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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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May 23, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - The Secret Of Martin Doon (Aired March 23, 1949)
Hopalong Cassidy is a cowboy hero, created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular stories and twenty-eight novels. (At the time Mulford invented the character, the name of the historical American outlaw Butch Cassidy had been before readers of newspapers in recent years.) In his early print appearances, the character appears as a rude, dangerous and rough-talking "galoot". Beginning in 1935, the character, played by William Boyd, was transformed into the clean-cut hero of a series of 66 immensely popular films, only a few of which relied on Mulford's works for more than the character. Mulford actually rewrote his earlier stories to fit the movie conception; these led in turn to a comic book series modeled after the films. The enormous success of the television series made Boyd a star. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1949. Program #36. Commodore syndication. "The Secret Of Martin Doon". Commercials added locally. A strange little man is murdered, just before an important cattle shipment is due to depart. So what is Doon's secret? William Boyd, Joseph Du Val, Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber), Harold Swanton (writer), Howard McNear. 25:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Death Rings Down The Curtain (09-02-45)
The Sealed Book reprised 26 of the Arthur/Kogan scripts written for The Mysterious Traveler. 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." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 2, 1945. Program #16. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "Death Rings Down The Curtain". Commercials added locally. The most famous actress in the world fails in the most important role she has to play. The script was used on "The Mysterious Traveler" on October 5, 1948. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2015 08:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Green-Eyed Monster (Aired May 29, 1950)
In an earlier time, just prior to and following the Second World War, the general public was fascinated by the subject of crime. Numerous magazines of "True Crime Stories" filled the newsstands. Radio also helped fill the need with fictional heroes such as Johnny Dollar and The Saint. Few true crime dramas, other than Gangbusters or Dragnet, sustained long term success on radio. The Secrets of Scotland Yard was a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System. The series boasted well over 100 episodes. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1950. Program #78. Towers Of London syndication. "The Case Of The Green-Eyed Monster". Commercials added locally. When jealousy rears its head in 1930's British society, the result is murder! The date above is known to be accurate (for LM Radio). Clive Brook (host), Percy Hoskins (writer, performer), Harry Alan Towers (producer). 27:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2015 04:29 PM PDT
The King Cobra Murder Case (Aired May 4, 1950)
When Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons first debuted over the Blue Network on October 12, 1937, the show’s title accurately described Keen’s stock-in-trade; the “kindly old investigator” tracked down individuals who had mysteriously vanished, leaving behind their families, homes, jobs and other day-to-day activities. Keen (he never had a first name, unless it was “Peachy”) was assisted in these duties by an Irishman named Mike Clancy. Mike wasn’t much of a brainiac (the quote that comprises the title of this post was a semi-catchphrase that he seemed to use on the show every week) but he could use the necessary brawn when the situation called for it. Bennett Kilpack played kindly ol' Keen throughout most of the program’s run, as well as Philip Clarke and Arthur Hughes, while Jim Kelly took the role of Clancy. The series originally aired as a thrice-weekly fifteen-minute serial from 1937-43 (the show moved to CBS in 1942), providing more than ample time for Keen to solve even the most baffling of disappearances. Beginning November 11, 1943, the program changed its format to that of a half-hour weekly offering. THIS EPISODE: May 4, 1950. CBS network. "The King Cobra Murder Case". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Bisodol. A snake is used to kill on an ocean liner. Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Richard Leonard (director), Lawrence Klee (dialogue), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 28:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2015 11:50 AM PDT
The Sinister Sneeze (Aired June 11, 1950)
Vincent Price's closing comments were generally directed towards social issues of the era: race, ethnic and religious discrimination, tolerance and worthy causes of the era. Price at first tied his closing message to the theme of the preceding script. By the later scripts, Vincent Price simply closed with whatever social comment he felt most compelled to address. The comments were clearly heartfelt and sincere. Vincent Price's entire career was a tribute to any number of deeply felt causes and efforts to promote tolerance and unity throughout the world. In that light, Price's portrayals of The Saint must be taken at face value. Perhaps not widely perceived as the rock'em sock'em type of actor, Price could certainly portray the most sinister of characters to the glee of any Vincent Price fan of the era. Indeed, it was Price's wide appeal that brought him to the role in the first place. Leslie Charteris himself clearly approved of the choice of Price and it's clear that as the Price canon progressed, the scripts were tailored as much to Price's off-screen persona and interests as to his on-screen and on-Radio performances. THIS EPISODE: June 11, 1950. NBC network. "The Sinister Sneeze". Sustaining. The first show of the series on NBC. The Saint meets a sneezing girl on a bus, which leads to a boxer in need of protection! Hal March, Barney Phillips, Peter Leeds, Louis Vittes (writer), Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor. A trade publication referred to him as "Von Dexter"), Helen Mack (director), Lawrence Dobkin, Leslie Charteris (creator), James L. Saphier (producer), Doug Gorlay (announcer), Vincent Price, Sandra Gould. 27:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
