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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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November 20, 2019 05:00 PM PST
The Adventure At Wisteria Lodge (Aired May 12, 1947)
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. THIS EPISODE: May 12, 1947. ABC network. "The Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge". Sponsored by: Kreml Hair Tonic, Kreml Shampoo. A Mr. Eckles is invited to the mansion of a Spanish gentleman, only to find that everyone has disappeared the next morning. The clues are a cipher that only Sherlock Holmes can understand. The story is based on, "The Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Tom Conway, Nigel Bruce, Joseph Bell (announcer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Denis Green (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Alex Steinert (composer, conductor), Tom McKnight (producer). 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2019 12:29 PM PST
Late Car Payment (Aired October 21, 1947)
Marian and Jim Jordan assumed the classic roles of Fibber McGee and Molly in the Merchandise Mart studios from the time of the show's inception in the spring of 1935 until their move to Southern California in the early months of 1939. The Jordans made their Chicago radio debut on WIBO and later moved on to WENR and WMAQ when the station was still owned by the Chicago Daily News. When NBC purchased WMAQ late 1931, the Jordans moved over to the Merchandise Mart where, next to Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, they became the network's hottest Chicago properties. "Smackout" (which you can listen to) was their first hit. But "Marian and Jim" (as they were known in their early days) also popped up on any number of variety shows (including "The Breakfast Club") NBC pumped to the net or ran locally. THIS EPISODE: October 21, 1947. "Late Car Payment" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago aircheck. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Fibber's missed a car payment, which requires a visit to Carl Snarl at the Wistful Vista Finance Company. The King's Men, Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, Harlow Wilcox, Don Quinn (writer), Phil Leslie (writer), Gale Gordon, Bill Thompson. 29:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2019 07:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - General Guilford's Widow (Aired April 8, 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. THIS EPISODE: April 8, 1954."General Guilford's Widow" - NBC network. Sustaining. The widow of General Guilford insists her husband is still alive, but no one believes her. They should! Jimmy Stewart, Frank Burt (creator), Basil Adlam (music), Jack Johnstone (director), Virginia Gregg, Parley Baer, Robert Griffin, John Wald (announcer). 29:38.

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November 20, 2019 02:00 AM PST
Your Rights When Arrested (Aired April 10, 1954)
Each story had an arc that was resolved for that particular combination of legal issues and choices. The listener was never left hanging. Mindful of the fact that Case Dismissed was being heard in many other states besides Illinois, the program regularly reminded its listeners that the problems presented and legal remedies offered were based only on then current Illinois Law. But it's also clear that because they were mindful of a larger audience, the producers and writers very helpfully selected a broad range of legal topics that were general enough in nature to present useful choices and information to residents in virtually any state that might be listening in. All told, a fascinating, useful, and well mounted series of legal dramas that accomplished precisely what they set out to do for thirteen weeks. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1954. "Your Rights When Arrested" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. A program about your rights when arrested. Rosemary Kelly, Carlton KaDell, Clarence Hartzell, Jack Lester, Clare Baum, Sidney Breeze, Betty Ross, Herbert Latow (director), John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Robert Carmen (writer), Tom Evans (sound), Lee Bennett (announcer), Harold Witteberry (engineer). 27:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2019 09:00 PM PST
The Ransom (Aired July 25, 1979)
Mutual Radio Theater ( Sears Radio Theater ) 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. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy. Though less long-lived than NPR's Earplay or the Mystery Theater, it was an ambitious if not particularly critically-favored attempt to reinvigorate a neglected field. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1979. Program #123. CBS network. "The Ransom". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Percy Grainger (writer), Vincent Price (host), Lurene Tuttle, Vic Perrin, Steven Markle, Jack Carroll, Barney Phillips, Don Diamond, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 35:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2019 04:00 PM PST
Murder Most Foul aka: Mrs Voisso (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. Each week, an audience of anxious radio-listeners tuned in to hear these true crime stories of the London Metropolitan Police unfold, as the detectives at the Yard investigated some of England’s most famous criminals. Their trials have become legendary. Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brother’s affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife. Murders, forgery, and robberies all get a through review on the program. Each time, Scotland Yard detectives are afoot to solve the crime mystery! The Secrets of Scotland Yard was initially hosted by Clive Brook, probably for the first year or so. To add to the air of authenticity, Brook sometimes discusses matters with Percy Hoskins, a 1950s crime expert and reporter for the London Daily Express. Hoskins knew every nook and cranny in London’s seedier districts and personally reported on many of the major crimes of the day. A student of crime, Hoskins was also one of the founders of the Saints and Sinners Club of London, an educational organization dedicated to true crime investigation methods and results.

