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  • July 10, 2022

    Black Jack Justice, from DecoderRing Theatre
    Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209

    The Cable Car Murder - in which Candy Matson, San Francisco detective, finds that the guy sitting next to her on the cable car when she gets to the end of the line is dead, and he wasn’t when she sat down.

    An OTR recreation by the
    One Act Players.

    Black Jack Justice in No News Is Good News

    Jack Justice and his partner, Trixie Dixon, Girl Detective, were on a different case at the time, but when their friend didn’t show up with the information he promised, they decided maybe it was important to find out what happened.

    DecoderRing Theater presents another in the lengthy series by Gregg Taylor. Characters created by Martin Bracknell.
  • July 17, 2022

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    A Pledge Drive Show – be sure to support Community Radio and Sound Affects.

    H-Street Heat

    Washington (D.C.) Audio Theater offers up this tale. It seems someone is taking over the rackets down on H-Street, and the new guys seems to be a lot rougher than the previous operators. Stash Force detective agency gets more than he hired on for on this case.

    Gas Town Mystery - Murder By Meteorite

    Five fast episodes involving a most unusual crime. From the
    One Act Players.
  • July 24, 2022

    The Martian Crown Jewels, by Seeng Ear Theatre
    The Martian Crown Jewels

    Poul Anderson wrote the original story in 1959 when it was still possible to believe in a native civilization on Mars. Here it is performed by
    Seeing Ear Theater, a project of the SyFy Channel. Earth Inspector Gregg needs the assistance of Mars’ greatest detective, Syaloch, a 7-foot biped who looks sort of like a stork, and is adept at methods made famous by Sherlock Holmes. Featuring film and TV actor, Bronson Pinchot as the Martian detective.

    Maxwell Morgan, Crime Cabbie

    David Ossman stars in his own script, very much in the Old Time Radio style, full of colorful and expansive dialogue. Featuring KFAI’s own Charles Brin as a policeman. Presented at the
    Midwest Radio Theatre Workshop back about 1981 or so.
  • July 31, 2022

    Repeat of July 24 program.
  • August 7, 2022

    Time Out For Bill Lizard, by Roger Gregg
    Forward Into The Past

    Time Out For Bill Lizard

    Bill Lizard is a detective, and this very old guy pops out of a vortex and hands him a mobile phone, and then disappears again. Bill seems to be the only person around who
    hasn’t seen the vortex guy before. And then things start to get really weird.

    Written and produced by Roger Gregg, of
    Crazy Dog Audio Theater. There seems to be a large number of actors in this piece, but you could never tell that ALL of them are played by Roger Gregg. This and other Bill Lizard tales are available On YouTube.

    Vince Washburn in “If You’ve Got The Time

    Vince, the New Age Detective, is hired to help a beautiful woman find her lost brother, who is missing in San Francisco – in 1905. And little Jimmy Knox keeps sneaking in and pushing buttons that shouldn’t be touched.

    We heard the first episode of Vince Washburn earlier in the series, as performed at the Midwest Radio Theater Workshop. This second episode was done by the
    Shockwave crew at a Minicon Science Fiction convention. Take note of character names and see if they don’t seem familiar, if you live in Minneapolis.
  • August 14, 2022

    The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
    Tricks of the Detective Trade

    The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
    – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

    No discussion of detectives in any medium would be complete without mention of Sherlock Holmes. This is one of his famous tales as performed by
    Hosiprog, a radio network in Europe aimed at entertainment for those in Hospital and the hearing impaired.

    Holmes lays a clever trap for a diabolical criminal, with the aid of his faithful friend, Dr. Watson.

    Abra Cadaver

    The local police detective thinks he has figured out who killed the man at his own party. It seems that everyone there has a motive. But then the phone rings, and new evidence comes to light.

    Another fine example of language play in radio detective stories, coming from the
    Champaign-Ubrana Audio Theater.

    A Case of Oversight – A Five Minute Mystery

    A short mystery setup, and a pause to let the listener solve it. A recreation of an old time radio program, and you can watch it all being made in the studio in this
    YouTube Video. Perpetrators unknown.
  • August 21, 2022

    Blues for Johnny Raven, by Thomas E. Fuller
    Hearing is Believing

    Blues For Johnny Raven

    Atlanta Radio Theater Company sends us this remarkably inventive story. The detective tale is very good in itself, but the characters all live in a very “audio” world called The Loop, and they know it every day. The story ambience part of the plot, and it is part of the conversation, too.

