Harry Nile

Created by Jim French (1928-2017) Not all radio detectives are only available in re-runs from sometimes dubious old-time radio outlets. Here's one radio detective still very much on the case. HARRY NILE, a fictional private detective in Los Angeles and Seattle during the 1940's and 50's, is the title character of a long-running and much … Continue reading Harry Nile

Barry Craig

Alternate names: Barry Crane, Barrie Craig Created by -- Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig." NBC produced it in New York from 1951 … Continue reading Barry Craig

George Valentine (Let George Do It)

Created by-- For P.I. GEORGE VALENTINE, the main character in the old radio program Let George Do It, it certainly paid to advertise. He got his cases and clients by running an ad in the newspapers: "Personal Notice: Danger is my stock-in-trade. If the job is too tough for you to handle, you've got a … Continue reading George Valentine (Let George Do It)

Candy Matson

Created by Monty Masters CANDY MATSON was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUKON 2-8208, an NBC West Coast radio show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy private eye. Her understated love interest, Lt. … Continue reading Candy Matson

My Scrapbook: The Richard Diamond page from Radio’s Golden Years by Breese and Lynes

My Scrapbook The Richard Diamond page from Radio's Golden Years by Breese and Lynes   This is the Richard Diamond entry from Radio's Golden Years: A Visual Guide to the Shows & Stars, a 1998 self-published, limited edition labour of love by Frank Bresee and Bobb Lynes. It may not be the most thorough of reference book on … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Richard Diamond page from Radio’s Golden Years by Breese and Lynes

Nick and Nora Charles

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Nora: "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "Not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids." -- from The Thin Man (1934 film) The glitzy adventures of Dashiell Hammett's retired private eye NICK CHARLES and his rich, beautiful (and not quite as ditzy as … Continue reading Nick and Nora Charles

My Scrapbook: The Michael Shayne page from Radio’s Golden Years by Breese and Lynes

My Scrapbook The Michael Shayne page from Radio's Golden Years by Breese and Lynes This is the Michael Shayne entry from Radio's Golden Years: A Visual Guide to the Shows & Stars, a 1998 self-published, limited edition labour of love by Frank Bresee and Bobb Lynes. It may not be the most thorough of reference book on … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Michael Shayne page from Radio’s Golden Years by Breese and Lynes

Steve Wilson

Created by Jerry McGill "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword. Use it justly; hold it high; guard it well." - Steve's call to arms served as the show's tag line. STEVE WILSON was the fiercely-idealistic and hard-nosed editor of The Illustrated Press who'll get his own stories, thank you, if that's what it … Continue reading Steve Wilson

Murder Clinic

MURDER CLINIC was a short-lived radio anthology series that each week adapted a detective story from some generally well-known mystery writer, including Edgar Wallace, Ngaio Marsh, Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr), Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, G. K. Chesterton, Jacques Futrelle, Stuart Palmer and others. Most of them weren't private eye stories, but a few did manage … Continue reading Murder Clinic