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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.

    Crack-Up - Gunsmoke (02-26-55)

    Crack-Up - Gunsmoke (02-26-55)

    Original Air Date: February 26, 1955Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests:• John Dehner• Harry Bartell Writer:• John Meston Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron Kenny https://bit.ly/3kTj0kK

    • 30 min
    Poor Pearl - Gunsmoke (02-19-55)

    Poor Pearl - Gunsmoke (02-19-55)

    Original Air Date: February 19, 1955Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests:• Vic Perrin• Harry Bartell• Virginia Christine Writer:• John Meston Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron Kenny https://bit.ly/3kTj0kK

    • 30 min
    Chester's Hanging - Gunsmoke (02-12-55)

    Chester's Hanging - Gunsmoke (02-12-55)

    Original Air Date: February 12, 1955Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests:• Paul Dubov• James Nusser• Clayton Post• Joe Cranston Writer:• John Meston Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron […]

    • 31 min
    Cheyennes - Gunsmoke (02-05-55)

    Cheyennes - Gunsmoke (02-05-55)

    Original Air Date: February 05, 1955Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester) Special Guests:• Harry Bartell• Ralph Moody• Lawrence Dobkin• Barney Phillips• Vic Perrin• Howard McNear• Georgia Ellis Writer:• John Meston Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron […]

    • 36 min
    Young Love - Gunsmoke (01-29-55)

    Young Love - Gunsmoke (01-29-55)

    Original Air Date: January 29, 1955Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests:• Sam Edwards• Eleanore Tanin• Vic Perrin• Don Diamond• Frank Katie Writer:• John Meston Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie […]

    • 31 min
    Sins Of The Fathers - Gunsmoke (01-22-55)

    Sins Of The Fathers - Gunsmoke (01-22-55)

    Original Air Date: January 22, 1955Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests:• Harry Bartell (Dobie)• Lawrence Dobkin (Dan)• Lillian Buyeff (Rose)• Clayton Post (Rodin) & (Man)• Paul Dubov (Jonas) Writer:• John Meston Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury […]

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
283 Ratings

283 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.
I love going to Dodge at bedtime.

Mr. Melmac ,

I want old time ads

Love everything about it all OTR, would love old time ads instead of new depressing ones.

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.

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