Aug 12, 2014
On this program we have one of my favorite detective dramas. Pat Novak for Hire will take the stage and hopefully entertain you and thrill you. Also, on the program I will announce the first ever Ron’s Amazing Stories contest. The topic for the tweets is #ImHappyBecause.
What can I say about Pat Novak for Hire that I have not said in past shows? It is one of the strangest, well-acted and best written programs of the golden age of radio. It is a classic detective drama starring Jack Webb as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do. Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (often played by Raymond Burr). The show has a repeating plotline, but it is a work of art, with fantastic poetry. Pat Novak for Hire is memorable from start to finish. Our story is called, Agnes Bolton and it first aired on June 5, 1949.