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Dale Carson
WWVA Original Jamboree
WCPA Clearfield, PA
WFBG Altoona, PA
WNCC Barnesboro, PA
WWVA Wheeling, WV

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.

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