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The Big Story, Dec 14, 1949 - Three Gold Coins Spell Death - AFRS Pgm 22

May 30th, 2008

"The Big Story" was a top rated crime drama that ran on NBC from 1947 to 1955 and was sponsored by first by Pall Mall cigarettes, then by Lucky Strike in the last two years of its run.  The style is reminiscent of "Dragnet", "Tales of the Texas Rangers" and other police procedurals of the day.  In this case, however, the focus is on a reporter following a true crime story.

Taken from an original AFRS transcription disc where it was played as program 22 in the series is "Three Gold Coins Spell Death", originally broadcast December 14, 1949 and featuring the story of Tulsa Tribune reporter Nolan Bulloch tracking down the story of a mysterious roadside death connected with a big time bootlegger.  I've done a bit of digging and haven't seen this particular episode circulating; I've only seen around thirty or so shows from the series available.

"The Big Story" also had a healthy run on television, by the way, appearing on NBC from 1949 through 1957.  In the television incarnation, it was nominated for an Emmy award in 1953.


  • Bill Ihnow

    Can you tell me how many of The Big Story radios shows are available. I have 17 of them but I know they had many more shows than that.

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm
  • Anna

    Hello, I am currently looking for the tv shows, specifically one of the shows aired in 1957. Do you ave any idea how i might find this? Regards Anna

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm
  • Rex Graves

    My dad, Ray Graves was a Tulsa cop and friend of Nolan’s and was in several stories written by him through the 40’s and 50’s including when dad became Tulsa County Investigator under Louis Bicking. I can’t find any of these old stories as my mother lost them in a move years ago. How can I find the archives of Nolan? Thanks, Rex Graves

    Jun 27, 2011 at 10:02 am