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Gunsmoke was a long-running old-time radio and television Western drama program set in Dodge City, Kansas during the settlement of the American West. The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc’s first name and Chester’s last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalping's, massacres and opium addicts. Miss Kitty’s occupation as a prostitute was made far more obvious on the radio version than on television. Many episodes ended on a down-note, and villains often got away with their crimes.

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Gunsmoke was a long-running old-time radio and television Western drama program set in Dodge City, Kansas during the settlement of the American West. The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc’s first name and Chester’s last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalping's, massacres and opium addicts. Miss Kitty’s occupation as a prostitute was made far more obvious on the radio version than on television. Many episodes ended on a down-note, and villains often got away with their crimes.

    Old Friend - Gunsmoke (03-20-54)

    Old Friend - Gunsmoke (03-20-54)

    Original Air Date: March 20, 1954 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: • William Conrad (Matt Dillion) • Parley Baer (Chester) • Georgia Ellis (Kitty) • Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests: • John Dehner • Lawrence Dobkin • Vic Perrin Writers: • John Meston Producer: • Norman Macdonnell Music: • […]

    • 27 min
    Confederate Money - Gunsmoke (03-13-54)

    Confederate Money - Gunsmoke (03-13-54)

    Original Air Date: March 13, 1954 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: • William Conrad (Matt Dillion) • Parley Baer (Chester) • Georgia Ellis (Kitty) • Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests: • Vic Perrin • James Ogg • Harry Bartell • Barney Phillips Writers: • John Meston Producer: • Norman […]

    • 26 min
    The Gentleman - Gunsmoke (03-06-54)

    The Gentleman - Gunsmoke (03-06-54)

    Original Air Date: March 06, 1954 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: • William Conrad (Matt Dillion) • Parley Baer (Chester) • Georgia Ellis (Kitty) • Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests: • Lawrence Dobkin • Eleanore Tanin • John Dehner • Harry Bartell Writers: • John Meston Producer: • Norman […]

    • 26 min
    Bad Boy - Gunsmoke (02-27-54)

    Bad Boy - Gunsmoke (02-27-54)

    Original Air Date: February 27, 1954 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: • William Conrad (Matt Dillion) • Parley Baer (Chester) • Georgia Ellis (Kitty) • Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests: • Sam Edwards • Paul Dubov • Charles Bastin • John Dehner Writers: • John Meston Producer: • Norman […]

    • 27 min
    Last Fling - Gunsmoke (02-20-54)

    Last Fling - Gunsmoke (02-20-54)

    Original Air Date: February 20, 1954 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: • William Conrad (Matt Dillion) • Parley Baer (Chester) • Georgia Ellis (Kitty) Special Guests: • John Dehner • Ralph Moody • Helen Kleeb Writers: • John Meston Producer: • Norman Macdonnell Music: • Rex Koury Exit music […]

    • 26 min
    The Killer - Gunsmoke (02-13-54)

    The Killer - Gunsmoke (02-13-54)

    Original Air Date: February 13, 1954 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: • William Conrad (Matt Dillion) • Parley Baer (Chester) • Georgia Ellis (Kitty) Special Guests: • Lawrence Dobkin • Vic Perrin • Howard Culver • Richard Deacon Writers: • John Meston Producer: • Norman Macdonnell Music: • Rex […]

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
242 Ratings

242 Ratings

KRIT76 ,

Any time listening

I discovered a bunch of the old radio shows on my Sirius radio classics ch.
I especially love listening to William Conrad and Gunsmoke at any time so I came here hoping for more and hit the jackpot!
I feel the old Radio shows definitely beat the majority of TV nowadays.

Lowly Jimson ,

Gunsmoke

When I was a kid 60+ years ago I listened to Gunsmoke. They were good stories. But now that I’m old I find the stories more deeply moving and sensitive. This podcast is a great service.

I’d never been to Dodge City until a few years ago. I bought something at Walmart and got a hamburger and moved on.

MarkH419 ,

Like a friendly companion

These episodes, especially the more adult-oriented ones (like Gunsmoke) are a great companion when I’m driving, walking around town, or just want a friendly distraction. The programs are great. And Andrew’s ability to clean up the sounds some and add interesting background is a nice plus. Thanks!

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