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George Walsh, newsman and "Gunsmoke" announcer, dies at 88 (KNX-AM, Los Angeles; Roswell,NM 1947)
ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/11/06 | AP

Posted on 01/11/2006 9:32:21 AM PST by NormsRevenge

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) - George Walsh, a longtime newsman and announcer for the "Gunsmoke" radio and television programs, has died. He was 88.

Walsh died of congestive heart failure Dec. 5 at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, said his daughter, Fran.

He became the "Gunsmoke" announcer in 1952, introducing the live, weekly radio series with the following words: "Around Dodge City and in the territory out West, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. marshal and the smell of 'Gunsmoke.'" He remained the announcer when the show moved to television in 1955.

In the Los Angeles area, Walsh was a longtime fixture at KNX-AM radio, serving as an interviewer, sports reporter, newscaster and announcer from 1952 to 1986. His voice also was used in the Smokey Bear forest fire prevention campaign and on the now-closed Disneyland rides Flight to the Moon and Mission to Mars.

In June 1947, he scored what appeared to be a huge scoop while working at a radio station in Roswell, N.M., breaking a story about a UFO landing based on an Air Force press officer's claim that a flying saucer had been captured near the city. The military eventually determined that the UFO was in fact a radar target, but the story by then had spread worldwide.

In addition to his daughter, Fran, Walsh is survived by his wife of 49 years, Charlotte; two other daughters, Janice and Carolyn; two brothers; two sisters; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: announcer; georgewalsh; gunsmoke; knx; newsman; obituary; roswell

1 posted on 01/11/2006 9:32:24 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ping!


2 posted on 01/11/2006 9:34:04 AM PST by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gunsmoke, my all time favorite TV show. They don't make them like that any more. The early shows were the best...


3 posted on 01/11/2006 9:35:15 AM PST by Russ
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To: NormsRevenge

Re: Roswell, he was at KSWS


4 posted on 01/11/2006 9:36:16 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

I used to listen to the Gunsmoke radio show.

RIP, George.


5 posted on 01/11/2006 9:38:22 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: NormsRevenge
there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. marshal and the smell of 'Gunsmoke.'

I want that on a t-shirt.

6 posted on 01/11/2006 9:38:23 AM PST by atomicpossum (If I don't reply, don't think you're winning. I often just don't bother to argue.)
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To: Russ
Great show. The mystery of Miss Kitty and Marshall Dillon's relationship was better than the sexual innuendo and blatant crudity of many of todays shows (example: Friends) A lot of class with the plots and acting. I liked the later shows as well. Festus was an interesting character.
7 posted on 01/11/2006 9:39:10 AM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: EveningStar

I did too. On Far East Network in Tokyo in the 1950s.


8 posted on 01/11/2006 9:56:55 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
The voices of the Gunsmoke characters were great, too. William Conrad (Jake and the Fat Man) was Marshall Dillon. Georgia Ellis was Kitty, Howard McNear at "Doc"...don't remember the others.
9 posted on 01/11/2006 10:15:05 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

I listen to the show every Sunday on NPR. I am too young to remember it on radio or TV, but I have become a fan.
Sad news, RIP


10 posted on 01/11/2006 10:17:03 AM PST by conserv13 (Happy New Year!)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

Agreed. They just don't take the time to make them that good anymore.


11 posted on 01/11/2006 10:29:43 AM PST by mallardx
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To: NormsRevenge

Favorites:
Ken Curtis as "Festus Haggans" and Milburn Stone as "Doc Adams"...of course loved Amanda Blake and James Arness (still living). Incidentally, Ken Curtis, who played the illiterate Festus and took the brunt of Doc's jokes was, at one time, almost a real doctor as he tried medical school before acting.


12 posted on 01/11/2006 11:01:18 AM PST by meandog (FUDU)
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To: meandog

Ken Curtis took over the deputy role from Dennis Weaver who played Chester, who had a stiff leg. There was also a certain blacksmith character, played by ...?


13 posted on 01/11/2006 11:20:18 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: conserv13

What time is the show on NPR (time zone)? I'd love to hear some of those old shows.


14 posted on 01/11/2006 11:21:51 AM PST by MCRD
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
There was also a certain blacksmith character, played by ...?

Burt Reynolds?

15 posted on 01/11/2006 11:26:57 AM PST by IndyTiger
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To: MCRD

I live in Baltimore, we listen to it on the Washington DC station. It is sunday nights at 8. They also play old Dragnet and other shows. Not all stations play it but luckily our local NPR does.


16 posted on 01/11/2006 11:28:44 AM PST by conserv13 (Happy New Year!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Ken Curtis was one of the original Sons of The Pioneers.


17 posted on 01/11/2006 11:33:22 AM PST by uglybiker (Iraqis have purple on their fingers. Liberals have brown on their thumbs.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The voices of the Gunsmoke characters were great, too.

Agreed. I enjoyed old time radio shows on KNX until their new management dropped the reruns and made other programming changes in Fall 2003.

William Conrad (Jake and the Fat Man) was Marshall Dillon. Georgia Ellis was Kitty, Howard McNear at "Doc"...don't remember the others.

Parley Baer was the voice of Chester Proudfoot in Gunsmoke.

18 posted on 01/11/2006 11:52:03 AM PST by heleny
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To: heleny

His name became Chester Goode when Dennis Weaver payed the role in early TV.


19 posted on 01/11/2006 11:53:37 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: conserv13

Thanks!


20 posted on 01/11/2006 12:04:36 PM PST by MCRD
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To: uglybiker

I remembered the name.


21 posted on 01/11/2006 12:07:57 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gee, sorry to hear of his passing. I grew up in Southern California and remember another George; George Putnam.He may still be alive I heard he had some sort of syndicated show.
I also remember that perhaps the lead, James Arness and Peter Graves of Mission Impossible were brothers in real life. Anybody know about that.
Heck, I am waxing nostalgic. Must be the two days of Alito hearings. ha!


22 posted on 01/11/2006 12:14:13 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: IndyTiger

Yes. It was Burt, pre-toupee.


23 posted on 01/11/2006 12:14:33 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: heleny
Parley Baer was the voice of Chester Proudfoot in Gunsmoke.

I always watched the show, but had no idea Chester was a Hobbit!

Of course, way back then, I had no idea what a Hobbit was.

24 posted on 01/11/2006 1:02:37 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Mad-Mo! Allah bin Satan commands ye: Bow to him 5 times/day: Head down, @ss-up, and fart at Heaven!)
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To: Deb

Did you know this man?


25 posted on 01/11/2006 1:04:23 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Nope. I saw this in the Times this morning. Never heard of him.


26 posted on 01/11/2006 1:08:40 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Here's a bit more

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-walsh11jan11,0,6831960.story?coll=la-news-obituaries


27 posted on 01/11/2006 1:10:40 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: NormsRevenge
...breaking a story about a UFO landing...

Art Bell used to have that clip on his old website. It was only a 15 or 20 second blurb.

28 posted on 01/11/2006 1:21:26 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

James and Peter are (or were) brothers.


29 posted on 01/11/2006 1:27:41 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: Frank_Discussion; KevinDavis
Thanks for the ping, (his radio days with Gunsmoke was before my time).

In June 1947, he scored what appeared to be a huge scoop while working at a radio station in Roswell, N.M., breaking a story about a UFO landing based on an Air Force press officer's claim that a flying saucer had been captured near the city. The military eventually determined that the UFO was in fact a radar target, but the story by then had spread worldwide.

30 posted on 01/11/2006 3:53:41 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave ("Liberals out of power are comical-Liberals in power are dangerous!"-Rush Limbaugh.)
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