Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod-logo

Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod

VoiceAmerica

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.

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

Networks:

VoiceAmerica

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@memoriesman

Language:

English

Contact:

210-254-5959


Episodes

Episode 9605: The Campbell Playhouse - "Mutiny On The Bounty" (01-13-39)

2/21/2024
Mutiny On The Bounty (Aired January 13, 1939) The Campbell Playhouse's third season was delayed for a week over some CBS/Campbell kerfuffle about the alleged fifth column theme of the proposed original script penned by John Houseman and Wyllis Cooper. Apparently the infamous, headline-grabbing Texas Representative Martin Dies and the earliest House of Representative misadventures that eventually evolved into the House Un-American Activities Committee had something to do with the season's postponement. So it was that the third season began with the second production, Air Mail to Red Riding Hood, on November 29, 1940, starring Miriam Hopkins and Humphrey Bogart. The remaining programs were heavily promoted up through Program 25, after which Campbell's detailed spot ads tailed off and few if any of the subsequent programs were announced by either title or stars. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1939. CBS network. "Mutiny On The Bounty". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. The story of Captain Bligh and the men of "The Bounty" during a visit to Tahiti. Orson Welles reads an eloquent word portrait of ham radio operators. The intermission guest is Dorothy Hall, a ham radio operator who helped the residents of Pitcairn Island during an epidemic. Burgess Meredith, Carl Frank, Dorothy Hall, Edgar Barrier, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Frank Readick, Joseph Cotten, Memo Holt, Myron McCormick, Orson Welles (host), Ray Collins (narrator), Richard Wilson, William Alland. 59:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index. 1:00:41

Duration:01:00:41

Episode 9604: Caltex Theater - "Detectives Are Not Always Right" (12-11-55)

2/19/2024
Detectives Are Not Always Right (Aired December 11, 1955) This is an Australian radio production of the classic MGM science fiction movie, Forbidden Planet. The production uses all the original electronic music and effects from the film. Length: 55 Min. What can I say? Years before Starfleet officers donned uniforms in Star Trek, it was done in Forbidden Planet. Long before Han Solo held a blaster, the guys in Forbidden Planet did it. Long before Star Trek's android Data and shortly before Lost in Space's Robby, a mechanical being played a major role in Forbidden Planet. Long before big special effects films ruled movie theaters, Forbidden Planet was packed with great effects, including astounding matte paintings. Long before electronically-created music became common, Forbidden Planet featured an all-synthesizer soundtrack that gave a futuristic and creepy feeling. Long before Leslie Nielson said, "Don't call me Shirley," he wore a spacesuit and wielded a ray gun.

Duration:01:01:41

Episode 9603: Calling All Cars - "Six Shots At Midnight" (11-06-34)

2/18/2024
Six Shots At Midnight (Aired November 6, 1934) Calling All Cars was one of radio’s earliest cop shows, dramatizing stories and introduced by officers from the Los Angeles and other police departments. The narrator of the program was speech professor Charles Frederick Lindsley, and the only other regular voice heard on the program week after week belonged to that of Sergeant Jesse Rosenquist of the L.A.P.D., whose name and voice were so unusually distinctive that he was retained for the show’s entire run. None of the actors on the show ever received on-air credit, but among the talent OTR fans can hear the likes of Elvia Allman, Jackson Beck, Charles Bickford, John Gibson, Richard LeGrand and Hanley Stafford, just to name a few. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1934. Program #50. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "Six Shots At Midnight". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. A murder has been committed on Riverside Drive. The system cue has been deleted. William N. Robson (writer, producer), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 30:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:31:57

Episode 9602: Burns & Allen Show - "George's Movie Career" (09-25-47)

2/18/2024
Burns and Allen were an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen.Burns wrote most of the material, and played the straight man. Allen played a silly, addleheaded woman. Both attributed their success to the other, to the ends of their lives. Early on, the team had played the opposite roles until they noticed that the audience was laughing at Gracie's straight lines, so they made the change. Burns and Allen developed their popular routine over more than three decades of stage, radio, film, and television. Historians of popular culture have often stated that Allen was a brilliant comedian, whose entire career consisted of engaging in dialogues of "illogical logic" that left her verbal opponents dazed and confused, and her audiences in stitches. During a typical 23-minute episode of the Burns and Allen show, the vast majority of the dialogue and speaking parts were written for Allen, who was credited with having the genius to deliver her lengthy diatribes in a fashion that made it look as though she was making her arguments up on the spot.

