IT WAS A SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL!

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This Western drama started on radio beginning Saturday,
April 26, 1952 and ran till June 18, 1961. It was heard
on the CBS radio network(KOIN in Portland). The cast
included William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard
McNear as Doc Charles Adams,Georgia Ellis as Kitty
Russell, and Parley Baer as Dillon’s Deputy Chester
Proudfoot. The first episode was titled,”Billy The Kid”.
The show was set in Dodge City, Kansas during the
1870’s.
 
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The cast of Gunsmoke. Pictured in the
background is Star William Conrad,left,
and Charles Adams.Shown in front is
Georgia Ellis and Parley Baer.

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George Walsh, announcer for the series.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

 

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HEY GANG, IT’S TIME FOR MR. MOON!

MR. MOON KOIN-TV
 ED LEAHY  
It was on this date back in 1953 that one of Portland’s most
popular local children’s show’s…Mr. Moon hit the air on a 
Monday afternoon at 4:30PM on KOIN-TV Channel 6.
The man behind the successful series was Ed Leahy,
a popular radio personality for many years. He started
the show and created the cast of characters that
included Harry the Heron, Rocket, Kitty, Mrs. Cow
and many more puppet friends designed by radio
legend, Bill Howlett of KVAN/KISN 910.
 

Another well-known Portland broadcaster, Art Morey
joined the crew as the voice of two animal character’s
along with Ed’s wife, Toni. Good habits like keeping
a kid’s room neat and clean to proper nail care and
a weekly honor roll day were some of the features
of the show that had a huge following of thousands.
Note: KOIN-TV had only been on the air for a month
when Mr. Moon joined the lineup.

Mr. moon with camera
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                                                                                                                                                                                     Mr. Moon with some of his puppet friends.

 


 
 
 

 

 

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