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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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September 15, 2019 06:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Friendly Rabbit (Aired December 1, 1950)
Nero Wolf is a fictional detective created by American author Rex Stout in the 1930s and featured in dozens of novels and novellas.In the stories, Wolf is one of the most famous private detectives in the United States. He weighs about 285 pounds and is 5'11" tall. He raises orchids in a rooftop greenhouse in his New York City brownstone on West 35th Street, helped by his live-in gardener Theodore Horstmann. Wolf drinks beer throughout the day. He employs a live-in chef, Fritz Brenner. He is multilingual and brilliant, though apparently self-educated, and reading is his third passion after food and orchids. He works in an office in his house and almost never leaves home. THIS EPISODE: December 1, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Friendly Rabbit". Sustaining. What is the connection between an illegal gambling den and a rabbit farm? What clue does a dead rabbit give Mr. Wolfe to a murder in the hutch? Sydney Greenstreet, Rex Stout (creator), Lawrence Dobkin, William Johnstone, Edwin Fadiman (executive producer?), Hal Gerard, J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Martha Shaw, Herb Butterfield, Howard McNear, Don Stanley (announcer). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 15, 2019 01:00 PM PDT
The Angel Of The Street (Aired October 19, 1948)
The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. The series' success continued on radio until 1952. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1948. NBC network. "The Angel Of The Street". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso (Mercury-A-Day contest). "Violet, a lady of the streets, asks Steve Wilson to help Johnny Nolan. "Chick" Larson is luring him into a life of crime. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 30:41.

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September 15, 2019 08:00 AM PDT
The New Night Club (Aired October 7, 1949)
On July 25, 1946, Jerry began a show business partnership with Dean Martin, an association that would soon skyrocket both to fame. It started when Jerry was performing at the 500 Club in Atlantic City and one of the other entertainers quit suddenly. Lewis, who had worked with Martin at the Glass Hat in New York City, suggested Dean as a replacement. At first they worked separately, but then ad-libbed together, improvising insults and jokes, squirting seltzer water, hurling bunches of celery and exuding general zaniness. In less than eighteen weeks their salaries soared from $250.00 a week to $5,000.00. For ten years Martin and Lewis sandwiched sixteen money making films between nightclub engagements, personal appearances, recording sessions, radio shows, and television bookings. THIS EPISODE: October 7, 1949. "New Night Club" - NBC network. Sustaining. The recording begins with the end of a band remote by Ernie Hecksher and His Orchestra from San Francisco. The boys are about to open their nightclub. Jerry has hired guest Dorothy Kirsten to sing in their club. Dean sings, "Toot, Toot, Tootsie." The cast does, "Il Trovatore Goes To A Nightclub," an opera by Jerry Lewis. Ernie Hecksher and His Orchestra, Dorothy Kirsten, Sheldon Leonard, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, Ben Alexander (announcer), Robert L. Redd (producer), Charles Isaacs (writer), Jack Douglas (writer), Dick McKnight (writer), Ray Allen (writer), Hans Conried, Flo McMichaels, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis. 31:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 15, 2019 03:00 AM PDT
The Edge Of Evil (Aired January 8, 1962)
MACABRE was a series of eight tales of the supernatural produced by the Tokyo studios of the Far East Network of Armed Forces Radio Service. Principals in the MACABRE series were producer/director/ writer/star William Verdier and John F. Buey Jr. Mr. Buey was program director at FEN Tokyo since 1946 and its inception. He came into government service from the old Yankee Radio Network on the East Coast. Nothing is known at this time about the background of Mr. Verdier. FEN Tokyo sent AFRTS Los Angeles a set of 15 i.p.s. tapes, from which the disks were mastered, as an unofficial competition with one or more ongoing productions at Armed Forces Network in Germany (AFN). FEN also produced TERROR, and at least one of Frank Bresee's THE GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO (a 25th anniversary salute to FEN). Show Notes From myexistenz THIS EPISODE: January 8, 1962. Program #8. AFRTS-FEN origination. "The Edge Of Evil". A good ghost story about a scientist's creation. Possibly the last show of the series. John Buey, Mitzi Hennessey, James Connolly (sound patterns), Walt Sheldon (writer, director), Milton Radmilovich, William Virdier, Hiroshi Ono (technical supervisor). 28:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2019 10:00 PM PDT
Oliver Twist (Aired June 11, 1977)
The series had it origins in the meeting of two minds: the ad agency for General Mills at the time, Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample was looking for a different means to reach a child audience besides television, which was decreasing commercial minutes and increasing costs; and Himan Brown, producer-director of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, who wanted to introduce new audiences to the dramatic form on radio. Tom Bosley was chosen as the host because of his television recognition from a kid’s oriented series, Happy Days. CBS chose to produce 52 original broadcasts followed by 52 repeat broadcasts. I believe they had hoped to maintain General Mills sponsorship during the complete 104 episodes, but General Mills dropped their sponsorship after the original broadcasts. The series continued for the next 52 repeats as the CBS Radio Adventure Theater. THIS EPISODE: June 11, 1977. Program #37. CBS network. "Oliver Twist". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on December 11, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Charles Dickens (author), G. Frederic Lewis (adaptor), Evie Juster, Court Benson, Himan Brown (producer, director), Bob Kaliban, Earl Hammond, Gilbert Mack. 40:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2019 04:58 PM PDT
The Locked Room (1968) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This series was written by Michael McCabe and was produced in South Africa. It was a replacement for another series McCabe produced, called SF68. That series adapted famous Sci-fi stories to radio, and it seems to have been the place where McCabe honed his craft. The subject matter to Beyond Midnight was more horror oriented, including madness, murder, and supernatural sleuths! What survives today doesn't involve a horror host per se, but a few include framing narration (by someone involved in the plot) while others just start up the story with no announcer or lead-in whatsoever. So it's possible the regular host or announcer was left off (edited out) of the recordings. The host-- if there was one-- may have only been heard by those who listened to this series when it first aired. It's another radio mystery we may never know for sure, but we're lucky to at least have some of the recordings!