Duration:00:25:23

Episode 9601: Bunco Squad - "The Case Of The Bookworm" (04-15-50)

2/16/2024
Bonco Squad - The Case Of The Bookworm (04-15-50) "The Case Of The Bookworm" (Aired April 20, 1950) The Bunco Squad were from authentic cases drawn from the police files of the nation, featuring the Bunco artist, the swindler, the con man who came in a thousand disguises, had a million tricks and could make a sucker out of anyone. The program aired in 1950 and was devoted to debunking bunco schemes and warning the American public on these nefarious doings. Show Notes From My Old Radio THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1950. "The Case Of The Bookworm" - CBS network. Sustaining. A con-artist in St. Louis poses as a scientist. He plans to swindle his mark out of $15,000 by "publishing" his book. The date is approximate. Frank Trumbull (host), Ralph Rose (producer, director), Del Castillo (composer, conductor), Merrick Goldman (writer), Troy Leonard (writer), Joe Walters (announcer). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:31:56

Episode 9600: Bulldog Drummond - "Help Wanted" (08-13-45)

2/15/2024
Help Wanted (Aired August 13, 1945) The Bulldog Drummond stories followed Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, D.S.O., M.C., a wealthy former WWI officer of the fictional Loamshire Regiment, who, after the war, spends his new-found leisure time as a private detective. Drummond is a proto-James Bond figure and a version of the imperial adventurers depicted by the likes of John Buchan. In terms of the detective genre, the first Bulldog Drummond novel was published after the Sherlock Holmes stories, the Nayland Smith/Fu Manchu novels and Richard Hannay's first three adventures including The Thirty-Nine Steps. The character first appeared in the novel Bulldog Drummond (1920), and this was followed by a lengthy series of books and adaptations for films, radio and television. THIS EPISODE: August 13, 1945. Mutual network. "Help Wanted". Music fill for local commercial insert. Captain Drummond is away doing war work, so his valet Denny hires his own valet and solves a murder by himself. 28:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:30:19

Episode 9599: Broadway Is My Beat - The Charles Crandall Murder Case (05-12-51)

2/12/2024
The Charles Crandall Murder Case (Aired May 12, 1951) Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With music by Robert Stringer, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air, with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (now played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 12, 1951. "The Charles Crandall Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. Charles Crandall is found murdered in an alley. He has no wallet, but he does have an expensive watch and a parking ticket! Charlie Crandall proves to be very much alive. Larry Thor, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Charles Calvert, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Jack Kruschen, Lou Merrill, Jeanette Nolan, Joe Walters (announcer), Adam Williams, Peggy Webber, Joy Terry. 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:31:01

Episode 9598: Box 13 - "The Philanthropist" (01-30-49)

2/10/2024
INTRO: Bob Camardella Remembers Nat & Natalie Cole "Unforgetable" (1991) The Philanthropist (Aired January 30, 1949) Alan Ladd's early portrayals of Dan Holiday did tend to be a bit pat, somewhat sparse in depth, and even wooden in the beginning. Ladd hired some excellent voice talent for his project, and these superb, veteran Radio professionals set a pretty high bar for Ladd, himself. Box 13 is highly expositional, as are most programs of the genre, and Ladd's grovelly, gritty voice lends itself well to the production. But by Episode #6 it seems apparent that Alan Ladd was beginning to hit his stride in the role. What seems to get in the way for many reviewers of this program is its somewhat implausible premise. Dan Holiday was purportedly a successful fiction writer for the Star-Times news magazine who becomes disenchanted with the utter, mind-numbing routine of it. Dan Holiday opts out. He posts an ad reading "Go anywhere, Do anything, Write Box 13". THIS EPISODE: Ref# 8327. Box Thirteen. January 30, 1949. Program #24. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "The Philanthropist". Sponsored by: Commercials added locally. Dan Holiday takes to the hobo jungles to break an unusual and cruel racket. Alan Ladd, Edmond MacDonald, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Russell Hughes (writer), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 27:43 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:33:03

Episode 9597: Boston Blackie - "Death Wish" (10-01-47)

