The Great Gildersleeve: The Matchmaker / Leroy Runs Away / Auto Mechanics

The Great Gildersleeve (1941–1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history’s earliest spin-off programs. Built around Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, a character who had been a staple … Read More

Dragnet: Brick-Bat Slayer / Tom Laval / Second-Hand Killer

Dragnet is a radio and television crime drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from … Read More

Calling All Cars: The Blood-Stained Coin / The Phantom Radio / Rhythm of the Wheels

The radio show Calling All Cars hired LAPD radio dispacher Jesse Rosenquist to be the voice of the dispatcher. Rosenquist was already famous because home radios could tune into early … Read More

Words at War: Barriers Down / Camp Follower / The Guys on the Ground

Alfred Friendly (December 30, 1911 — November 7, 1983) was an American journalist, editor and writer for the Washington Post. He began his career as a reporter with the Post … Read More

Calling All Cars: The Corpse Without a Face / Bull in the China Shop / Young Dillinger

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the police department of the city of Los Angeles, California. The LAPD has been copiously fictionalized in numerous movies, novels and television shows … Read More

Calling All Cars: Crime v. Time / One Good Turn Deserves Another / Hang Me Please

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the police department of the city of Los Angeles, California. The LAPD has been copiously fictionalized in numerous movies, novels and television shows … Read More

Dragnet: Big Cab / Big Slip / Big Try / Big Little Mother

Dragnet is a radio and television crime drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from … Read More

Suspense: I Won't Take a Minute / The Argyle Album / Double Entry

The program’s heyday was in the early 1950s, when radio actor, producer and director Elliott Lewis took over (still during the Wilcox/Autolite run). Here the material reached new levels of … Read More