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Bob Camardella

Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod originates from the 'Heart Of Historic Germantown," Philadelphia, Pa. Bob Camardella began podcasting at Podomatic in October 2005 and at the Radio Nostalgia Network at Libsyn.com in January 2006. From 2006 through 2009, in addition to the top ranked Boxcars711 show at Podomatic and Libsyn, "Humphrey/Camardella Media Productions" commanded a top ten slot at Podshow (1.5 million downloads per month), a top 10 ranking at Libsyn (1.7 million downloads per month) and top rankings, which continue to date, in the Kids & Family section at I-Tunes. For the last several years, and to date (2013), his podcast here at Podomatic generates over 5 million downloads a year and continues to grow. Prior to the onset of podcasting, he hosted WPNM Internet Radio, broadcasting a combination of talk, easy listening and early rock and from his hometown in Philadelphia, Pa. Bob was writer and bass singer for a popular 60's rock group with 6 releases on the Twist & Algonquin (EMI) labels. He's a member of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In his early 20's, Bob Attended Philadelphia Community College for Photography and the Antinelli School of Photography soon launching Robert Joseph Studios. specializing in portraits and weddings.

1 Jun 27, 2017

I Was A Communist For The FBI - Little Boy Red (10-22-52)

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Little Boy Red (Aired October 22, 1952)
I Was a Communist for the FBI was an American espionage thriller radio series with 78 episodes syndicated by Ziv to more than 600 stations in 1952-54. Made without FBI cooperation, the series was adapted from the book by undercover agent Matt Cvetic, who was portrayed by Dana Andrews.The series was crafted to warn people about the threat of Communist subversion of American society. The tone of the show is very jingoistic and ultra-patriotic. Communists are evil incarnate and the FBI can do no wrong. As a relic of the Joe McCarthy era, this show is a time capsule of American society during the Second Red Scare. THIS EPISODE: October 22, 1952. Program #27. ZIV Syndication. "Little Boy Red". Commercials added locally. A Russian is being forced to return home because his very Communist son has been kidnapped and brought to a camp in the country. The date is sub ject to correction. Byron Kane, Dana Andrews, Jeffrey Silver, Truman Bradley (announcer). 26:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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2 Jun 26, 2017

Nightwatch - Motel Burglary (09-25-54)

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Motel Burglary (Aired September 25, 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: September 25, 1954. "Motel Burglary" - CBS network. Sustaining. The first call is about a burglary suspect caught in a motel, stealing towels and bed clothes! Later, a young girl has been locked out of her house. Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief of Police), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Jim Headlock (producer), Ron Perkins (technical advisor). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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3 Jun 26, 2017

The Adventures Of Frank Merriwell - Mystery Of The Iron Door (05-22-48)

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Mystery Of The Iron Door (Aired May 22, 1948)
The Frank Merriwell comic strip began in 1928, continuing until 1936. Daily strips from 1934 provided illustrations for the 1937 Big Little Book. The Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute Saturday morning show on NBC, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. Announcers were Mel Brandt and Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. A film serial entitled The Adventures of Frank Merriwell was created by Universal Studios in 1936. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1948. NBC network. "The Mystery Of The Iron Door". Sustaining. The boys come upon an iron door in a large cave. On the other side lies the answer to the theft of a secret bauxite formula. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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4 Jun 26, 2017

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot - After The Funeral (Part 2 of 2) 1947

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After The Funeral (Part 2 of 2) 1947
During the first world war, Poirot left Belgium for Britain as a refugee. It was here, on 16 July 1916, that he again met his lifelong friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, and solved the first of his cases to be published: The Mysterious Affair at Styles. After that case Poirot apparently came to the attention of the British secret service, and undertook cases for the British government, including foiling the attempted abduction of the Prime Minister. After the war Poirot became a free agent and began undertaking civilian cases. He moved into what became both his home and work address, 56B Whitehaven Mansions, Sandhurst Square,London W1. It was chosen by Poirot for its symmetry. His first case was "The Affair at the Victory Ball", which saw Poirot enter the high society and begin his career as a private detective. Between the first and second world wars, Poirot traveled all over Europe and the Middle East investigating crimes and murders. Most of his cases happened during this period and he was at the height of his powers at this point in his life.

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5 Jun 26, 2017

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot - After The Funeral (Part 1 of 2) 1947

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After The Funeral (Part 1 of 2) 1947
Poirot was apparently born in Spa, Belgium and, based on the conjecture that he was thirty at the time of his retirement from the Belgian police force at the time of the outbreak of the First World War, it is suggested that he was born in the mid 1880s. This is all extremely vague, as Poirot is thought to be an old man in his dotage even in the early Poirot novels, and in An Autobiography Christie admitted that she already imagined him to be an old man in 1920. (At the time, of course, she had no idea she would be going on writing Poirot books for many decades to come.) Much of the suggested dating for Poirot's age is therefore post-rationalisation on the part of those attempting to make sense of his extraordinarily long career. THIS EPISODE: "After the Funeral" is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in March 1953 under the title of Funerals are Fatal and in UK by the Collins Crime Club on May 18 of the same year under Christie's original title. The US edition retailed at $2.50 and the UK edition at ten shillings and sixpence (10/6). A 1963 UK paperback issued by Fontana Books changed the title to Murder at the Gallop to tie in with the film version. It features her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. 37:58.

