Have Gun Will Travel premiered on CBS in 1958 at the end of the golden age...It was unusal because it was one the few radio show's to have it's roots in TV first before coming to radio (and not the reverse!). The highly successful and top rated TV show starred Richard Boone as "the man called Paladin" but the radio show starred Gunsmoke regular John Dehner as the man for hire from San Francisco...Dehner is excellent and brings his own interpatation of the role. Sharing scripts from the TV series HGWT adapted well on radio and stands as a great effort to keep quality scripted programing on radio after the onslaught of TV.
Many have called shows like Six Shooter that starred big Hollywood stars and were trans-scripted (Pre-recorded; which made it far easier to work around movie stars busy schedules) the last effort of Radio to compete with TV which was becoming America's top choice for there entertainment time.
Our last nominee also starred John Dehner and was a bit different from other western themed shows...Frontier Gentleman the account of a British reporter for a London news paper, J.B. Kendall's, travels in the American Old West. Kendall wrote about all times of happenings in the new territories, mostly Montana. It featured another great performance by Dehner and great supporting acting. The writing was strong and featured a great trumpet theme song by Jerry Goldsmith.
Playing at the same time as HGWT in late 50's, CBS was trying to create another Gunsmoke but Frontier Gentleman had it's own flair but arrived when TV just gobble all the audience away from radio. Listen to this episode and I think you'll want to hear more.