The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio Entertainment App Review (iOS, $1.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Wizzard Software

- Adds the ability to rearrange starred items and sort oldest to newest or newest to oldest
- Support to sync played episodes via iCloud

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
50 Ratings
All Versions:
88 Ratings


Travel back in time and listen to Old Time Radio’s greatest sleuths with this app, the way they were meant to be enjoyed. The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio features five new episodes each week, following five series from their first radio appearance to their final bow. Thus, you get to hear them week-to-week like the original fans did.

In This App
* Streaming access to play episode from anywhere
* Always updated with the latest episodes- and an archived back catalog
* Download the episodes and play them when offline
* Playback resume (when interrupted by a call or other distraction)
* Favorites (mark the episodes you want to return back to over and over)
* Quick access to all the contact methods for the show

About The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio
Your guide on this tour is Adam Graham, a vintage radio fan who like an old friend shares his everyman commentary with listeners before inviting you to enjoy the show. Adam is tireless in his efforts to find the best public domain detective radio program for your consumption.
Our current line-up features Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday on Monday, Jack Webb in Pat Novak for Hire, Bob Bailey in Let George Do It, Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, and Charles Russell as Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

(Please note, not all features are available for all episodes. This app is compatible with the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, but the call-in feature is only available on the iPhone)

Customer Reviews

  • Best App I've Purchased

    by GBRuss

    Well worth the small donation to Adam! Well organized and always a pleasure to hear Adam's commentary!

  • 1 year review

    by Michele Myers

    I have had this app for over a year now and I continue to love it. I decided to start over from the beginning of the podcast about 6 months ago and was extremely happy to find that the app easily accommodated this wish. It was wonderful to not only discover new shows such as Box 13 and Pat Novak but hear the growth in Adam as a host. Keep up the great work Adam! Michele from Michigan

  • Great Ap/Show/Host

    by BrianHatesDucks

    Great ap! I love old time radio detective shows, and Adam's hosting is a perfect compliment to them. Not many of my friends of people I associate with like old time radio like I do. Adam almost makes me feel like I have a buddy to talk about them with.

  • Old Time Radio

    by Urgondwn

    Love all the shows!!

  • Good app, minor probs

    by Dah1438

    Love the app tho I have had some issues getting it to update the pod casts as often as I prefer.

  • Fantastic App Has it all!

    by bigriver3

    Can't believe how much content, care and work goes into this app and into the related podcasts

  • Great app!

    by Onlyemmy

    Adam does a great job on the shows and the app is the same. Easy to use and gets played all the time.

  • Awesome

    by Vbtiger16

    Nice app has what I want to listen to

  • Great app!!

    by Ashtonmc88

    Love the app! I wish it had a little better variety in shows. Some of my favorites aren't on here (Richard Diamond, Sam Spade, Philip Marlow) but overall a great app I use it on my iPhone and my iPad!

  • Loving it!

    by laubak

    I love OTR and this app really fits my needs.

  • Great job!!!

    by vladsvictory

    I love old time radio and Adams podcast and this app great job and God bless!!!!

  • Love this app

    by BBB Ltd

    TGDofOTR is wonderful!! Adam is a great host. Listen to it all the time. One of the absolute best apps out there for old time radio shows!!

  • Great

    by The shemp

    It's the best old time radio app I've found!!!!!

  • It does not get any better than this

    by Westseattle01

    This site is the best. Thank you! I enjoy all of the shows I am most certain you will as well.

  • Excellent Old Time Radio Program

    by MissLilyBelle

    This podcast is the best for listening to the old time radio shows! Adam does an great job adding information about the cast, as well as the background on the various programs. If you like to listen old radio mysteries, this podcast is for you! You won't be disappointed!

  • Clean and nice app.

    by Zippy McKing

    With so many apps out there is it nice to find one that works and isn't loaded with adds. Very well put together and the shows are great.

  • Great app

    by opapa2

    And the sound quality is excellent keep them coming.

  • Great Tech support! Great Program!

    by WalkinDC

    I've been using this app since it first came out several years ago. Adam is part of my day, every day. I love this show! Recently, the app stopped updating. I was surprised to see a tech support button, but I reported the problem & it was fixed w/in a few hours! Amazing!

  • The cat's meow!!

    by Rosa dee

    I love this app. I have been listening via the podcast on iTunes for several months and finally decided to spring for the app. I am delighted with the functionality. As a 30-something mom of 3, I am increasingly dissatisfied with the entertainment options coming out of Hollywood. Old time radio is a great option for my family. The host is very enthusiastic and shows his genuine enjoyment in bringing to life these would-be-forgotten classics of radio's golden age!! I love Let George Do It. The Line Up is my least favorite as it seems confusing and rambling and has little similarity to today's line ups we see portrayed on tv.

  • Fan

    by StanY67

    I love this App. Adam does a great job of hosting and I like the programming and selection of material.

