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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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August 15, 2019 01:00 PM PDT
McGuffeys Hong Kong Connection (Aired June 1, 1979)
The Sears Radio Theater Series premiered on Monday 02/05/79 and offered a different genre each weekday night. Each genre was hosted by a different celebrity. The program was produced on Paramount's Stage F in Hollywood. These first 130 programs were broadcast over a six month period and then rebroadcast over the following six months. From 02/14/80 to 12/19/81 this series was heard again, this time over Mutual, as The Mutual Radio Theater. This was clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of radio’s best talents, the way radio was heard in its “golden days.” Despite budget and talent, it just wasn’t to be. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1979. Program #85. CBS network. "McGuffey's Hong Kong Connection". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Ted Sherdeman (writer), Richard Widmark (host), William Schallert, Peggy Webber, Fletcher Markle (producer, director), Shepard Menken, Tommy Cook, June Foray, Richard Peel, Gene Howell, Ben Wright. 48:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 15, 2019 08:00 AM PDT
Yellow Talon Murder Case (Aired September 22, 1949)
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio's longest running shows, airing (October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955), continuing well into the television era. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. The sponsors included Whitehall Pharmacal (as in Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets and Heet liniment), Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. It aired on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to CBS. Bennett Kilpack began as Mr. Keen in 1937 with Phil Clarke stepping into the role late in the series. For 18 years the kindly Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy (Jim Kelly), entertained followers with their intuitive perception that kept listeners coming back for more. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. THIS EPISODE: September 22, 1949. CBS network. "The Yellow Talon Murder Case". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. Murder stalks a large estate along the Hudson River, fifty miles north of the city (Croton?). The killer is apparently a bird of enormous size. Frank Hummert, Anne Hummert (author), Bennett Kilpack. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 15, 2019 03:00 AM PDT
The Corpse Said Ouch (Aired August 6, 1950)
The Saint first came to radio in 1940, with American produced programs starting in 1945. While not the first actor to bring Templar to life over the air, it was surprisingly (at least to me) Vincent Price who played the role for the longest period, from 1947 until 1951. Knowing Price for his screen persona, it is odd at first to hear him doing this wise-cracking and lighthearted rogue. Some episodes in the Radio Spirit collection are almost slapstick, with Price being hit over the head, slapped and even thrown overboard in a single episode. It’s apparent that Price is having fun with the show, possibly as it allows him to play the handsome leading man rather than the darker heavies he was already beginning to be known for on screen. Show Notes From shotsshack.blogspot.com THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1950. NBC network. "The Corpse Said Ouch". Sustaining. Frances Blake visits "The Saint" in the middle of the night. It seems she's dead! At least, there's a dead woman that closely resembles her who's wearing her coat. The story is also known as, "Dead Girl's Diamonds." Vincent Price, Louis Vittes (writer), James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Vaughn Dexter (music), Don Stanley (announcer), Shirley Mitchell, Veola Vonn, Lou Merrill, Tony Barrett, Jack Moyles, Lawrence Dobkin. 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 14, 2019 10:00 PM PDT
The Storm (Annabelle Lee) Aired December 19, 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. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1956. NBC network. "The Storm" "Annabelle Lee". Sustaining. Nelson Olmsted, McKnight Melmar (? author), Edgar Allan Poe (author), Ben Grauer (announcer), Kenneth MacGregor (director). 27:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 14, 2019 05:00 PM PDT
Murder In The Snow (Aired February 1, 1949)
Big Town is a radio show that aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne, with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Wilson from 1942 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in the radio series. When Big Town moved to television, the program was telecast live, but in 1952 the production switched to film after the move from New York City to Hollywood. The television series ran on CBS from 1950 through 1954, continuing on NBC from 1955 through 1956. Repeat episodes aired on the DuMont Network (under the title City Assignment) while Big Town was still showing first-run episodes on CBS. Reruns were also shown under the titles Heart of the City, Headline and Byline Steve Wilson. THIS EPISODE: February 1, 1949. NBC network. "Murder In The Snow". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Snow, Rinso. Screen star Linda Lane is going to tell the grand jury what she knows about the narcotics business in Big Town. Steve Wilson and his friends battle a snow storm to reach a train...but arrive too late! Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, producer), Dwight Weist (narrator). 28:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 14, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
The Case Of Room 304 (Aired April 27, 1951)
Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective created by American author Rex Stout in the 1930s and featured in dozens of novels and novellas.In the stories, Wolfe 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. Wolfe drinks beer throughout the day and is a glutton. 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, even to pursue the detective work that finances his expensive lifestyle. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of Room 304". Sustaining. A European woman is shot while on the phone to Archie Goodwin. The last show of the series, and it sounds like it. A very sloppy production! Harry Bartell, William Johnstone, Don Stanley (announcer), Rex Stout (creator), Edwin Fadiman (producer), J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Lucille Alex, Sydney Greenstreet, Virgil Reimer (writer), Sal Brown, Hal Gerard, Betty Lou Gerson, Victor Rodman, Ed Bailey. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 14, 2019 07:00 AM PDT
Witness To A Murder (Aired November 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. Their last film together was "Hollywood or Bust" (1956). On July 25th of that year the two made their last nightclub appearance together at the Copacabana, exactly ten years to the day since they became a team. THIS EPISODE: November 7, 1949. "Witness To A Murder" - NBC network. Sustaining. Dean and Jerry witness a murder, but no one will believe them. They wind up in an insane asylum! Flo McMichaels, Ben Alexander, Sheldon Leonard, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, Jim Backus, Hal March, Robert L. Redd (producer), Charlie Isaacs (writer), Jack Douglas (writer), Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis. 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 14, 2019 02:00 AM PDT
The Thought (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
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]. True to its genre, the circulating episodes provide some highly compelling supernatural dramas--as well as a subset of fascinating mysteries and detective dramas. THIS EPISODE: 1945. Program #10. NBC syndication."The Thought". Commercials added locally. A mental telepathist in a nightclub reading the minds of his audience, detects thoughts of murder. Tilden Brown (sound effects), George Stewart (recording supervisor), Steve Carlin (script supervisor), Berry Kroeger (narrator), Herbert Wood (producer, director), Rosa Rio (organist). 28:13.

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August 13, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
The Man In The Street (Aired December 4, 1947)
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, "that was lacking in the two previous entries in the series", made at Republic Pictures before Bellamy and Lindsay were signed by Columbia.

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August 13, 2019 04:00 PM PDT
Then They Called Him Lucky (Aired May 22, 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. General Mills did not continue as sponsor after the 52 episodes had first aired over the first 26 weekends (February 1977 through July 1977), and the series (52 shows) was then repeated over the next 26 weekends (August 1977 through the end of January 1978), as The CBS Radio Adventure Theater, with a variety of sponsors for the commercials. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1977. Program #32. CBS network. "Then They Called Him Lucky". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on November 20, 1977. Another story based on the life of Charles Lindbergh. Tom Bosley (host), G. Frederic Lewis (writer), Russell Horton, Ann Pitoniak, Himan Brown (producer, director), Nat Polen, Court Benson, Earl Hammond. 40:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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