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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!

Happy Birthday, Jack Kruschen

Mar 20, 2017

Actor Jack Kruschen was born March 20, 1922. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Kruschen was a master of dialects and an incredibly versatile actor. Kruschen was a mainstay on radio: his credits include Dragnet, Gunsmoke, Night Beat, Frontier Gentlemen, Crime Classics, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Suspense, and more....


Mar 19, 2017

Ride with newspaper publisher Britt Reid as he dons a mask to fight crime as The Green Hornet. Wanted by the police as criminals, Reid and his trusted valet Kato wage a war against racketeers and corruption. The radio adventure series spawned movie serials, a TV series, and films and it’s slated for another...


Happy Birthday, Mercedes McCambridge

Mar 16, 2017

Academy Award winning actress Mercedes McCambridge was born March 16, 1916. Hailed as the world’s greatest living radio actress by Orson Welles, McCambridge starred in shows ranging from soap operas to prestigious dramas. She had enjoyed early success on radio on soap operas as well as in supporting roles on...


Happy Birthday, Georgia Ellis

Mar 12, 2017

Georgia Ellis was born one hundred years ago today - March 12, 1917. Though she never found big success on the big or small screens, she's a legend of the Golden Age of Radio. Ellis was heard on dozens of shows from The Adventures of Philip Marlowe to Escape to Night Beat and The Whistler, always displaying her...


Mar 12, 2017

Private eye Michael Waring – better known as The Falcon – solved crimes for over a decade on radio. A hard-boiled hero, Waring was “always ready with a hand for oppressed men and an eye for oppressed women.” The Falcon made his way to radio after success in print and a popular series of B-movies. We’ll...