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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!

Happy Birthday, Al Hodge

Apr 18, 2017

Actor Al Hodge was born April 18, 1912. He made a name for himself as two famous heroes - as Captain Video on television and The Green Hornet on radio. When he wasn’t starring as Britt Reid on WXYZ in Detroit, Hodge worked as a disc jockey, a football announcer, and a producer of other shows on the station, including The Lone Ranger. Hodge was radio’s longest-running Hornet, and its his voice that may be most associated with the character.

In 1950, he took over the role of space ranger Captain Video and played the part on the DuPoint Network until 1955. Outside of that series, he could be seen on Naked City, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and more.