1 9 8 8 – 1 9 9 1 (USA)
61 x 60 minute episodes
Jack Killian (Gary Cole) was an ex-cop in San Francisco who quit the police force after accidentally shooting and killing his patrol partner while pursuing a crook.
Jack was approached by beautiful local radio station manager Devon King (Wendy Kilbourne) and accepted a job as a late night talkback host on KJCM (98.3 FM).
There (using the broadcast nickname of ‘Nighthawk’), he found himself in contact with all manner of shady people who called him up and left him intriguing cases to solve, which he either passed on to his policeman friend Carl Zymak (Arthur Taxier), or to newspaper contact Deacon Bridges (Mykelti Williamson).
Ever the humanitarian, Jack would frequently get personally involved with the plight of those who called his show, often at great personal danger.
The phone-ins also covered intense moral issues like AIDS and drugs, and Killian proved to be a thoughtful but straight-talking host if a touch too moody and flip outside the studio.
On the other side of the glass was studio engineer Billy Po (Dennis Dun). Nicky Molloy (Lisa Eilbacher) later took over as Nighthawk’sboss.
Jack ‘Nighthawk’ Killian
Lt. Carl Zymak