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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!

Apr 26, 2015

Dick Powell lends his pipes to the role of Richard Diamond, radio’s singing detective. But don’t let his post-crime solving crooning fool you - he can throw a punch and wield a .38 with the best of them. Along the way, he’ll flirt with his girlfriend and frustrate the police a few times before the case is wrapped up. We’ll hear him star in “The Bloody Hat Case” (first aired on NBC on July 2, 1949) and “The Caspary Case” (first aired on ABC on February 2, 1951).