The Dragnet radio show is a police crime drama series surrounding Joe Friday and his few partners he has throughout the show. Dragnet ran from June 1949 – July 1957, and later became a tv show, also now in the public domain. Dragnet was thought up by Jack Webb, who also starred as Joe Friday. […]
Back before we had screens to endlessly gaze into, people turned the lights off and gazed at the radio with their ears (and sometimes their eyes, too) with the same intensity. Radio can be more magical than any of the best special effects you've seen in movies because it doesn't do everything for you. With the visual component of the story taken out, one is left to fill in that blank with whatever wild fantasies they might come up with. Good writing, characters, acting and all-around storytelling can coax the mind into releasing it's impressions of reality and transport you to another time or place.