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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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November 17, 2014 07:22 PM PST
Return To Singapore (Aired October 24, 1949)
The LaRosa Hollywood Star Theater was an exceptionally popular show that aired daily from 1948 to 1951. The bill called it the most popular daytime radio series and yet it aired after the work day, 6PM to 7PM. C.P McGregor was the host and many of Hollywood’s great stars contributed to the program's success. La Rosa's macaroni and noodles sponsored through its run.

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November 17, 2014 02:55 PM PST
The God Machine (Aired January 28, 1980)
The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over. Each episode began with the ominous sound of a creaking door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the evening's adventure. At the end of each show, the door would swing shut, with Marshall signing off, "Until next time, pleasant...dreams?" Despite the show's title, Himan Brown expanded its scope beyond mysteries to include horror, science fiction, historical drama, and even comedy. In addition to original stories, there were adaptations of classic tales by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe (no fewer than seven Poe stories were adapted in 1975 alone), O. Henry, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens and others.

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November 17, 2014 11:23 AM PST
The Case Of The Vanishing Elephant (Aired October 8, 1945)
According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. THIS EPISODE: October 8, 1945. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Vanishing Elephant". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. When the white elephant sacred to the Maharajah of Pabitipur dies, the Maharajah's reign will end. Holmes and Watson travel to India, only to have the elephant actually disappear. Holmes discovers the identity of a murderer, but is unable to bring him to justice! The story is based on, "The Engineer's Thumb." Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Edna Best (producer). 28:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 17, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Two Episodes "The New Puppy" and "The Movie" (1947) *The Exact Dates Are Unknown.
The Bickersons was an American radio comedy program that aired from 1946 to 1951. Born as a recurring skit on The Chase and Sanborn Hour and refined on the lesser-remembered Drene Time variety show, it stood the already-typical domestic presentation of radio and its infant offspring, television, so squarely on its head that there were those who feared the show. The show's married protagonists spent nearly all their time together in relentless verbal war, and many people believed that the show's sourly cynical take on the institution of marriage was more than merely detrimental to the nation's post-World War II health. (The same kind of charges of "detrimental" were later leveled against programs such as Married... with Children and The Simpsons.) The Bickersons was created by Philip Rapp, the one-time Eddie Cantor writer who had also created the Fanny Brice skits (for The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air and Maxwell House Coffee Time) that grew into radio's Baby Snooks.

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November 17, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone" - Worth It's Salt (Aired May 4, 1958)
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. Like the other CBS radio westerns, Have Gun, Will Travel or Frontier Gentleman, this one had plenty of action, the productions were well done and well acted. Luke Slaugher was cut short, like a lot of other radio shows, by the steady pressure from TV. THIS EPISODE: May 4, 1958. "Worth It's Salt" - CBS network. Sponsored by: O'Brien Paints. Ed Craig is running for the office of delegate to Congress, representing Arizona. He also buys a salted gold mine which is secretly owned by his opponent. The show includes an announcement for, "The Masland Color Round-Up." It's "Radio's first color extravaganza." It's not clear, but this might be a commercial for carpets. Sam Buffington, William N. Robson (director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Junius Matthews, Fran Van Hartesfeldt (writer), Tom Hanley (editorial supervisor), Joe DeSantis, Jack Moyles, Barney Phillips. 26:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Panic In The Streets (Aired March 5, 1951)
Broadcasting from New York, the series premiered at 2:30pm, October 14, 1934, on the NBC Blue Network with a production of Seventh Heaven starring Miriam Hopkins and John Boles in a full-hour adaptation of the 1922–24 Broadway production by Austin Strong. The host was the show's fictional producer, Douglass Garrick (portrayed by John Anthony). Doris Dagmar played another fictional character, Peggy Winthrop, who delivered the Lux commercials. Each show featured a scripted session with Garrick talking to the lead actors. Anthony appeared as Garrick from the premiere 1934 episode until June 30, 1935. Garrick was portrayed by Albert Hayes from July 29, 1935 to May 25, 1936, when the show moved to the West Coast. THIS EPISODE: March 5, 1951. " Panic In The Streets". After brawling over a card game in the wharf area of New Orleans, a man named Kochak, suffering visibly from a flu-like illness, is killed by gangster Blackie and his two flunkies, Kochak's cousin Poldi and a man named Fitch. They leave the body on the docks, and later when the dead man, who carries no identification, is brought to the morgue, the coroner grows suspicious about the bacteria present in his blood and calls his superior, Dr. Clinton Reed, (played by Richard Widmark) a uniformed doctor working for the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Reed and a police captain (Paul Douglas) have only a day or two in which to prevent an epidemic. 51:57.

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November 16, 2014 06:47 PM PST
The Kabbala (Aired August 2, 1946)
The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. The writing staff was also top-notch, with names such as Max Erlich, Joe Ruscoll and Robert Newman, among others. The thriller formula of the era called for equally thrilling organ music underscoring, capably handled by Charles Paul and Bert Buhrman on the organ. The sound engineering also greatly contributed to the supernatural thriller 'feel' of the series. THIS EPISODE: August 2, 1946. Program #16. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "The Kabbala". Commercials added locally. A dying Arab passes on an ancient scroll with the ability to see into the future. A good story. Raymond Morgan (host), Albert Buhrman (organist), Anton M. Leader (director), James Van Dyke, Robert Newman (writer), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2014 02:51 PM PST
Two Came Back (Aired August 4, 1950)
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! THIS EPISODE: August 4, 1950. CBS network. "Two Came Back". Sponsored by: Richfield Oil. The eternal triangle thrives, even in the jungles of New Guinea with murderous head hunters, and a half million dollar in pure gold. The script was subsequently used on "Suspense" on June 5, 1960. William N. Robson (producer, director), Stacy Harris. 30:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2014 10:55 AM PST
The Coachman Murder Case (Aired November 14, 1946)
. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 14, 1946. Program #8. Mutual net origination, Ziv syndication. "The Coachman Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A famous fly fisherman named Jonathan Zachery is found dead, floating in his pool. Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist). 26:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Turkey Dinner (Thanksgiving) Aired November 25, 1943
Abbott and Costello William (Bud) Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo) were an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film and television made them one of the most popular teams in the history of comedy. Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?"---whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines---the team are also the only comedians known to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. THIS EPISODE: November 25, 1943. "Turkey Dinner" - Red network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: Camels. Abbott and Costello plan to kill Ingrid, Costello's pet turkey, for Thanksgiving. Guest Jane Wyman joins in a routine, "What is the wind?" Connie Haines sings, "Shoo, Shoo Baby." Mel Blanc appears as Bugs Bunny. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Jane Wyman, Connie Haines, Mel Blanc (triples), Don Prindle (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Alan Woods (writer), Martin Gosch (director), Billy Gray, Elvia Allman, John Brown. 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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