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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.

 
Program
Radio Station—City, State

Alabama Hayloft Jamboree
WAPI—Birmingham, AL

Allegheny Mountain Jamboree
WFRM—Coudersport, PA

Arizona Hayride
—Phoenix, AZ

Arkansas Jamboree Barndance
KLRA—Little Rock, AR

Big E Jamboree
—Evansville, IN

Blue Bonnet Barn Dance
KCEN-TV—Temple, TX

Bluff Creek Round Up
KOMA—Oklahoma City, OK

Boone County Jamboree
WLW—Cncinnati, OH

Brown County Jamboree
WIBC, WIRE—Bean Blossom, IN

Calgary Stampede
—Calgary, AB

California Hayride
—Richmond, CA

Carolina Barn Dance
WBRM—Spruce Pine, NC

Carolina Hayride
WBT—Charlotte, NC

CFCF Hometown Jamboree
CFCF—Montreal, Quebec Canada

Chippewa Valley Barn Dance
WEAU—Eau Claire, WI

Circle Jamboree
—Cleveland, OH

CKEY Hayloft Hoedown
CKEY—Toronto, Ontario Canada

CKNX Barn Dance
CKNX—Wingham, ON

Cornbelt Jamboree
KMA—Council Bluffs, IA

Country Carnival Barn Dance
KMPC—San Gabriel, CA

Cowtown Jubilee
KCMO—Kansas City, MO

Dixie Jamboree
WBT—Charlotte, NC

Dream Ranch Jamboree
WJMX—Florence, SC

East Texas Hillbilly Jamboree
KFRO—Longview, TX

Forman Phillips County Barn Dance
—Los Angeles, CA

Fox River Valley Roundup
—Milwaukee, WI

Garden State Jamboree
WATV (TV)—Newark, NJ

Grand Ole Opry
WSM—Nashville, TN

Happy Valley Jamboree
WSGN—Birgmingham, AL

Hayloft Frolic
WTTV—Terre Haute / Bloomington, IN

Hayloft Hoedown
WFIL—Philadelphia, PA

Hayloft Jamboree
WCOP—Boston, MA

Hocking Valley Barn Dance
WAOK—Lancaster, OH

Hollywood Barn Dance
KNX—Hollywood, CA

Hometown Jamboree
KXLA—Los Angeles, CA

Hoosier Hop
WOWO—Fort Wayne, IN

Hoosierland Barn Dance
WLBC—Muncie, IN

Hoosierland Jamboree
WJOB—Hammond, IN

Houston Home Town Jamboree
KNUZ—Houston, TX

Indiana Hoedown
WFBM—Indianapolis, IN

Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
WHO—Des Moines, IA

Kansas Roundup
WIBW—Topeka, KS

KCUL Cowtown Hoedown
KCUL—Fort Worth, TX

KGCU Barn Dance
KGCU—Mandan, ND

KMA Country School
KMA—Council Bluffs, IA

KMBC Brush Creek Follies
KMBC—Kansas City, MO

KMOX County Fair
KMOX—St. Louis, MO

Korn's-a-Krackin'
KWTO—Springfield, MO

KRLD Big D Jamboree
KRLD—Dallas, TX

KVOA Barn Dance
KVOA—Tucson, AZ

KWGB Rhythm Jamboree Bandwagon
KWGB—Goodland, KS

KWTO Barn Dance
KWTO—Springfield, MO

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

Louisiana Hayride
KWKH—Shreveport, LA

Main Street Jamboree
CHML—Hamilton, ON

Marshall Jamboree
KMHT—Marshall, TX

Maumee Valley Jamboree
WTOD—Toledo, OH

Michigan Barn Dance
WKNX—Saginaw, MI

Midway Jamboree
WGWD—Gadsden, AL

Midwestern Hayride
WLW—Cincinnati, OH

National Barn Dance
WLS—Chicago, IL

Old Farm Hour
WCHS—Charleston, WV

Old Fashioned Barn Dance
KMOX—St. Louis, MO

Old Kentucky Barn Dance
WHAS—Louisville, KY

Original Warren County Jamboree
WRRN—Warren, PA

Ozark Jubilee
KWTO—Springfield, MO

Peach State Jamboree
WJAT—Swainsboro, GA

Pine Hollow Jamboree
WPIC—Sharon, PA

Possum Holler Opry
WGEM-TV—Quincy, IL

Red River Jamboree
KFTV—Paris, TX

Renfro Valley Barn Dance
WLW—Renfro Valley, KY

Rockford Hayloft Jamboree
—Rockford, IL

Rocky Mountain Jamboree
KLAK—Denver, CO

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

Sagebrush Roundup
WMMN—Fairmont, WV

Saturday Night Shindig
WFAA—Dallas, TX

Saturday Nite Hoedown
CJCH—Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Shady Valley Gang
KWK—St. Louis, MO

Sohio Hayride
—Cincinnati, OH

South Texas Serenade
WOGT—Orange, TX

Sunset Valley Barn Dance
KSTP—St. Paul, MN

Suwanee River Jamboree
WNER—Live Oak, FL

Tennessee Barn Dance
WNOX—Knoxville, TN

Tennessee Hayloft Jamboree
WAGC—Chattanooga, TN

The Lazy Ranch Boys Barn Dance
WXYZ—Detroit, MI

Town and Country Time Jamboree
WMAL—Washington, DC

Town Hall Jamboree
WIP—Philadelphia, PA

Town Hall Party
KXLA—Compton, CA

Virginia Barn Dance
WDVA—Danville, VA

WAMO Hometwon Jamboree
WAMO—Pittsburgh, PA

WAVY Tidewater Jamboree
WAVY—Tidewater, VA

WBAM Deep South Jamboree
WBAM—Montgomery, AL

WDAY Hayloft Jamboree
WDAY—Fargo, ND

WGRC Hilltop Jamboree
WGRC—Louisville, KY

WGY Radio Ranch
WGY—Schenectady, NY

WHIL Hometown Jamboree
WHIL—Medford, MA

WIBC Jamboree
WIBC—Indianapolis, IN

WJJL Jamboree
WJJL—Niagara Falls, NY

WJW Barndance Jamboree
WJW—Cleveland, OH

WKBH Barn Dance
WKBH—LaCrosse, WI

WMBG Jamboree
WMBG—Richmond, VA

WMMT Jamboree
WMMT—McMinnville, TN

WNAX Missouri Valley Barn Dance
WNAX—Yankton, SD

WPFB Jamboree
WPFB—Middletown, OH

WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance
WRVA—Richmond, VA

WSB Barn Dance
WSB—Atlanta, GA

WTMJ Badger State Barn Dance
WTMJ—Milwaukee, WI

WVOK Dixie Jamboree
WVOK—Birmingham, AL

WWVA Jamboree
WWVA—Wheeling, WV