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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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June 24, 2019 04:00 AM PDT
Junior Runs Away (Aired March 11, 1945)
The first Life of Riley radio show was a summer replacement show heard on CBS from April 12, 1941 to September 6, 1941. The CBS program starred Lionel Stander as J. Riley Farnsworth and had no real connection with the more famous series that followed a few years later. The radio program starring William Bendix aired on the ABC Blue Network from January 16, 1944 to June 8, 1945. Then it moved to NBC, where it was broadcast from September 8, 1945 to June 29, 1951. The supporting cast featured John Brown, who portrayed not only undertaker Digger O'Dell but also Riley's co-worker Gillis. Whereas Gillis gave Riley bad information that got him into trouble, Digger gave him good information that "helped him out of a hole," as he might have put it. Brown's lines as the undertaker were often repetitive, including puns based on his profession; but, thanks to Brown's delivery, the audience loved him. THIS EPISODE: March 11, 1945. ABC network. Sponsored by: The American Meat Institute. "Junior Runs Away" from home. John Brown, Ken Niles (announcer), Don Bernard (diretor), William Bendix, Paula Winslowe, Lou Kosloff (music), Conrad Binyon, Irving Brecher (creator, producer). 29:46.

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June 23, 2019 11:00 PM PDT
Tea Time For Teenagers (Aired July 8, 1951)
The Whisperer, is Philip 'Phil' Galt, a Central City attorney who lost most of his voice in an accident that crushed his vocal chords. The accident forced him to express himself in an eery, foreboding whisper. Phil Galt 'skirts the thin edges of danger, living his dual role' as attorney and his alias, The Whisperer, relentless crime-fighter against organized crime, or 'The Syndicate.' Galt used his legal contacts and knowledge of the Law to burrow deep into 'The Syndicate' in order to influence their actions and wreck havoc with their various new--and tried and true--criminal schemes. A subsequent surgical operation by famed surgeon Dr. Benjamin Lee, restored attorney Galt's voice, but Galt continues to employ his gruesome whisper to both retain his cover, and to further gain access to--and influence over--The Syndicate. He's aided by Ellen Norris, formerly a nurse who'd assisted Dr. Lee in restoring Galt's vocal chords. She becomes Galt's assistant and love interest for the remainder of the production. Phillip Galt is portrayed by Carleton G. Young, one of Radio's most recognizable voices. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 8, 1951. "Tea Time For Teenagers" - Lawyer Philip Gault leads a double life as a syndicate operative. In this premiere episode, he stops a plan to introduce pot to Central City's teenagers. 24:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 23, 2019 06:00 PM PDT
The Weakness Of Strength (Aired April 7, 1964)
The Herrick Merril Production of Walk Softly Peter Troy, a detective drama from the Golden Age of radio. The show was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. There was a sequel to this series which was heard on the "English Radio Service" from 5/19/64 to 11/28/64. This was the first series on the English Radio Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: April 7, 1964. Program #18. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Weakness Of Strength". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 25:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 23, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
The Harriet Temple Murder Case (Aired October 7, 1953)
Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With music by Robert Stringer, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air, with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (now played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." THIS EPISODE: October 7, 1953. "The Harriet Temple Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. Harriet Temple has been murdered in her apartment, strangled. Her husband says, "It's too bad." Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Frank Gerstle, Junius Matthews, Martha Wentworth, Eve McVey, Earle Ross, Shepard Menken, Bill Anders (announer). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 23, 2019 07:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is 'Spoon' (Aired January 18, 1950)
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. A cartoon of a duck with a cigar was also used in opening title sequence. . Each couple was staked with $20 and were asked four questions, wagering part or all of their bankroll for each question. The scoring format was later changed to a starting bankroll of $100 and couples selecting question values from $10 to $100. A correct answer added the value of the question to their bankroll and an incorrect answer cut their bankroll to that point in half. According to co-director Robert Dwan in his book, As Long As They're Laughing, Guedel changed the scoring format because too many couples were betting—and losing—all their money.

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June 23, 2019 02:00 AM PDT
The Unexpected - 2 Episodes "Solid Citizen" (4-25-48) and "Revenge" (5-23-48)
The fifteen minute format lends itself to quickly drawn weird stories, with a twist ending, so that the listener gets a sudden shock, like all good scary tales should deliver. The trick is to make the "unexpected" something the listen doesn't expect. Excellent actors like Barry Sullivan, Lurene Tuttle and Virginia Gregg, who played Helen Asher in The Adventures of Richard Diamond, make the quickie a little less abrupt. Director Frank Danzig kept the show, for the most part, on the highroad to thrilling, like Suspense, Lights Out, or Quiet Please that came before The Unexpected. TODAY'S SHOW: April 25, 1948. Program #3/102. Hamilton-Whitney syndication. "Solid Citizen". Commercials added locally. An ex-con is blackmailed and almost lead to murder. The program was re-used in 1948. Tom Neal. 15 minutes. May 23, 1948 Program #7/106. Hamilton-Whitney syndication. "Revenge". Music fill for local commercial insert. A thwarted revenge after ten years of waiting. The program was re-used in 1948. Barry Sullivan, Frank Burt (writer), Frank Danzig (director), Robert Libbott (writer). 15:20.

