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George Walsh, the announcer for the Gunsmoke radio and television programs, died Dec. 5, 2005 at the age of 88 of congestive heart failure. Walsh was also a newsannouncer and the voice of Smokey Bear. His voice also was used on the now-closed Disneyland rides Flight to the Moon and Mission to Mars. He died at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, CA.

Walsh became the Gunsmoke announcer in 1952 for the radio version. He remained the announcer when the show moved to television in 1955. Walsh also worked at KNX-AM radio, where he was an interviewer, sports reporter, newscaster and announcer from 1952 to 1986.

In June 1947, Walsh scored what appeared to be a huge scoop while working at a radio station in Roswell, N.M.. He broke a story about a UFO landing based on a U.S. air force press officer's claim that a flying saucer had been captured near the city. The military later said the UFO was a radar target but the story by then had spread worldwide.


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(Some of this information was taken from AP)