GUNSMOKE First Show: Jun 26, 1952 Last Show: Jun 18, 1961 Number Shows: 480 shows, 2 auditions, 5 hour tribute Audition Shows: Jun 11, 1949, Jul 13, 1949 Series Description: Gunsmoke is one of those long-running classic Old-Time Radio shows that everyone knows and remembers. It's also one that is still respected for its high values, in all aspects. Gunsmoke first aired on the CBS network on April 26, 1952, billed as the first adult western. It was set in Dodge City , Kansas in the 1870's. The main character, Matt Dillon , was played by William Conrad . On August 6, 1951, William Conrad played the lead in a show entitled "Pagosa" in the series Romance , where he played the part of a reluctant sheriff in a tough Western town. Although not a true audition, Conrad's character role is very close the that of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke . It was one of the "stepping stones" toward the production of Gunsmoke . Other regular characters were Chester Proudfoot, played by Parley Baer ; Kitty, played by Georgia Ellis ; and Doc Adams, played by Howard McNear . The series featured top-notch acting and well-developed scripts that set it apart from many other shows, not only Westerns; however, it was the sound effects that stood out the most. Listen carefully and one can hear many levels of sound that really helps transport the listener back to the old west. Besides the US version, there was an Austrailian production of Gunsmoke . It began sometime in 1955, transcribed under the Artransa label, and aired Mondays at 7:00 PM on the Macquarie network. It is not known how many shows aired or how long the series ran. This OTRR Certified Archival release contains all except six episodes, which are not known to exist. It consists of eleven zipped CDs. The first CD contains many bonus materials, including the Tribute Show, the first TV episode, all known Australian episodes, and a lot of other great stuff. NOTE: Updated Release! Version 5 – Gunsmoke version 5 changes: added 1 episode; upgraded sound of 23 episodes; added scripts for 53 episodes; added 4 more newspaper articles; made several minor file name changes; reorganized the file structure (April 26, 2015). OTRR Certification Information: Series Name: Gunsmoke Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate Certification Date: April 26, 2015 Certification Version: Version 5 Number of CDs: 11 From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.