  • Does not work

    by Ruxpe123

    This app used to work but not anymore, every time I open it up it just locks up, Will change my review on next update if it starts to work again

  • Great decetives

    by Lag731

    The love all of the shows! Thank you

  • Long time listener

    by thumper6974

    I began listening when dragnet with Adam was before he started the apps. I have other Otr apps but there's something about this quirky guy that keeps me coming back . Thanks Adam. You have enhanced the pleasure of OTR.

  • Love it!

    by LindsayTS

    First rate all the way! So glad I found this App. Thanks!!

  • Childhood Memories


    Love the App! Gave you 4 stars. Waiting for more shows and other improvements. I listen almost every might.

  • Mr.

    by Cleveland Val

    I have been listening for 2 years now. Adam does a great job with this podcast, we love it!

  • Imagination!

    by brainfreeze47

    Ditto ! Who needs TV. Turn the lights down low and allow yourself to drift through your Mind !!! Peace

  • New to the podcast, great way to catch up

    by GodofRoads

    Loving all these old shows especially Box 13 and Johnny Dollar! The app works well and is easy to use. The intros are nice and informative. Really enjoying this purchase. Thank you!

  • Highly recommend!

    by sko2004

    Excellent shows and love the before and after commentary! I listen to this podcast every day!

  • Greatest detectives if old time radio

    by Givbludplayhocky

    Excellent podcast and app! Listen daily!

  • 2 year review

    by Kreid2318

    Awesome podcast and app! I have been listening for the last two years and look forward each day to a new radio show. Keep up the great work!

  • Wonderful app

    by Annathy

    Excellent app!

  • Outstanding App

    by bquillin

    Wonderful App with excellent introductions by Adam Graham. I use it every day!

  • Very functional

    by scyllacat

    Of course, I love the show, and the app works great.

  • Best old time radio app I have found

    by Jeff Aldis

    Great deal!

  • Great app

    by David Dutchen

    This app is great. I have had it for quite sometime and I love all the detective shows on it. Great job Adam!!!

  • The best

    by Dinomc

    I love the old detective shows and this app has 'em all

  • Feature I was looking for.

    by ECFan

    The latest update finally brings the feature I have been looking for. The ability to play episodes oldest to newest makes this app much more useful to me.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    by history 101

    Why does the first couple of Sherlock Holmes plays Johnny Dollar instead of Sherlock Holmes


    by Mitch222

    What's not too like. This app is for anyone who likes a good detective show. Hundreds of podcasts available to download and listen to at your leisure. Commentary by host is full of interesting facts about the shows and puts some historical perspective to others.

  • Great app easily a favorite

    by ksmurfer

    Thanks for the quick update. Not only do I love this app for bedtime listening... But I feel good about purchasing apps created by people who read reviews and make sure all is well. Rare these days. Well worth the purchase. I was born well after the radio mystery era, but I am in love with all these shows... And there are so many that I actually have a schedule. Download option is great and I will be utilizing it when I fly to London next month. Thank you for a wonderful app.

  • Killed It...

    by ChazBallJr

    Latest version locks up and or crashes EVERY TIME! Why couldn't you just leave it functioned just fine before. Anyhow...have deleted 4X now...and for the last time. Buh Bye!

  • Support this app

    by Hkbaker

    This app makes listening to my favorite podcast even easier. Plus the purchase helps to support Adam who has been putting out these shows we love so much faithfully for years without much pay. I love going through each show in order and seeing how they progress. This app has also introduced me to new detectives and I have learned so much through his commentary.

  • Great show!

    by Donald E38

    I listen regularly and enjoy it very much

  • Superb!

    by A Busy Mimi

    After downloading this app, I had to listen to one of my favorites. I wasn't sure what was going on when it began with the commentary, but once that was over and the actual program began, I was hooked. Listening skills seem to be a lost art, so it was wonderful to sit back, envision the scenes, and enjoy the radio I grew up with. I was also delighted to find all of the previous telecasts at my disposal. I have programs and videos to last me a long time! Superb app! If I could rate this a ten, I would.

  • More than worth the price.

    by rnyiii

    If you love listening to old time radio you need this app.

  • Great Podcast

    by JeffreyZ

    Well done. I am a great fan of OTR, love the theater of the mind. My favorites are Gerald Mohr as Philip Marlowe and Dick Powell as Richard Diamond. Both are soon to come.

  • Love It

    by rah711

    I really enjoy OTR, and this is loaded with great mysteries that are quite enjoyable. I like the fact that you have to pay attention and use your imagination --- something that as a nation we do not exercise much of. Take care....

  • Great App…Great Podcast

    by Bobert52000

    Happy to support a wonderful podcast, and with the app you get lots of great bonus shows. Love it!

  • Loving this app

    by P.R.Oak

    This app is well worth the money... A small ticket price in return for a whole lot of entertainment. If you like old radio shows, this is the app for you.

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