Candy Matson Tribute

Candy Matson Tribute

Candy Matson Tribute
15 November 2021

12:00 Noon-1:00 PM PT
Program Guide for ***Candy Matson Tribute***
Re-Imagined Radio pays tribute to the popular female detective series Candy Matson by focusing on the first and last episodes, "The Donna Dunham Case" and "Candy's Last Case."

Initial broadcast and stream by KXRW FM, Vancouver, WA, and KXRY FM, Portland, OR. Subsequent broadcasts and streams by partner radio stations. Available for on demand listening below.


Optimized for radio broadcast.

Partner Radio Stations

KXRW FM, Vancouver, WA, 99.9 FM
KXRY FM, (aka XRAY), Portland, OR, 91.1 FM or 107.1 FM
KUIK AM, Portland, OR, 1360 AM
KMWV FM, Salem, OR, 98.3 FM
CKXU FM, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, 88.3 FM

How To Listen
KXRW FM, Vancouver, WA
Third Monday of each month, 1:00-2:00 PM
Tune radio to 99.9 FM
or, Point your browser to KXRW.FM, press either the "Listen" or "Live Stream-Listen" buttons at top of page

KXRY FM, (aka XRAY), Portland, OR
Third Monday of each month, 1:00-2:00 PM
Tune Radio to 91.1 FM or 107.1 FM
or, Point your browser to KXRY.FM, press the large "Play" button at the top of the page.
Or, use the XRAY App, available through the Apple and Android stores.
Or, program Amazon's Alexa to play KXRY.

KUIK AM, Portland, OR
Tune radio to 1360 AM
or, Point your browser to KUIK Internet radio

KMWV FM, Salem, OR
Wednesdays, 6:00 PM
Tune Radio to 98.3 FM
or, Point your browser to KMWV Internet radio

CKXU FM, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Tune radio to 88.3 FM
or, Point your browser to CKXU FM, press the "Play" button at the top of the page.


Sound Design by John Barber
Post Production by Marc Rose of Fuse Audio Design
Promotional Graphics by Holly Slocum Design
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media and Photography
Produced and Hosted by John Barber


Crime and detective radio series were popular from the 1940s to the 1950s, perhaps due to rising concerns for emerging criminal activities at all levels. A number of detective radio series responded to this interest. Candy Matson (1949-1951) was a weekly radio drama series noted for its strong female protagonist. She was a compelling alternative to the popular male detective radio genre, and the best of the popular female detective programs.

Candy Matson was developed by husband and wife Monte and Natalie Masters. Monte wrote, produced, and directed each episode. Natalie voiced the leading role as Candy Matson. The writing and acting, along with its local focus, quickly made Candy Matson a favorite of listeners.

As voiced by Natalie Masters, Candy Matson was an intelligent, no nonsense detective. She was driven, relentless, and disarming. Rather than a seedy office, she ran her business from a Telegraph Hill penthouse in San Francisco, California. She worked with Rembrandt Watson, an eccentric photographer, and sparred with Lieutenant Ray Mallard, a San Francisco Police detective, and her love interest. San Francisco actors, musicians, and colorful locales often played supporting roles.

Ninety one episodes of Candy Matson were broadcast from 1949 to 1951 when, despite its popularity, the series was cancelled. This Re-Imagined Radio Candy Matson Tribute highlights the first and last episodes, "The Donna Dunham Case" and "Candy's Last Case."

The first episode, "The Donna Dunham Case," was broadcast 30 June 1949. In this episode Candy investigates a jealous-lover murder and nearly falls victim herself. The final episode, "Candy's Last Case" (AKA "The Cape Hatteras Diamond") features a double murder and a missing diamond. Both lead indirectly to Mallard proposing marriage to Candy. Both episodes showcase Candy Matson as a ground-breaking female detective series with a strong lead character, local references, and a cast of characters representing diversity and inclusivity. Both demonstrate the appeal and power of radio storytelling and how it engages listeners' imaginations.