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Calling All CarsRadio Dragnets and the Technology of Policing$
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Kathleen Battles

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649136

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.001.0001

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Policing Perception

Policing Perception

Public Image Management and the Creation of the Radio Crime Docudrama

(p.33) Chapter 1 Policing Perception
Calling All Cars

Kathleen Battles

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the historical account of the emergence of radio crime docudramas, which had a unique program form drawn from various generic influences. Some of the examples of these police-story dramas are True Detective Mysteries (1929), Police Headquarters (1932), Calling All Cars (1933), and Gang Busters (1957). Furthermore, it discusses the formulation of these dramas through the interconnecting interests of advertising firms, police, networks, and sponsors, which then situates the police force as professional authorities. The chapter initially highlights the significance of public image management in the campaign for police reform, while the latter part focuses on how the programs went beyond existing generic patterns.

Keywords:   radio crime docudramas, True Detective Mysteries, Police Headquarters, Calling All Cars, Gang Busters, public image management, police reform

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