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A Note from the Producer

By November 1949, Candy Matson was well established as a different approach to the then popular crime and detective radio dramas. For November 2021, Re-Imagined Radio offers Candy Matson Tribute to celebrate this success.

Candy Matson (1949-1951) was popular weekly female detective radio drama series noted for its strong female protagonist. Candy Matson was a compelling alternative to the popular male detective radio genre during the 1940s and 1950s, and the best of the popular female detective programs.

As subscribers to our Program Guide you receive front row seats as we listen to the first ("The Donna Dunham Case") and last ("Candy’s Last Case" AKA "The Cape Hatteras Diamond") episodes of Candy Matson. Together, these episodes serve as effective bookends for this truly interesting example of radio storytelling.

Note our new broadcast time, 1:00-2:00 PM, Monday, 15 November. For our broadcast and streaming schedule see "How To Listen," below.

Enjoy listening, and share your thoughts via social media,
John Barber
Producer and Host



Natalie Masters, above, voiced the fearless detective, Candy Matson. 
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 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" (29 April 1951, 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. 

The Voices

Natalie Masters as Candy Matson
Jack Thomas as Rembrandt Watson
Henry Leff as Ray Mallard


Script Adaptation by John Barber
Sound Design, Music, and Post Production by Marc Rose of Fuse Audio Design
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media Management
Promotional Graphics by Holly Slocum Design
Produced and hosted by John Barber

How to Listen

KXRW FM, Vancouver, WA
1:00-2:00 PM PT, third Monday of each month
6:00-7:00 PM PT, Sunday evenings, past episodes broadcast 
Tune radio to 99.9 FM 
or Point your browser to KXRW.FM, press the large "Play" button at the top of the page.

KXRY FM, (aka XRAY), Portland, OR
Tune radio to 91.1 FM or 107.1 FM
or Point your browser to KXRY.FM, press the large "Play" button at the top of the page.

Or, use the XRAY App, available through the Apple and Android stores.

Or, program Amazon's Alexa to play KXR

The following radio stations broadcast and stream episodes of Re-Imagined Radio after the initial broadcast date.

KMWV FM, Salem, OR
Tune radio to 98.3 FM
or Point your browser to KMWV Internet radio

KUIK AM, Portland, OR
Tune radio to 1360 AM 

or Point your browser to KUIK Internet radio

CKXU FM, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Tune radio to 88.3 FM
or Point your browser to CKXU FM, press the "Play" button at the top of the page.

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Upcoming Episode

Next month, Re-Imagined Radio presents "A Christmas Holiday Sampler" that features radio shows including The Jack Benny Program, Rocky Fortune, The Damon Runyon Theatre, Bing Crosby and The Kraft Music Hall, Metropolitan Performing Arts, Suspense, and more. Since 2013 Re-Imagined Radio has offered a holiday celebration. We continue this tradition with "A Radio Christmas Sampler."
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