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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...


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January 16, 2019 06:00 PM PST
The Big Job (Aired April 27, 1950)
Friday offered voice-over narration throughout the episodes, noting the time, date, and place of every scene as he and his partners went through their day investigating the crime. The events related in a given episode might occur in a few hours or might span a few months. At least one episode unfolded in real time, in "City Hall Bombing", from July 21st, 1949. Friday and Romero had less than 30 minutes to stop a man who was threatening to destroy the City Hall with a bomb. At the end of an episode, announcer Hal Gibney would relate the fate of the suspect. They were usually convicted of a crime, and sent to the state penitentiary or a state mental hospital. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1950. Program #46. NBC network. "The Big Job". Sponsored by: Fatima. While trying to arrest Alfred Garvey, an off-duty cop about to go on vacation is shot and killed. A Network, sponsored version. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 30:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2019 12:59 PM PST
Murder By Blueprint (Aired July 9, 1935)
Calling All Cars was one of radio’s earliest cop shows, dramatizing true crime stories and introduced by officers from the Los Angeles and other police departments. The narrator of the program was speech professor Charles Frederick Lindsley, and the only other regular voice heard on the program week after week belonged to that of Sergeant Jesse Rosenquist of the L.A.P.D., whose name and voice were so unusually distinctive that he was retained for the show’s entire run. None of the actors on the show ever received on-air credit, but among the talent OTR fans can hear the likes of Elvia Allman, Jackson Beck, Charles Bickford, John Gibson, Richard LeGrand and Hanley Stafford, just to name a few. THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1935. Program #85. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network. "Murder By Blueprint". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil (free copy of "Clling All Cars News"). Mrs. Maude Ross has been found murdered in her home. Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 30:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2019 08:00 AM PST
The Secret Word Is "Window" (Aired November 30, 1949)
Contestant teams usually consisted of one male and one female, most selected from the studio audience. Occasionally famous or otherwise interesting figures were invited to play (i.e., a Korean-American contestant who was a veteran and had been a prisoner of war during the Korean War). After his signature introduction of "Here he is: the one, the ONLY..." by Fenneman and finished by a thunderous "GROUCHO!" from the audience, Marx would be introduced to the music of "Hooray for Captain Spaulding", his signature song. Some show tension revolved around whether a contestant would say the "secret word", a common word revealed to the audience at the show's outset. If a contestant said the word, a toy duck resembling Groucho with a mustache and eyeglasses, and with a cigar in its bill, descended from the ceiling to bring a $100 bill. THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1949. NBC network. The Secret Word Is 'Window'. Sponsored by: Elgin-American. The first contestant is Henrietta Adair (a spinster). One of the contestants is the godson of the original "Trader Horn." The system cue is added live. Groucho Marx, George Fenneman (announcer), Mike Wallace (commercial spokesman, billed as "Myron Wallace"), Robert Dwan (director), Bernie Smith (director), Jerry Fielding (music), John Guedel (producer), Henrietta Adair. 29:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2019 03:00 AM PST
Confession Of Guilt (Aired April 30, 1957)
The first radio Morelle was played by the acerbic and distinctly toffish Dennis Arundell - a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, who later starred in many West End productions. A second series featured the even darker tones of Heron Carvic, later to write best-selling mysteries of his own, featuring the interfering spinster-sleuth Miss Seaton. In the 1950s, the part was played to pompous, thin-lipped perfection by Cecil Parker. The first Miss Frayle was played by author Dudley's wife, Jane Grahame, while a later incarnation was Sheila Sim. Through the 1950s Ernest Dudley wrote for both radio and television. His most popular TV series was 'Judge For Yourself', one of the earliest viewer-participation shows, in which, after a half-hour "trial", viewers were invited by Dudley to send in their verdicts, "Guilty" or "Not guilty". His catch-phrase, spoken to camera at the end, was always "Remember - you are the judge".

