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Calling All Cars (radio program)

Calling All Cars is an old-time radio police drama in the United States. It was broadcast on the CBS West Coast network and on the Mutual-Don Lee Network November 29, 1933 - September 8, 1939 and carried by transcription on stations in other areas. The program was notable for being one of the first police dramas on radio.

Calling All Cars
GenrePolice drama
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
SyndicatesCBS West Coast
Mutual-Don Lee
Hosted byChief James E. Davis, Los Angeles Police Department
Written byWilliam N. Robson
Mel Williamson
Sam Pierce
Directed byRobert Hixon
Produced byWilliam N. Robson
Original releaseNovember 29, 1933 – September 8, 1939

Contents

Calling All Cars dramatized cases that had been handled by the Los Angeles Police Department. A typical episode began by relating the facts of a particular crime, then introducing individuals who were associated with the case. A dramatization followed, climaxing in the arrest of the criminal. The outcome of a trial wrapped up the story. In On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, radio historian John Dunning described the program as "a crude forerunner of a type that reached its zenith years later on Dragnet: the tedious routine of tracking killers and robbers, often with a postshow recap telling how justice was meted out."

Chief James E. Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department was the host of Calling All Cars, and Charles Frederick Lindsey, professor of speech education at Occidental College, was the narrator. Other on-air people were generally uncredited. William N. Robson wrote and produced the program, with Mel Williamson and Sam Pierce also writing for it. Robert Hixon was the director.

Networks

Calling All Cars was sponsored by Rio Grande Oil Co., which had dealers in California, Arizona, and Nevada, with commercials promoting its petroleum products and other products and services for vehicles. The company augmented the radio broadcasts with the monthly publication Calling All Cars News, which was available free from service stations that sold Rio Grande products. Issues often contained stories that were related to upcoming episodes of the program. By November 1936, the publication's circulation had reached 400,000. Rio Grande also created an organization for young listeners. After filling out a form obtained from a dealer and sending it in, a youngster received a metal badge with "Junior Police Safety Department" on the front.

Syndication

As time went on, other sponsors used transcriptions of Calling All Cars, spreading it beyond its original western and southwestern coverage. In January 1939, Axton-Fisher Tobacco Co. began sponsoring the program on stations in Detroit, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri, advertising Twenty Grand cigarettes. In March 1939, Gruen Watch Co. began sponsoring it on a station in Syracuse, New York. In May 1939, Liebmann Breweries began sponsoring it on eight stations in the eastern United States, advertising Rheingold Beer. In February 1940, Ford dealers in the midwestern United States began sponsoring the series on eight midwestern stations; the dealers had already been sponsoring it on a station in Des Moines, Iowa.

On December 21, 1938, Calling All Cars received the Institute of Audible Arts Trophy for "the most consistently excellent program broadcast in western United States during 1938 ".

  1. Dunning, John (1998).On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 131-132. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved2019-09-19. Calling All Cars, police drama.
  2. "Agencies and Representatives"(PDF). Broadcasting. May 1, 1937. p. 62. Retrieved4 February 2017.
  3. Cox, Jim (2002). Radio Crime Fighters: Over 300 Programs from the Golden Age. McFarland. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0-7864-4324-6.
  4. Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 59.
  5. Robson, William N. (November 1, 1934). "Using the Police as a Radio Sales Force"(PDF). Broadcasting. p. 11. Retrieved4 February 2017.
  6. "Merchandising & Promotion"(PDF). Broadcasting. November 15, 1936. p. 78. Retrieved4 February 2017.
  7. "New Production Firm"(PDF). Broadcasting. January 15, 1939. p. 73. Retrieved4 February 2017.
  8. "Gruen Watch Spots"(PDF). Broadcasting. March 1, 1939. p. 81. Retrieved4 February 2017.
  9. "Liebmann Using 8"(PDF). Broadcasting. May 15, 1939. p. 68. Retrieved4 February 2017.
  10. "Ford Dealer Discs"(PDF). Broadcasting. February 15, 1940. p. 44. Retrieved5 February 2017.
  11. "Program Award"(PDF). Broadcasting. January 1, 1939. p. 26. Retrieved4 February 2017.

