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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!

Feb 14, 2016

February 14th isn’t only Valentine’s Day. It’s also the birthday of radio’s most famous comedian, Jack Benny. The perpetually 39 year old Benny was born February 14, 1894. His landmark radio program was a popular hit for over two decades, and he remains one of the most influential comedians of the twentieth century. In honor of his birthday, we’re celebrating the legendary funnyman with one of his dramatic turns at the microphone. We’ll hear Benny going for drama instead of belly laughs in a mystery from “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills - Suspense.” Benny stars in “Murder in G Flat” (originally aired on CBS on April 5, 1951).