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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!

Aug 25, 2013

Radio detectives don't come more hard-boiled than Pat Novak For Hire.  Jack Webb stars in one of his first big radio hits as a character who is anything but Joe Friday.  We'll hear "Sam Tolliver," originally broadcast on ABC on April 23, 1949.

Aug 18, 2013

Ol' Blue Eyes is back!  Frank Sinatra stars in Rocky Fortune, as a "footloose and fancy free young gentleman" whose odd jobs always seem to lead to trouble.  The Chairman of the Board headlines "Murder on the Aisle," originally broadcast on NBC on November 24, 1953.

Aug 11, 2013

Before he itemized an expense account as Johnny Dollar, Bob Bailey solved radio mysteries in Let George Do It.  Freelance sleuth George Valentine finds his clients through a newspaper ad, offering to take on the jobs that are too dangerous for regular folks.  We'll listen as somebody new writes him about a gig in...

Aug 4, 2013

Detective Danny Clover patrols the Great White Way in Broadway is My Beat, one of radio's greatest police procedurals and one of the last great dramas of the Golden Age of Radio.  Larry Thor is the poetic policeman in "The Case of Charles Crandall," first aired on CBS on May 12, 1951.