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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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August 14, 2018 11:00 AM PDT
Murder Is A Private Affair (Aired November 23, 1945)
Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie's greatest creation, many say. One of the most famous detectives in all fiction, he was created in 1916 (when Agatha Christie penned the first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles). The Belgian detective appeared in 33 novels and 65 short stories and is the only fictional character to be honored with a front page obituary of The New York Times. He doesn't have any disorders to speak of, but demands order. He likes things in an orderly manner (ie, books arranged on a shelf according to height) and approves of symmetry everywhere (residence Whitehaven Mansions is picked because of its symmetry). He despises dust and unclean homes and favors the indoors (especially central heating in the winter). Poirot also values method--to him the greatest method or tool in solving crime is using the "gray cells" of the brain. He derides such methods as examing footprints, collecting cigarette ash, searching for clues with a magnifying glass, or taking fingerprints. He says any crime can be solved with simply placing the puzzle pieces correctly. He is an armchair detective-- he has to simply "sit still in an armchair and think". Of course, Poirot's mustache is as famous as his "little gray cells". He has pride is his luscious, waxed black mustache and is always meticulously dressed down to his patent leather shoes.

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August 14, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
The Comfy Collar Shirt Company (Aired June 9, 1944)
Amos Jones and Andy Brown worked on a farm near Atlanta, Georgia, and during the episodes of the first week, they made plans to find a better life in Chicago, despite warnings from a friend. With four ham and cheese sandwiches and $24, they bought train tickets and headed for Chicago where they lived in a State Street rooming house and experienced some rough times before launching their own business, the Fresh Air Taxi Company. With the listening audience increasing in the spring and summer of 1928, the show's success prompted the Pepsodent Company to bring it to the NBC Blue Network on August 19, 1929. THIS EPISODE: June 9, 1944. NBC network. Commercials deleted. The start of the program is delayed for D-Day bulletins (Communique #8) and invasion news (four and a half minutes). The case of Andy and "The Comfy Collar Shirt Company". The system cue has been deleted. Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Elinor Harriot. 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 14, 2018 01:00 AM PDT
Jump Jump (Aired August 12, 1964)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: August 12, 1964. ABC network. "Jump, Jump". Commercials deleted. A young writer plans to jump off the roof of a hotel. His father and girlfriend aren't of much help. Well-done! Rafael David Blau (writer), Ted Bell (director), Jack Manning, Ralph Bell, Jean Gillespie, Ian Martin, Sam Raskin, Marty Folia (audio engineer), Bill Sanreuter (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), M. C. Brock (sound technician), Fred Foy (announcer), Edward A. Byron (executive producer), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor). 21:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 13, 2018 08:00 PM PDT
The People In The House (08-18-45) (Aired August 18, 1945)
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]. True to its genre, the circulating episodes provide some highly compelling supernatural dramas--as well as a subset of fascinating mysteries and detective dramas. There's no reason to expect any less of any new episodes that surface in the coming years. THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1945. Program #18. NBC syndication, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The People In The House". Participating sponsors. Syndicated rebroadcast date: January 10, 1974. Edwin Wolfe (director). 24:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 13, 2018 03:00 PM PDT
The Chiseling Chimpanzee (12-10-50)
The Saint over Radio opened all of the Vincent Price canon and beyond. Any sponsor messages usually prefaced the signature whistle and opening theme. The Trim Hair Tonic-sponsored regional run of The Saint from CBS' KNX studios provided three sponsor messages: one at the open, one in the middle and one near the close. From that run forward, Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a personal message directed at one of several pet causes. Though it's not currently known if this was at Price's request or the producers', one can well imagine Vincent Price requesting the closing appeal. The formula continued through the Mutual rebroadcasts and the move to NBC in June of 1950. Vincent Price's closing comments were generally directed towards social issues of the era: race, ethnic and religious discrimination, tolerance and worthy causes of the era. Price at first tied his closing message to the theme of the preceding script. By the later scripts, Vincent Price simply closed with whatever social comment he felt most compelled to address. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: December 10, 1950. NBC network. "The Chiseling Chimpanzee" aka: The Monkey. Sustaining. A monkey is murdered, leading the Saint to a human murder and a stolen jewel. Sheldon Leonard, Louis Vittes (writer), Theodore Von Eltz, James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Don Stanley (announcer), Maggie Morely, Jack Moyles, Jerry Hausner (as the monkey!), Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), George Neise. 28:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 13, 2018 10:00 AM PDT
Hillbilly Drama (Aired February 24, 1946)
Allen began radio’s longest-running “feud” in 1937, when he made a series of jokes about fellow comedian Jack Benny. Allen's best-remembered feature was “Allen's Alley,” a weekly segment in which he would discuss issues of the day with eccentric creations like the blustery Senator Claghorn, Brooklyn housewife Pansy Nussbaum and stoic New Englander Titus Moody. Allen was known to read up to nine newspapers a day and often spent 12 to 14 hours a day writing and re-writing his scripts. Poor health forced Allen off the air in 1944, but he returned in the fall of 1945 with The Fred Allen Show, which lasted until June 26, 1949. Fred Allen died on March 17, 1956. Fred Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988. THIS EPISODE: February 24, 1946. "Hillbilly Drama" - NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Allen's Alley Question: "Do you believe in hobbies and if so, do you have one?" Fred and guest Arthur Treacher do a hillbily play. Music fill by The De Marco Sisters. Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelly, Alan Reed, Minerva Pious, The De Marco Sisters, Al Goodman and His Orchestra, Arthur Treacher. 24:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 13, 2018 05:00 AM PDT
The Milky Way (Aired February 18, 1945)
The Old Gold Comedy Theater was an NBC series that aired for the single 1944-1945 season, Sundays 10:30 - 11:00 pm. It was hosted by comedy star Harold Lloyd, of silent film fame, and featuring some of the biggest names from film and radio. In October 1944, Lloyd emerged as the director and host of The Old Gold Comedy Theater, an NBC radio anthology series, The show presented half-hour radio adaptations of recently successful film comedies, beginning with Palm Beach Story with Claudette Colbert and Robert Young. Some saw The Old Gold Comedy Theater as being a lighter version of Lux Radio Theater, and it featured some of the best-known film and radio personalities of the day, including Fred Allen, June Allyson, Lucille Ball, Ralph Bellamy, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Herbert Marshall, Dick Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, and Alan Young, among others. But the show's half-hour format — which meant the material might have been truncated too severely — and Lloyd's sounding somewhat ill at ease on the air for much of the season (though he spent weeks training himself to speak on radio prior to the show's premiere, and seemed more relaxed toward the end of the series run) may have worked against it.

