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Big Town Old Time Radio Program

½ hour reporter/detective episodes


"Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly…hold it high…guard it well."

Big Town was a popular long-running radio drama series which was later adapted to both film and television and a comic book published by DC Comics.

Big Town is a story about Steve Wilson, managing editor of the crusading Illustrated Press, and his pursuit of truth and justice. Lorelei Kilbourne was the paper's Society Editor, and Wilson's investigative partner. Lorelei and Steve followed stories that touched on a range of issues in America, including s juvenile delinquency, racism, drunk driving, and of course, murder and intringue.

The radio program aired from 1937 to 1952. Written by Jerry McGill, with theme music by Fran Frey. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor, then Ona Munson played the role of the paper's Society Editor, Lorelei Kilbourne. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Steve Wilson from 1943 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes. Fran Carlon played Pawley's sidekick, Lorelei Kilbourne, from 1942-1952.

During the period in which Pawley starred, Big Town was rated No. 1 among all of the reporter-type drama series on radio. It was also rated in the top 15 among all radio programs broadcast and had a listening audience rated between 10 and 20 million people.

There were 4 movies made and ran on television from 1950 to 1956. And the DC Comics run lasted over 50 issues from 1950 to 1958.

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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.
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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.


Buy on CD: $4.50

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Big Town

20 episodes


BIGTOWN (37-10-19) Wilson Is Shot.mp3

BIGTOWN (40-01-01) Death Rides The Highway.mp3

BIGTOWN (48-10-12) Double Murder.mp3

BIGTOWN (48-10-19) Angel Of The Street.mp3

BIGTOWN (48-11-09) The Fatal Chain.mp3

BIGTOWN (48-11-16) Death By Plan.mp3

BIGTOWN (48-11-23) The Deadly Doll.mp3

BIGTOWN (48-12-07) Lost And Found.mp3

BIGTOWN (48-12-14) Deadline At Dawn.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-01-25) The Fatal Fix.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-02-01) Murder In The Snow.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-02-15) The Prisoner's Song.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-02-22) The Charity Killer.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-03-15) The Shiny Gun.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-03-22) The Deadly Summons.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-03-29) The Chill Of Death.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-04-05) The Deadly Gimmick Of The Squeaking Rat.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-04-12) The Lonely Heart.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-04-19) The Iron Fist.mp3

BIGTOWN (49-04-26) The Hunter.mp3


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