Night Watch

(4.6 stars; 13 reviews)

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Not Nightfall - a truly amazing real-life cop show from the 50s!

(5 stars)

I believe the previous reviewer has this series mixed up with NIGHTFALL - this show, NIGHTWATCH, is a fascinating radio forerunner of COPS from the mid-1950s - where real police are followed and recorded. One episode involving a man who exposes himself has suprisingly adult content for radio of this period. It's really interesting to hear the real voices of the accused and the police from such a long time ago - a truly amazing time capsule! Despite being a fan of old radio for over 30 years, I have only discovered this show recently.

stark realism of this show from the 50s is astounding

(5 stars)

This actual real life 'Dragnet' radio program shows there were plenty of psychos in early 1950s suburban LA just like today. The actual sound of the traffic noise and sirens and the suspects' quavering voices as they are questioned or arrested will send chills up your spine. From suicide attempts, to crazy old ladies, to wayward mothers carousing around while their kids are left alone to fend for themselves- it gives you a good insight into daily police work as it really is.


(4 stars)

The last four episodes are a horror programme, of which I am not familiar. Um, if I am not familiar with the programme, it is beyond obscure. What in the name of Sam Snead do these four programmes have to do with the price of arse in China? …—Or Nightwatch? PUHLEESE. mister or missus poster, fix this error and find the missing programmes! Thank you.

Issues with recordings....

(2 stars)

A lot of these episode cannot be played. Receive an error: "Error Loading Media: File could not be played. Out of the 52 episodes on this page, I've only been able to listen to less than 10 of the episodes. Of the episodes that I've been able to listen to, they have been very interesting. Wish I could listen to the others.

Mixed shows of the same title

(4 stars)

The confusion is the last 4 episodes are some other show named Nightwatch that is a horror show, not a police drama.. I have listened to the police version a lot but never heard of the other Nightwatch. Good show but the audio quality suffers on some because the original recording were not the greatest ..

Great Series

(5 stars)

This is going to be one of the better quality series you will find, because it is not OTR, well not very old OTR anyway (1980s). It's in stereo, very well recorded, and pretty gruesome and graphic. If you like horror, this is very good stuff. Forewarning: there is some really cheesy eighties synth-music in a lot of these.

Found Sounds

(0 stars)

I'm not sure if that's the best way to categorize this...but I stumbled on these Nightwatch recordings while searching the Archive for Public Domain sounds to use in my recordings. I went through basically every episode of Nightwatch and found bits and pieces I found interesting. Here's the result:

Night Watch The Original Cops

(5 stars)

Night Watch was one of my favorite old time radio shows and was the very first reality police show it was the pre-cursor to modern reality police shows such as Cops, Swat, Life on The Beat, Boston's Finest and much more reality cop shows