Some time back, I started listening to the original Dragnet radio program, Jack Webb's first take on a "based on real cases" police show and far less preachy than the later TV version. I reached the last one and went looking for something else.
X Minus One is a good science fiction series that presented some real classics -- Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air," Robert A. Heinlein's "Requiem" and the remarkably prescient "A Logic Named Joe" by Murray Leinster, to name a few -- but there aren't a lot of surviving episodes and it can be overwhelming.
There's another gem that ran for years: the original Gunsmoke, with William Conrad (trust me, he plays much leaner on the radio) as Marshall Matt Dillon. Darker and grittier than the long-running TV series, the production values are remarkable and the stories are fully-formed and well-told. I've been drifting off to sleep with tales of Dodge City in my ears for about a week now.
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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