2/10/2024
Death Wish (Aired October 1, 1947) While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play. Kent Taylor starred in the half-hour TV series, The Adventures of Boston Blackie. Syndicated in 1951, it ran for 58 episodes, continuing in repeats over the following decade. THIS EPISODE: October 1, 1947. Program #129. "Death Wish" - Mutual net origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. Jim Wells seems to have a death wish; he doesn't care about the killers threatening him! Blackie's girlfriend has been kidnapped! Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin. 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:26:32

Episode 9596: Bold Venture - "Deadly Merchandise" (03-26-51)

2/9/2024
Deadly Merchandise (Aired March 26, 1951) Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean. THIS EPISODE: Ref#-837. Bold Venture. March 26, 1951. Program #1. ZIV Syndication. "Deadly Merchandise". Sponsored by: Commercials added locally. Bogart plays Slate Shannon who owns a hotel in Havana and gets involved in intrigue with his beautiful sidekick "Sailor." Shannon and Sailor get involved with a shipment of arms for a planned revolution. But Shannon never picked up the "merchandise" in Key West, and two murders follow because he doesn't have the guns. The characters in this series are based on those in, "To Have and Have Not," which featured both Bogart and Bacall. The plot of this episode is based on the story of the film. The date above is noted as the first known broadcast of the first episode, but that is subject to correction. The title of the story is also subject to correction. These programs were heard on over 500 stations and were broadcast is no particular sequence at no particular time. Therefore no particular dates are assigned after program #1. David Rose (composer, conductor), Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Henry Hayward (director), Jay Novello (doubles), Tony Barrett, Eve McVeagh, Betty Lou Gerson, Peter Leeds, Jester Hairston. 27:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:27:15

Episode 9595: The Bob Hope Show - "Filling Out Income Tax With Guest Jane Russell" (03-04-53)

2/8/2024
Filling Out Income Tax With Guest Jane Russell (Aired March 4, 1953) After five years on the Vaudeville circuit, by his own account Hope was surprised and humbled when he and his partner Grace Louise Troxell failed a 1930 screen test for Pathé at Culver City, California. (Hope had been on the screen in small parts, 1927's The Sidewalks of New York and 1928's Smiles. Hope returned to New York City and subsequently appeared in several Broadway musicals including Roberta, Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies, and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman. His performances were generally well-received and critics noted his keen sense of comedic timing. He changed his name from "Leslie" to "Bob", reportedly because people in the US were calling him "Hopelessly", although in the 1920s he sometimes used the name "Lester Hope". THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1953. "Filling Out Income Tax With Guest Jane Russell" - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Bob tries to fill out his income tax form and then tries to convince guest Jane Russell to make a 3-D movie with him. Possibly dated April, 1952. Bill Goodwin, Bob Hope, Bob Sweeney, Hans Conried, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Margaret Whiting, Jane Russell. 23:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:25:41

Episode 9594: The Blue Beetle - :Dancing Ghosts Of Rocky Hill 2 Pts. COMPLETE (08-21-41)

2/8/2024
The Blue Beetle - "Dancing Ghosts Of Rocky Hill 2 Pts. COMPLETE" (08-21-41) The exploits of Dan Garrett, a rookie patrolman who, by wearing bullet-proof blue chain mail, transformed himself into the mysterious Blue Beetle, a daring crusader for justice. The Blue Beetle was created by Charles Nicholas. The character made his first appearance in August of 1939 in the comic book Mystery Men #1, published by Fox Features Syndicate. The Blue Beetle radio serial aired from 05-15-40 to 09-13-40 as a CBS 30 minutes, syndicated series. Actor Frank Lovejoy provided the voice of the Blue Beetle for the first thirteen episodes. Later episodes were uncredited. After his father was killed by a gangster's bullet, young Dan Garrett joined the New York Police Department, but soon tired of the slow pace and red tape of police work. With the help of his friend and mentor, pharmacist and drug-store proprietor Dr. Franz, Dan acquired a costume of bullet-proof chain-mail-like cellulose material, and began a second life, fighting crime as The Blue Beetle. His calling card was a small beetle-shaped marker that he left in conspicuous places to alert criminals to his presence, using their fear of his crime fighting reputation as a weapon against them. For this purpose he also used a "Beetle Signal" flashlight. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: 40371. The Blue Beetle. August 21, 1940. Program #41. Fox Features syndication. "The Dancing Ghosts Of Rocky Hills" Part one. Sponsored by: Commercials added locally. A ciphered message to the Blue Beetle sends him to a haunted house to investigate. 12:04. 40372. The Blue Beetle. August 23, 1940. Program #42. Fox Features syndication. "The Dancing Ghosts Of Rocky Hills" Part two. Sponsored by: Commercials added locally. The Blue Beetle solves the mystery of the dancing ghosts and a counterfeiting ring too!. 12:15.

