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The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio

The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio

Adam Graham Radio Detective Podcasts

Are you ready for a mystery? Get ready to unleash your inner sleuth. Every day Monday-Saturday, we feature a different detective audio drama from the Golden Age of Radio. Our current mystery-solving line-up of radio detectives includes The Adventures of the Falcon, Ellery Queen,   Dangerous Assignment, Mr. Chameleon, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, and Dragnet.

Whether you want to listen to a mystery before going to sleep or enjoy some drama while driving, or just feel nostalgia for old-school radio fiction, we have you covered with six audio dramas every week.


Podcast Award finalist Host Adam Graham has been your guide through dozens of old-time radio detective series since 2009. He provides insightful commentary and humor after each episode and responds to listener questions and feedback. You can subscribe to the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio from your favorite podcast app or by visiting our website at http://www.greatdetectives.net.

We are currently in our fifteenth season of provided suspenseful mystery dramas. Our podcast feed captures the last 1,000 episodes we've released including all of seasons thirteen and fourteen, and part of season twelve. We have created two archive feeds:Volume 1, which features our first three seasons and Volume 2, which will feature seasons four through six.

Our feed includes old time radio recorded in Los Angeles, New York, and also Australia.

The current actors featured in our old time radio detective podcast include Les Damon, Bob Bailey, Brian Donlevy, Karl Swenson, Sidney Smith, and Jack Webb. Other actors featured within the past 1,000 include Howard Duff, Glenn Langan, Herbert Marshall, Santos Ortega, Gerald Mohr, Joel McCrea, Jackson Beck, and more.

3135 - Dragnet: The Big Kill (EP4364)
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  • 3135 - Dragnet: The Big Kill (EP4364)

    Today's Mystery:Friday and Romero investigate the murder of a police officer in his home.Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 2, 1950

    Originating from HollywoodStarring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Stacy Harris; Jack Kruschen; Herb Butterfield

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    Join us again on Monday for another detective drama from the Golden Age of Radio.

    Sat, 13 Apr 2024
  • 3134 - Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Royal Street Matter (EP4363)

    Today's Mystery:Johnny goes to New Orleans to investigate why the owner of an insured, burnt-out antique shop hasn't filed a claim, and has expressed no interest in doing so

    .Original Radio Broadcast Dates: November 25, 1956

    Originating from Hollywood

    Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Virginia Gregg; Forrest Lewis, Lou Merrill; Lawrence Dobkin; Frank Gerstle

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    Fri, 12 Apr 2024
  • 3133 - Mr. Chameleon: The Organ Grinder Murder Case (EP4362)

    Today's Mystery:A young man is shot to death after trying to quit stealing jewelry.

    Original Radio Broadcast Date: June 8, 1949

    Originating from New York CityStarring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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    Join us again tomorrow for another detective drama from the Golden Age of Radio.

    Thu, 11 Apr 2024
  • 3131 - Dangerous Assignment: Boy Is Used as Courier (EP4361)

    Today's Mystery: Steve is hired as tutor to a French boy with a near photographic memory whose father believes his current tutor is using to smuggle top secret information.

    Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 8, 1953

    Originated in HollywoodStars: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner, Jeanne Bates, Paul Frees, Larry Dobkin, Jay Novello

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    Patreon Supporter of the Day: Laura, Patreon Supporter since November 2023

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    Join us again tomorrow for another detective drama from the Golden Age of Radio.

    Wed, 10 Apr 2024
  • 3130 - Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Wounded Lieutenant (EP4360)

    Today's Mystery :A former police detective is disabled while serving overseas and his battalion members are killed after a native waiter reports their planned attack. But how did the spy know?

    Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 18, 1943

    Originating in New York

    From the Office of War Information, taken from the network broadcast of a 30 minute episode

    Starring: Sydney Smith as Ellery Queen, Marian Shockley, Santos Ortega, Ted de Corsia

    Armchair Detectives: Virginia Fields and Ed Sullivan

    Website Referenced: Ellery Queen, A Website of Deduction

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    Patreon Supporter of the Day: Kerry, Patreon Supporter since November 2018

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    Join us again tomorrow for another detective drama from the Golden Age of Radio.

    Tue, 09 Apr 2024
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