Candy Matson, YUkon 28209

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Overview

Candy Matson, YUkon 28209 (1949-1951) was a weekly OTR drama series noted for its strong, intelligent, no-nonsense female protagonist. She was a compelling alternative to the popular male detective radio genre, and the best of the popular female detective programs. Surviving episodes: 14.

Significance

Both crime and detective stories were popular Old Time Radio (OTR) genres from the 1940s-1950s. This popularity coincided with rising concerns for emerging criminal activities, especially organized crime, and containment efforts at all levels. Candy Matson, YUkon 28209 is significant as a ground-breaking female investigator anthology series featuring a strong lead character, local San Francisco locations and references, and gay and Asian characters. It was also a compelling alternative to the popular male detective radio genre, and the best of the popular female detective programs.

Background

Natalie Masters starred as Candy Matson, the strong lead character. Her husband, Monte wrote, produced, and directed each episode. The series was broadcasted by KNBC in San Francisco and quickly became the standout of the popular female investigator programs.

The Masters originally planned their radio series with a male lead. Natalie's mother persuaded them to cast Natalie as the female protagonist. The series was changed to highlight Candy Matson as an intelligent, no-nonsense female detective, driven, relentless, and disarming. She was a compelling alternative to the popular male detective radio genre.

Candy's companions included Rembrandt Watson, an eccentric photographer, and Lieutenant Ray Mallard, a San Francisco Police detective. Mallard was also Matson's love interest.

Guest spots were cast by the Masters from professional San Francisco actors. Sometimes they used local musicians. Each episodes featured references to local streets, buildings, events, or culture. These associations, along with the quick and creative scripts, made Candy Matson, YUkon 28109 a favorite of audiences west of the Mississippi River.

Constant changes to broadcast times by NBC, and the lack of a sponsor, ultimately led to a cancellation of the series after ninety one episodes, 20 May 1951. A reprise of the series, as Candy Matson, YUkon 38309 was attempted 21 October 1952 without success.

Both crime and detective stories were popular Old Time Radio (OTR) genres from the 1940s-1950s. This popularity coincided with rising concerns for emerging criminal activities, especially organized crime, and containment efforts at all levels.

Plot

Candy Matson runs her private investigation business from a penthouse atop Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California. Sidekicks Rembrandt Watson (eccentric photographer) and Lieutenant Ray Mallard (San Francisco Police detective and love interest) assist as she solves murders and mysteries in her own intelligent and witty style.

Cast

Candy Matson (Natalie Masters)
Detective Ray Mallard (Henry Leff)
Rembrandt Watson (Jack Thomas)
Announcer (Dudley Manlove)
Writer, producer (Monte Masters)

Resources

Candy Matson, Yukon 28209 radio logs at Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs website
Plot summaries and credits at Radio Gold Index website
Episodes at Internet Archive website
The Definitive Candy Matson at Digital Deli Too website

Episodes

Totals

Total episodes: 91 (plus April 1949 audition episode and September 1952 series revival audition episode).
Surviving episodes: 14.

Timeline

30 June 1949-20 May 1951
Broadcast on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

Inventory

Information and description for each episode of the series. Learn more.
Episodes available at Internet Archive website.

First Three Surviving Episodes
  • Episode 0a

    The Donna Dunham Case
    Audition episode, 4 April 1949
    AKA "Donna Dunham's Death." Candy solves a jealous-lover murder and nearly falls victim herself. Audition episode uses "EXbrook 29994" rather than "YUkon 28209."

  • Episode 2

    The Cable Car Murder Case
    Episode 02, 7 July 1949
    The man riding next to Candy on a cable car is silently shot to death.

  • Episode 14

    The Fort Ord Story
    Episode 14, 23 September 1949
    Candy is the queen of the NCO Ball, where a double murder occurs.