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Nightwatch

Ride along with Culver City Police Officers in real recordings from the squad car.

48 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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24 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from September 25, 1954:

"Motel Sheets And Lock Out"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Real Police Ride-along (1954-55)

Featuring the police officers of Culver City, California, Nightwatch was the first show featuring real-life police officers on the job. The show was created and hosted by Donn Reed, a long-time radio man.

1950's Police CarReed rode along with police officers as they performed their jobs. Radio listeners of Nightwatch heard everything from sanitarium escapees to burglars to attempted murder. It was a slice-of-life that most people never heard before and were only too happy to listen to on the radio as long as it stayed on the radio.

Reed billed himself as a Police Recorder, providing Nightwatch narration in a low voice. He came up with idea by chance when he met a fellow handball player who was also a police officer with the Culver City department. In the course of the conversation, the officer invited Reed on a "ride along". Reed wasted no time in accepting the invitation and Nightwatch was born. After gaining permission to record from Police Chief W.N. Hidebrande, the networkpicked up the show and it was off.

Some of Nightwatch had some humor to them like the drunk woman beating a man with her shoe but most were tragic. When you listen to the show about the escaped mental patient, you can hear the pain in the husband's voice when he has to send his wife back to the sanitarium.

Ride along with Culver City police officers in the 1950s with Nightwatch!

For other law enforcement excitements see also Dragnet, Police Headquarters, Mr. District Attorney, This Is Your FBI, Tales of the Texas Rangers, and I Was a Communist for the FBI.

(Please note many of these Nightwatch recordings are of mixed audio quality)

