Bloodstained Coin (Aired October 26, 1937)
Calling All Cars was one of the earliest police shows on the air. It ran from Nov. 29, 1933-Sept. 8, 1939. It’s sponsor was the Rio Grande Oil Company, which is why the show only ran in areas where Rio Grande "cracked" gasoline was sold. The sponsor promoted its "close ties" with police departments in Arizona and Southern California, urging listeners to buy its product for "police car performance" in their own cars. As shows of this nature do it dealt with tracking killers and robbers with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. Calling All Cars episodes were dramatized true crime stories that were not only introduced by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department but were true life crime stories of the LAPD.
October 26, 1937. Program #205. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Bloodstained Coin"
. Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. The murder of Theodore Wallman has taken place in Leona Canyon. Jesse Rosenquist (dispatcher), A. C. Dowall (host, from the Sheriff's office of Los Angles county), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.