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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod - A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio. Before TV was. Then, Now, Forever! Broadcasts from The 'Heart' Of Historic Germantown and Where The Oldies Are Still Young.

Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod - A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio. Before TV was. Then, Now, Forever! Broadcasts from The 'Heart' Of Historic Germantown and Where The Oldies Are Still Young.
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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod - A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio. Before TV was. Then, Now, Forever! Broadcasts from The 'Heart' Of Historic Germantown and Where The Oldies Are Still Young.

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Episodes

The Aldrich Family - Sam Aldrich Is Sick (11-30-52)

7/22/2019
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Sam Aldrich Is Sick (Aired November 30, 1952) The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O---which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until...

Duration:00:29:12

Case Dismissed - Adoption (03-06-54)

7/22/2019
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Adoption (Aired March 6, 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...

Duration:00:27:29

21st Precinct - The Shooting Gallery (9-29-53)

7/22/2019
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The Shooting Gallery (Aired September 29, 1953) 21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of Dragnet. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. "21st Precinct.., It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into...

Duration:00:25:57

The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne - The Case Of The Hate That Killed (08-13-48)

7/21/2019
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The Case Of The Hate That Killed (Aired August 13, 1948) Michael Shayne was a fictional sleuth created by Brett Halliday (a pen name for author Davis Dresser) who was first initiated into the fraternity for detectives in the 1939 novel "Dividend of Death". Dresser based the character on a “tall and rangy” brawler who once saved his life during a braw in a Mexican cantina. The Shayne character would go on to appear in 69 novels, plus a long-running mystery magazine—and in 1941, was brought...

Duration:00:27:36

I Was A Communist For The FBI - Rhapsody In Red (08-19-53)

7/21/2019
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Rhapsody In Red (Aired June 19, 1953) Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers...

Duration:00:27:26

The Abbott & Costello - Sam Shovel & The Russian Diplomat (11-18-48)

7/21/2019
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Sam Shovel & The Russian Diplomat (Aired November 18, 1948) Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were...

Duration:00:29:38

Dragnet (Bonus Show) - The Big Layout (01-25-53)

7/21/2019
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The Big Layout (Aired January 25, 1953) Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. A single minute of "A Gun For Christmas" is a representative example of the evocative sound effects featured on "Dragnet". While Friday and others investigate bloodstains in a suburban backyard,...

Duration:00:29:40

The Hall Of Fantasy - Cask Of Amontillado (01-04-54)

7/21/2019
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The Cask Of Amontillado (Aired January 4, 1954) Many episodes were rather frightening. If the dark, desolate atmospheres didn't get at your nerves, the down-beat endings usually did. A common scene occurred at night, with the crickets chirping in the background. The two protagonists would be lost or running for their lives (or both!). They would hear a far off scream, and they would realize-- along with the audience-- that the friend was a goner. One episode, 'Hang Man's Rope,' never...

Duration:00:24:00

Rocky Fortune (Starring Frank Sinatra) - Carnival One Way (12-08-53)

7/20/2019
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Carnival One Way (Aired December 8, 1953) Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. The role was clearly written specifically for him, and more importantly for the more 'adult' persona his agents and publicity reps were trying to portray of him at this point in his career. He'd already done the teen and 20-something idol gig, and he had...

Duration:00:22:51

Alien Worlds - Time Clash (07-29-79)

7/20/2019
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Time Clash (Aired July 29, 1979) The science fiction show was first syndicated by Watermark Inc. after Lee Hansen was hired as their creative director. After advancing the concept of an action-adventure dramatic radio series, Lee began developing the concept in the fall of 1978. Watermark premiered the first episode, "The Sun Stealers", on January 7, 1979. The series gained popularity thanks to its relatable characters, full symphonic soundtrack, realistic sound effects, high production...

Duration:00:28:10

The Real McCoys - Dancing Fool (10-23-58)

7/20/2019
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Dancing Fool (Aired October 23, 1958) Grandpappy Amos was an incorrigible codger who was against anything anyone else was for. He had the regulation Heart of Gold stuck away somewhere, but he was cantankerous as all get out. With his shoulders and arms jumping, Amos walked like a chicken with a limp. He bullied, he blustered, he cajoled, he did everything he could to get his own way. His not being able to read or write got him into many predicaments, for he would never admit to being...

Duration:00:22:18

Your's Truly Johnny Dollar - The Joan Sebastian Matter (10-28-50)

7/20/2019
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The Joan Sebastian Matter (Aired October 28, 1950) The guest stars and supporting casts were always first rate, attracting the best radio actors in both Los Angeles and New York. Pat McCracken was played by several actors – most frequently, by Larry Dobkin. Particularly noteworthy was the work of Virginia Gregg, who played many roles, including Johnny's girlfriend Betty Lewis. Harry Bartell was also a frequent guest, who did many of the Spanish dialect roles when Johnny went to a Latin...

Duration:00:29:27

Nick Carter Master Detective - Ready For Murder (02-04-45)

7/20/2019
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Ready For Murder (Aired February 4, 1945) Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's...

Duration:00:32:47

Our Miss Brooks - Cure The Habit Inc. (01-15-50)

7/19/2019
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Cure The Habit Inc. (Aired January 15, 1950) 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...

Duration:00:29:23

Pat Novak For Hire - Bookie Outfit (08-10-47)

7/19/2019
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Bookie Outfit (Aired August 10, 1947) Each episode of the program, particularly the Jack Webb episodes, follows the same basic formula; a foghorn sounds and Novak's footsteps are heard walking down the pier. He then pauses and begins with the line "Sure, I'm Pat Novak . . . for hire". The foghorn repeats and leads to the intro theme, during which Pat gives a monologue about the waterfront and his job renting boats. Jack Webb narrates the story as well as acts in it, as the titular...

Duration:00:28:51

Dragnet (Bonus Show) - The Big Walk (11-16-52)

7/19/2019
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The Big Walk (Aired November 16, 1952) Dragnet was a long-running radio and television police procedural drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually...

Duration:00:29:19

Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Drop Dead (09-20-52)

7/19/2019
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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Drop Dead (Aired September 20, 1952) Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The...

Duration:00:29:26

Lights Out - Profits Unlimited (07-20-43)

7/18/2019
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Profits Unlimited (Aired July 20, 1943) Lights Out, featuring "tales of the supernatural and the supernormal", was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious...

Duration:00:22:25

The Campbell Playhouse (Starring Orson Welles) - Dinner At Eight (02-18-40)

7/18/2019
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Dinner At Eight (Aired February 18, 1940) The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood...

Duration:00:59:56

The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Black Halo (01-15-49)

7/18/2019
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The Black Halo (Aired January 15, 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...

Duration:00:29:30