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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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 12, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
The Repentant Red Head (Aired December 17, 1963)
Walk Softly, Peter Troy Detective Drama Aired on Springbok Radio from 10 December 1963 to 21 February 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1963. Program #2. Springbok Radio (South African) origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Repentant Redhead". A famous author is shot...with a faint aroma of perfume in the air. Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 24:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 12, 2018 04:00 AM PDT
South Of The Border (Aired July 15, 1946)
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon in the title role, took over where Sherlock Holmes had left off. Sponsored by Petri wine, it used the same "weekly visit" format and the same team of Anthony Boucher and Dennis Green that had written The New Adventured of Sherlock Holmes. Gregory Hood was modelled after true-life San Francisco importer Richard Gump, and many of the stories revolve around a mystery surrounding some particular imported treasure. Hood's sidekick Sanderson "Sandy" Taylor was played by Bill Johnstone. The show aired from June, 1946 through August, 1950. THIS EPISODE:| July 15, 1946. Mutual network. "South Of The Border" Sponsored by: Petri Wine. Is Gregory Hood really the King of Grosnia? Gale Gordon, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Dean Fosler (composer, conductor), Carl Harburg. 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 11, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
The Blue Legend (Aired March 3, 1947)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. A total of 692 episodes were produced, yet despite the series' fame, over 200 episodes are lost today. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: March 3, 1947. CBS Pacific network. "The Blue Legend". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A schemer talks his way into a half interest in an valuable Alaskan gold mine, and then gets the nugget of an idea for murder. Alan Reed, Virginia Gregg, E. Jack Neuman (writer), George W. Allen (producer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 11, 2018 06:00 PM PDT
To Guard A Seal (Aired February 5, 1950)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama. Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends. THIS EPISODE: February 5, 1950. "To Guard A Seal" - NBC network. Sustaining. Diamond is hired to be the bodyguard of Timothy...the seal. A funny show! Dick sings, "Cathy" after the show. Dick Powell, Ed Begley, Tony Barrett, Lawrence Dobkin, Edward King (announcer), Wilms Herbert, Fay Baker, Junius Matthews, Billy Bletcher, Frank Worth (music director), Russell Hughes (director), Blake Edwards (writer). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 11, 2018 07:19 AM PDT
Boy Go Home (Aired July 31, 1954)
Before the "Reality TV", there was "Reality Radio" and Night Watch was there. This show is a straight crime documentary with no music, sound effects, or actors. Police reporter Don Reid rode in a prowl car on the night shift with officers from the Culver City, California police department. While wearing a hidden microphone, he captures the sounds and voices of real life drama. From the worried child to the hardened criminal, their stories come through loud and clear. The names were changed to protect identities, but everything else in this gripping series is real. THIS EPISODE: July 31, 1954. "Boy Go Home" - CBS network. Sustaining. The first case is about a little lost boy. When the cops return the boy to his house, his parents aren't home. A house burns down (it's arson), a domestic violence case. Sterling Tracy (producer), Jim Headlock (producer), Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief Of Police). 27:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 11, 2018 02:00 PM PDT
It's Dismal To Die (Aired January 12, 1945) Pt. 3 of 3
The 52 30-minute episodes (and two sales pitches) were produced in the mid-1940s. Dates of production and the earliest broadcasts are uncertain: several Internet sites mention that the entire series was broadcast in 1944, but in the final two chapters of It's Dismal to Die, it is clearly stated that the Second World War has ended. Advertisements have been found for broadcasts in 1946 and 1949. The series was presented in 13-episode blocks (each containing two stories), with each ten-chapter story ending with a teaser for the following three-chapter story. The City of the Dead and A Coffin for the Lady are mentioned in the promotional recordings as the first and second story respectively. THIS EPISODE: January 12, 1947 Program #52. "Part Three of Three". Carlton E. Morse Productions syndication. "It's Dismal To Die". Commercials added locally. Episode #3. "Bad Medicine For The Doctor." The end of the Nazi underground railroad. The last show of the series. Russell Thorson, Carlton E. Morse (producer, director, writer), Barton Yarborough, Gayne Whitman (announcer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 11, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
Jack Hires A Bodyguard (Aired February 5, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. This led to a number of other appearances which would culminate in Carson's own radio show in 1943. From 1950-51, Carson was one of four alternating hosts of NBC's "4 Star Revue." Other hosts that season were Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. and Danny Thomas. The show aired Wednesday evenings. Carson's second season was his last with the comedy-variety program when its title was changed to "All Star Revue.