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November 19, 2019 11:00 AM PST
The Roof Of The World (Aired August 13, 1950)
This is the story of the WWII special governmental agency, the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services. Its mission was to develop and maintain spy networks throughout Europe and into Asia, while giving aid to underground partisan groups and developing espionage activities for Allied forces overseas.The show is based on the book of the same name by Lt. Col. Corey Ford and Major Alastair MacBain (who were associated with the OSS from its early days.) The dramas are not Hollywood-style, in that they sometimes end with plans foiled or leading characters dead. The theme music was either identical or very similar to that used by Tales of the Texas Rangers. Sherman Marks directed. The cast consisted of The Hungarian Giant, played by Raymond Edward Johnson, and Impy, the Midget, played by Gilbert Mack. THIS EPISODE: August 13, 1950. NBC network. "The Roof Of The World". Sustaining. 4:00 P. M. A husband and wife team of archeologists are asked by the O. S. S. to travel to Tibet and visit the Dalai Lama. The journey is complicated by Nazis on the same mission. The system cue has been deleted. Louise Barclay, Grant Richards, Raymond Edward Johnson, Stefan Schnabel, Berry Kroeger, Janice Gilbert, Karl Weber, Ralph Bell, Jerry Jarrett, Chet Hill (sound efects), Dick Gillespie (sound effects), Winifred Wolfe (writer), Jack Gordon (writer), Corey Ford (creator), Alistair MacBain (creator), Sherman Marks (director, supervisor), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Alfred Hollander (producer). 30:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2019 06:00 AM PST
A Salute To California (Aired February 10, 1948)
In 1934–36, Berle was heard regularly on The Rudy Vallee Hour, and he got much publicity as a regular on The Gillette Original Community Sing, a Sunday night comedy-variety program broadcast on CBS from September 6, 1936 to August 29, 1937. In 1939, he was the host of Stop Me If You've Heard This One with panelists spontaneously finishing jokes sent in by listeners. Three Ring Time, a comedy-variety show sponsored by Ballantine Ale, was followed by a 1943 program sponsored by Campbell's Soups. The audience participation show Let Yourself Go (1944–1945) could best be described as slapstick radio with studio audience members acting out long suppressed urges (often directed at host Berle). Kiss and Make Up, on CBS in 1946, featured the problems of contestants decided by a jury from the studio audience with Berle as the judge. THIS EPISODE: February 10, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. "A Salute To California". "Miltie Of The Movies." Frank Gallop (announcer), Milton Berle, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra. 35:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2019 12:00 AM PST
The Dead Of Night (Aired May 28, 1951)
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954). Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his classified ad: "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine. "The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). THIS EPISODE: May 28, 1951. Mutual-Don Lee network. "The Dead Of Night". Sponsored by: Standard Oil. A woman's husband has been murdered, leaving behind a note accusing his wife of the crime. However, the note is a forgery! The program has alos been dated October 13, 1952. Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, David Victor (writer), Bud Hiestand (announcer), Kenneth Webb (director), Ken Christy, Louise Arthur, Roland Morris, Forrest Lewis, Stanley Farrar, Gaylord Carter (music). 29:13.

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November 18, 2019 07:00 PM PST
Keeping His Promise (1949) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. With a known run of at least 52 unique scripts and more doubtful further 39 to 52 scripts, it would appear that the series was in demand for at least four years--in and out of syndication. Given the high quality of NBC Network voice talent in the circulating episodes, one can well imagine that the remainder of the yet alleged, undiscovered, or uncirculated episodes have at least as much to recommend them. Thankfully, as with many other examples of Golden Age Radio productions, many of the existing episodes in circulation can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service [AFRTS].

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