Category Archives: Podcasts

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode9….Jack French

Radio 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. Podcast: Download | Embed

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. Podcast: Download | Embed

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… (more…)

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. Podcast: Download | Embed

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… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 4 – Nero Wolfe

Today you will hear a detective who like Ellery Queen was very cerebral in solving crimes but not personally involved. Nero Wolfe was the creation of Rex Stout. His character’s persona is well known as extremely obese who rarely leaves his house and loves orchids and beer in that order. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 3 – Ellery Queen

Two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee decided to try their luck and sat down to create a mystery novel. They wanted a name that would be remembered and roll off the tongue and slightly unusual. As they thought it through Dannay recalled his friend whose first name was Ellery. And so the first name was chosen. The last… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 2 – The Adventures of Sam Spade

In today’s podcast we’ll look at Dashiell Hammett’s well-known detective … Sam Spade. Probably more than any other writer including Chandler, Hammett defined the no nonsense somewhat anti-woman operative from a detective agency. Sam Spade, as defined by Hammett, was a cool, untrickable, lone sleuth who stood between the cops and the criminals. Hammett calls him “hard and shifty.” Podcast:… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 1 – Phillip Marlowe

Raymond Chandler introduced his hardboiled gumshoe, Philip Marlowe, in his novel “The Big Sleep.” He referred to Marlowe as his “white knight in a trench coat.” The character was a tough lone wolf with a heart and a sense of honor. By September 1948, it was revitalized on CBS starring Gerald Mohr. Mohr along with producer and director Norman Macdonnell… (more…)