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August 11, 2018 04:00 AM PDT
Adventures By Morse - It's Dismal To Die (Aired December 23, 1944) Pt.2 of 3
The adventures cover the world as well as the world of adventure. They take place on a South Pacific island, South America, Cambodia and South Carolina plus other locations. They deal with murder, espionage, Nazis secret bases, kidnappers, voodoo and even snake worshippers. If you're looking for adventure, you'll find it here. As a 52-episode syndicated adventure series produced, written and directed by Carlton E. Morse shortly after NBC canceled his I Love A Mystery series. Captain Bart Friday was a globe-trotting San Francisco-based private investigator, portrayed during the series by Elliott Lewis, David Ellis and Russell Thorson. Friday's sidekick from Texas, Skip Turner, was played mostly by Jack Edwards and occasionally by Barton Yarborough.. The tales covered such areas as espionage, kidnapping and murder, along with secret Nazi bases, snake worshipers and voodoo. THIS EPISODE: January 5, 1947. Program #51. "Part Two of Three". - Carlton E. Morse Productions syndication. "It's Dismal To Die". Commercials added locally. Episode #2. A confrontation in the swamp. The evil Dr. Eckhardt outlines his plans. Russell Thorson, Carlton E. Morse (producer, director, writer), Barton Yarborough, Gayne Whitman (announcer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 10, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
It's Dismal To Die (Aired December 16, 1944) Part 1 of 3
From January 16, 1939 to January 26, 1952, stories from the pen of Carlton E. Morse graced the airwaves. The main ones remembered are One Man's Family, I Love A Mystery and Adventures By Morse. Adventures By Morse related the escapades of Captain Bart Friday and Skip Turner, two San Francisco private investigators. Friday was a no-nonsense type, raised in the California. Turner was quite a bit the lady's man, complete with a laconic Southern accent. Their occasional work for U.S. Military Intelligence takes them around the globe. The series consisted of eight serials that ran from October 26, 1944 to October 18, 1945. THIS EPISODE: December 16, 1946. Program #50. "Part One of Three". Carlton E. Morse Productions syndication. "It's Dismal To Die". Commercials added locally. Episode #1. In search of a kidnap victim in the Dismal Swamp. Skip Turner and Captain Friday meet "The Dummy," "Morales," and Herr Docktor Eckhardt. Russell Thorson, Carlton E. Morse (producer, director, writer), Barton Yarborough, Gayne Whitman (announcer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 10, 2018 06:00 PM PDT
Dead Man In the Closet (Aired June 4, 1944)
Adventures of Leonidas Witherall was a radio mystery series broadcast on Mutual in the mid-1940s. Based on the novels of Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton), the 30-minute dramas were produced by Roger Bower and starred Walter Hampden as Leonidas Witherall, a New England boys' school instructor in Dalton, Massachusetts, a fictional Boston suburb. Witherall, who resembled William Shakespeare, is an amateur detective and the accomplished author of the "popular Lieutenant Hazeltine stories." His housekeeper Mrs. Mollett was played by Ethel Remey (1895-1979) and Jack MacBryde appeared as Police Sgt. McCloud. The announcer was Carl Caruso. Milton Kane supplied the music. The series began June 4, 1944 and continued until May 6, 1945. THIS EPISODE: June 4, 1944. "Dead Man In the Closet" - Mutual network. Sustaining. The first show of the series on Mutual. Walter Hampden gives a short talk at the start of the show, explaining the characters in this detective series. A dead man is occupying Leonidas' closet during an afternoon tea. It turns out the Nazis are at work! Walter Hampden, Howard Merrill (writer), Roger Bower (producer). 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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