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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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July 15, 2019 10:12 AM PDT
Norwegian Incident (Aired August 20, 1950)
This is the story of the WWII special governmental agency, the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services. Its mission was to develop and maintain spy networks throughout Europe and into Asia, while giving aid to underground partisan groups and developing espionage activities for Allied forces overseas.The show is based on the book of the same name by Lt. Col. Corey Ford and Major Alastair MacBain (who were associated with the OSS from its early days.) The dramas are not Hollywood-style, in that they sometimes end with plans foiled or leading characters dead. THIS EPISODE: August 20, 1950. NBC network. "Norwegian Incident". Sustaining. 4:00 P. M. Two O. S. S. agents are sent into Norway with instructions to blow up a bridge. A Gestapo officer complicates the plans, but not for long. Berry Kroeger, Raymond Edward Johnson, Jon Gart (music director), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Sherman Marks (duirector, supervisor), Jerry Jarrett, Frank Barrens, Karl Weber, David Harmon (writer), Chet Hill (sound effects), Vic Gillespie, Corey Ford (creator), Alistair MacBain. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 15, 2019 05:00 AM PDT
A Salute To Motoring (Aired April 6, 1948)
In 1916, Berle enrolled in the Professional Children's School, and at age 12 he made his stage debut in Florodora. After four weeks in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the show moved to Broadway. It catapulted him into a comedic career that spanned eight decades in nightclubs, Broadway shows, vaudeville, Las Vegas, films, television, and radio. Berle's 1929 television appearance was only experimental, but by the early 1930s he had become a successful stand-up comedian. In 1933 he was hired by producer Jack White to star in the theatrical featurette Poppin' the Cork, a topical musical comedy concerning the repealing of Prohibition. Berle also co-wrote the score for this film, which was released by Educational Pictures. Berle continued to dabble in songwriting. With Ben Oakland and Milton Drake, Berle wrote the title song for the RKO Radio Pictures release Li'l Abner (1940), an adaptation of Al Capp's comic strip, featuring Buster Keaton as Lonesome Polecat. Berle wrote a Spike Jones B-side, "Leave the Dishes in the Sink, Ma." THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. "A salute To The Automobile. Miltie gets lost in Brooklyn. Frank Gallop (announcer), Milton Berle, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra. 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 15, 2019 12:00 AM PDT
Mike Hammer (That Hammer Guy) - Jim Gordon Murdered (1953) * The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The 'hot potato' that "That Hammer Guy" had become ultimately resolved itself with the premiere of That Hammer Guy--over Mutual--on December 30, 1952, the beginning of a ninety-one episode series of hard-boiled Mickey Spillane mystery and adventure yarns. The series premiered with Inner Sanctum workhorse Larry Haines as Mike Hammer, aided by Jan Miner in the role of Velda, Hammer's secretary and love interest, as well as several other roles in the ensemble cast. By about three months into the run, the series attempts--rather unsuccessfully--to rename itself, Mickey Spillane-Mystery or Mickey Spillane, Mystery depending on the outlet. Neither name ever really took, and the majority of the newspaper and magazine listings of the era continued to refer to the series as either That Hammer Guy, Mike Hammer, or Mickey Spillane Mysteries. The nomenclature didn't seem to bother Mutual in the least, and its most loyal affiliate stations continued to air Mickey Spillane-Mystery with almost no interruptions, pre-emptions or day and time changes for its entire run. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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July 14, 2019 07:00 PM PDT
Mr. Trevor's Secret (Aired February 17, 1944)
If Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons sounds a little soap opera-ish, it’s because it originated from the “radio fiction factory” of Frank and Anne Hummert. (Frank received on-air credit for the writing, but the scripts were actually churned out by scribes like Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates and Stedman Coles.) Mr. Keen“ employed all the stereotypes, heavy dialogue, and trite plotting of its daytime cousins” and “it appealed to a lowest common denominator.” So why is the show so popular with old-time radio fans today? Simple…it’s pretty doggone funny, in an unintentional sort of way. Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons enjoyed a healthy eighteen-year stint over radio, ending its run not—as previously reported on this blog—on April 19, 1955 but on September 26 of that same year. Over the years, the series had a variety of sponsors: Bisodol, Kolynos toothpaste, Chesterfield cigarettes. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1944. CBS network. "Mr. Trevor's Secret". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs, Aerowax. A valuable chemical engineer has disappeared from a defense plant, seriously harming the war effort. Frank Hummert (author), Anne Hummert (author), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 14, 2019 02:00 PM PDT
