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Gang Busters Old Time Radio Program

Gang Busters Old Time Radio Program
"Now in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the United States. The only national program that brings you authentic police case histories."

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The Sledge Hammer Handicap
Case of the Quincy Killers

Gang Busters was one of the most popular and long lasting shows of Old Time Radio. The show first aired as a program called "G-Men" in 1935. It changed itís name to "Gang Busters" in 1936, and lasted on the air until 1957, almost the entire period known as Old Time Radio.

The show was created by Philip H. Lord, who wanted to create a thoroughly authentic series about the governmentís fight against crime. Lord was able to get the cooperation of the FBI, in the person of J. Edgar Hoover, for the show. Hoover allowed the show to use the FBIís closed case files for material, as long as the FBI approved of the scripts for the episodes.

Each episode started with an interview between Lord and the law enforcement agent involved with the case. The interview would set the premise for the episode, then the interview voices would fade out and the dramatization would begin. (As a completely useless bit of trivia, Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf Ė the father of General Schwarzkopf from the Persian Gulf War, later conducted the interviews.)

The tone and atmosphere of the show was quite violent. The very first episode was a dramatization of the FBI shootout with John Dillinger. Sounds effects were expertly used to convey the violence of the story: broken glass, a burglar alarm, police siren, rounds from a shotgun, etc. Even though the show used the case files from law enforcement, the stories were usually told from the criminalís point of view. As one might expect from a show approved by the FBI, the message of each episode is "CRIME DOES NOT PAY", this message to the listener is as subtle as a copís billyclub to the throat.

One of the most popular features of the show is the "Gang Busters Clues" segment. During this period of the show, the listener would hear about real criminals wanted by the police or FBI, giving out a physical description of the alleged criminal and information about their case. The "Clues" led to the capture of 286 most wanted; similar to the tv show "Americaís Most Wanted."

The show switched networks and sponsors, but was last aired in 1957 on the Mutual Network, the show spanned almost the entire period of Old Time Radio. The radio show was turned into a movie serial, a television show, and the tv show was re-edited to become two feature length movies: "Gang Busters" and "Guns Donít Argue."

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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly. Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples to get a feel for how the programs sound.
You can purchase these episodes on CD or you can download them.
To purchase on CD: To download:

Click on the Buy on CD button. A few dollars will be added for shipping depending on your zip code and how many CDs you order. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account). You will receive a receipt from Paypal. We will mail you the CD(s) within a few days. Usually we get the CDs in the mail the next day. Shipping usually takes 2-3 days via USPS. The episodes will be in mp3 format.



  • You save money on the cost of the episodes and you don't pay any shipping.
  • Click on the Download button. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account).
  • After you pay you will be returned to our site to a page with a series of links to zip files. Click on the links to download the zip files. These episodes are downloadable in large zip files.
  • To open a zip file you need software to "unzip" it. Your computer may already have unzip software, if this is the case, just click on the file and your software will automatically open up and you can unzip the files. If your computer doesn't have an unzip program, you can get one from the internet. The most popular is probably winzip (, however, we use Zip Wizard by Coffeecup Software because its pretty good, easy to use, and free. (
  • The files are large - it will take you a few minutes to download each file. Each zip file is around 40MBs. A full CD worth of episodes takes about 14 large files. if you are on a dial-up connection, we highly recommend you buy a CD.
  • You will receive an e-mail receipt from Paypal, and we will send you an additional e-mail with the links.


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Gang Busters episode list:
91 episodes
3 Million Dollar Robbery
35,000 Dollar Theft
410328 The Nickle And Dime Bandits
450915 Henry Red Beaver
451208 Crime Wave Special Report
451212 Crime Wave Special Report
460316 The Death Mask Killer
481009 Incorrigible Killer
490927 Case Of Quincy Killers
49XXXX Bilanski Tillitson Gang
520816 The Onion Jar
531005 Jewel Robbery
A Date With Death
Al Simioni
Alcantraz Prison Riot
Brothers In Banditry
Carlos LaJoya
Carnival Caper
Case of the Golden Touch
Case of the Tennessee Triggermen
Chicago Tunnel Gang
Collector Who Robbed Supermarkets
Costume Killer
Dakota Badman
Date with Death
Elusive Leader
Five Days Of Danger
Four Feathers
Frank Luston
Fugitive Soldier
Golf Course Murder
Horserace Hijackers
Jersey Butcher Bandits
Joe McCann and The West Side Syndicate
Joe McCann, West Side Syndicate
John K Giles
Metropolitan Motor Mob
Military Police12th Anniv
Million Dollar Robbery
Miss Gangbusters
New JerseyTrio
New York Narcotics King
Nicky Small
Notorious Bugs Moran Part 1
Notorious Bugs Moran Part 2
Park Avenue Pilferers
Red Hot Readers
Rumbold Vault Robbery
Sledgehammer Handicap
Supersonic Safecrackers (audition)
The Bandit Brothers
The Broadway Bandits
The Brothers In Banditry
The Carnival Caper
The Case Of The Red Hot Readers
The Chicago Tunnel Gang
The Cininnati Narcotics Ring
The Collector Who Robbed Supermarkets
The Cumberland Safecracker
The Dakota Badman
The Devil & The Syndicate
The Elusive Leader
The Four Feathers
The Golden Touch
The Golf Course Murder
The Horserace Hijackers
The Jersey Butcher Bandits
The Kidnapped Paymaster
The Metropolitan Motor Mob
The Mound City Safecrackers
The New Jersey Trio
The Safe Cracking Combine
The Tennessee Triggermen
Three Safe Crackers
Throneberry Brothers
Triple Threat Bandits
Twenty Four Hour Twins

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