Take your mind back to middle 1954 or so, tune in your radio
to WCPA out of Clearfield, Pennsylvania or WNCC out of
Barnesboro, Pennsylvania and you'd be hearing the "Dale Carson
Hillbilly Jamboree" show.
Dale got his start in the business 23 years prior to that with his
brother; they had an act that aired over WFBG in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Later on, Dale decided he wanted to go solo and this saw him move
to WWVA out of Wheeling, WV, home of the World's Original Jamboree.
He was there about two years or so. Then, Dale headed on back
to Houtydale, his home town and once again was performing with
his brother as part of the "Smiling Steve and His Gang" act.
That group was popular throughout western Pennsylvania, playing just
about any event you could think of, shows, dances, weddings, etc. Dale
was with Steve's group for about eight years until he arrived at WCPA.
Over WCPA, Dale had a regular Friday morning stint at 7:15am and also
was on the air every Saturday at 1:00pm.
Dale was pretty versatile. He not only managed and directed his shows,
but played the mandolin, guitar and bass as well as handling singing
and emcee chores.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 32; June 1954; American Folk
Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.