Candy Matson Tribute

Candy Matson Tribute

Candy Matson Tribute
15 November 2021

13:00-14:00 PT, KXRW-FM and KXRY-FM
Program Guide for ***Candy Matson Tribute***
Re-Imagined Radio pays tribute to the popular female detective series Candy Matson by focusing on the first and last episodes, "The Donna Dunham Case" and "Candy's Last Case."

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Credits

     Sound Design by John Barber
     Post Production by Marc Rose of Fuse Audio Design
     Promotional Graphics by Holly Slocum Design
     Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media Management
     Produced and Hosted by John Barber

Background

Crime and detective radio series were popular from the 1940s to the 1950s, perhaps due to rising concerns for emerging criminal activities at all levels. A number of detective radio series responded to this interest. Candy Matson (1949-1951) was a weekly radio drama series noted for its strong female protagonist. She was a compelling alternative to the popular male detective radio genre, and the best of the popular female detective programs.

Candy Matson was developed by husband and wife Monte and Natalie Masters. Monte wrote, produced, and directed each episode. Natalie voiced the leading role as Candy Matson. The writing and acting, along with its local focus, quickly made Candy Matson a favorite of listeners.

As voiced by Natalie Masters, Candy Matson was an intelligent, no nonsense detective. She was driven, relentless, and disarming. Rather than a seedy office, she ran her business from a Telegraph Hill penthouse in San Francisco, California. She worked with Rembrandt Watson, an eccentric photographer, and sparred with Lieutenant Ray Mallard, a San Francisco Police detective, and her love interest. San Francisco actors, musicians, and colorful locales often played supporting roles.

Ninety one episodes of Candy Matson were broadcast from 1949 to 1951 when, despite its popularity, the series was cancelled. This Re-Imagined Radio Candy Matson Tribute highlights the first and last episodes, "The Donna Dunham Case" and "Candy's Last Case."

The first episode, "The Donna Dunham Case," was broadcast 30 June 1949. In this episode Candy investigates a jealous-lover murder and nearly falls victim herself. The final episode, "Candy's Last Case" (AKA "The Cape Hatteras Diamond") features a double murder and a missing diamond. Both lead indirectly to Mallard proposing marriage to Candy. Both episodes showcase Candy Matson as a ground-breaking female detective series with a strong lead character, local references, and a cast of characters representing diversity and inclusivity. Both demonstrate the appeal and power of radio storytelling and how it engages listeners' imaginations.

Promotion

Candy Matson Tribute web poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (240 x 356)
Candy Matson: Tribute web poster 2021

Candy Matson Tribute cover poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (820 x 356)
Candy Matson: Tribute cover poster 2021

Candy Matson Tribute social media poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (2000 x 2000)
Candy Matson: Tribute social media poster 2021

Candy Matson Tribute full poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (2000 x 3000)
Candy Matson: Tribute poster 2021