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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 23, 2015

Holidays and homicide go hand in hand in the “Down These Mean Streets” Christmas special. We’ll hear yuletide mysteries from some of your favorite radio detectives to wrap up 2015. First, Richard Kollmar is Boston Blackie in the syndicated episode “Stolen Rings at Christmas.” Then, Charles Russell is Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar in “How I Played Santa Claus, and Almost Got Left Holding the Bag” (originally aired on CBS on December 24, 1949). Finally, Frank Lovejoy is Randy Stone in “Five Days Off for Christmas” from Night Beat (originally aired on NBC on December 21, 1951).