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June 22, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
The Controlling Interest (Aired June 12, 1948)
Curtain Time had two separate runs on radio. The fist run was sponsored by General Mills from 1937 to 1939 and the second aired from 1945 to 1950, sponsored by the Mars Candy Co. Interesting is that this romantic drama had a theater setting and announcements with the announcer shouting "tickets please". Many of the episodes were romantic stories where a boy meets his dream girl and what happens afterwards. Announcer for the series was Harry Halcomb who was later known best for his appearances on the 60 minutes television show. Curtain Time is truly an Old Time Radio Classic. Mutual Network, local KNX show sustained, heard Fridays 7:30 - 8:00 pm THIS EPISODE: June 12, 1948. NBC network, Chicago origination. "The Controlling Interest". Sponsored by: Mars Bar. Patrick Allen (host), Mike Wallace (announcer, billed as "Myron Wallace"), Harry Elders, Nannette Sargent, Hoyt Andreas (writer), Maurice Copeland, George Cisar, Bert Farber (arranger, conductor). 28:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2019 04:00 PM PDT
Endless Night (Aired October 30, 1967)
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies, and her estate claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the most widely published books. According to Index Translationum, Christie is the most translated individual author, and her books have been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. THIS EPISODE: October 30, 1967. "Endless Night" is a work of crime fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on October 30, 1967 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company the following year. The UK edition retailed at eighteen shillings and the US edition at $4.95. It was one of her favorites of her own works and received some of the warmest critical notices of her career upon publication. Ambitious young Michael Rogers - the narrator of the story - falls in love with Fenella Guteman (Ellie) the first time he sets eyes on her in the mysterious yet scenic 'Gipsy's Acre', complete with its sea-view and dark fir trees. Before long, he has both the land and the woman, but rumors are spreading of a curse hanging over the land. Not heeding the locals' warnings, the couple take up residence at 'Gipsy's Acre', leading to a devastating tragedy. 57:00

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June 22, 2019 11:00 AM PDT
Diploma Of Death (Aired April 3, 1946)
The Avenger is a fictional character whose original adventures appeared from 1939 to 1942 in The Avenger magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications. Five additional short stories were published in Clues Detective magazine from 1942 to 1943, and a sixth novelette in The Shadow magazine in 1943. Newly-written adventures were commissioned and published by Warner Brother's Paperback Library from 1973 to 1974. The Avenger was a pulp hero who combined elements of Doc Savage and The Shadow though he was never as popular as either of these characters. The authorship of the pulp series was credited by Street and Smith to Kenneth Robeson, the same byline that appeared on the Doc Savage stories. The "Kenneth Robeson" name was a house pseudonym used by a number of different Street & Smith writers. Most of the original Avenger stories were written by Paul Ernst. THIS EPISODE: April 3, 1946. Program #24. Michelson syndication. "The Diploma Of Death". Music fill for local commercial insert. Ruth Braun (writer), Gilbert Braun (writer), James Monks, Helen Adamson, Alyn Edwards (announcer), Doc Whipple (organist), Charles Michelson (producer), Walter Gibson (writer). 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
So You Won't Talk (Aired August 21, 1949)
He was born Alfred Damon Runyan in Manhattan, Kansas, and grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, where Runyon Field and Runyon Lake are named after him. He was a third-generation newspaperman, and started in the trade under his father in Pueblo. He worked for various newspapers in the Rocky Mountain area; at one of those, the spelling of his last name was changed from "Runyan" to "Runyon", a change he let stand. After a notable failure in trying to organize a Colorado minor baseball league, Runyon moved to New York City in 1910. For the next ten years he covered the New York Giants and professional boxing for the New York American. In his first New York byline, the American editor dropped the "Alfred", and the name "Damon Runyon" appeared for the first time. Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theater" dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. THIS EPISODE: August 21, 1949. Program #34. Mayfair syndication. "So You Won't Talk". Commercials added locally. Grafton Wilton has been murdered, but there was an eyewitness...an unusual eye witness! Damon Runyon (author), John Brown, Richard Sanville (director), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 28:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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