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Fort Laramie Old Time Radio Show

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Westerns have always been a part of American popular mythology and entertainment. Westerns were an important genre of the early pulp novels. They became a staple of movies from the time of the earliest silent films, and their relatively low production cost kept them a favorite of the studios. When TV advanced enough to take advantage of outdoor shots, Westerns became a favorite of the small screen, as well. x Radio westerns were mostly Cereal Serials, on going after school sagas for the youth audience. Westerns for grown ups took off during the 1950s. There had been Westerns on the radio that were more serious than the kiddie Westerns, but Gunsmoke , premiering in 1952, was the first Western specifically for a grown-up audience. The audiences for these grown-up Westerns were the younger brothers and sisters of the Greatest Generation who had fought the  Second World War . The Hard Boiled, noirish detectives had been immensely popular immediately after the war, but aud

Fort Laramie Old Time Radio Show

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Instead of ending with a whimper, the Golden Age of Radio went out with a bang. Many of the best network and syndicated shows began in the 1950’s, even after the public interest and advertising dollars shifted to television. FORT LARAMIE   was certainly one of the finest shows on the air at the time. Were it, not for GUNSMOKE , it may have been deemed the best adult Western radio program ever to hit the airwaves. FORT LARAMIE  and GUNSMOKE are closely related. Both shows had many of the same staff members, including the producer-director, writers, sound effects men, and actors.  FORT LARAMIE  was brought to CBS by Norman Macdonnell almost four years after the beginning of his original hit program,  GUNSMOKE   Macdonnell’s newest show was noted for its attention to detail and gritty portrayal of the conditions in the developing west, qualities that also drew audiences to GUNSMOKE . Fort Laramie, Wyoming and Dodge City, Kansas were both real and significant locations in the expans