frank Readick, Gertrude Lawrence, Howard Teichmann (editor), Jane Huston, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles (host), Paul Stewart, Richard Wilson. 58:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Clown Who Wasn't (Aired April 17, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. Apart from Christian or other religious broadcasting, this may have been the only nationwide attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s to air such a series. THIS EPISODE: April 17, 1977. Program #22. CBS network. "The Clown Who Wasn't". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on October 15, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Ian Martin (writer), Ralph Bell, Corinne Orr, Himan Brown (producer, director), Leon Janney, William Griffis, Evie Juster. 43:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The End To The Benny-Allen Feud (Aired March 14, 1937)
Benny stayed on CBS until January 26, 1933. Arriving at NBC on March 17, Benny did The Chevrolet Program until April 1, 1934. He continued with sponsors General Tires, Jell-O and Grape Nuts. Lucky Strike was the radio sponsor from 1944 to the mid-1950s. The show returned to CBS on January 2, 1949, as part of CBS president William S. Paley's notorious "raid" of NBC talent in 1948-49. There it stayed for the remainder of its radio run, which ended on May 22, 1955. CBS aired reruns of old radio episodes from 1956 to 1958 as The Best of Benny. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1937. "The End To The Benny-Allen Feud" - Red network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: Jell-O. The program originates from The Grand Ballroom of The Hotel Pierre, New York City. "Bing" Shlepperman (Sam Hearn) offers to substitute for Kenny Baker, who's back in California. Mary sings! Jack sings the Jell-O commercial, interrupted by guest Fred Allen. Jack and Fred start an argument and wind up reminiscing about their days in Vaudeville, and they then sing a duet. Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Abe Lyman and His Orchestra, Mary Livingstone, Sam Hearn, Fred Allen, Harry Baldwin, Ed Beloin (writer), Bill Morrow (writer). 32:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone" - The Homesteaders (Aired March 23, 1958)
The series was produced and directed by William N. Robson, one of radio's greatest dramatic directors and Robert Stanley producer was aired from February 23 through June 15, 1958. Buffington portrayed the hard-boiled cattleman with scripts overseen by Gunsmoke sound effects artist (and sometimes scriptwriter) Tom Hanley. Each program had an authoritative opening statement: "Slaughter's my name, Luke Slaughter. Cattle's my business. It's a tough business, it's a big business. I got a big stake in it. And there's no man west of the Rio Grande big enough to take it away from me." Junius Matthews was heard as Slaughter's sidekick, Wichita. In his first adventure, tough-as-nails westerner Luke Slaughter guarantees he will bring a cattle herd to Tombstone despite the threats of rustlers and a spy among the ranks of his cowboys. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1958. "The Homesteaders" - CBS network. Sustaining. Colonel Everett arrives in Tombstone with a Spanish land grant to the Meeker ranch, signed by General Santa Ana himself! Amerigo Moreno (music supervisor), William Quinn, Don Clark (director), Edwin Jerome, James McCallion, John McIntire, Sam Buffington, Tom Hanley (sound patterns), Wilbur Hatch (music), William N. Robson (director). 25:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 13, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
John & Judith (Aired December 16, 1953)
Crime Classics was a U. S. radio docudrama which aired over CBS from June 15, 1953 to June 30, 1954. Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was basically a historical true crime series, examining crimes, and especially murders, from the past. It grew out of Lewis's personal interest in famous murder cases, and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages, and feel of the time period. Comparatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely through the narration. THIS EPISODE: December 16, 1953. CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "John & Judith, Their Crime, and Why They Didn't Get To Enjoy It". A tale of arsenic poisoning in olde England. AFRTS program name: "Mystery Theatre." AFRTS broadcast date: May 20, 1973. Lou Merrill (host), Ben Wright, Jeanette Nolan, Irene Tedrow, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Bernard Herrmann (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Betty Harford, Norma Varden, Alec Harford, Bob Lemond (announcer). 31:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 13, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Cards & Spades (Aired January 10, 1951)
Crime Does Not Pay was a series based on short films of the same name produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was similar to Gangbusters, having a moralistic message about the law and lawbreaker. It was first heard over WMGM (NYC), hosted by Donald Buka. The last original show aired on Apr. 11, 1951. The series started on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM (on WMGM) and held that time/day spot until Oct. 30, 1950. The 56'th show marked a change to Wednesday night, again at 7:30. After show number 78 (Apr.11, 1951) the shows were repeated, starting with the first, "Kid With a Gun". The repeats followed the original order up until repeat of number 26, "Ingenious Woman" on Oct. 10, 1951. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1951. Program #66. MGM syndication. "Cards and Spades". Commercials added locally. A smart girl racketeer runs an afternoon gambling den for housewives, but learns that CDNP. The date above is the date of the first broadcast of this program on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Susan Douglas, Marx B. Loeb (director), Ira Marion (writer), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 25:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 13, 2014 03:08 PM PDT
World Enough & Time (Aired November 10, 1964)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1964. ABC network. "World Enough and Time". Commercials deleted. An interesting story about a man who could stay the same age, and what happens to him after an accident. Listen for excellent radio performances. John Nicholas Ianuzzi (writer), Ted Bell (director), Frank Thomas, Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Fred Foy (announcer), Donald Buka, George Petrie, George Baxter, Jack Grimes, Neal Pultz (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), Edward A. Byron (executive producer). 23:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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