Martin Kane, Private Eye began as a 1949–1952 radio series starring William Gargan in the title role as New York
City private detective Martin Kane. It aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System, broadcast Sundays at 4:30 p.m. from August 7, 1949, to June 24,
1951. When the crime drama moved to NBC Radio on July 1, 1951, Lloyd Nolan took over the title role until mid-1952. Lee Tracy portrayed Kane for
the remainder of the radio series, ending December 21, 1952. Other members of the cast were Walter Kinsella as Tucker "Hap" McMann, Nicholas
Saunders as Sergeant Ross and Frank M. Thomas as Captain Burke. Fred Uttal was the announcer. Fred Uttal was the announcer. Edward L. Kahan
was the producer; Ted Hediger was the director and writer. The radio episodes aired between 1949 and 1952 were not merely audio rebroadcasts
of the television show, but original episodes produced for the radio medium. Only twenty-nine radio broadcasts are known to exist. The program
was sponsored by Old Briar pipe tobacco and Encore and Sano cigarettes, all of which were products of U.S. Tobacco Company.