Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 14 – The Shadow

Orson Welles as The ShadowThis week we look at one of the more unusual radio detectives who not only uses deductive reasoning in solving crimes, but who also uses elements of the mystical. The pulp fictional detective Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow. This episode is from the Orson Welles year.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 13 – Dragnet

Jack WebbA look this week at probably one of the most famous detective/cop radio shows ever and the man behind it all. The facts: Dragnet is the show; Jack Webb is the creative force. An early episode from the run starring Webb as Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 12 … Michael Shayne

Brett HallidayAnother great pulp magazine detective is featured on this week’s podcast. This time – Brett Halliday’s (right) Michael Shayne, in the New Adventures of Michael Shayne. Running time: 30 minutes

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 11….Gang Busters

Gang Busters BookThe Radio Detective Story Hour looks at radio’s cops and robbers. We interview Martin Grams Jr., author of many books on old time radio including ‘Gang Busters: The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting’ and listen to an episode from the series: ‘The Case of Bielanski and Tilotson’. Running time is about 60 minutes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 10….Bob Bailey

Bob BaileyThe Radio Detective Story Hour visits once more with Bob Bailey, this time in his long running series as George Valentine in Let George Do It. This week’s episode is “Death in Blue Jeans.”

Running Time: 35 minutes.”

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 9….Jack French

Jack FrenchRadio Detective Story Hour has an exclusive interview with Jack French, author of the Agatha Award winning Private Eyelashes: Radio’s Lady Detectives and ends with probably the best of the female detectives: Candy Matson in “The Cable Car Case.”

Running time: about 60 minutes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 8….The Saint

The Adventures of the Saint. We look at Leslie Charteris, Simon Templar, and its appearances on radio, television and film. This week’s episode: The Color Blind Murder on Shipboard. Total running time: about 31 minutes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 7 – Charlie Chan


In 1925 a somewhat obscure writer wrote a mystery story set in Honolulu that was serialized in the The Saturday Evening Post. The writer was Earl Derr Biggers and the story, later published by Bobbs-Merrill was called The House without a Key.

About a quarter into the book, a new character is introduced as the detective from the Honolulu Police department investigating the crime. The detective was named Charlie Chan. He was supposed to be a secondary character, but he caught the fascination of the reading public and letters poured in asking to read more of the detective.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 6 – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (Pt 2)

This week’s podcast continues with the Open Town Matter from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – the final three episodes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 5 – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

This week’s podcast is a real treat for me because my interest in old time radio evolved with this radio detective and I have been a fan ever since it was broadcast. Unlike the other radio detectives I have featured on past podcasts, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was not based on any work of fiction but rather was purely a creation of radio.

Broadcast over CBS Radio, Johnny Dollar was heard each week flying off to a different town fraught with danger and possibly murder as he tried to get to the bottom of insurance fraud.