    Written by Thomas E. Fuller. Producer, David Benedict sent us this live performance, and mentions that a studio version is available from their store, or from

    Operation Opposition

    Mark Markheim Miniscule Mystery, full of alliteration and artful audio, from the One Act Players.

    The Case of the Missing Ruby - A Five Minute Mystery

    Another short setup, and you get to try to solve the mystery yourself. Watch this recreation of an Old Time Radio standard as it’s being
    performed in the studio, on YouTube, without any credits.
  • August 28, 2022

    Nick Danger, Third Eye
    The Shadow – The Little Man Who Wasn’t There

    Three people have been robbed in public and no one could see who did it, which causes Commissioner Weston to wonder if the Shadow has gone bad.

    A recreation by the
    Chatterbox Audio Theater from Memphis, TN, of a story originally aired in 1945.

    A Gas Town Mystery – The Case of the Abducted Asphalt

    The roads in Vancouver, BC have been stolen on the eve of the Canadian Grand Prix. Can PI Stanley Park find them in time for the race?

    Five fast episodes from the
    One Act Players, alternated with five quick ones of…

    Nick Danger – The Case of the Missing Shoe

    Firesign Theatre’s famous detective with the Third Eye is caught up in a case involving the telephone company, and they usually mean a mean business.

    Taken from the
    Box of Danger collection, on the Shout Factory label.
  • September 4, 2022

    Midnight Cab, by James Nichol
    Midnight Cab – The Mystery of the Blue-Eyed Man

    Canadian Broadcasting radio still carried a lot of audio drama in the 1990s, including several detective series. Walker Devereaux is a young man from a small town who is just learning the ways of the big city of Toronto, driving a cab at night. In the 35 episodes of the series he solves mysteries with the help of his girlfriend, and cab dispatcher, Krista Papadopoulos.
    Midnight Cab ran from 1992-96. This is the first episode in the series, written by James W. Nichol.

    Pulp Radio – Diamonds of Death

    The second in the
    Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective series of stories by Robert Leslie Bellem, published in Spicy Detective Stories in July of 1934. There were dozens of Turner tales over the next 15 years, all full of dainty damsels and hasty haymakers on the dimpled chin of one of the hardest of the hard-boiled.

    This story was produced by Michael Packer at WGBU public radio in Grand Rapids, MI, as part of his
    Pulp Radio series. After the days of radio drama in the U.S. ended, Robert L. Bellem went on to write for television, including scripts for Superman, and Perry Mason.
  • September 11, 2022

    Big Fun Radio Funtime!
    Big Fun Radio Funtime!

    Performed at the opening of
    Convergence in August of 2022, it’s Geek Flavored comedy radio sketches. Four of them are from this year’s chapter, and one left over from 2021.

    Is It Right For Me? and In The Shop, by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns.

    Spring Cleaning and After Party, Part 6 by Tim Wick.

    Outsourcing Batman by Jason Krueger.
  • September 18, 2022

    Lance Manley, Library Detective on YouTube
    Locally Sourced Audio Theater

    Behind Her, Trailing Like Butterfly Wings
    The Fancy Pants Gangsters present this episode of their RedShift podcast. Written by Daniela Tomova in Apex Magazine.

    This is the tale of the people who wander the countryside in search of a mysterious woman, a journalist doing research on them, and a man who’s been on the search a long time and seen it all.

    Lance Manley: Library Detective’s Case of the Drop Box Bank Job
    The new cataloger is pestering Lance to join him on a case, but a Library Detective doesn’t often come across a crime involving more than overdue books. Then something literally drops into the library drop box that will take both of them to solve.

    A brand new work, performed live in August by the
    Icebox Radio Theater, in a band shell in International Falls, MN. Watch the live performance on YouTube here.
  • September 25, 2022

    Best of Saratoga Springs from ZBS
    The Best of Saratoga Springs, Part 1 (of 3)

    A small and vibrant city in upstate New York; home of the first horse race track in the U.S., and where the potato chip was invented. This is the lives of the quirky characters and a bit of the history of Saratoga Springs, NY. Meet White Boy Rick, and Penny Nicholson-Dimes, and Lo Fat and many more delightful denizens of the city.

    ZBS series was originally broadcast on NPR in 91 short episodes. That’s a lot. So we’re choosing just a few of the best episodes over three weeks. It’s still all here, though.

Coming to a Radio near you!