Radio Law Enforcement
Hello MPIR Fans,
I hope you've enjoyed the Western programming the past few days. Coming up for Monday Feb 15, 2016 will be radio law enforcement themed programs. Episodes from The Tales of The Texas Rangers, The Line Up, 21st Precinct, and featuring Dragnet.
Dragnet, 1949 - 1957 the brainchild of Jack Webb, may very well be the most well-remembered, and the best, radio police drama series. Each 30 minute show brought to radio true police stories in a low-key, documentary style. Dragnet became one of radio's top rated shows. Jack Webb insisted on realism in every aspect of the show. The dialogue was clipped, understated, and sparse -- influenced by the hard-boiled school of crime fiction. Scripts were fast moving, but didn't seem rushed. Every aspect of police work was chronicled, step-by-step. From patrols and paperwork, to crime scene investigation, lab work and questioning witnesses or suspects. Webb was a stickler for accurate details, and Dragnet used many authentic touches, such as LAPD's actual radio call sign, KMA-367, and the names of many real department officials, such as Ray Pinker and Lee Jones of the Crime Lab, or Chief of Detectives, Thad Brown.
21st Precinct 1953 - 1956 was a very dramatic police drama. CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for this series and to focus on the happenings in an actual police precinct. The premise was to put the listener into the drama from the opening phone call until the final report was written.
Enjoy the programming? Please let know if you have a particular show you wish to hear.
Until next time,