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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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July 13, 2019 07:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Shelley Winters (Aired November 16, 1951)
An NBC radio series commenced in 1949; it lasted until 1953. Martin and Lewis made key appearance on the first Ed Sullivan show (Toast of the Town) in June 1948 (photographs and schedules in Library of Congress confirm this), although they may have appeared on TV earlier on Hour Glass,the first TV variety show which aired from May 1946 - March 1947, during the time the duo first paired up formally. On October 3, 1948, the team were stars of the television debut of the NBC live television variety show Welcome Aboard sponsored by Admiral, manufacturers of TV sets, and were also featured on the second show of October 10, 1948 (kinescope survives of this live TV broadcast in UCLA Film and Television Archive). On April 3, 1949 they debuted on their TV version of their "Martin & Lewis" radio show on the NBC-TV network, with guest Bob Hope, with their inaugural program drawing lackluster reviews in the April 30, 1949 issue of Billboard magazine. THIS EPISODE: November 16, 1951. "Special Guest Is Shelley Winters" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Anacin, Dentyne. The first tune is, "Take The Night Train To Memphis." Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Ed Simmons (writer), Norman Lear (writer), Dick Mack (producer, director), Shelley Winters (guest). 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 13, 2019 02:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes (Over The Hill and The Man In The Black Hat) Aired December 5, 1956
Nelson Olmsted was a national treasure. Over a broadcasting career of thirty-five years, Olmsted's soothing, reassuring, and highly versatile narrations graced thousands of broadcast recordings. While also a prolific and highly successful actor in both Radio and Television, it's Olmsted's literature readings and narrations that are the focus of this series and this article. Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. On the plus side of the equation were Nelson Olmsted's extremely loyal following throughout the U.S. combined with the classic nature of the stories which comprised the series. These stories were many of the most popular and compelling supernatural stories and adventures in literary history. THIS EPISODE: December 5, 1956. NBC network. "Over The Hill" "The Man In The Black Hat". Sustaining. Part of the final public service announcement has been deleted. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer), Michael Fessier (author of both stories), Kenneth MacGregor (director). 23:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 12, 2019 08:00 PM PDT
The Adventure Of The Vanishing Magician (Aired November 6, 1943)
Tuska cited Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) and Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) as the best of the Bellamy-Lindsay pairings. "The influence of The Thin Man series was apparent in reverse", Tuska noted about Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery. "Ellery and Nikki are unmarried but obviously in love with each other. Probably the biggest mystery... is how Ellery ever gets a book written. Not only is Nikki attractive and perfectly willing to show off her figure", Tuska wrote, "but she also likes to write her own stories on Queen's time, and gets carried away doing her own investigations." In Ellery Queen, Master Detective, "the amorous relationship between Ellery and Nikki Porter was given a dignity, and therefore integrity", Tuska wrote. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1943. NBC network. "The Adventure Of The Vanishing Magician". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. A has-been vaudevillian promises to disappear from a house to win a $25,000 bet. A good wartime mystery! This is the East Coast broadcast. The West Coast broadcast took place on November 4, 1943. The script was previously used on "Ellery Queen" on September 15, 1940. Sydney Smith, Helen Lewis, Santos Ortega, Ted de Corsia, Charles Paul (organ), Edward Pawley ("Guest Armchair Detective," star of "Big Town"), S. Bigman ("Guest Armchair Detective," editor of "Time" magazine), Ernest Chappell (announcer), Frederic Dannay (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Bruce Kamman (producer, director). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 12, 2019 03:00 PM PDT
The Master Thief (Aired July 3, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. Apart from Christian or other religious broadcasting, this may have been the only nationwide attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s to air such a series. THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1977. Program #44. CBS network, WBBM, Chicago aircheck. "The Master Thief". Sponsored by: General Mills, United States Steel. The program was repeated on December 31, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." A local Chicago newscast and CBS net news (incomplete) follows the program. Tom Bosley (host), Jacob Grimm (author), Wilhelm Grimm (author), G. Frederic Lewis (adaptor), Paul Hecht, William Griffis, Himan Brown (producer, director), Bryna Raeburn, Robert Dryden, Gary Landay (CBS net newscaster), Chris Morton (Rhodesia). 40:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 12, 2019 10:00 AM PDT