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Calling All Cars (radio program)
Calling All Cars radio program Language Watch Edit Calling All Cars is an old time radio police drama in the United States It was broadcast on the CBS West Coast network 1 and on the Mutual Don Lee Network 2 November 29 1933 September 8 1939 and carried by transcription on stations in other areas The program was notable for being one of the first police dramas on radio 3 Calling All CarsGenrePolice dramaRunning time30 minutesCountry of originUnited StatesLanguage s EnglishSyndicatesCBS West Coast Mutual Don LeeHosted byChief James E Davis Los Angeles Police DepartmentWritten byWilliam N Robson Mel Williamson Sam PierceDirected byRobert HixonProduced byWilliam N RobsonOriginal releaseNovember 29 1933 September 8 1939 Contents 1 Format 2 Personnel 3 Sponsors 3 1 Networks 3 2 Syndication 4 Recognition 5 References 6 External links 6 1 Logs 6 2 Script 6 3 StreamingFormat EditCalling All Cars dramatized cases that had been handled by the Los Angeles Police Department A typical episode began by relating the facts of a particular crime then introducing individuals who were associated with the case A dramatization followed climaxing in the arrest of the criminal The outcome of a trial wrapped up the story 4 In On the Air The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio radio historian John Dunning described the program as a crude forerunner of a type that reached its zenith years later on Dragnet the tedious routine of tracking killers and robbers often with a postshow recap telling how justice was meted out 1 Personnel EditChief James E Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department was the host of Calling All Cars 3 and Charles Frederick Lindsey professor of speech education at Occidental College was the narrator 5 Other on air people were generally uncredited William N Robson wrote and produced the program 3 with Mel Williamson and Sam Pierce also writing for it 2 Robert Hixon was the director 3 Sponsors EditNetworks Edit Calling All Cars was sponsored by Rio Grande Oil Co which had dealers in California Arizona and Nevada 6 with commercials promoting its petroleum products and other products and services for vehicles 3 The company augmented the radio broadcasts with the monthly publication Calling All Cars News which was available free from service stations that sold Rio Grande products Issues often contained stories that were related to upcoming episodes of the program 3 By November 1936 the publication s circulation had reached 400 000 6 Rio Grande also created an organization for young listeners After filling out a form obtained from a dealer and sending it in a youngster received a metal badge with Junior Police Safety Department on the front 5 Syndication Edit As time went on other sponsors used transcriptions of Calling All Cars spreading it beyond its original western and southwestern coverage In January 1939 Axton Fisher Tobacco Co began sponsoring the program on stations in Detroit Michigan and St Louis Missouri advertising Twenty Grand cigarettes 7 In March 1939 Gruen Watch Co began sponsoring it on a station in Syracuse New York 8 In May 1939 Liebmann Breweries began sponsoring it on eight stations in the eastern United States advertising Rheingold Beer 9 In February 1940 Ford dealers in the midwestern United States began sponsoring the series on eight midwestern stations the dealers had already been sponsoring it on a station in Des Moines Iowa 10 Recognition EditOn December 21 1938 Calling All Cars received the Institute of Audible Arts Trophy for the most consistently excellent program broadcast in western United States during 1938 11 References Edit Radio portal a b Dunning John 1998 On the Air The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio Revised ed New York NY Oxford University Press pp 131 132 ISBN 978 0 19 507678 3 Retrieved 2019 09 19 Calling All Cars police drama a b Agencies and Representatives PDF Broadcasting May 1 1937 p 62 Retrieved 4 February 2017 a b c d e f Cox Jim 2002 Radio Crime Fighters Over 300 Programs from the Golden Age McFarland pp 65 66 ISBN 978 0 7864 4324 6 Terrace Vincent 1999 Radio Programs 1924 1984 A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows McFarland amp Company Inc ISBN 978 0 7864 4513 4 P 59 a b Robson William N November 1 1934 Using the Police as a Radio Sales Force PDF Broadcasting p 11 Retrieved 4 February 2017 a b Merchandising amp Promotion PDF Broadcasting November 15 1936 p 78 Retrieved 4 February 2017 New Production Firm PDF Broadcasting January 15 1939 p 73 Retrieved 4 February 2017 Gruen Watch Spots PDF Broadcasting March 1 1939 p 81 Retrieved 4 February 2017 Liebmann Using 8 PDF Broadcasting May 15 1939 p 68 Retrieved 4 February 2017 Ford Dealer Discs PDF Broadcasting February 15 1940 p 44 Retrieved 5 February 2017 Program Award PDF Broadcasting January 1 1939 p 26 Retrieved 4 February 2017 External links EditLogs Edit Log of episodes of Calling All Cars from Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs Log of episodes of Calling All Cars from Old Time Radio Researchers Group Log of episodes of Calling All Cars from radioGOLDINdexScript Edit Script of The Execution Of John Dillinger July 25 1934 episode of Calling All CarsStreaming Edit Episodes of Calling All Cars from Internet Archive Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Calling All Cars radio program amp oldid 1051580464, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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