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6 Jun 26, 2017

Case Dismissed - Landlord & Tenant (03-13-54)

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Landlord & Tenant (Aired March 13, 1954)
Case Dismissed was developed as a public service to frame "the story of your legal rights." It was produced in cooperation with The Chicago Bar Association and employed John Fitzgerald, Dean of Loyola University Law School as both host and advisor to the series. A local production of WMAQ AM/FM, NBC's network affiliate in Chicago, the series ran for thirteen weeks during the Spring of 1954. The production employed local talent for the most part. Carlton KaDell, who started his Radio career in Chicago, starred in most of the productions. The remainder of the casts were comprised of WMAQ employees, local Chicago artists, and WMAQ's own production staff. THIS EPISODE: March 13, 1954. "Landlord & Tenant" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in c-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. A landlord-tenant conflict grows and finally winds up in court. Moral of the story: when in doubt, see a lawyer. Carlton KaDell, Norma Ransom, Jack Lester, John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Harry Elders, Curt Kupfer,liam Green, Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Littow (director), Tom Evans (sound), Harold Witteberry (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer). 27:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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7 Jun 25, 2017

Our Miss Brooks - Miss Brooks Takes The Rap (09-25-49)

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Miss Brooks Takes The Rap (Aired September 25, 1949)
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden (1908-1990) as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. THIS EPISODE: September 25, 1949. "Miss Brooks Takes The Rap" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Paste, Lustre Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Soap. Walter has an interesting idea; get Mr. Boynton in trouble and let Miss Brooks take the rap for him. This will make him grateful! Eve Arden, Al Lewis (writer, director), Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Verne Smith (announcer), Bob Lemond (announcer), Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, Gloria McMillan, Larry Berns (producer), Wilbur Hatch (music). 28:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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8 Jun 25, 2017

The Fat Man - Murder Pays Dividends (1949)

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Murder Pays Dividends (1949) *The Exact Date Is Ubknown.
The Fat Man" premiered on ABC on Monday, January 21, 1946, at 8:30pm, as part of a block of four new programs which also included "I Deal in Crime," "Forever Tops," and "Jimmy Gleason's Diner." "The Fat Man" originated in the studios of WJZ in New York and began as a modestly priced sustainer [no sponsor but the station] vaguely based upon character ideas in Dashiell Hammett's writings and fleshed out by producer, E.J. ("Mannie") Rosenberg. The announcer was Charles Irving. The directors for the program were Clark Andrews, creator of "Big Town," and Charles Powers. The main writer for the series was Richard Ellington, but it was also scripted by Robert Sloane, Lawrence Klee and others. The veteran character actor Ed Begley was featured as Sgt. O'Hara. Regulars on the program included Petty Garde, Paul Stewart, Linda Watkins, Mary Patton as Lila North, and Vicki Vola, also the female lead in "Mr. District Attorney." Amzie Strickland played the ingenue, Cathy Evans, and Nell Harrison played Runyon's mother during the early episodes.

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9 Jun 25, 2017

The Creaking Door - The Isle Of Lost Souls (11-23-64)

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The Isle Of Lost Souls (Aired November 23, 1964)
The Creaking Door was South African Radio's attempt to create a compelling program of highly suspenseful, dramatic thrillers with a supernatural bent for their sponsor, State Express Cigarettes. Some commentators insist it was conceived as a spin-off of the already successful Inner Sanctum episodes that had been syndicated for broadcast in Australia and South Africa during the 1950s. Given the format, one can see the inference, but in fact The Creaking Door stands on its own as a unique, well-produced, engaging supernatural thriller series on its own merit. The etymology of the name, The Creaking Door, bears some reflection. When legendary producer and director, Himan Brown first presented Inner Sanctum as one of three requested sponsorship candidates to Carter Products, he presented Inner Sanctum as The Creaking Door. Not quite as chilling and melodramatic as Raymond Johnson, perhaps, but Peter Broomfield rightly camped up his delivery for The Creaking Door, and it worked. Indeed, given the reported conservative budget of each episode, it's a tribute to The Creaking Door's producers that they managed to tease so much quality out of such relatively humbly funded productions. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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10 Jun 25, 2017

Whitehall1212 - The Blitz Murder Case (11-18-51)

