Cops and Crime Radio Programs - Nightwatch

Starring Donn Reed

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Donn Reed

Donn Reed was a radio news reporter in Los Angeles for station KABC from 1959-1960, before moving to radio station KMPC where he worked from 1961 until he retired in 1981. He began in radio as an announcer for dance bands, and after flying B-17 bombers in World War Two, and after the war worked for C.B.S. radio in Los Angeles. In 1954 while playing handball with a Culver City policeman he was invited to ride along with Officer Ron Perkins to experience a night of police works. That experience led Donn to create what was probably the first reality show, and it was soon picked up by the C.B.S. radio network. Donn carried a flashlight with a microphone taped to it, with the chord hidden in his trenchcoat sleeve leading to a sixteen pound recorder under his coat. He rode with police officers in the nightwatch shift in Culver City, standing with the officers as they faced each night’s challenges. On one night when a man started firing shots at the policeman and him, he dropped to the ground, shattering the recording equipment and losing all of the data from that incident.

Mr. Reed acted on screen only once that I know about in a 1947 movie Nelly Was a Lady on Jimbo Movies —»

Don Reed outlived two wives, and died December 18, 2003 at the age of 88 with no surviving relatives.

January 7, 1954 - Nightwatch, Audition Show —»

April 5, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Burgler and the Nude Prowler —»

April 12, 1954 - Nightwatch, Code 311 in Southgate, Indecent Exposure —»

May 3, 1954 - Nightwatch, Code 459, Glass Breaker —»

May 10, 1954 - Nightwatch, Peanut Butter Part One —»

May 17, 1954 - Nightwatch, Peanut Butter Part Two —»

May 24, 1954 - Nightwatch, Santa Baby —»

June 4, 1954 - Nightwatch, Kid Explosives —»

June 11, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Paper Hanger —»

June 18, 1954 - Nightwatch, Kenny Narco and the Headplate —»

June 25, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Big Search —»

July 2, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Slugger —»

July 10, 1954 - Nightwatch, Hammer 211 —»

July 17, 1954 - Nightwatch, Car Wings and Floor Sleepers —»

July 24, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Old Bat and the Crowbar —»

July 31, 1954 - Nightwatch, Boy, Go Home —»

August 7, 1954 - Nightwatch, The 3 Time Loser and the Shotgun Boy —»

August 14, 1954 - Nightwatch, An Old Fashioned Suicide —»

August 21, 1954 - Nightwatch, Shock —»

August 28, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Weeper —»

September 4, 1954 - Nightwatch, Fence 447 and the Western Union Raid —»

September 11, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Inhalator and the Jawbreaker —»

September 18, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Strippers and the Pix Stash —»

September 25, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Motel Sheets and the Lock-Out —»

October 7, 1954 - Nightwatch, Pick-Up and Who's Crazy? —»

October 14, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Triangle and the Peacemaker —»

October 21, 1954 - Nightwatch, Orange Balls and the Bridge Jumper —»

October 28, 1954 - Nightwatch, Mississippi Psycho 228 and Kingston —»

November 4, 1954 - Nightwatch, Grandma's Shoe Shine and the Wife Beater —»

November 11, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Kidnap —»

November 18, 1954 - Nightwatch, Child Desertion, Gabby and the Kicker —»

November 25, 1954 - Nightwatch, Child Desertion, Bleeder Safe —»

December 2, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Rolling Pin and the Luger —»

December 16, 1954 - Nightwatch, Scum Beastwork and the Phone Burglar —»

December 23, 1954 - Nightwatch, Goldie 211 —»

December 30, 1954 - Nightwatch, The Beer Can —»

January 13, 1955 - Nightwatch, Aunt Suicide —»

January 20, 1955 - Nightwatch, Smash Turkey and Larry —»

January 27, 1955 - Nightwatch, Polio and Fog —»

February 3, 1955 - Nightwatch, Care and Jug —»

February 10, 1955 - Nightwatch, Ma and Pa Heinz and the Chase —»

February 17, 1955 - Nightwatch, Bra —»

February 24, 1955 - Nightwatch, Knife, Bread, Body and Get Away —»

March 3, 1955 - Nightwatch, Uncensored Outtakes —»

March 10, 1955 - Nightwatch, Bubble Gum and Baby —»

March 17, 1955 - Nightwatch, Crazy and Buy —»

March 24, 1955 - Nightwatch, Whiskers and the Black Eye —»

March 31, 1955 - Nightwatch, The Lady and Mr. Peepers —»