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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

Hometown Jamboree
KXLA - Los Angeles, CA

Rockford Hayloft Jamboree
 - Rockford, IL

Allegheny Mountain Jamboree
WFRM - Coudersport, PA

Hoosier Hop
WOWO - Fort Wayne, IN

Rocky Mountain Jamboree
KLAK - Denver, CO

Arizona Hayride
KRUX - Phoenix, AZ

Hoosier Jubilee
WJOB - Hammond, IN

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

Arkansas Jamboree Barndance
KLRA - Little Rock, AR

Hoosierland Barn Dance
WLBC - Muncie, IN

Sagebrush Roundup
WMMN - Fairmont, WV

Big E Jamboree
 - Evansville, IN

Houston Home Town Jamboree
KNUZ - Houston, TX

Saturday Night Shindig
WFAA - Dallas, TX

Blue Bonnet Barn Dance
KCEN-TV - Temple, TX

Indiana Hoedown
WFBM - Indianapolis, IN

Saturday Nite Hoedown
CJCH - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Bluff Creek Round Up
KOMA - Oklahoma City, OK

Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
WHO - Des Moines, IA

Shady Valley Gang
KWK - St. Louis, MO

Boone County Jamboree
WLW - Cncinnati, OH

Kansas Roundup
WIBW - Topeka, KS

Sohio Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

Brown County Jamboree
WIBC, WIRE - Bean Blossom, IN

KCUL Cowtown Hoedown
KCUL - Fort Worth, TX

South Texas Serenade
WOGT - Orange, TX

Calgary Stampede
 - Calgary, AB

KDTH Barn Dance
KDTH - Dubuque, IA

Sunset Valley Barn Dance
KSTP - St. Paul, MN

California Hayride
 - Richmond, CA

KFPW Arkansas Valley Jamboree
KFPW - Fort Smith, AR

Suwanee River Jamboree
WNER - Live Oak, FL

Carolina Barn Dance
WBRM - Spruce Pine, NC

KGCU Barn Dance
KGCU - Mandan, ND

Tennessee Barn Dance
WNOX - Knoxville, TN

Carolina Hayride
WBT - Charlotte, NC

KLWT Saturday Night Barn Dance
KLWT - Lebanon, MO

Tennessee Hayloft Jamboree
WAGC - Chattanooga, TN

CFCF Hometown Jamboree
CFCF - Montreal, Quebec Canada

KMA Country School
KMA - Council Bluffs, IA

The Lazy Ranch Boys Barn Dance
WXYZ - Detroit, MI

Chippewa Valley Barn Dance
WEAU - Eau Claire, WI

KMAE Kornfield Karnival
KMAE - McKinney, TX

Town and Country Time Jamboree
WMAL - Washington, DC

Circle Jamboree
WERE - Cleveland, OH

KMBC Brush Creek Follies
KMBC - Kansas City, MO

Town Hall Jamboree
WIP - Philadelphia, PA

CKEY Hayloft Hoedown
CKEY - Toronto, Ontario Canada

KMOX County Fair
KMOX - St. Louis, MO

Town Hall Party
KFI/KTTV - Compton, CA

CKNX Barn Dance
CKNX - Wingham, ON

KWTO - Springfield, MO

Virginia Barn Dance
WDVA - Danville, VA

Cornbelt Jamboree
KMA - Council Bluffs, IA

KRLD Big D Jamboree
KRLD - Dallas, TX

WADC Jamboree
WADC - Akron, OH

Country Carnival Barn Dance
KMPC - San Gabriel, CA

KVOA Barn Dance
KVOA - Tucson, AZ

WAMO Hometwon Jamboree
WAMO - Pittsburgh, PA

Cowtown Jubilee
KCMO - Kansas City, MO

KWGB Rhythm Jamboree Bandwagon
KWGB - Goodland, KS

WAVY Tidewater Jamboree
WAVY - Tidewater, VA

Dixie Jamboree
WBT - Charlotte, NC

KWTO Barn Dance
KWTO - Springfield, MO

WBAM Deep South Jamboree
WBAM - Montgomery, AL

Dream Ranch Jamboree
WJMX - Florence, SC

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

WDAY Hayloft Jamboree
WDAY - Fargo, ND

East Texas Hillbilly Jamboree
KFRO - Longview, TX

Louisiana Hayride
KWKH - Shreveport, LA

WGRC Hilltop Jamboree
WGRC - Louisville, KY

Forman Phillips County Barn Dance
 - Los Angeles, CA

Main Street Jamboree
CHML - Hamilton, ON

WGY Radio Ranch
WGY - Schenectady, NY

Fox River Valley Roundup
 - Milwaukee, WI

Marshall Jamboree
KMHT - Marshall, TX

WHIL Hometown Jamboree
WHIL - Medford, MA

Garden State Jamboree
WATV (TV) - Newark, NJ

Maumee Valley Jamboree
WTOD - Toledo, OH

WIBC Jamboree
WIBC - Indianapolis, IN

Grand Ole Opry
WSM - Nashville, TN

Michigan Barn Dance
WKNX - Saginaw, MI

WJJL Jamboree
WJJL - Niagara Falls, NY

Happy Valley Jamboree
WSGN - Birgmingham, AL

Midway Jamboree
WGWD - Gadsden, AL

WJW Barndance Jamboree
WJW - Cleveland, OH

Hayloft Frolic
WTTV - Terre Haute / Bloomington, IN

Midwestern Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

WKBH Barn Dance
WKBH - LaCrosse, WI

Hayloft Hoedown
WFIL - Philadelphia, PA

National Barn Dance
WLS - Chicago, IL

WKRC Cornhuskers Jamboree
WKRC - Cincinnati, OH

Hayloft Jamboree
WCOP - Boston, MA

Old Farm Hour
WCHS - Charleston, WV

WMBG Jamboree
WMBG - Richmond, VA

Hocking Valley Barn Dance
WAOK - Lancaster, OH

Old Fashioned Barn Dance
KMOX - St. Louis, MO

WMMT Jamboree
WMMT - McMinnville, TN

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

Old Kentucky Barn Dance
WHAS - Louisville, KY

WNAM Barn Dance
WNAM - Neenah, WI

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

Original Warren County Jamboree
WRRN - Warren, PA

WNAX Missouri Valley Barn Dance
WNAX - Yankton, SD

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

Ozark Jubilee
KWTO - Springfield, MO

WPFB Jamboree
WPFB - Middletown, OH

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

Peach State Jamboree
WJAT - Swainsboro, GA

WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance
WRVA - Richmond, VA

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

Pine Hollow Jamboree
WPIC - Sharon, PA

WSB Barn Dance
WSB - Atlanta, GA

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

Possum Holler Opry
WGEM-TV - Quincy, IL

WTMJ Badger State Barn Dance
WTMJ - Milwaukee, WI

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

Red River Jamboree
KFTV - Paris, TX

WVOK Dixie Jamboree
WVOK - Birmingham, AL

Hollywood Barn Dance
KNX - Hollywood, CA

Renfro Valley Barn Dance
WLW - Renfro Valley, KY

WWVA Jamboree
WWVA - Wheeling, WV


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