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September 14, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
-Needle In A Haystack (Aired May 11, 1951)
This thirty-minute international spy adventure featured Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy), and investigator of crimes in exotic locations. 60 episodes. Herb Butterfield played the Commissioner and Betty Moran was the Commissioner's secretary. Other cast members were GeGe Pearson, Ken Peters, Betty Lou Gerson, Dan O’Herlihy. The director was Bill Cairn and the writer for the series was Robert Ryf. The opening was the same every week “Yeah, danger is my assignment. I get sent to a lot of places I can’t even pronounce. They all spell the same thing though, trouble.” He would be summoned to his boss’s office where he would be given his assignment; he would then fly halfway across the globe to save the day! The worldwide locations are dealt up with a feeling of local, and the characters that inhabit these far-away places with strange sounding names are solid and capably acted by veterans. Music is an almost harsh orchestra. Donlevy carries the plots with a world-weary and wary tone that makes sense, based on his occupation.

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September 14, 2019 07:22 AM PDT
The World Advertising Agency (Aired October 13, 1957)
Stanley Victor Freberg (born August 7, 1926 in Los Angeles) is an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, puppeteer and advertising creative director.The son of a Baptist minister, Stan Freberg grew up in Pasadena, California. His traditional upbringing is reflected both in the gentle sensitivity which underpins his work (despite his liberal use of biting satire and parody), and in his refusal to accept alcohol and tobacco manufacturers as sponsors. Freberg was employed as a voice actor in animation shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School. He began at Warner Brothers in 1944 by getting on a bus and asking the driver to let him off "in Hollywood." As he describes in his autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh, he did this, getting off the bus and finding a sign that said "talent agency." He walked in, and the agents there arranged for him to audition for Warner Brothers cartoons where he was promptly hired.
THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1957. Program #14. CBS network. Sustaining. A visit to the World Advertising Agency, a crime drama about Sam Spillaine, private eye. Stan Freberg, Billy May and His Orchestra, Daws Butler, June Foray, Peggy Taylor, Peter Leeds. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 14, 2019 02:00 AM PDT
The Ghost Makers (Aired June 10, 1945)
As with The Mysterious Traveler that preceded it, The Sealed Book was an anthology of supernatural drama, produced and directed by Jock MacGregor for the Mutual network, and written by the extraordinary team of Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Indeed this same entire team of network, director, and writers were responsible for the entire run of The Mysterious Traveler. Going even further, The Sealed Book reprised 26 of the Arthur/Kogan scripts written for The Mysterious Traveler. And in yet another similarity, Philip Clarke performed as an actor in five of the original Mysterious Traveler episodes. THIS EPISODE: June 10, 1945. Program #13. Mutual network. "The Ghost Makers". Sustaining. A horror story about two swindlers who try to scare an old lady to death for her fortune. This program has also been dated August 12, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 13, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Three Blind Mice (Aired January 30, 1947)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. It had numerous announcers during those two decades, ranging from the early Berry Kroeger to the veteran announcers, Paul Frees and George Walsh. But it was Joseph Kearns who evolved into "The Man in Black" host in 1943. This mysterious all-knowing narrator was similar to The Whistler.. The character lasted for over 100 episodes until March of 1945. Kerns continued as host through 1947, and returned again in 1950, but "The Man in Black" role devolved back into a nameless announcer (Grams, 1997, 17). THIS EPISODE: January 30, 1947. CBS network. "Three Blind Mice". Sponsored by: Roma Wines. A man frames his partner for murder when the third partner is found with a neat bullet hole in his body. Kenneth Pettis (writer), Robert L. Richards (writer), Van Heflin, Cathy Lewis, Joseph Kearns (announcer), Ken Niles (commercial spokesman), William Spier (producer, director), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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