Candy Matson, YUkon 28209 (1949-1951) was a weekly OTR drama series noted for its
strong, intelligent, no-nonsense female protagonist. 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. Candy Matson, YUkon 28209 is significant because it was a ground-breaking
female investigator anthology series with a strong lead character, featured local San Francisco
locations and references, included gay and Asian characters, provided a compelling alternative
to the popular male detective radio genre, and was the best of the popular female detective
Total Episodes: 91 (plus April 1949 audition episode and September 1952 series revival audition
Surviving Episodes: 14 Inventory of episodes
First Three Surviving Episodes
The Donna Dunham Case
Episode 0a, 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."
The Cable Car Murder Case
Episode 2, 7 July 1949
The man riding next to Candy on a cable car is silently shot to death.
The Fort Ord Story
Episode 14, 23 September 1949
Candy is the queen of the Non-Commissioned Officers Ball, where a double murder occurs.
Total episodes: 91 (plus April 1949 audition episode and September 1952 series revival
Surviving episodes: 14
The Donna Dunham Case
Audition episode, 4 April 1949, available
AKA Donna Dunham's Death. Candy solves a jealous-lover murder and nearly
falls victim herself. Audition episode uses "EXbrook 29994" rather than "YUkon
The Donna Dunham Chinatown Case"
Episode 01, 30 June 1949, not available
Same as audition episode.
The Cable Car Murder Case
Episode 02, 7 July 1949, available
The man riding next to Candy on a cable car is silently shot to death. Script
The Adrianne Larue Case
Episode 03, 14 July 1949, not available
Candy's client is a fashion designer.
The Olive Frentrupp Case
Episode 04, 21 July 1949, not available
A mystery involving Bay City art dealers.
Episode 05, 28 July 1949, not available
A mountain murder mystery for Candy and Mallard.
The Half Moon Bay Merry-Go-Round
Episode 06, 4 August 1949, not available
Watson tries to avoid Demon Rum and dry out.
The Berkeley Cyclotron Switchboard
Episode 07, 11 August 1949, not available
Candy and Mallard find danger at a scientist's cocktail party.
The Rusty Dale Case
Episode 08, 18 August 1949, not available
Candy and Watson find trouble at a prize fight.
The Cooper Case
Episode 09, 22 August 1949, not available
A deaf mute talks to Candy.
A Long Drive to Carmel for Golf
Episode 10, 29 August 1949, not available
Candy and Watson hope for a pleasant day of golf at Carmel.
The Luther Bradley Case
Episode 11, 5 September 1949, not available
A man's wife does not return from her trip.
The Ralph Osborne Case
Episode 12, 12 September 1949, not available
Candy investigates a shipboard murder.
The Body on the Trail
Episode 13, 19 September 1949, not available
Candy is warned to forget a body she found while hiking.
The Fort Ord Story
Episode 14, 23 September 1949, available
Candy is the queen of the NCO Ball, where a double murder occurs.
The Devil in the Deep Freeze
Episode 15, 30 September 1949, available
A restaurant owner asks Candy to get rid of a body in his meat refrigerator dressed
like the devil! Solving the murder takes Candy from the restaurant to the opera
where she is helped by guest star and opera singer Dorothy Warenskjold.
The Photo-Shoot Murders
Episode 16, 7 October 1949, not available
Watson's photo shoot provides a murder for Candy to solve.
The Nelda McHaven Case
Episode 17, 14 October 1949, not available
A rich client hires Candy to solve a crime.
The Alex Warburton Case
Episode 18, 22 October 1949, not available
A old friend of Watson is Candy's client.
Murder at the Police Conference
Episode 19, 29 October 1949, not available
Candy and Mallard find murder at a police conference.
The Ben Murdock Case
Episode 20, 5 November 1949, not available
A night club owners hires Candy when his partner makes trouble.
The Roof Fire
Episode 21, 12 November 1949, not available
Trouble arrives with Watson's visitors from Philadelphia.
The Allison Gray Case
Episode 22, 19 November 1949, not available
AKA "The Fortune Teller." A medium and murder?
Flashback to '39
Episode 23, 26 November 1949, not available
Origin story of how Candy first met Watson and Mallard.
The Missing Jewels Case
Episode 24, 3 December 1949, not available
An famous actress actress hires Candy to find her missing jewels.
Episode 25, 10 December 1949, available
A Santa's helper named Jack Frost has disappeared, resulting in a Christmas murder.
The Valley of the Moon
Episode 26, 17 December 1949, available
Candy solves a murder committed on a dude ranch.
Episode 27, 27 December 1949, available
Candy investigates a small plane crash at a local airport, and is asked to certify
the airport's safety.
The Pat Ennis Case
Episode 28, 3 January 1950, not available
A disc jockey's troubles require Candy's help.