Duration:00:24:31

Episode 9593: Aldrich Family - "Mrs Aldrich' s Antique Chairs" (01-17-49)

2/5/2024
"Mrs. Aldrich' s Antique Chairs" (Aired January 17, 1949) The Aldrich Family was launched in its own series as a summer replacement program 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 July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O before moving back to NBC from September 5, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, as a Sustaining program in its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays. THIS EPISODE: January 17, 1949. "Mrs. Aldrich' s Antique Chairs" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Jell-O (Meredith Willson and His Talking People). Mrs. Aldrich has bought five antique dining room chairs at an auction. This leads Henry and Homer to conclude that the Aldrich's are in financial trouble. Ezra Stone, Jackie Kelk, Dan Seymour (announcer), Parker Fennelly, Patricia Joudry (writer), Dell Dinsdale (writer), Jack Miller, House Jameson, Katharine Raht, Clifford Goldsmith (creator), Meredith Willson. 25:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:29:01

Episode 9592: Agatha Christie Presents Hercule Poirot - Evil Under The Sun (Part 5 of 5) 11-19-12

2/4/2024
The cast of characters is fairly large, but they are easy to keep separate, since each of them is quite distinctive. This is an especially important feature in a murder mystery that depends on keeping track of who is whom! The acting seems slightly over-the-top at first: my initial reaction was that everyone was overacting. However, this style is maintained throughout the whole film, and it doesn't take long at all before it seems perfectly in keeping with the light tone of the movie, as well as being very appropriate to the characters themselves, including a film star, producers, a gossip columnist, a playboy, and (last but not least) a very vain detective.

Duration:00:27:55

Episode 9591: The Alan Young Show - "Stolen Pearl Necklace" (10-04-46)

2/3/2024
The Stolen Pearl Necklace (Aired October 4, 1946) The Alan Young Show was a radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Canadian-English actor Alan Young. It began on NBC radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It moved to ABC with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III. In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to television as a variety, sketch comedy show, taking an 11-month hiatus in 1952. When it returned for its final season in 1953, the tone and format of the show changed into the more conventional sitcom, with Young playing a bank teller with Dawn Addams cast as his girlfriend and Melville Faber portraying his son. THIS EPISODE: October 4, 1946. "The Stolen Pearl Necklace" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Ipana, Vitalis. After Alan gives Betty a pearl necklace, he discovers it's been stolen from wealthy Mrs. Van Skuffington! Alan Young, Charlie Cantor, Doris Singleton, Ken Christy, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), The Smart Set, Jim Backus, Elvia Allman, Jean Gillespie. 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:32:26

Episode 9590: Hercule_Poirot "Evil Under The Sun" Part 3 of 5

2/2/2024
Agatha Christie Presents Hercule Poirot "Evil Under The Sun" Part 3 of 5 The centerpiece of the movie, the murder mystery itself, is interesting, and kept me guessing right up to the very end. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Evil Under the Sun is that it invites the viewer to try to figure out the puzzle along with Poirot, which makes for a fun and engaging viewing experience. The movie plays fair: although we're not privy to Poirot's thought processes, we see everything that Poirot sees, and thus we have the same opportunity to figure things out as he does. The cinematography is handled well in this regard, as Poirot's insights are shown by a quick zoom to the detail that has caught his attention; this lets the viewer know that he's seen something important, but not what, exactly, is important about it. So in theory anyone in the audience could figure out the solution before Poirot reveals it... but it's quite likely that the solution that Poirot's "little gray cells" comes up with will be a surprise. The only disappointment with the movie comes in the final revelation, however, as one of the key plot points doesn't entirely make sense, and isn't explained.