Homecoming (Aired August 6, 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 6, 1964. Program #4. ABC network. "Homecoming". Commercials deleted. A woman's dead husband comes back in ghostly form...with unexpected results! The closing has been partially deleted. Dan Ocko, George Bamber (writer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Margaret Hamilton, Mary Jane Higby, Warren Somerville (director). 20:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 14, 2019 09:07 AM PDT
The Assassin (Aired May 9, 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: May 9, 1979. Program #68. CBS network. "The Assassin". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Alan Caillou (wrtier), Vincent Price (host), Ivor Barry, Antoinette Bower, Shepard Menken, Joe Moross, Marvin Miller, Pamela Brook, Don Diamond, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 51:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 14, 2019 04:00 AM PDT
Yellow Wallpaper (1968 *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The old-time radio era, sometimes referred to as the Golden Age of Radio, refers to a period of radio programming in the United States lasting from the proliferation of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s until the 1950s, when television superseded radio as the medium of choice for scripted programming and radio shifted to playing popular music. During this period, when radio was dominant and filled with a variety of formats and genres, people regularly tuned into their favorite radio programs. In fact, according to a 1947 C. E. Hooper survey, 82 out of 100 Americans were found to be radio listeners. Theatrer 10:30 was a Canadian Old Time Radio show. The date of the broadcast for the episodes is generally unknown. The shows are in the genres of horror, fantasy and mystery. It was a production of CBC Radio. This series aired from September 1968 through 1971, though air dates for particular episodes are unavailable.

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July 13, 2019 11:00 PM PDT
The Harley Street Murders (Aired March 3, 1947)
According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. THIS EPISODE: March 3, 1947. ABC network. "The Harley Street Murders" aka: "Queue For Murder". Sponsored by: Kreml Hair Tonic, Kreml Shampoo. A man dies in an opium den, a doctor dies in his office on Harley Street. Holmes works on the case, which involves decapitation and a strangulation with a Chinaman's queue. The story is based on, "The Man With The Twisted Lip" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Tom Conway, Nigel Bruce, Joseph Bell (announcer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Anthony Boucher (writer), Denis Green (writer), Tom McKnight (producer), Alex Steinert (composer, conductor). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 13, 2019 06:00 PM PDT
The Charity Killers (Aired February 22, 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 22, 1949. NBC network. "The Charity Killers". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso ("Tour The World" contest). Two old ladies practice grand larceny and a dash of murder...all in the name of sweet charity! Lorelei uses a battery operated tape recorder to get the goods on them. One of the old ladies sounds like Shirley Booth. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, producer), Dwight Weist (narrator). 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 13, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
A Slight Case Of Perjury (Aired April 6, 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 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. He works in an office in his house and almost never leaves home. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1951. NBC network. "A Slight Case Of Perjury". Sustaining. An attempt is made on the life of Tom Wilcox, just after Wilcox is acquitted of the murder of Keith Hanson. Part of the final promotional announcement and the system cue have been deleted. Sydney Greenstreet, Rex Stout (creator), Gladys Williams (writer), J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Harry Bartell, William Johnstone, Don Stanley (announcer), Edwin Fadiman (producer), Mary Lansing, Jeanne Bates, Barney Phillips, Paul Marion, Ken Peters. 28:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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