An introduction to Crime Classics on the anniversary of its debut

Crime Classics was a CBS radio series which following a 1952 audition aired from 15 June 15 1953 to 30 June 1954. To quote its own introduction it was “A series of true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land, from every time.” It's one of the finest programs of its sort. Crime Classics was … Continue reading An introduction to Crime Classics on the anniversary of its debut

Suspense – Radio’s outstanding theater of thrills

AND NOW, A TALE WELL CALCULATED TO KEEP YOU IN SUSPENSE   On 17 June 1942, the anthology Suspense debuted on CBS Radio. The long-running series, which anticipated television programs like Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, concluded in 1962, an occasion now usually cited as signalling the end of radio's Golden Age.   The formula … Continue reading Suspense – Radio’s outstanding theater of thrills

Happy Birthday, The Whistler! – rated by independent research the most popular West Coast Program in radio history

My introduction to old time radio was listening to a 1957 Decca 12” The Adventures of the Lone Ranger that my dad presumably procured as a child. As a kid growing up in the 1980s, I don’t think I ever made the connection that the album’s tracks were old radio episodes… I don’t think I even knew about radio dramas until … Continue reading Happy Birthday, The Whistler! – rated by independent research the most popular West Coast Program in radio history

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway Is My Beat, was a dark, gritty radio drama that began airing 62 years ago today on CBS, debuting 27 February 1949. The series revolved around Times Square homicide detective Danny Clover. NEW YORK ERA When the program debuted, it was produced in New York City. Clover was portrayed by actor Anthony Ross, a … Continue reading Broadway is My Beat