Duration:00:55:58

Episode 9589: Evil Under The Sun (Part 1 and 2 of 5)

1/31/2024
Evil Under the Sun is a classic Agatha Christie Murder Mystery, featuring the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov). In this instance, Poirot is on a working holiday, as he is put on the trail of a fake jewel that leads him to an expensive island resort in the Mediterranean. The other guests turn out to be an interesting assortment, as there are many connections (both overt and concealed) among the guests, as well as a generous helping of ill-will in various directions.It's a very entertaining movie. The fast pace keeps the movie zipping along from one scene to the next; the overall effect is not rushed, however, but sprightly. In fact, the brisk pacing seems in keeping with the fairly light-hearted tone overall. Evil Under the Sun, for all its gloomy title, does not dwell on the darker aspects of human nature, but rather on murder as an intellectual challenge for M. Poirot. The tone is handled quite well. The director uses humorous touches such as Poirot "going for a swim" to maintain the light tone, but never overdoes the humor in an attempt to get laughs out of the audience. Episode Notes From Boxcars711 OTR Pod.

Duration:00:55:03

Episode 9588: Henry Morgan Show - "The Radio Program Blood Test" (02-19-47)

1/30/2024
The Radio Program Blood Test (Aired February 19, 1947) In 1940, Henry Morgan was offered a daily 15-minute series on Mutual Broadcasting System's flagship station, WOR. This show was a 15-minute comedy, which he opened almost invariably with "Good evening, anybody; here's Morgan." In his memoir Here's Morgan (1994), he wrote that he devised that introduction as a dig at popular singer Kate Smith, who "...started her show with a condescending, 'Hello, everybody.' I, on the other hand, was happy if anybody listened in." He mixed literately barbed ad libs, satirizing daily life's foibles, with novelty records, including those of Spike Jones. Morgan stated that Jones sent him his newest records in advance of market dates because he played them so often. He also targeted his sponsors freely. One early sponsor had been Adler Shoe Stores, which came close to canceling its account after Morgan started making references to "Old Man Adler" on the air; the chain changed its mind after it was learned business spiked upward, with many new patrons asking to meet Old Man Adler. Morgan had to read an Adler commercial heralding the new fall line of colors; Morgan thought the colors were dreadful, and said he wouldn't wear them to a dogfight, but perhaps the listeners would like them. Old Man Adler demanded a retraction on the air. Morgan obliged: "I would wear them to a dogfight." Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: 102139. The Henry Morgan Show. February 19, 1947. ABC network, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Eversharp-Schick, Walt's Furs (local). 10:30 P.M. How radio affects blood pressure. Two "ad men" named "Charlie" and "Henry." "Dimitri's Keyhole": a Russian gossip program. How to save on taxes. "Offenbach On Broadway." "Hortense and Gerard." "The Coming Attractions Theatre" presents a funny preview of the movie, "Blubber.". Henry Morgan, Bernard Green and His Orchestra, Arnold Stang, Charles Irving (announcer), Rector Bailey. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index. Catalog# 102139.

Duration:00:29:35

Episode 9587: The Haunting Hour - "Unidentified Body" (07-28-45)

1/29/2024
Unidentified Body (Aired July 28, 1945) 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]. THIS EPISODE: July 28, 1945. Program #24. NBC syndication. "Unidentified Body". Commercials added locally. An amnesiac found by a gang of crooks is told he's a professional murderer and is told to go out and kill! Edwin Wolfe (director). 24:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:28:24

Episode 9586: The Honest Harold Peary Show - "Income Tax Time" (03-14-51)

1/28/2024
The Harold Peary Show - Income Tax Time (Aired March 14, 1951) Honest Harold Hemp lived with his mother and nephew and did a radio homemaker's program. The series received undeserved negative ratings and general negative attitude of the critics. The Honest Harold scripts were well crafted with well developed characters and had excellent acting and production values. Many people, including Harold Peary, believed that The Great Gildersleeve would not survive without Peary. However, Willard Waterman assumed the role and most listeners didn't notice the difference, as Mr. Waterman did an excellent job in capturing the essence of the Gildersleeve character. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1951. CBS network. Sustaining. It's "Income Tax Time" once again. Harold's waited until the last minute once again. Harold Peary, Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Norman Macdonnell (director), Jane Morgan, Joseph Kearns, Parley Baer, Cliff Arquette, Shirley Mitchell, Ken Christy, David Light, Dick Powell (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Duration:00:32:00