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Nightbeat

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Night Beat

Randy Stone, reporter for the Chicago Star, takes listeners to places they may never want to see, and his life often collides with people they will never meet. “Stories start in many different ways,” Stone says, but for him, it’s always at night. He walks the streets after the sun goes down, searching the darkness, and returns to the newsroom with grist for a gripping story, always with a human interest side.

With some short breaks in its broadcast history between February, 1950, and April, 1952, Nightbeat created tense, tragic and sometimes heartbreaking drama as seen from a sensitive reporter’s point of view. Randy Stone turned life in the shadows of Chicago into a column written in the hours just before dawn. Listeners knew he had finished the account of his night on the beat when – in old-time newsroom style – he called, “Copy boy!”