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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!

Sep 29, 2013

William Gargan played several detectives on radio and television, and he could draw from his real-life experience as a private eye for his characters.  This week, we'll hear Gargan star as Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator in "Blood Money," first broadcast on NBC on August 2, 1954.

Sep 22, 2013

Chester Morris reprises his screen role as Boston Blackie, reformed safe cracker turned sleuth, who operates outside of the law but always to help the innocent.  We'll hear Blackie in "Alice Manletter - Dead or Alive," originally broadcast on NBC on August 4, 1944.

Sep 15, 2013

Stop the presses!  This week, we'll hear Staats Cotsworth as Casey, Crime Photographer - ace cameraman and amateur sleuth.  Listen as Casey fights crime and makes the late edition in "The Chivalrous Gunman," originally broadcast on CBS on August 14, 1947.

Sep 8, 2013

Match wits with master detective Ellery Queen and see if you can solve the mystery before he reveals the solution.  We're breaking the fourth wall this week as you (and celebrity guest detective Peggy Lee!) get a chance to nab the culprit in "One Diamond," starring Howard Culver as Ellery Queen, first broadcast on ABC...

Sep 1, 2013

The Line-Up, one of radio's finest police procedurals, takes listeners behind the scenes of the San Francisco Police Department as its determined detectives track down criminals and close cases.  Bill Johnstone stars as Lt. Ben Guthrie, with Jack Moyles as Sgt. Pete Carger in "Singer's Husband Killed," first broadcast...