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August 13, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
Secret Of Terror Castle (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown
The Three Investigators was an American juvenile detective book series first published as "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators." It was created by Robert Arthur, Jr., who believed using a famous figure like movie director Hitchcock would attract attention. Random House, which is owned by Bertelsmann AG, is the U.S. publisher and still holds some of the rights to the books. Other rights are held by the heirs to Robert Arthur, Jr. and the German publisher, Kosmos. The Three Investigators are Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews. Most of the mysteries involved investigation of baffling phenomena (e.g. an ancient Egyptian mummy that whispered and a human skull that talked). The original series ran from 1964 to 1987 and comprised 43 books. Books number 1 to 9 and 11 were written by the creator, Robert Arthur, who also sketched out ideas for a few of the other stories. Arthur had been an editor for several Hitchcock book collections. The other authors were William Arden (Dennis Lynds), Nick West (Kin Platt), M(ary). V(irginia). Carey and Marc Brandel (born Marcus Beresford). All of the authors wrote their own introductions and epilogues, which purportedly were dictated by Hitchcock and later in the series by Hector Sebastian.

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August 12, 2018 07:00 PM PDT
4 - Episodes (1-02-37)(1-09-37)(1-16-37)(1-23-37)
The thrilling adventures of Speed Gibson follows the exploits of another flying “ace”. This popular character held the listeners attention with his tracking down of international crime operatives. Speed and his pals are on the trail of a super-gang and its dreaded leader "The Octopus." The enemy of society had his tentacles in crime everywhere, and without the International Secret Police, the world would be his oyster. The fifteen-minute episode is action-packed! Strangely, the boy who played Speed is not known, says the authoritative "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," Speed's pal is Barney Dunlap, acted by John Gibson. Barney's OK, but no match for the cunning of the Octopus and his gang. Barney's favorite reaction to a tight spot is "Suffering wangdoodles!" Speed Gibson was written by Virginia Cooke, who was smart enough to include Marcia Winfield, governess to little Jean Kingsley, for the girls to follow. All team up in these exciting adventures in the Far East as Speed and his Pals, with Marcia, set out to get the slippery Octopus! Show Notes From otrcat.com/

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August 12, 2018 02:00 PM PDT
Passage To Tangier (1949) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Mathew Slade: Private Investigator was a featured, half-hour mystery presentation by The Pacifica Players of Pacifica Radio of Berkeley, California and the Pacifica Foundation of North Hollywood, California. It premiered as a Starlight Mystery Theater production on July 5, 1964 over Pacifica Radio affiliate stations. Initially announced for alternating Sundays, the program soon began airing in erratic installments from August through November of 1964. Starring William Wintersole as Mathew Slade, the program was billed as a radio mystery revival series from the outset, presented in recognition of the hundreds of popular detective mysteries that had aired throughout The Golden Age of Radio. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: AFRTS rebroadcast on Starlight Mystery Theater. "Passage to Tangiers". Good story of a treasure hunt into the Moroccan desert. AFRTS program name: "Starlight Mystery Theatre." 21:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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