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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 27, 2022

We're shining the spotlight on a pair of Johnny Dollar stars who tend to get overlooked in the history of "America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator." We'll hear John Lund as Dollar in "The La Tourette Matter" (originally aired on CBS on February 20, 1953) and "The James Forbes Matter" (originally aired on CBS on July 28, 1953). Then, Bob Readick is Johnny in "The Paperback Mystery Matter" (originally aired on CBS on January 7, 1961) and "The Two's a Crowd Matter" (originally aired on CBS on March 26, 1961).