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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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September 17, 2019 03:00 PM PDT
The Baziloff Paper AKA: The Kuriloff Papers (Aired June 17, 1951)
Mr. Moto is small in stature but strong and an expert in judo. He was the title character of a series of books, beginning with No Hero (1935; British title: Mr Moto Takes a Hand, reprint title: Your Turn, Mr. Moto), and of eight films between 1937 and 1939, in which he was portrayed by Peter Lorre. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Moto fell out of favor with Americans, and no new books or movies about him appeared between 1942 and 1957. A dedicated and cold-blooded spy for Imperial Japan, Moto is not a conventional hero. He does not look for opportunities to commit violence but has no problem with killing people who obstruct his plans, and he would not hesitate to take his own life if necessary. But he is a master of concealing his true nature while under cover, and usually appears dull, naive, utterly harmless. He does not try to correct the bigoted attitudes of Westerners toward him and other Asians, and is not above encouraging such condescension. It often works to his advantage, leading Westerners to ignore or underestimate him. THIS EPISODE: June 17, 1951. NBC network. "The Baziloff Paper" AKA: The Karilov Papers. Sustaining. Mr. Moto heads for mainland China to recover a secret formula that enables scientists to turn one gallon of gasoline into two. Foreign intrigue has Mr. Moto on his toes. James Monks, Fred Collins (annonuncer), Harry W. Junkin (writer), Ross Martin, Connie Lembcke, Carol Irwin (producer), Bernard Grant, John P. Marquand (creator). 28:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2019 10:00 AM PDT
The Last Mission (Aired September 29, 1950)
"Are you willing to undertake a dangerous mission for the United States, knowing in advance you may never return alive?" Cloak and Dagger first aired over the NBC network on May 7, 1950. It had a short run through the Summer on Sundays, changing to Fridays after its Summer run. The last show aired Oct. 22, 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. THIS EPISODE: September 29, 1950. NBC network. "The Last Mission". Sustaining. 8:00 P. M. "Charlie" is a drunken old bum in Canton, China during the Japanese occupation. However, "Charlie" is really an O. S. S. agent! A mixed race "tavern girl" agrees to help "Charlie" gather information. The final promotional announcement and system cue have been deleted. Ken Field (writer), Don Abbott (engineer), Guy Repp, Max Russell (sound effects), Corey Ford (creator), Alistair MacBain (creator), Arnold Moss, Ralph Bell, Raymond Edward Johnson, Karl Weber, Jon Gart (music director), Ian Martin, Bryna Raeburn, Frank Laughrin (? sound effects), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Alfred Hollander (producer), Sherman Marks (director, supervisor). 28:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2019 05:00 AM PDT
A Salute To The American Farmer (Aired September 9, 1947)
In 1934–36, Berle was heard regularly on The Rudy Vallee Hour, and he got much publicity as a regular on The Gillette Original Community Sing, a Sunday night comedy-variety program broadcast on CBS from September 6, 1936 to August 29, 1937. In 1939, he was the host of Stop Me If You've Heard This One with panelists spontaneously finishing jokes sent in by listeners. Three Ring Time, a comedy-variety show sponsored by Ballantine Ale, was followed by a 1943 program sponsored by Campbell's Soups. The audience participation show Let Yourself Go (1944–1945) could best be described as slapstick radio with studio audience members acting out long suppressed urges (often directed at host Berle). Kiss and Make Up, on CBS in 1946, featured the problems of contestants decided by a jury from the studio audience with Berle as the judge. THIS EPISODE: September 9, 1947. NBC network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. "A Salute To The Farmer". Milton and the chicken. Frank Gallop (announcer), Milton Berle, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra. 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2019 12:00 AM PDT
Accurate Spelling Is Essential (Aired October 1, 1953)
The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. In fact, the shows were so similar that some of the same actual Scotland Yard cases were dramatized for both series (with totally different scripts, and casts). The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. Each week, an audience of anxious radio-listeners tuned in to hear these true crime stories of the London Metropolitan Police unfold, as the detectives at the Yard investigated some of England’s most famous criminals. Their trials have become legendary. Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brother’s affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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September 16, 2019 07:00 PM PDT
The Tough Guy (Aired March 9, 1979)
The Sears Radio Theater (Mutual Radio Theater) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy. Though less long-lived than NPR's Earplay or the Mystery Theater, it was an ambitious if not particularly critically-favored attempt to reinvigorate a neglected field.

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September 16, 2019 02:00 PM PDT
The Arithmetic Of Honor (Aired October 5, 1964)
The American Broadcasting Company never really established itself as Drama powerhouse, with the possible exception of it's daytime Television soap operas. Indeed ABC Radio never really developed a truly memorable drama anthology of its own. It certainly wasn't for lack of talent. ABC Radio and its founding Blue Network produced some wonderful genre dramas over the years, but it never really mounted a dramatic series of the breadth and scope of Theatre 5. This prologue simply serves to underscore what a remarkable series this was for its time. Theatre 5 probably came a bit late in ABC's Radio History to really contribute to the body of Golden Age Radio drama, but better late than never. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 5, 1964. ABC network. "The Arithmatic Of Honor". Commercials deleted. An East German escapes to the West, then returns to East Berlin for a very dishonorable reason. A good story with a lame ending. Raphael David Blau (writer), Warren Somerville (director), Neal Pultz (audio engineer), M. C. Brock (sopund technician), Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Fred Foy (announcer), Edward A. Byron (executive producer), William Redfield, Evie Juster, Luis Van Rooten, Dan Ocko, Connie Lembcke. 20:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
The Music Maestro Murder (Aired June 18, 1950)
The format of the Vincent Price run of The Saint bears a bit of exposition. The signature theme of 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. THIS EPISODE: June 18, 1950. NBC network. "The Music Maestro Murder" aka: "A Sonata For Slayers". Sustaining. A famous pianist is shot at the keyboard and killed. One of the suspects is Ludwig Von Beethoven! Sidney Marshall (writer), Alice Frost, Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), James L. Saphier (produer), Helen Mack (director), Doug Gorlay (announcer), Fritz Feld, Ted Osborne, Tony Barrett, Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), George Neise. 28:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2019 04:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Murdered Detective (Aired April 6, 1950)
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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1950. CBS network. "The Case Of The Murdered Detective". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. A private eye is knifed in a phone booth and the trail leads to stolen charity funds. Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 15, 2019 11:00 PM PDT
Murder Is My Business (1945) The Exact Date Is Unknown.
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. Indeed, we've identified at least eleven previously uncirculated AFRTS-transcribed episodes among our own yet-to-be digitally transferred holdings of over 37,000 electrical transcriptions and reels. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE 1945. Program #34. NBC syndication. "Murder Is My Business". Commercials added locally. While on a train, a young girl is framed for murder. The transcriptions are dated May 19, 1948. Herbert Wood (producer, director), Rosa Rio (organist), Tilden Brown (sound effects), George Stewart (recording supervisor), Steve Carlin (script supervisor), Berry Kroeger (narrator). 26:05.

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September 15, 2019 06:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Friendly Rabbit (Aired December 1, 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, Wolf 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. Wolf drinks beer throughout the day. 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: December 1, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Friendly Rabbit". Sustaining. What is the connection between an illegal gambling den and a rabbit farm? What clue does a dead rabbit give Mr. Wolfe to a murder in the hutch? Sydney Greenstreet, Rex Stout (creator), Lawrence Dobkin, William Johnstone, Edwin Fadiman (executive producer?), Hal Gerard, J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Martha Shaw, Herb Butterfield, Howard McNear, Don Stanley (announcer). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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