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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

Hoosier Hop
WOWO - Fort Wayne, IN

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

Allegheny Mountain Jamboree
WFRM - Coudersport, PA

Hoosier Jubilee
WJOB - Hammond, IN

Sagebrush Roundup
WMMN - Fairmont, WV

Arizona Hayride
KRUX - Phoenix, AZ

Hoosierland Barn Dance
WLBC - Muncie, IN

Saturday Night Shindig
WFAA - Dallas, TX

Arkansas Jamboree Barndance
KLRA - Little Rock, AR

Houston Home Town Jamboree
KNUZ - Houston, TX

Saturday Nite Hoedown
CJCH - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Big E Jamboree
 - Evansville, IN

Indiana Hoedown
WFBM - Indianapolis, IN

Shady Valley Gang
KWK - St. Louis, MO

Blue Bonnet Barn Dance
KCEN-TV - Temple, TX

Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
WHO - Des Moines, IA

Sohio Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

Bluff Creek Round Up
KOMA - Oklahoma City, OK

Kansas Roundup
WIBW - Topeka, KS

South Texas Serenade
WOGT - Orange, TX

Boone County Jamboree
WLW - Cncinnati, OH

KCUL Cowtown Hoedown
KCUL - Fort Worth, TX

Sunset Valley Barn Dance
KSTP - St. Paul, MN

Brown County Jamboree
WIBC, WIRE - Bean Blossom, IN

KDTH Barn Dance
KDTH - Dubuque, IA

Suwanee River Jamboree
WNER - Live Oak, FL

Calgary Stampede
 - Calgary, AB

KFPW Arkansas Valley Jamboree
KFPW - Fort Smith, AR

Tennessee Barn Dance
WNOX - Knoxville, TN

California Hayride
 - Richmond, CA

KGCU Barn Dance
KGCU - Mandan, ND

Tennessee Hayloft Jamboree
WAGC - Chattanooga, TN

Carolina Barn Dance
WBRM - Spruce Pine, NC

KLWT Saturday Night Barn Dance
KLWT - Lebanon, MO

The Lazy Ranch Boys Barn Dance
WXYZ - Detroit, MI

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

Dixie Jamboree
WBT - Charlotte, NC

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

WFIL Barn Dance
WFIL - Philadelphia, PA

Dream Ranch Jamboree
WJMX - Florence, SC

Louisiana Hayride
KWKH - Shreveport, LA

WGRC Hilltop Jamboree
WGRC - Louisville, KY

East Texas Hillbilly Jamboree
KFRO - Longview, TX

Main Street Jamboree
CHML - Hamilton, ON

WGY Radio Ranch
WGY - Schenectady, NY

Forman Phillips County Barn Dance
 - Los Angeles, CA

Marshall Jamboree
KMHT - Marshall, TX

WHIL Hometown Jamboree
WHIL - Medford, MA

Fox River Valley Roundup
 - Milwaukee, WI

Maumee Valley Jamboree
WTOD - Toledo, OH

WIBC Jamboree
WIBC - Indianapolis, IN

Garden State Jamboree
WATV (TV) - Newark, NJ

Michigan Barn Dance
WKNX - Saginaw, MI

WJJL Jamboree
WJJL - Niagara Falls, NY

Grand Ole Opry
WSM - Nashville, TN

Midway Jamboree
WGWD - Gadsden, AL

WJW Barndance Jamboree
WJW - Cleveland, OH

Happy Valley Jamboree
WSGN - Birgmingham, AL

Midwestern Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

WKBH Barn Dance
WKBH - LaCrosse, WI

Hayloft Frolic
WTTV - Terre Haute / Bloomington, IN

National Barn Dance
WLS - Chicago, IL

WKRC Cornhuskers Jamboree
WKRC - Cincinnati, OH

Hayloft Frolic and Dance
WTJS - Jackson, TN

New Dominion Barn Dance
WRVA - Richmond, VA

WMBG Jamboree
WMBG - Richmond, VA

Hayloft Hoedown
WFIL - Philadelphia, PA

Old Farm Hour
WCHS - Charleston, WV

WMC Plough Dixie Jamboree
WMC - Memphis, TN

Hayloft Jamboree
WCOP - Boston, MA

Old Fashioned Barn Dance
KMOX - St. Louis, MO

WMMT Jamboree
WMMT - McMinnville, TN

Hocking Valley Barn Dance
WAOK - Lancaster, OH

Old Kentucky Barn Dance
WHAS - Louisville, KY

WNAM Barn Dance
WNAM - Neenah, WI

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

Original Warren County Jamboree
WRRN - Warren, PA

WNAX Missouri Valley Barn Dance
WNAX - Yankton, SD

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

Ozark Jubilee
KWTO - Springfield, MO

WPFB Jamboree
WPFB - Middletown, OH

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

Peach State Jamboree
WJAT - Swainsboro, GA

WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance
WRVA - Richmond, VA

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

Pine Hollow Jamboree
WPIC - Sharon, PA

WSB Barn Dance
WSB - Atlanta, GA

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

Possum Holler Opry
WGEM-TV - Quincy, IL

WTMJ Badger State Barn Dance
WTMJ - Milwaukee, WI

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

Red River Jamboree
KFTV - Paris, TX

WVOK Dixie Jamboree
WVOK - Birmingham, AL

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

Renfro Valley Barn Dance
WLW - Renfro Valley, KY

WWVA Jamboree
WWVA - Wheeling, WV

Hollywood Barn Dance
KNX - Hollywood, CA

Rockford Hayloft Jamboree
 - Rockford, IL

Hometown Jamboree
KXLA - Los Angeles, CA

Rocky Mountain Jamboree
KLAK - Denver, CO


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