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January 15, 2019 10:27 PM PST
Hostages with Virginia Gregg (Aired February 7, 1979)
Sears Radio Theater (SRT) 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 (one day was devoted to romance, one to crime drama, etc.), and each genre had its own host from week to week. THIS EPISODE: February 7, 1979. Program #3. CBS network. "Hostages". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Ken Gerard (writer), Vincent Price (host), Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Olan Soule, Elliott Lewis (producer), Fletcher Markle (director). 35:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 15, 2019 05:00 PM PST
The Case Of The Wandering Fingerprints (Aired October 2, 1948)
The feel of Michael Shayne over the years was arguably most noticeably evolved over Radio. Wally Maher's portrayal of Michael Shayne was not only the first over Radio, the longest running over Radio, but it was also the most fully developed over Radio. Aided by Cathy Lewis in her role of feisty bright Phyllis Knight, as well as by Joe Forte as Lieutenant Farraday, the family nature of the growing radio ensemble over the years put far more flesh on the bones of Brett Halliday's character than any other characterization that succeeded it. Maher's characterization of Shayne was so successful that for the remainder of Maher's career he actively translated Shayne's basic attributes into virtually every other detective or crime drama genre Maher appeared in until his untimely death in 1951. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 2, 1948. Program #11. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRS/AFRTS/FEN rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Wandering Fingerprints". Mr. Zeigler can actually move fingerprints from one place to another...which gives him the idea for a clever blackmail racket. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau (director, host), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Brett Halliday (creator), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 26:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 15, 2019 12:00 PM PST
A Piece Of Rope (Aired December 5, 1949)
MGM produced Crime Does Not Pay shorts through 1948, at which time WMGM began airing the Crime Does Not Pay radio program. While some of the Film version themes found their way into the Radio version, almost all seventy-eight Radio Crime Does Not Pay topics are original to the series. Many have theorized that some or all of the Crime Does Not Pay radio scripts had been works-in-progress for the Film version, or perhaps even envisioned for Television, where many of the Film shorts were already airing from time to time. Whatever the medium, Crime Does Not Pay seems to have touched a nerve with the American public. THIS EPISODE: December 5, 1949. Program #9. MGM syndication. "A Piece Of Rope". Commercials added locally. Dukie Defore works for a "service" business that murders people on contract...and Dukie always kills with a rope! 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. Cameron Mitchell, Ira Marion (writer), Marx B. Loeb (director), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 26:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 15, 2019 07:00 AM PST
Judy's Party (Aired January 6, 1948)
A Date with Judy began as a summer replacement in 1941 but quickly became popular as listeners followed the growing pains of Judy and her friends and the exasperation of Judy's parents. Teenagers could relate to Judy and her problems with school, boyfriends and parental rules and adults enjoyed remembering their youth as seen through the eyes of a typical teenager. A delighful comedy that ended in 1950, A Date with Judy remains a favorite even today as we realize that teenagers will always face the same problems growing up as Judy and her friends did THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1948. "Judy's Party" - NBC network, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. Commercials deleted. 8:30 P.M. Judy's having a party, and her parents are not at all welcome! Louise Erickson, John Brown, Richard Crenna, Aleen Leslie (creator, writer), Helen Mack (producer, director), Hal Born (composer, conductor), Dix Davis. 30:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 15, 2019 02:00 AM PST
The Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Thicker Than Water (Aired March 14, 1954)
Though The Six Shooter wasn't the first popular adult western to air over Radio, a case can be made that it was the first to thoroughly legitimize the genre over the medium. Not only were The Six Shooter scripts--and casts--the equal of any of the first wave of adult westerns to air over Radio, but the series carried the considerable weight of James Stewart in the starring role as Britt Ponset, the reluctant, yet highly efficient, western gunslinger. For the era, James Stewart was a natural choice to popularize the genre over Radio. His ground-breaking--for Stewart--depiction of the angst and inner turmoil of his protagonist, Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950), launched a series of James Stewart appearances in other taut Anthony Mann and Alfred Hitchcock psychological thrillers over the following ten years. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1954 - "Thicker Than Water " - A father comes to town to see his son after twelve years. There have been some surprising changes...in both of them! Jimmy Stewart, Frank Burt (writer, creator), Basil Adlam (music), Jack Johnstone (director), Shirley Mitchell, Robert Griffin, Dick Beals, Barney Phillips, John Wald (announcer). 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 14, 2019 10:00 PM PST
Hate Song (Aired December 31, 1952)
I Was a Communist for the FBI was an American espionage thriller radio series with 78 episodes syndicated by Ziv to more than 600 stations in 1952-54. Made without FBI cooperation, the series was adapted from the book by undercover agent Matt Cvetic, who was portrayed by Dana Andrews.The series was crafted to warn people about the threat of Communist subversion of American society. The tone of the show is very jingoistic and ultra-patriotic. Communists are evil incarnate and the FBI can do no wrong. As a relic of the Joe McCarthy era, this show is a time capsule of American society during the Second Red Scare. THIS EPISODE: December 31, 1952. Program #37. ZIV Syndication. "Hate Song". Commercials added locally. The Party tries to take over "Boys Inc.," a youth organization. Dana Andrews, Jeffrey Silver, Virginia Gregg, David Rose (composer, conductor), Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director). 26:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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