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Welcome to Down These Mean Streets, a weekly trip back to the Golden Age of Radio where we rub elbows with the era's greatest private eyes, cops, and crime-fighters. Since 2013, I've been podcasting everything from cozy mysteries to police procedurals, spotlighting characters ranging from hard boiled gumshoes to amateur sleuths. 

Be sure to tune in each Sunday for adventures of a radio detective and the behind-the-scenes stories of their shows. Join me as we spend time with Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, Sgt. Joe Friday, and more!

Oct 22, 2017

The game’s afoot as we join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in three of their old time radio adventures. John Stanley is the world’s most famous detective and Alfred Shirley plays his loyal companion and biographer in these original adventures that feature a locked room mystery, a ghostly menace to an old family, and...

Seven Percent Solutions

Oct 20, 2017

On October 20, 1930, Sherlock Holmes arrived on radio, and he would remain on the airwaves for nearly two decades. Holmes of course was already popular from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a stage play that toured the country starring William Gillette as the sleuth. But it wasn’t until actress, writer, and...


Oct 20, 2017

“My name is Sherlock Holmes.  It is my business to know what other people do not know.” (“The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”)


You’d be hard pressed to find a more famous detective (any literary character, for that matter) more famous and known throughout the world than Sherlock Holmes.  Since the...

"You've got a job for me - George Valentine."

Oct 18, 2017

Not all of the radio detectives were two-fisted tough guys, delivering purple dialogue through gritted teeth.  There were a number of sleuths who took a lighter approach to solving crimes, often aided by a girl Friday to allow for some flirtation along the way.  One of the best examples of the lighter school of radio...

A Crying Shayne

Oct 16, 2017

“Okay, Shayne…get the picture.  A guy in front of you with a .38, a guy in back with a rifle.  And you with nothing.  If wishing will make it so, you better start wishing to be somewhere else fast because- (BLAM)”


Under the pen name of “Brett Halliday,“ writer Davis Dresser introduced the world...