Find Mr. Big (Aired March 18, 1953)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 18, 1953. "Find Mr. Big" - NBC network. Sustaining. Steve Mitchell flies to Oslo, Norway to tackle "The Bureau," a gang that deals in stolen information. Adrian Gendot (writer), Betty Lou Gerson, Bill Cairn (director), Brian Donlevy, Dan O'Herlihy, GeGe Pearson, Herb Butterfield, John Storm (announcer), Ken Peters, Paul Frees, Robert Ryf (writer). 24:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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July 12, 2019 05:00 AM PDT
The Honeyearthers (Aired September 8, 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 (an impediment to his radio career when he took over for Jack Benny on CBS radio), as Freberg explained to Rusty Pipes: After I replaced Jack Benny in 1957 they were unable to sell me with spot announcements in the show. That would mean that every three minutes I'd have to drop a commercial in. So I said, "Forget it, I want to be sponsored by one person like Benny was, by American Tobacco or State Farm Insurance," except that I wouldn't let them sell me to American Tobacco. I refused to let them sell me to any cigarette company. THIS EPISODE September 8, 1957. Program #9. CBS network. Sustaining. A revisit to "The Abominable Snowman", a visit to George Washington, a radio show from the Moon similar to Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners" called the "The Honeyearthers." Stan Freberg, Billy May and His Orchestra, Daws Butler, June Foray, Peggy Taylor, Peter Leeds. 1/2 hour.

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July 12, 2019 12:00 AM PDT
The Tangled Way (1950) *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! Show Notes From Radio Horror Hosts.

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July 11, 2019 07:00 PM PDT
The Defense Rests - Starring Alan Ladd (Aired March 9, 1944)
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 EPISODE: March 9, 1944. CBS network. "The Defense Rests". Sponsored by: Roma Wines. A story about an ex-con, framed for murder, who gets an excellent defense attorney. The story has a surprise ending. The script was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on October 6, 1949. Alan Ladd, Hans Conried, John McIntire, Robert L. Richards (writer), Roland Brown (writer), Will Wright, William Spier (producer, director, editor), Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 34:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 11, 2019 01:58 PM PDT
Alibi For Murder (Aired March 22, 1946)
Although Molle Mystery Theater was initially sponsored by Molle Shaving Cream, other sponsors (such as Bayer Aspirin, Ironized Yeast, Phillips Milk of Magnesia) also sponsored the program. Sometimes, when it was not sponsored by Molle, the program was called "Mystery Theater". The show was first heard on NBC, on 9/7/43. Time slot was originally Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, but was later moved to Tuesday at 9:00 PM, and Friday at 10:00 PM. In 1948, the show moved to CBS (Tues, 8:00 PM), and in 1951, it moved to ABC, where it was called "Mark Sabre", and heard on Wednesdays at either 8:00 PM or 9:30 PM. The shows were tight and tension filled, with a fine orchestra score and solid production values. Classic tales from well-known authors, as well as modern unknowns were presented, and the endings were often twists or shockers. >THIS EPISODE: March 22, 1946. NBC network. "Alibi For Murder". Sponsored by: Molle, Double Dandereen. How to commit the perfect crime? That's easy, just be in two places at the same time! Bernard Lenrow (host, as "Geoffrey Barnes), Martin Ryerson (writer, adaptor), Mandel Kramer, John Sylvester, Ed Begley, Elspeth Eric, Dan Seymour (announcer), Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor). 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 11, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
Project Mastadon (Aired June 5, 1956)
X MINUS ONE was an NBC science fiction series that was an extension, or revival, of NBC's earlier science fiction series, DIMENSION X. which ran from Apr. 8, 1950 through Sept. 29, 1951. Both are remembered for bringing really first rate science fiction to the air. The first X MINUS ONE shows used scripts from DIMENSION X, but soon created new shows from storied from the pages of Galaxy Magazine. A total of 125 programs were broadcast, some repeats or remakes, until the last show of Jan. 9, 1958. There was a one-program revival attempt in 1973, shown at the end of the log. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1956. NBC network. "Project Mastodon". Sustaining. Three adventurers return to prehistoric times, found a country, and try to establish diplomatic relations with the United States. Bob Hastings, Charles Penman, Clifford Simak (author), Floyd Mack, Frank Maxwell, John Larkin, Joseph Julian, Raymond Edward Johnson, Richard Hamilton, William Welch (producer), Daniel Sutter (director), Jerry Damon (announcer). 23:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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