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    48 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 39 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 21 hours 39 minutes
      1. Nightwatch 540107 e00 audition-On the Scene Reports.mp3
      2. Nightwatch 540405 e01 Nude Prowler.mp3
      3. Nightwatch 540412 e02 311 Southgate.mp3
      4. Nightwatch 540503 e03 Glass Breaker.mp3
      5. Nightwatch 540510 e04 Peanut Butter Part 1.mp3
      6. Nightwatch 540517 e05 Peanut Butter Part 2.mp3
      7. Nightwatch 540524 e06 Santa Baby.mp3
      8. Nightwatch 540604 e07 Kid Explosives.mp3
      9. Nightwatch 540611 e08 Paper Hanger.mp3
      10. Nightwatch 540618 e09 Kenny Narco and Headplate.mp3
      11. Nightwatch 540625 e10 Big Search.mp3
      12. Nightwatch 540702 e11 Slugger.mp3
      13. Nightwatch 540710 e12 Hammer 211.mp3
      14. Nightwatch 540717 e13 Car Wings and Floor Sleepers.mp3
      15. Nightwatch 540724 e14 Old Bat and Crowbar.mp3
      16. Nightwatch 540731 e15 Boy Go Home.mp3
      17. Nightwatch 540807 e16 Three Time Loser and Shotgun Boy.mp3
      18. Nightwatch 540814 e17 Old Fashioned Suicide.mp3
      19. Nightwatch 540821 e18 Shock.mp3
      20. Nightwatch 540828 e19 Weeper.mp3
      21. Nightwatch 540904 e20 Fence 447 and Western Union Raid.mp3
      22. Nightwatch 540911 e21 Inhalator and Jawbreaker.mp3
      23. Nightwatch 540918 e22 Strippers and Pix Stash.mp3
      24. Nightwatch 540925 e23 Motel Sheets and Lock Out.mp3
      25. Nightwatch 541007 e24 Pick up and Whose Crazy.mp3
      26. Nightwatch 541014 e25 Triangle and Peacemaker.mp3
      27. Nightwatch 541021 e26 Orange Balls and Bridge Jumper.mp3
      28. Nightwatch 541028 e27 Mississippi, Psyco 288 and Kingston.mp3
      29. Nightwatch 541104 e28 Grandma, Shoe Shine and Wifebeater.mp3
      30. Nightwatch 541111 e29 Kidnap.mp3
      31. Nightwatch 541118 e30 Child Desertion, Gabby and Kicker.mp3
      32. Nightwatch 541125 e31 Bleeder Safe.mp3
      33. Nightwatch 541202 e32 Rolling Pin and Luger.mp3
      34. Nightwatch 541216 e34 Scum, Beastwork and Phone Burgler.mp3
      35. Nightwatch 541223 e35 Goldie 211.mp3
      36. Nightwatch 541230 e36 Beer Can.mp3
      37. Nightwatch 550113 e38 Aunt Suicide.mp3
      38. Nightwatch 550120 e39 Smash, Turkey and Larry.mp3
      39. Nightwatch 550127 e40 Polio and Fog.mp3
      40. Nightwatch 550203 e41 Care and Jug.mp3
      41. Nightwatch 550210 e42 Ma and Pa Heinz and Chase.mp3
      42. Nightwatch 550217 e43 Bra.mp3
      43. Nightwatch 550224 e44 Knife, Bread, Body and Get-Away.mp3
      44. Nightwatch 550301 e00 Uncensored Out-takes.mp3
      45. Nightwatch 550310 e46 Bubble Gum and Baby.mp3
      46. Nightwatch 550317 e47 Crazy and Buy.mp3
      47. Nightwatch 550324 e48 Whiskers and Black Eye.mp3
      48. Nightwatch 550331 e49 Gd Lady and Mr Peepers.mp3
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    48 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 39 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 21 hours 39 minutes
      1. Nightwatch 540107 e00 audition-On the Scene Reports.mp3
      2. Nightwatch 540405 e01 Nude Prowler.mp3
      3. Nightwatch 540412 e02 311 Southgate.mp3
      4. Nightwatch 540503 e03 Glass Breaker.mp3
      5. Nightwatch 540510 e04 Peanut Butter Part 1.mp3
      6. Nightwatch 540517 e05 Peanut Butter Part 2.mp3
      7. Nightwatch 540524 e06 Santa Baby.mp3
      8. Nightwatch 540604 e07 Kid Explosives.mp3
      9. Nightwatch 540611 e08 Paper Hanger.mp3
      10. Nightwatch 540618 e09 Kenny Narco and Headplate.mp3
      11. Nightwatch 540625 e10 Big Search.mp3
      12. Nightwatch 540702 e11 Slugger.mp3
      13. Nightwatch 540710 e12 Hammer 211.mp3
      14. Nightwatch 540717 e13 Car Wings and Floor Sleepers.mp3
      15. Nightwatch 540724 e14 Old Bat and Crowbar.mp3
      16. Nightwatch 540731 e15 Boy Go Home.mp3
      17. Nightwatch 540807 e16 Three Time Loser and Shotgun Boy.mp3
      18. Nightwatch 540814 e17 Old Fashioned Suicide.mp3
      19. Nightwatch 540821 e18 Shock.mp3
      20. Nightwatch 540828 e19 Weeper.mp3
      21. Nightwatch 540904 e20 Fence 447 and Western Union Raid.mp3
      22. Nightwatch 540911 e21 Inhalator and Jawbreaker.mp3
      23. Nightwatch 540918 e22 Strippers and Pix Stash.mp3
      24. Nightwatch 540925 e23 Motel Sheets and Lock Out.mp3
      25. Nightwatch 541007 e24 Pick up and Whose Crazy.mp3
      26. Nightwatch 541014 e25 Triangle and Peacemaker.mp3
      27. Nightwatch 541021 e26 Orange Balls and Bridge Jumper.mp3
      28. Nightwatch 541028 e27 Mississippi, Psyco 288 and Kingston.mp3
      29. Nightwatch 541104 e28 Grandma, Shoe Shine and Wifebeater.mp3
      30. Nightwatch 541111 e29 Kidnap.mp3
      31. Nightwatch 541118 e30 Child Desertion, Gabby and Kicker.mp3
      32. Nightwatch 541125 e31 Bleeder Safe.mp3
      33. Nightwatch 541202 e32 Rolling Pin and Luger.mp3
      34. Nightwatch 541216 e34 Scum, Beastwork and Phone Burgler.mp3
      35. Nightwatch 541223 e35 Goldie 211.mp3
      36. Nightwatch 541230 e36 Beer Can.mp3
      37. Nightwatch 550113 e38 Aunt Suicide.mp3
      38. Nightwatch 550120 e39 Smash, Turkey and Larry.mp3
      39. Nightwatch 550127 e40 Polio and Fog.mp3
      40. Nightwatch 550203 e41 Care and Jug.mp3
      41. Nightwatch 550210 e42 Ma and Pa Heinz and Chase.mp3
      42. Nightwatch 550217 e43 Bra.mp3
      43. Nightwatch 550224 e44 Knife, Bread, Body and Get-Away.mp3
      44. Nightwatch 550301 e00 Uncensored Out-takes.mp3
      45. Nightwatch 550310 e46 Bubble Gum and Baby.mp3
      46. Nightwatch 550317 e47 Crazy and Buy.mp3
      47. Nightwatch 550324 e48 Whiskers and Black Eye.mp3
      48. Nightwatch 550331 e49 Gd Lady and Mr Peepers.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    48 recordings on 24 Audio CDs
    total playtime 21 hours, 39 min

