On 1 May 1950, the first commercial radio station in South Africa, Springbok Radio, took to the airwaves broadcasting in both English and Afrikaans. This followed five years of intensive investigation by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). After consultation with Lord Reith of the BBC, it was decided to introduce commercial radio to South Africa in order to supplement the SABC's existing public service English and Afrikaans networks.
Probably one of the most popular radio programs ever broadcast in South Africa. Week by week a dramatised story of the South African Police at work would unfold. The series was originally broadcast on Sunday evenings. After six months the program moved to it's familiar Friday night 7:30pm slot on Springbok Radio where it remained until 1979.
Because of the popularity of the Friday night western series aired on South African television at the same time slot as Squad Cars, the series moved to the 8:30pm time slot and remained there until the end of June 1985 when the series came to an end.
You can listen online or download the audio file to your computer.
The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg.
The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30.
The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Douglas Laws, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Douglas returned briefly in 1964 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own.
A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980s with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned.
The series is currently being rebroadcast on the Internet Radio Service of Springbok Radio & can be heard on Thursdays.