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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!

Mar 29, 2015

In 1944, Michael Shayne came to radio. Brett Halliday’s red-headed shamus had thrilled readers and moviegoers, and Wally Maher was tapped to bring the character to the airwaves. Maher starred as Shayne (with Cathy Lewis as Shayne’s secretary Phyllis Knight) for the next three years. Maher’s Shayne was cocky and glib, and he liked to use his brains instead of his brawn to crack a case. We’ll hear him in “The Return to Huxley College,” originally aired on Mutual on November 5, 1946.