    Disc A001

    1. Nightwatch 540107 e00 audition-On the Scene Reports
    2. Nightwatch 540405 e01 Nude Prowler
    3. Nightwatch 540412 e02 311 Southgate

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    Disc A002

    1. Nightwatch 540503 e03 Glass Breaker
    2. Nightwatch 540510 e04 Peanut Butter Part 1

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    Disc A003

    1. Nightwatch 540517 e05 Peanut Butter Part 2
    2. Nightwatch 540524 e06 Santa Baby

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    Disc A004

    1. Nightwatch 540604 e07 Kid Explosives
    2. Nightwatch 540611 e08 Paper Hanger

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    Disc A005

    1. Nightwatch 540618 e09 Kenny Narco and Headplate
    2. Nightwatch 540625 e10 Big Search

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    Disc A006

    1. Nightwatch 540702 e11 Slugger
    2. Nightwatch 540710 e12 Hammer 211

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    Disc A007

    1. Nightwatch 540717 e13 Car Wings and Floor Sleepers
    2. Nightwatch 540724 e14 Old Bat and Crowbar

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    Disc A008

    1. Nightwatch 540731 e15 Boy Go Home
    2. Nightwatch 540807 e16 Three Time Loser and Shotgun Boy

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    Disc A009

    1. Nightwatch 540814 e17 Old Fashioned Suicide
    2. Nightwatch 540821 e18 Shock

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    Disc A010

    1. Nightwatch 540828 e19 Weeper
    2. Nightwatch 540904 e20 Fence 447 and Western Union Raid

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    Disc A011

    1. Nightwatch 540911 e21 Inhalator and Jawbreaker
    2. Nightwatch 540918 e22 Strippers and Pix Stash

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    Disc A012

    1. Nightwatch 540925 e23 Motel Sheets and Lock Out
    2. Nightwatch 541007 e24 Pick up and Whose Crazy

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    Disc A013

    1. Nightwatch 541014 e25 Triangle and Peacemaker
    2. Nightwatch 541021 e26 Orange Balls and Bridge Jumper

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    Disc A014

    1. Nightwatch 541028 e27 Mississippi, Psyco 288 and Kingston
    2. Nightwatch 541104 e28 Grandma, Shoe Shine and Wifebeater

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    Disc A015

    1. Nightwatch 541111 e29 Kidnap
    2. Nightwatch 541118 e30 Child Desertion, Gabby and Kicker

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    Disc A016

    1. Nightwatch 541125 e31 Bleeder Safe
    2. Nightwatch 541202 e32 Rolling Pin and Luger

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    Disc A017

    1. Nightwatch 541216 e34 Scum, Beastwork and Phone Burgler
    2. Nightwatch 541223 e35 Goldie 211

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    Disc A018

    1. Nightwatch 541230 e36 Beer Can
    2. Nightwatch 550113 e38 Aunt Suicide

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    Disc A019

    1. Nightwatch 550120 e39 Smash, Turkey and Larry
    2. Nightwatch 550127 e40 Polio and Fog

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    Disc A020

    1. Nightwatch 550203 e41 Care and Jug
    2. Nightwatch 550210 e42 Ma and Pa Heinz and Chase

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    Disc A021

    1. Nightwatch 550217 e43 Bra
    2. Nightwatch 550224 e44 Knife, Bread, Body and Get-Away

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    Disc A022

    1. Nightwatch 550301 e00 Uncensored Out-takes
    2. Nightwatch 550310 e46 Bubble Gum and Baby

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    Disc A023

    1. Nightwatch 550317 e47 Crazy and Buy
    2. Nightwatch 550324 e48 Whiskers and Black Eye

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    Disc A024

    1. Nightwatch 550331 e49 Gd Lady and Mr Peepers

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