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It's Saturday night. The work week is done. Time for fun. Back then it was time for the music and dancing. Families and friends would get together. Those who could play and sing, did. The rest either watched or kicked up their heels and danced along.

From these types of gatherings the first recording companies and radio stations began to find their musicians and artists. George D. Hay long associated with the Grand Ole Opry was at WLS before then and knew their was an audience out there, rural America was his target.

History now lets us see which shows made it or lasted a few years. But for a while, it was like today's television copy cat formula for getting ratings. For a time, many radio stations used Barn Dance type radio shows featuring singing, comedy, square dancing as a way to gain listenership and to bring it to the audience live for broadcast.

Kick back. Turn off the tv. Gather around the radio - pretend its an old time radio with the glowing dials. Let your mind wander back to those old days as you rediscover these old shows and remember them. Or learn about them for the first time. From shows like this many of country music's stars and legends got their start.

Radio Station—City, State

Alabama Hayloft Jamboree
WAPI - Birmingham, AL

Hoosierland Barn Dance
WLBC - Muncie, IN

Sagebrush Roundup
WMMN - Fairmont, WV

Allegheny Mountain Jamboree
WFRM - Coudersport, PA

Houston Home Town Jamboree
KNUZ - Houston, TX

Saturday Night Shindig
WFAA - Dallas, TX

Arizona Hayride
KRUX - Phoenix, AZ

Indiana Hoedown
WFBM - Indianapolis, IN

Saturday Nite Hoedown
CJCH - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Arkansas Jamboree Barndance
KLRA - Little Rock, AR

Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
WHO - Des Moines, IA

Shady Valley Gang
KWK - St. Louis, MO

Big E Jamboree
 - Evansville, IN

Kansas Roundup
WIBW - Topeka, KS

Sohio Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

Blue Bonnet Barn Dance
KCEN-TV - Temple, TX

KCUL Cowtown Hoedown
KCUL - Fort Worth, TX

South Texas Serenade
WOGT - Orange, TX

Bluff Creek Round Up
KOMA - Oklahoma City, OK

KDTH Barn Dance
KDTH - Dubuque, IA

Sunset Valley Barn Dance
KSTP - St. Paul, MN

Boone County Jamboree
WLW - Cncinnati, OH

Kentucky Mountain Barn Dance
WVLK/WKLX - Lexington, KY

Suwanee River Jamboree
WNER - Live Oak, FL

Brown County Jamboree
WIBC, WIRE - Bean Blossom, IN

KFH Barn Dance Frolic
KFH - Wichita, KS

Tennessee Barn Dance
WNOX - Knoxville, TN

Calgary Stampede
 - Calgary, AB

KFPW Arkansas Valley Jamboree
KFPW - Fort Smith, AR

Tennessee Hayloft Jamboree
WAGC - Chattanooga, TN

California Hayride
 - Richmond, CA

KGCU Barn Dance
KGCU - Mandan, ND

The Lazy Ranch Boys Barn Dance
WXYZ - Detroit, MI

Carolina Barn Dance
WBRM - Spruce Pine, NC

KLWT Saturday Night Barn Dance
KLWT - Lebanon, MO

Tidewater Barn Dance
WTID - Norfolk, VA

Carolina Hayride
WBT - Charlotte, NC

KMA Country School
KMA - Council Bluffs, IA

Town and Country Time Jamboree
WMAL - Washington, DC

CFCF Hometown Jamboree
CFCF - Montreal, Quebec Canada

KMAE Kornfield Karnival
KMAE - McKinney, TX

Town Hall Jamboree
WIP - Philadelphia, PA

Chippewa Valley Barn Dance
WEAU - Eau Claire, WI

KMBC Brush Creek Follies
KMBC - Kansas City, MO

Town Hall Party
KFI/KTTV - Compton, CA

Circle Jamboree
WERE - Cleveland, OH

KMOX County Fair
KMOX - St. Louis, MO

Virginia Barn Dance
WDVA - Danville, VA

CKEY Hayloft Hoedown
CKEY - Toronto, Ontario Canada

KWTO - Springfield, MO

WADC Jamboree
WADC - Akron, OH

CKNX Barn Dance
CKNX - Wingham, ON

KRLD Big D Jamboree
KRLD - Dallas, TX

WAMO Hometwon Jamboree
WAMO - Pittsburgh, PA

Cornbelt Jamboree
KMA - Council Bluffs, IA

KVOA Barn Dance
KVOA - Tucson, AZ

WAVY Tidewater Jamboree
WAVY - Tidewater, VA

Country Carnival Barn Dance
KMPC - San Gabriel, CA

KWGB Rhythm Jamboree Bandwagon
KWGB - Goodland, KS

WBAM Deep South Jamboree
WBAM - Montgomery, AL

Cowtown Jubilee
KCMO - Kansas City, MO

KWTO Barn Dance
KWTO - Springfield, MO

WDAY Hayloft Jamboree
WDAY - Fargo, ND

Dairyland Barn Dance
 - Oshkosh, WI

KXEL Hawkeye Barn Dance
 - Waterloo, IA

WFIL Barn Dance
WFIL - Philadelphia, PA

Dixie Jamboree
WBT - Charlotte, NC

Lee Mace's Ozark Opry
KRCG, KMOS - Lake of the Ozarks, MO

WGAC Barn Dance
WGAC - Augusta, GA

Dream Ranch Jamboree
WJMX - Florence, SC

Louisiana Hayride
KWKH - Shreveport, LA

WGL Hoosier Hayride
WGL - Fort Wayne, IN

East Texas Hillbilly Jamboree
KFRO - Longview, TX

Main Street Jamboree
CHML - Hamilton, ON

WGRC Hilltop Jamboree
WGRC - Louisville, KY

Forman Phillips County Barn Dance
 - Los Angeles, CA

Marshall Jamboree
KMHT - Marshall, TX

WGY Radio Ranch
WGY - Schenectady, NY

Fox River Valley Roundup
 - Milwaukee, WI

Maumee Valley Jamboree
WTOD - Toledo, OH

WHIL Hometown Jamboree
WHIL - Medford, MA

Garden State Jamboree
WATV (TV) - Newark, NJ

Michigan Barn Dance
WKNX - Saginaw, MI

WIBC Jamboree
WIBC - Indianapolis, IN

Grand Ole Opry
WSM - Nashville, TN

Midway Jamboree
WGWD - Gadsden, AL

WIS Barn Dance
WIS - Columbia, SC

Happy Valley Jamboree
WSGN - Birgmingham, AL

Midwestern Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

WJJJ Jaybird Jamboree
WJJJ - Montgomery, AL

Hayloft Frolic
WTTV - Terre Haute / Bloomington, IN

National Barn Dance
WLS - Chicago, IL

WJJL Jamboree
WJJL - Niagara Falls, NY

Hayloft Frolic and Dance
WTJS - Jackson, TN

New Dominion Barn Dance
WRVA - Richmond, VA

WJW Barndance Jamboree
WJW - Cleveland, OH

Hayloft Hoedown
WFIL - Philadelphia, PA

North American Country Cavalcade
WMNI - Columbus, OH

WKBH Barn Dance
WKBH - LaCrosse, WI

Hayloft Jamboree
WCOP - Boston, MA

Old Farm Hour
WCHS - Charleston, WV

WKRC Cornhuskers Jamboree
WKRC - Cincinnati, OH

Hee! Haw!
CBS/TNN - Kornfield County, USA

Old Fashioned Barn Dance
KMOX - St. Louis, MO

WMBG Jamboree
WMBG - Richmond, VA

Hocking Valley Barn Dance
WAOK - Lancaster, OH

Old Kentucky Barn Dance
WHAS - Louisville, KY

WMC Plough Dixie Jamboree
WMC - Memphis, TN

Hoffman Hayloft (WBAP-TV)
WBAP-TV - Fort Worth, TX

Original Warren County Jamboree
WRRN - Warren, PA

WMMT Jamboree
WMMT - McMinnville, TN

Hoffman Hayride (KFMB-TV)
KFMB-TV - San Diego, CA

Ozark Jubilee
KWTO - Springfield, MO

WNAM-FM Barn Dance
WNAM-FM - Neenah, WI

Hoffman Hayride (KGO-TV)
KGO-TV - San Franicsco, CA

Paint Valley Jamboree
WSRW - Bainbridge, OH

WNAX Missouri Valley Barn Dance
WNAX - Yankton, SD

Hoffman Hayride (KOB-TV)
KOB-TV - Albuquerque, NM

Peach State Jamboree
WJAT - Swainsboro, GA

WNOX Midday Merry-Go-Round
WNOX - Knoxville, TN

Hoffman Hayride (KPHO-TV)
KPHO-TV - Phoenix, AZ

Pine Hollow Jamboree
WPIC - Sharon, PA

WPFB Jamboree
WPFB - Middletown, OH

Hoffman Hayride (KPTV-TV)
KPTV-TV - Portland, OR

Possum Holler Opry
WGEM-TV - Quincy, IL

WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance
WRVA - Richmond, VA

Hoffman Hayride (KTLA-TV)
KTLA-TV - Los Angeles, CA

Red River Jamboree
KFTV - Paris, TX

WSAI Barn Dance
WSAI - Cincinnati, OH

Hoffman Hayride (WOAI-TV)
WOAI-TV - San Antonio, TX

Red Rose Jamboree
WLAN - Lancaster, PA

WSB Barn Dance
WSB - Atlanta, GA

Hollywood Barn Dance
KNX - Hollywood, CA

Renfro Valley Barn Dance
WLW - Renfro Valley, KY

WTMJ Badger State Barn Dance
WTMJ - Milwaukee, WI

Hometown Jamboree
KXLA - Los Angeles, CA

Rockford Hayloft Jamboree
 - Rockford, IL

WVOK Dixie Jamboree
WVOK - Birmingham, AL

Hoosier Hop
WOWO - Fort Wayne, IN

Rocky Mountain Jamboree
KLAK - Denver, CO

WWVA Jamboree
WWVA - Wheeling, WV

Hoosier Jubilee
WJOB - Hammond, IN

Saddle Mountain Roundup
KVOO-KRLD - Tulsa, OK and Dallas, TX


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