The California Hayride appears to be a program that appeared after the demise
of the similar Hoffman Hayride program. Cottonseed Clark and Eddie Kirk were the hosts of the second
version of the Hoffman Hayride with the original version being hosted by the popular Dude Martin.
The show was to be the first live broadcast of a show over televsion station KOVR. The KOVR
trucks went to the San Mateo Fiesta Grounds to setup for the broadcast back in October of 1955.
The initial program was to be two hours at 8pm on Saturday nights.
The show's premier included quite a roster of talent - Stuart Hamblen, The Maddox Brothers
and Rose and Rosie and Retta. Regular cast members were to appear as well - a youngster
by name of Marilyn Orlando, another young lad - Johnny Guess, Arvada Miller, and Eddie Kirk.
Dusty Dale and his band were to provide the musical backup for the show.
The show seemed to also try to showcase new talent in the Bay Area. The first show was
to include a group called the Kandy Sisters of San Francisco. Rocky Arnold, a country
pianist was to also be on the first show.
The show continued to be popular. Both Cottonseed and Eddie had their own disc jockey
shows over radio station KEEN out of San Jose.
In early January 1956, a newspaper article reported that famed Grand Ole Opry stars
George Morgan, Cowboy Copas and Marty Robbins were slated to appear on the show.
The two hour show was also followed by a five hour dance afterwards, so fans
attending in person were sure to be entertained.