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Crime Beat Radio: War on Drugs, Mob Boss Frank Ballistrieri, Cults

By Ron Chepesiuk for Gangsters Inc.

CRIME BEAT: ISSUES, CONTROVERSIES AND PERSONALITIES FROM THE DARKSIDE on Artist First Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for April 16, 2020, through June 11, 2020. Topics covered include the War on Drugs, Frank Ballistrieri, Cults, Donald Trump, Holocaust, the Black Dahlia, and more.

Here is the lineup:

  • April 16 - Anthony Raimondi, author of When the Bullet hits the Bone.
  • April 23 - Wayne Clingman, author of The Life and Times of Frank Ballistrieri: The Last Most Powerful Godfather of Milwaukee.
  • April 30 - Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump.
  • May 7 - Steve Hodel, author of Black Dahlia Avenger.  
  • May 14 - Peter Walsh, author of Drug War: The Secret History.
  • May 21 - Rick Porrello, author of Bombs, Bullets and Bribes: The True Story of Notorious Jewish Mobster, Alex Shondor Birns. 
  • May 28 - Richard Jewkes, author of Gabacho: Drugs Landed Me in Mexican Prison: Theater Saved Me.
  • June 4 - Alan Warren, author of Doomsday Cults: The Devil’s Hostages.
  • June 11 - Command appearance ofShannon O’Leary, author of The Blood on My Hands.
  • June 18 - Trish Posner, author of The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story.

On the air since January 28, 2011, Crime Beat is a weekly hour-long radio program that airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST.  Crime Beat presents fascinating topics that bring listeners closer to the dynamic underbelly of the world of crime. Guests have included ex-mobsters, undercover law enforcement agents, sports officials, informants, prisoners, drug dealers and investigative journalists who have provided insights and fresh information about the world’s most fascinating subject: crime.

CRIME BEAT is currently averaging 150,000-200,000 listeners in 160 plus countries each week, and the numbers are growing. All shows are archived at for 24-7 listening. Crime Beat is hosted by Ron Chepesiuk, award-winning crime writer and documentary producer (

Al Profit, noted crime film director, hails Crime Beat radio as "the best show of its kind in radio for the thinking listener, both entertaining and educational."

Ronald Herd I1, the popular Internet radio host and regular listener of Crime Beat, said: "Crime Beat sounds like an organized crime greatest hits collection...I am loving it!"

Tom Hart of Atlanta, Georgia, writes: “I am a BIG fan of your show and enjoy the variety of guests you have on. Keep up the good work.”

Crime Beat airs weekly every Thursday at 8 P.M. EST on the Artist First Radio Network at To contact the Crime Beat radio program for interviews, e-mail

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