With over a decade on-air, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar was one of the longest-running detective series on radio. It aired on CBS Radio for 15 minutes from 1948 to 1962, making it among the last series broadcast on air as the listeners' interest on radio started to wane during the 1960s.
Johnny Dollar, the series lead character, was an insurance investigator. Each episode began with a phone call from insurance executives, asking him to work on an unusual claim. This would then require Dollar to go on a journey across the United States, or sometimes on other countries. Each case he handled was referred to as a "matter," some instances of which were "The Forbes Matter," "The Silver Blue Matter," and "The Price of Fame Matter." Such titles and format were used throughout the series' run.
From a total of 811 episodes produced by the show, only 720 are still existing. It was the last radio program on what was known as the Golden Age of Radio.
The CDs begin with the 1948 audition programs, following through until the series end in 1962. Always broadcast by CBS. Johnny Dollar was "a freelance insurance investigator with the action-packed expense account.” Dollar worked for the Universal Adjustment Bureau, and his expense account allowed him to travel the world to recover goods for his company. The format of the program followed Dollar, as he dictated his expense account like this, “expense account, item one,” and he would go on to listing his travel expenses, etc., etc. until he finished the report saying, “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.” Click here to read more about Yours Truly Johnny Dollar
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Please enjoy these 728 old time radio episodes:
|12.07.1948||milford brooks iii||
+ Audition program. Johnny is hired to keep Mr. Brooks from committing suicide and a $2 million dol...
|02.18.1949||the parakoff policy||
+ The first show of the series. While investigating a murder involving a beautiful widow in negligee...
|02.25.1949||the slow boat from china||
+ Johnny goes to Singapore to expedite a shipment of tin and finds everyone looking for a mysterious...
|03.04.1949||robert perry case||
+ Mr. Perry is blown into smithereens as soon as Johnny shows up to protect him. A beautiful-but-unf...
|03.11.1949||murder is a merry go round||
+ Murder at the circus...with snakes!
|03.25.1949||milford brooks iii matter||
+ A policy that pays $2 million in case of suicide causes trouble because the man has no reason to l...
+ Johnny visits post-war London to solve a stolen painting caper and finds murder as well.
|04.15.1949||the case of the hundred thousand dollar legs||
+ A movie stars' legs are insured and stay in good shape...despite the murder of the woman attached ...
|04.22.1949||the case of barton drake||
+ A man disappears for seven years and is almost declared dead...but what big teeth you have, grandm...
|07.24.1949||who took the taxis for a ride||
+ Also titled: "Who Took The Taxis For A Ride?" The hunt for the "Scarlet Madonna," shades of the Ma...
|08.07.1949||murder aint minor||
+ Johnny takes a case on behalf of "King Hart," (not an insurance company!) to try to find his missi...
|08.21.1949||out of the fire into the frying pan||
+ Johnny travels to Iowa to protect a prized porker. As a Freelance Insurance Investigator Johnny Do...
|09.04.1949||expiring nickels and the egyptian jacket||
+ A leper in India and a lady stowaway on an airplane add up to adventure in the Middle East. The an...
|09.25.1949||the search for michelle marsh||
+ Johnny goes to Boston for the search...and finds murder!
|10.01.1949||the fishing boat affair||
+ The full title is, "I Caught A Fishing Boat, But You Should Have Seen The One That Got Away." John...
|10.08.1949||the racehorse piledriver matter||
+ Johnny's at a Chicago racetrack to prevent a criminal from too much "horse sense."
|10.15.1949||dr otto shmendlick||
+ Johnny cures a doctor who practises an addictive type of medicine.
|10.22.1949||witness witness whos got the witness||
+ Johnny takes an assignment from a bail bondsman to find two men. The plot is similar to the progra...
|10.29.1949||the little man who wasnt there||
+ A madman in San Francisco tackles an insurance company singled-handed...by killing off the policy ...
|11.05.1949||the island of tin yutan||
+ The program is also known as, "The South Sea Adventure." Johnny's in the South Seas, complete with...
|11.12.1949||melanie clark and the unnice niece||
+ Johnny travels to Boston to protect a little old lady who has some suprises in store! The cast cre...
|11.26.1949||skulduggerying in the skull canyon mine||
+ Johnny travels out West to find out to where all the profits from a gold mine are disappearing.
|12.03.1949||bodyguard to anne connelly||
+ Johnny's in Milwaukee to protect a rich woman from an escaped madman. The script is similar to the...
|12.10.1949||the circus animal show||
+ A black leopard at the circus is essential to Johnny's case.
|12.17.1949||port au prince haiti||
+ Johnny travels to the Caribbean to keep a man from dying...from voodoo! The script was subsequent...