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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!

Jun 30, 2013

It's off to New Orleans for an adventure of one of radio's hardest-boiled private eyes - Brett Halliday's two-fisted red-head Michael Shayne.  Jeff Chandler stars in The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, and we'll hear "The Case of the Model Murder," a syndicated episode produced in 1948.

Jun 23, 2013

This week, we'll walk the streets of Chicago after dark, tagging along with Frank Lovejoy on Night Beat.  Lovejoy stars as reporter Randy Stone, who searches for human interest stories in the darkness and often finds trouble.  We'll hear "The Football Player and the Syndicate," first broadcast on NBC on June 12,...

Jun 16, 2013

Alan Ladd stars as mystery writer (and amateur sleuth) Dan Holiday in Box 13.  Join him as he seeks inspiration for his novels, and usually gets more than he bargained for in the process.  Today, we'll hear "Speed to Burn," an episode of this syndicated series from 1948.

Jun 12, 2013

Superman flies back to the big screen this week, and we're celebrating with a bonus episode of "Down These Mean Streets."  We'll hear the Man of Steel, alongside his private eye pal Candy Myers, in "Dead Men Tell No Tales," first aired on ABC on January 21, 1950.

Jun 9, 2013

It's back to Baker Street for an adventure of the world's most famous detective - Sherlock Holmes!  John Stanley is Holmes and, as Dr. Watson, Alfred Shirley narrates "The Cadaver in the Roman Toga," first broadcast on Mutual on November 9, 1947.