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The Blitz Murder Case (Aired November 18, 1951)
Whitehall 1 2, 1 2 Tweaked Jan. 12, 2006 This series was very similar to the Black Museum that was hosted by Orson Welles. Both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 drew their material from the files of Scotland Yard. The stories were true in every respect except that the names were changed to protect the innocent, as they say. The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. THIS EPISODE: November 18, 1951. NBC network. "The Blitz Murder Case". Sustaining. The first show of the series. A visit to the "Black Museum" and an exhibit of teacup fragments. A woman and her companion have been killed with a shotgun. Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director). 30:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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11 Jun 24, 2017

The Man Called X - Half Penny Stamp (02-19-52)

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Half Penny Stamp (Aired February 19, 1952)
The Man Called X was a old-time radio espionage drama series that aired on and off from 1944 through 1951 and sponsored by Frigidaire and later General Motors. Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, a globe hopping government agent. The show opens with the familiar line "Wherever there is mystery, intrigue, romance, in all the strange and dangerous places of the world, there you will find The Man Called X". Thurston works diligently every week to make the world a safer place by thwarting Cold War enemies and cooling off hotspots of unrest wherever they may be. The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra supplied the exotic background music. THIS EPISODE: February 19, 1952. NBC network. Sustaining. Ken Thurston travels to Egypt in search of a rare "Half Penny Stamp" on the back of which is inscribed valuable information. But first, there's a corpse to be found aboard a train! Beware of, "The Man With The Third Green Eye!" The script was previously used on "I Love Adventure" on June 13, 1948. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, John Stevenson, Lou Krugman, Ed Begley, John Dehner, J. Richard Kennedy (producer), Sidney Marshall (writer), Jack Johnstone (director), Hal Gibney (announcer), Lucille Meredith, Milton Charles (organist). 24:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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12 Jun 24, 2017

The Jack Carson Show - Jack Prepares For A Trip (06-25-47)

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Jack Prepares For A Trip (Aired June 25, 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. THIS EPISODE: June 25, 1947. "Jack Prepares For A Trip" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Franco-American Spaghetti. The last show of the series. Jack and Tugwell are planning to return east on the Superchief. Unbilled guest Bob Crosby pays a visit. His program replaces Jack's show (for Campbell's) next week, to be heard five days be per as, "Club Fifteen." This time slot will be filled by, "The American Melody Hour." Del, Bob and Jack sing a "duet" Campbell's soup commercial to the tune of, "Ta-Ra-Ta-Boom-Dee-Ay." Jack ends the show sing, "Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer." Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Irene Ryan, Frank Sinatra, Gene Conklin (whistling "Hora Staccato"). 29:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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13 Jun 24, 2017

Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Buffalo Skinner (10-20-53)

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Buffalo Skinner (Aired October 20, 1953)
Broadcast constantly sometimes once a week sometimes 3 times a week By Mutual, between 1942 and 1956. Western Drama mainly for the young ones or maybe just the young at heart. I say the young at heart, because The Cisco Kid and his likeable but simple partner Pancho were a couple of lovable rogues and because there was usually a lovely senorita around in every episode who fell madly in love with Sisco, there may well have been an element of lady listeners included in the audience rating figures. Here they were, these two Mexican bandits, travelling from sunset to sunset (because that's where they always road off to at the end of each episode) robbing the rich, but I wouldn't say giving it to the poor. At least they did it in a kind and humorous way. It was more a question of the victim being relieved of the heavy burden of his or her riches, rather than having some of their prized possessions taken away from them. Half the fun in the series was listening to Pancho try to explain in his simple Mexican way that the sheriff's posse was hard on their heels and to quote him, "Ceesco, eef they catch up with us, perhaps they weel keel us." At the beginning The Cisco Kid was played by Jackson Beck then later Jack Mather took over the role.

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14 Jun 24, 2017

Carter Brown Mysteries - Swimsuit Sweetheart (1950)

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Swimsuit Sweetheart (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Carter Brown Mystery serials were the Old Time Radio Detective equivalent of the Spaghetti Westerns. The two serials I listened to were set in the United States, featuring Australian actors playing Americans. Overall, in the two serials I've listened to so far the actors and writers were quite proficient giving few clues that this wasn't really released from a big American city. The main thing that stood out was when one of actors referred to getting "Petro," a term an American wouldn't use. However, that's somewhat nitpicky. I could imagine what an Englishman would say about some of our efforts to recreate Great Britain. The theme music to the show is incredibly catchy with a great celtic beat. The dialogue is crisp and up to date. I had to do a couple searches to make sure this wasn't one of those mis-labeled "old time radio shows" that was really performed in the 1980s. But it was written in the '50s, which made it quite impressive. Show Notes From The Great Detectives.net

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15 Jun 24, 2017

The Whistler - Poison Is Quicker (12-03-45)

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Poison Is Quicker (Aired December 3, 1945)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. THIS EPISODE: December 3, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "Poison Is Quicker". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A cockney murders his wife, using her murder-mystery book shopping list as a suicide note! George W. Allen (producer), Lesley Edgely (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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