The Harvey Forester Case
Episode 29, 10 January 1950, not available
A wealthy client wants Candy to investigate his niece.
The Nell Berquist Case
Episode 30, 17 January 1950, not available
A friend of Watson's thinks she will be murdered.
The Ernst Mittnacht Case
Episode 31, 24 January 1950, not available
Candy gets a frantic phone call from a man about his wife.
The Flora Kirkland Case
Episode 32,31 January 1950, not available
A famous actress hires Candy.
The Eric Spaulding Concert
Episode 33, 7 February 1950, available
Candy's mystery case involves classical music.
Pictures at an Exhibition
Episode 34, 14 February 1950, not available
Candy goes to Watson's photo exhibit
Episode 35, 21 February 1950, not available
Mysterious goings on in Angel's Camp / Homeowners hire Candy to find their missing
Wheels for Watson
Episode 36, 28 February 1950, not available
Watson buys a car from his friend, Diogenes Murphy.
The High Sea Smugglers
Episode 37, 7 March 1950, not available
Candy's doctor recommends an ocean voyage to cure her exhaustion.
The Mona Bryant Case
Episode 38, 14 March 1950, not available
Candy meets a ship at Pier 50 to help a friend.
The Tony Rafiello Case
Episode 39, 21 March 1950, not available
Mallard needs Candy's help, but does not want to ask her. He gets Watson to ask
The Sharp Point Mystery
Episode 40, 28 March 1950, not available
Candy and Watson save a woman in the ocean.
The Killer on Flight 14
Episode 41, 4 April 1950, not available
Candy and Mallard wait at the airport for a murderer.
The Weekend Cruise
Episode 42, 11 April 1950, not available
Candy and Watson are invited on a weekend cruise. Candy becomes helpless in the
hands of a dangerous hypnotist.
The Grass Valley Case
Episode 43, 18 April 1950, not available
An old fellow, who is wounded, gets a ride from Candy.
Circus Cherry Pie
Episode 44, 25 April 1950, not available
A famous, old, clown asks Candy for help.
A Telegram from a Friend, Part 1
Episode 45, 1 May 1950, not available
Candy seems to be killed in a plane crash.
8 May 1950; 15 May 1950, unknown, not available
A Telegram from a Friend, Part 2
Episode 46, 23 May 1950, not available
Candy is alive! Her friend, Laura, wants her to fly to Seattle.
Episode 47, 30 May 1950, not available
Watson gives Candy a new case involving a lonely hearts club. She tracks down six
A Black Cat
Episode 48, 6 June 1950, not available
A dying man gives Candy an envelope to deliver. Script available
The Curtis Colfax Case
Episode 49, 13 June 1950, not available
A politician hires Candy to investigate threats against him.
A Symphony of Death
Episode 50, 20 June 1950, available
A famous composer is dying and his relative calls Candy.
The Olive Becker Case
Episode 51, 27 June 1950, not available
A house is blown up to avenge a woman convicted on Candy's testimony.
A Fugitive on Television
Episode 52, 4 July 1952, not available
Candy spots a wanted man while she is shopping.
Candy Is Behind Bars
Episode 53, 11 July 1950, not available
Candy goes undercover in a prison to find the source of narcotics.
The Fatal Fall
Episode 54, 18 July 1950, not available
A woman dies when she falls from a horse. Is it an accident, or murder?
The Lo Jung Case
Episode 55, 25 July 1950, not available
An Asian restaurant owner is found dead by Candy and Watson.
The Society Matron Murder
Episode 56, 1 August 1950, not available
Candy is shot at while investigating the murder of a society matron.
Murder at the Network
Episode 57, 8 August 1950, not available
Candy investigates a murder for NBC.
The Burning House
Episode 58, 15 August 1950, not available
A house catches fire and Candy is preventing from helping.
A Death in Sacramento
Episode 59, 22 August 1950, not available
While in Sacramento, Candy and Mallard find a corpse in the river.
The Movie Company
Episode 60, 29 August 1950, available
A murder occurs on the set of a movie begin shot in Candy's neighborhood.
The Big Frame
Episode 61, 5 September 1950, not available
An art dealer in Carmel needs Candy's help.
The Egyptian Amulet
Episode 62, 12 September 1950, available
Candy takes a risk to help Mallard solve a local murder.
A Death in the Ring
Episode 63, 19 September 1950, not available
Candy is called to help solve the death of a wrestler.
The Mystery on the Fairway
Episode 64, 26 September 1950, not available
Watson caddies for Candy, but danger finds them.
The Stadium Murder
Episode 65, 2 October 1950, not available
Candy and a new boyfriend, Hi Waters, find a corpse at a football game.
Candy's Birthday Surprise
Episode 66, 9 October 1950, not available
Mallard creates a mock kidnapping and murder for Candy to solve on her birthday.
