The Big List of Detective Old Time Radio Shows

I get asked a lot about what shows we’re going to play as replacements in the line up become necessary, so I decided to make a list of the shows I would like to do, the shows I’m not going to do and those I’m not sure about. If there’s another detective show that’s not on the list, please leave it in the comments or call the show at 208-991-GR8D (4783).

The only shows that I will consider are either American made shows or shows made for American syndication that were produced before February 15, 1972.



Night Beat (RSS)

Pursuit (RSS)  (Itunes)

Richard Diamond (RSS)

Boston Blackie (RSS)

Yours Truly Johnny Dollar (RSS) (Itunes)

Dragnet (RSS) (Itunes)




Coming in the 2016-2017 Season:


Box 13 (RSS)  (Itunes)

The Thin Man (RSS) (Itunes)

Adventures of the Abbotts (RSS) (Itunes)

I Deal in Crime (RSS) (Itunes)

Pat Novak for Hire  (RSS) (Itunes)

Johnny Madero  (RSS)

Jeff Regan  (RSS)  (Itunes)

San Francisco Final

Father Brown (RSS) (Itunes)

Nero Wolfe (RSS) (Itunes)

Rogue’s Gallery (RSS) (Itunes)

Candy Matson (RSS) (Itunes)

Christopher London (RSS) (Itunes)

Hercule Poirot  (RSS)  (Itunes)

Crime on the Waterfront (RSS) (Itunes)

Pete Kelly’s Blues (RSS)  (Itunes)

The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall (RSS) (Itunes)

The Fat Man (US): (RSS)

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator (RSS) (Itunes)

Call the Police (RSS) (Itunes)

A Life in Your Hands:  (RSS)

Cases of Mr. Ace (RSS)

Let George Do It (RSS) (Itunes)


The Adventures of Frank Race (RSS) (Itunes)

The Big Guy (RSS)

Sherlock Holmes (RSS) (Itunes)

The McCoy

Mr. Moto  (RSS)

Dr. Tim Detective (RSS)

A Johnny Fletcher Mystery 

Amazing Mr. Malone  (RSS) (Itunes)

Mr. Chameleon (RSS)

The McCoy

The Line Up  (RSS) (Itunes)

 Police Blotter (RSS) (Itunes)

Here Comes McBride

Homicide O’Kane

Casebook of Gregory Hood (RSS) (Itunes)

Manhunt (RSS)

Police Headquarters (RSS)

Crime and Peter Chambers (RSS)

The Man from Homicide (RSS)

The Saint (RSS)

Ellery Queen (RSS)

Hearthstone of the Death Squad (RSS)

Tales of Fatima (RSS)

The Avenger  (RSS)

Dyke Easter

Defense Attorney (RSS)

Nick Carter (RSS)  (Itunes)

Mark Sabre (ABC Mystery Theater) (RSS)

The Private Files of Rex Saunders (RSS)

Hollywood Mystery Time (RSS)

Inspector Thorne (RSS)

The Lone Wolf (RSS)

That Hammer Guy(RSS)

Bishop and the Gargoyle

Crime Correspodent

Follow that Man

The Judge

Coming in the 2017-18 Season


Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons


Rocky Fortune

Air Mail Mystery


Rocky Jordan

Coming Later:

Broadway is My Beat

Casey, Crime Photographer

Charlie Chan

Dangerous Assignment

Dick Tracy

The Falcon

It’s a Crime, Mr. Collins

The Man Called X

Martin Kane

Matthew Slade

Meet Miss Sherlock

Mr. and Mrs. North (Frost-Curtain Version)

Mystery is My Hobby


Operation: Danger

Philo Vance (NBC Version)

Public Defender

Rocky Jordan

Sam Spade

Sara’s Private Capers

Security Agent, USA

Stand by For Crime


Tales of the Texas Rangers

That Strong Guy

This is O’Shea

Under Arrest


Adventures by Morse

Armstrong of the SBI

Amazing Mr. Tut

Blackstone, Magic Detective

Bulldog Drummond

Crime Doctor

Danger Dr. Danfield

Deadline Mystery

Detectives Black and Blue

Green Lama

I Love a Mystery

I Love Adventure

Jonathan Brixton (aka Attorney for the Defense.)

Misadventures of Si and Elmer

Mr. and Mrs. North (Briton and Denning version)

Narcotics Intelligence Bureau

Philo Vance (Ziv Transcription)


Results, Inc.

Under Arrest

Need to hear more episodes to make up my mind:

United States Postal Inspector

A Voice in the Night

The Whisper Men

Wrong Genre:

Big Town

Cloak and Dagger

I Was a Communist for the FBI

The Shadow

Mr. District Attorney

  15 comments for “The Big List of Detective Old Time Radio Shows”

  1. March 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I also vote in favor of Casey Crime Photographer (I’m sure you know it has a few other titles as well.) You said today that it helps you to have listeners comment. There are a few others under that same catagory that I also like, but I’m very groggy at the moment and need to make sure I don’t mix up titles before I say which ones. I’ll let you know which I liked later, if you want. Thanks for the great job you do!

  2. Sarah
    September 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I have to say no to Inspector Thorne. I liked the first few episodes I heard but the more I hear the less I like the show. The writers tend to reintroduce the characters constantly. It is as if they don’t trust the listener to remember who is who, even the leads. The use of full names and occupations takes up at least a third of the dialouge! “Mrs. Smith, did you know the murdered man, banker Ted Jones?” Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, is bad for this as well.
    Also every so often they seem to use visual clues when solving a crime. The one that comes to mind is the mention of a butter dish as a source of anger for one character yet it was not mentioned in the scene where Inspector Thorne determined who the murderer was, only in his recap. This has happened on more than one occasion.
    Sorry for the rant!
    Thanks! Love the show.

  3. Montgomery
    September 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Please consider running Mr. District Attorney, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons and Dangerous Assignment all are great shows. I am an app user and am a avid podcast user. Thanks for the podcasts.

  4. Mark
    September 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Adam,
    Have you considred “Walk Softly, Peter Troy”? I found it on one of the otr download sites. It was made in South Africa and aired in England. Don’t know whether it aired in the States but, having listened to it, it seems to fit well with the other shows on your list.

  5. charleen
    May 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Why not Bulldog Drummond? You must have a reason but I have never heard the radio show so I cannot even guess what it might be. Enlighten us, please. What’s wrong with the show?

  6. Bobby
    June 24, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I would vote for Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade next they are awesome and I think the best of what you have planned for the rest of this season


  7. Ron Schnablegger
    November 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I was hoping you could do an episode of “the lions eye” Love the podcasts! all the best, Ron.

  8. Mark G
    January 26, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Would love for you to do one of my favorite shows. The Black Museum

  9. Jeffrey L
    May 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

    What about Dick Tracy

  10. Kristy C
    December 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I’m interested in Blackstone, the Magic Detective… Mostly, out of curiosity.

  11. Kristy C
    December 9, 2014 at 12:49 am

    First, never mind on the Blackstone. I looked it up and its kind of boring. Then catching up on Box 13, I heard you explain why its a no, which I agree with.

    Second, LOVE the shows. I really do. Hardcore Detectives are one of my passions, going all the way back to a kids series called Nate the Great. When I’m working on jewelry, I love to listen to the shows and just soak it all in.

    Thanks, and keep it up. Kristy C

  12. Aaron
    January 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Maybe I overlooked it, but how about gangbusters? I know it doesn’t have a consistent lead, but it is definitely a good detective show.

  13. Isaiah Nichols
    October 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

    You should update the list, it would make it less confusing. Thanks.

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