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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 18, 2019 02:00 PM PST
The Amnesia Killer (Aired November 13, 1949)
By the later scripts, Vincent Price simply closed with whatever social comment he felt most compelled to address. The comments were clearly heartfelt and sincere. Vincent Price's entire career was a tribute to any number of deeply felt causes and efforts to promote tolerance and unity throughout the world. In that light, Price's portrayals of The Saint must be taken at face value. Perhaps not widely perceived as the rock'em sock'em type of actor, Price could certainly portray the most sinister of characters to the glee of any Vincent Price fan of the era. Indeed, it was Price's wide appeal that brought him to the role in the first place. Leslie Charteris himself clearly approved of the choice of Price and it's clear that as the Price canon progressed, the scripts were tailored as much to Price's off-screen persona and interests as to his on-screen and on-Radio performances. The plots involved stolen art works, society murders, actresses and actors, corrupt politicians at the highest levels, and the creme de la creme of the era's culture--all fitting manifestations of Price's unique characterization of Simon Templar.

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November 18, 2019 09:00 AM PST
The Fence (Aired August 7, 1952)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. It aired on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream-Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. In 1955 it was the eighth most popular show on radio, as noted in Time: The Nielsen ratings of the top ten radio shows seemed to indicate that not much has changed in radio. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. The theme was the March from Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges. THIS EPISODE: August 7, 1952. CBS network. "The Fence". Sponsored by: Lucky Strike. A double- crossing fence is eventually double double- crossed. Frederick L. Collins (creator). 27:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 18, 2019 04:00 AM PST
Washington Woman Spy (Aired June 13, 1945)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 13, 1945. "Washington Woman Spy" - Blue Network. Sponsored by: Mail Puch Tobacco. A wealthy businessman in Washington D. C. commits suicide after betraying his country. He was goaded into shooting himself by a female enemy agent. The script was used previously on "Counterspy" on June 8, 1942. Phillips H. Lord (producer), Don Lowe (announcer). 32:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 17, 2019 11:00 PM PST
The Nameless Day (Aired November 9, 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: November 9, 1964. ABC network. "The Nameless Day". Commercials deleted. A man finds a watch inscribed to him, but dated ten years before his birth! Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Connie Lembcke, Ed Blainey (sound technician), Edward A. Byron (executive producer), Evie Juster, Fred Foy (announcer), George Petrie, Glenn Osser (conductor), Guy Sorel, Ivor Francis, Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Marty Folia (audio engineer), Richard McCracken (writer), Warren Somerville (director). 21:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 17, 2019 06:00 PM PST
The Bashful Body (Aired December 29, 1950)
Nero Wolf 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 gourmand. 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. THIS EPISODE: December 29, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Bashful Body". Sustaining. Mr. Hanson's body is discovered by Archie in a bed of lilies, and promptly disappears. The final public service announcement and system cue have been deleted. Sydney Greenstreet, Rex Stout (creator), Edwin Fadiman (producer), J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Don Stanley (announcer), GeGe Pearson, Lawrence Dobkin, Jay Novello, Herb Butterfield, Byron Kane. 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 17, 2019 01:00 PM PST
I Remember Murder (Aired November 30, 1948)
The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. The series' success continued on radio until 1952 leaving only the television version (which began in 1950). (Thanks to Robert G. Corder, author of a new biography of Edward Pawley.) THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1948. NBC network. "I Remember Murder". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso. A band-leader steals $50,000 from The High Hatters Club and leaves town in a hurry. After he's "taken for a ride," the girl singer who was with him developes amnesia. "Harry The Hack" finds her...and the murder victim too. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Mason Adams, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 17, 2019 08:00 AM PST
Granby Discovers Electricity (Aired July 17, 1950)
Granby's Green Acres, situation comedy. Broadcast History: July 3 - August 21, 1950, CBS. 30m, Mondays at 9:30. Cast: Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet as John and Martha Granby, ex-bank teller and wife who moved to the country to become farmers. Louise Erickson as Janice, their daughter. Parley Baer as Eb, the hired hand. Announcer: Bob LeMond Music: Opie Cates Writer-Producer-Director: Jay Sommers. Granby's Green Acres grew out of characters played by Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet on the Lucille Ball series My Favorite Husband. The names were changed, but the basic characters remained the same. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1950. CBS network. "Mr. Granby Discovers Electricity". Sustaining. Granby decides an electric milker is needed for his farm. The announcer (possibly Johnny Jacobs) almost gives the wrong system cue. Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, Parley Baer, Louise Erickson, Horace Murphy, Herb Vigran, Jay Summers (writer, director), Jack Harvey (writer), Dave Swift (writer), Opie Cates (composer, conductor), Johnny Jacobs (announcer). 29:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 17, 2019 03:00 AM PST
August Heat (Aired May 31, 1945)
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. Show Notes From Radio Horror Hosts THIS EPISODE: May 31, 1945. CBS network. "August Heat". Sponsored by: Roma Wines. A very hot day finds strange predictions of the future starting to come true. The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on March 20, 1948 and on "The Hallmark Playhouse" on September 29, 1949 and on, "Sleep No More" on November 28, 1956. Ronald Colman, W. F. Harvey (author), Joseph Kearns (announcer), Dennis Hoey, Lud Gluskin (conductor), Lucien Moraweck (composer, a biographer of Bernard Herrmann credits him with music for this broadcast), William Spier (producer, editor, director), Mel Dinelli (adaptor), Truman Bradley (commercial spokesman), Elsa Maxwell (commercial spokeswoman). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2019 10:00 PM PST
The Easy Mark (Aired January 29, 1949)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1949. CBS network. "The Easy Mark". Sustaining. "I was hired to find a blackmailer and I did. But first I found a badly beaten Adonis, a Jezebel with an accent and a man who had been an easy mark for murder." Internal evidence points to an March 15th broadcast date. Norman Macdonnell (producer), Mel Dinelli (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Ralph Rose (director), Sylvia Syms, Ken Harvey, Paul Dubov, Laurette Fillbrandt, Richard Aurandt (music), Gerald Mohr, Roy Rowan (announcer), Raymond Chandler (creator). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2019 05:00 PM PST
Short Circuit (1968) *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!

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