Category Archives: Podcasts

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 25 – Defense Attorney

This week’s podcast will present a character from radio whose primary job was not an investigator, but rather an attorney who helped put criminals away. But radio audiences were already listening to Perry Mason. Yet even in that series, the element of investigation was paramount. This week I will present a woman, Martha Ellis Bryant, who was by vocation an… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 24 – True Detective Mysteries

Besides all the fictional private eye radio serials over the years, there were also dramatic series devoted to the real thing. Series such as Gang Busters and Dragnet focused on the lives of the cop. In 1929, there was a radio series that began over CBS that was based on one of the bigger pulp magazines of the day –… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 23 – Philo Vance

Broke and without work, former art critic and journalist S.S. Van Dine burst onto the fictional detective scene with the publication “The Benson Murder Case” which featured wealthy connoisseur and man about town Philo Vance who was called in to solve the crime. The book, part one of a trilogy, was an instant hit. Not to be left out radio… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 22 – The Abbotts

In 1941, authoress Frances Crane wrote a mystery called “The Turquoise Shop.” In the course of the novel, private investigator, Patrick Abbott, enters the shop of Jean Holly. By the end of the novel the two had fallen in love. In future books involving the couple, they married and continued to solve crimes encountered as part of the plot. In… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 21 – Sherlock Holmes

This week – a look at probably the most well-known “media” detective – film, radio, fiction – Sherlock Holmes. You’ll hear some of the history of the radio programs over the years it was broadcast and a rarer episode from the earliest known copy – 1933 with Richard Gordon as Holmes and Leigh Lovell as Dr. Watson. Podcast: Download |… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 20 – Box 13

A look at radio detective Dan Holiday – Alan Ladd – from Box 13. “Adventure Wanted. Will go anywhere. Do anything. Box 13.” The series was produced by Ladd’s Mayfair Productions. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 19 – Richard Diamond, Private Investigator

Finishing up our look at the radio detective career of Dick Powell I turn to his role as Richard Diamond, “the singing gumshoe.” By this time Powell had reinvented himself from “boy crooner” to tough detective both in film and radio. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 18 – Rogue’s Gallery

The first of a two podcast look at how Dick Powell began to reinvent his image from boy crooner into movie and radio tough guy. Tonight I look at the first of his radio series in his new image – Richard Rogue in Rogue’s Gallery. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 17 – Pat Novak For Hire

Continuing our look at the radio career of Jack Webb, I look at an earlier series in which Webb starred – Pat Novak For Hire. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 16 – The Thin Man

A return to detective author, Dashiell Hammett, and his last fictional creations – Nick and Nora Charles in The Adventures of the Thin Man. The series starred Les Damon (see photo) and Claudia Morgan. The duo starred together once more in a detective series call The Adventures of the Abbotts. Podcast: Download | Embed