Norvello The Great
Episode 67, 5 November 1950, not available
A magician seeks Candy's help when his life is threatened.
Paul Drake's Curtain Call
Episode 68, 12 November 1950, not available
A movie actor is poisoned and Candy solves his murder. Episode includes another date
with Hi Waters.
The Death in the Alley
Episode 69, 19 November 1950, not available
A pin setter in bowling alley is a homicide victim. Candy investigates.
San Juan Bautista
Episode 70, 26 November 1950, not available
Candy and Mallard solve a deadly mystery at an old mission.
What in the Dickens?
Episode 71, 7 December 1950, not available
Mysterious groans and rattling chains scare an old man in his residence.
A Palm Springs Vacation
Episode 72, 14 December 1950, not available
Candy is ordered to take a vacation by her doctor, but she ends up with a killer in
the open sea.
A Homicide on Ice
Episode 73, 21 December 1950, not available
Candy and Hi Waters go skating, but murder follows.
A Crime on the Waterfront
Episode 74, 28 December 1950, not available
Candy is asked to solve yacht burglaries, but murder soon finds a corpse.
The Moon of Madness
Episode 75, 4 January 1951, not available
Mallard is jealous when Candy goes to dinner with Hi Waters. She tells Hi of her
first case (in flash back) where she solved a murder on a movie set.
The Sea Cliff Mystery
Episode 76, 11 January 1951, not available
Candy is called to solve a series of burglaries at the mansion of an eccentric old
A Death at the Drive-In
Episode 77, 18 January 1951, not available
Candy and Mallard see at movie at the drive-in and discover a corpse in the car next
Death Drives Dangerously
Episode 78, 25 January 1951, not available
Candy and Watson go to the auto race track for a photo shoot and witness a crash and
death of a driver.
The Case of the Missing Brother
Episode 79, 4 February 1951, not available
A devious business man asks Candy to find his brother.
The Mystery at the Morgue
Episode 80, 11 February 1951, not available
A female corpse is identified as Candy Matson by the contents of her purse.
The Money In The Mattress
Episode 81, 18 February 1951, not available
A husband steals $50,000 dollars from his wife's mattress. Mallard agrees to marry
Candy, on her 83rd birthday!
The Ghost of Grogan's Gulch
Episode 82, 25 February 1951, not available
Candy solves a mysterious killing in a Sierra ghost town.
A Murder at 10,000 Feet
Episode 83, 4 March 1951, not available
Candy flies back home from Reno, and solves the murder of a passenger killed on her
The Stinson Beach Mystery
Episode 84, 11 March 1951, not available
A machine that can harness the energy of ocean waves is the key to three murders.
The Jolly Jailbirds
Episode 85, 18 March 1951, not available
Candy and Watson are jailed with two singing drunks. Later, Candy solves the
mysterious homicides of winning gamblers.
The Roller Coaster Mystery
Episode 86, 25 March 1951, not available
A woman, under post-hypnotic suggestion, falls to her death from a roller coaster.
A Novel Approach to Burglary
Episode 87, 1 April 1951, not available
A female mystery novelist asks Candy to prevent her jewelry from being stolen.
The Murder on the Mound
Episode 88, 8 April 1951, not available
The mysterious death of a pitcher in a baseball game requires Candy's solution.
Voltaire Is Where?
Episode 89, 15 April 1951, not available
An old lady hires Candy to find her missing cocker spaniel, Voltaire.
The Gang's All Here
Episode 90, 22 April 1951, not available
Mallard convinces Candy to go undercover as a boy thief to penetrate a gang of
burglars and pickpockets.
Candy's Last Case
Episode 91, 29 April 1951, available
AKA "Cape Hatteras Diamond." A double murder and a missing diamond lead indirectly
to Mallard proposing to Candy, who promptly accepts.
The Allison Gray Case
Audition for series reprise, 21 October 1952, available
AKA The Fortune Teller. Phone number changed to YUkon 38309.
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. A number of male, and female, detective
radio series focused on this interest. Candy Matson, YUkon 28209 was a compelling
alternative to the popular male detective radio genre, and was the best of the popular female
Candy Matson was developed by husband and wife Monte and Natalie Masters. They
planned their radio series with a male lead, but Natalie's mother persuaded them to cast Natalie
as the female protagonist. The series was changed to highlight Candy Matson as a strong lead
character, an intelligent, no-nonsense female detective, driven, relentless, and disarming.
Monte wrote, produced, and directed each episode.
The series was broadcasted by KNBC in San Francisco, 30 June 1949-20 May 1951, and quickly
became the standout of the popular female investigator programs. The recurring cast included . .
Candy Matson (Natalie Masters)
Rembrandt Watson, an eccentric photographer (Jack Thomas)
Lieutenant Ray Mallard, a San Francisco Police detective and Matson's love interest (Henry
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.