When Did You Last See Your Money (Aired May 27, 1975)
The series is set in a small fictional seaside town called Walmington-on-Sea somewhere on the South Coast of England. "Dad's Army" is also remembered for its first class actors which starred amongst its credits, Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Arthur Wilson and Clive Dunn as Lance Corporal Jack Jones. In May 1940, Sir Anthony Eden makes his historic speech calling for men under and over the age of active service in the armed forces to form a local defence corps. In Walmington, the Local Bank manager George Mainwaring set's up the town's Local Defence Volunteers,with the assistance of his Bank Clerk, Arthur Wilson and the Local Butcher, Jack Jones. The LDV later become known as the Home Guard or affectionately (to the TV audience) "Dad's Army" as the platoon mainly consist of Old Soldiers.From week to week they would become entangled in many exploits while defending Walmington from a possible invasion and any interference from the Local Air Raid Warden. Although a comedy series, "Dad's Army" probably depicted more of an accurate version of the Home Guard than anyone could actually realise. Initially it was felt the series was maybe mocking England's finest hour and its first episodes were reviewed with great criticism. However, Jimmy Perry , David Croft and the cast felt that the show had many strengths and so did the steady flow of the British public which began following the Walmington-On-Sea platoon's exploits on Television each week.

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May 22, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - The Beasley Girls (Aired March 18, 1956)
The earliest paintings of the fort, dating back to 1837, show it to be a log stockade with high walls and raised blockhouses. However by the time it became a military outpost in the 1840s, this structure had disappeared and Congress refused to appropriate the money for a new and larger stockade. Never in the two decades the Army occupied Fort Laramie was it enclosed by walled fortifications. The "fort" was simply several military buildings grouped around a flat parade ground. The military post was abandoned in 1890 and allowed to fall into decay, and no significant restoration was attempted until 1937 when the state of Wyoming purchased the site of some 200 acres and later deeded it over to the National Park Service. It is currently administered as the Fort Laramie National Historical Site under the Department of Interior and is open to tourists year-round. THIS EPISODE: March 18, 1956. CBS network. "The Beasley Girls". Sustaining. Captain Quince plans to exchange a captured Sioux chief for two prisoner "white women" held by the Indians, and almost succeeds. Network version of cat. #17421. The system cue has been deleted. The program was recorded March 8, 1956. Kathleen Hite (writer), Jack Moyles, James Nusser, Lou Krugman, Lillian Buyeff, Harry Bartell, Sam Edwards, Lawrence Dobkin, Bill James (sound patterns), Ray Kemper (sound patterns), Raymond Burr, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Amerigo Moreno (music supervisor). 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Mile High Murders (Aired April 11, 1950)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Both Connecticut residents, House Jameson premiered in the role while Lord was still auditioning talent for the lead. By the third episode, Phillips H. Lord selected Don MacLaughlin for the role. MacLaughlin was by no means new to Radio, having already appeared in some 300 Radio productions since his debut over Radio in 1935. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 11, 1950. ABC network. "The Mile High Murders". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. Mass murder is routine with a Cuban gang smuggling refugees to the United States. 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Prelude To Murder (Aired June 15, 1943)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. THIS EPISODE: June 15, 1943. CBS network. "Prelude to Murder". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene Shoe-White. An insanely jealous orchestra conductor is convinced that his wife is seeing a young artist. The husband's thoughts are heard, as well as his words...an interesting technique. Arch Oboler (writer, host), Hans Conried. 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2015 03:26 PM PDT
The Clicking Silver Pen (Aired May 22, 1955)
Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955. The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. Scripts were by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten. Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947. Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. The Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1955. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Clicking Silver Pen". Mandel Kramer, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Ted Lloyd (producer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Wayne Howell (announcer). 30:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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