21st Precinct and Dragnet, East and West Coast Cop Shows

The phenomenal success of Dragnet, premiering in 1949, was bound to have imitators. One of the Columbia network’s answers was 21st Precinct. Comparisons between the two police procedural dramas are interesting. Both shows emphasize the human reality of police work. The sound effects are an important part of both shows, especially the background noise and… Continue reading 21st Precinct and Dragnet, East and West Coast Cop Shows

“Indictment” Old Time Radio Show (1956)

In the 1950s radio broadcasting in the United States was at its zenith, with television still just starting out. Indictment was a popular radio drama aired on the CBS network and it started on January 29, 1956, airing up to 1959. This show was based on the case files of former New York City Assistant… Continue reading “Indictment” Old Time Radio Show (1956)