was a police procedural that focused on some of the new technologies,
especially in police labs, to capture criminals and solve crimes. The
series was on Mutual from November 1949 to August 1956, which
occasional gaps in its broadcast scheduling. The series was produced
in New York and had many of the City’s veteran voices.
program dramatized the police methods to solve a true crime in their
historical records. In many cases, some new or unusual technique was
used to bring the perpetrator to justice. Unlike many other series,
the program used landmarks, names, and dialogue that were common in
the geography where the crime was committed. The program, it was
claimed, had “an extensive research staff… to insure absolute
authenticity for each broadcast.
main writer of the series was Paul Milton, a veteran of such series
of Time, Mr. President, and
sole surviving episode of this series is from January 9, 1950, “A
New England Detective.” The
plot is about an ex-convict who stuck to his decision to reform his
life and live honestly.
The program includes Raymond Edward Johnson (the original host of
Ian Martin, Abby Lewis, and other New York actors.
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These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr.
Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when
the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel
tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American
volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors.
The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology
and skills are the Old Time Radio
Researchers and a small group of transcription disc
preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of
the Turning Table."