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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!

Dec 8, 2013

Jack Webb blends jazz with downbeat crime drama in Pete Kelly's Blues.  This short-lived series spawned an Academy Award nominated film and a TV show.  Webb stars as Pete Kelly, a cornet player in 1920s Kansas City.  Kelly and his combo play in a speakeasy, and Kelly finds all kinds of trouble in the crowd that comes in for drinks and music.  We'll hear "Zelda," originally aired on NBC on September 5, 1951.