Old Time Radio! I Love Dragnet!

Do you ever have those nights where you just cant switch off and your mind is racing, preventing you from falling asleep??

I’ve been having them recently but I think I’ve found a cure! 
I prescribe Dragnet podcasts! Free on iTunes and elsewhere if you do a search online.

This is a picture from the TV show credits which followed in later years

The Dragnet radio show ran from 1949- 1955  and revolves around about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. For those that don’t know  Dragnet is an actual police term,meaning a system of coordinated procedures for apprehending criminals or suspects.

I love just snuggling down in bed listening to the show’s opening narration: “Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” It immediately sweeps you back to that era.

Each show is 30 minutes long and manages to solve a crime in each episode! And the episodes are actually based on real crimes of that time.
The story usually starts with footsteps and a door closing, followed by Joe Friday intoning something like “Monday, September 8th. It was cold in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of robbery division. My partner’s Ben Romero. The boss is Ed Backstrand, chief of detectives. My name’s Friday.”

The narration then continues through the episode and by the end I’m usually so caught up with it I’ve forgotten what was keeping me awake!

These are free podcasts and I really suggest you try one! Maybe even tonight!

Today’s lesson

Sometimes we all just need to switch off, especially at night. Find your way to switch off and really clear your mind. You’ll feel much better for it!



  1. May 27, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    Wow have never heard of Dragnet, will investigate. My form of turning off involved trashy novels, having recently taken time off from a high brow book club I am festering in rubbish romance and loving it! A little rubbish before bedtime is definitely what’s required (beats two sentences of very hard book). I will go back to the book club, just needed some time off…

  2. May 28, 2011 / 10:00 am

    Yep agree with trashy reading to relax! Also love biographys on famous trashy types!! Thanks for the comment!