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14 January: Just Whistler

Advertisement for The Whistler at the height of its West Coast popularity. (Photo: Signal Oil Corp.)

Advertisement for The Whistler at the height of its West Coast popularity. (Photo: Signal Oil Corp.)

The Whistler is unique among radio crime dramas for more than the often-underrated point that there was little if any actual violence in a typical episode. And, more than its equally unique second-person narration the title storyteller uses to tell it from the killer’s viewpoint.

This is also one of the earliest such shows to hand a listener the thought, as John Dunning would put it in On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, that “this could happen to you,” the “everyday gone haywire . . . These were not mysteries: the identity of the killer was never in doubt, from the first hint that the deed must be done until the moment when the killer trapped himself.”

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