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Dick Graham
and his Texas Buckaroos
WISR Butler, PA
WPAX Thomasville, GA
WTAL Tallahassee, FL

About The Artist

Back in 1944, Dick Graham and his band, The Texas Buckaroos, were being heard over radio station WISR over in Butler, Pennsylvania. At one time, his show was airing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00am.

In 1944, like many folks back then, he joined the armed forces of the United States during World War II. Dick joined the Army Air Force. He traveled quite a bit as part of his training we find in a letter to the Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder magazine in late 1945. That led to a transfer to the Thomasville (Georgia) air field.

While stationed in Thomasville, he was doing two shows a day over the local station, WPAX on his own time. One show at 6:00pm that was sponsored by the Simmonds and Kindred Tire Company and another show at 8:00pm.

Dick kept in touch with his band members it appears. He provided some details as to where each of them were serving their country at that time. Bill Cody was stationed in France; Cy Blose was in Czechoslovakia; Billy Heath was in Germany and Orland and Arley Elder were in the Pacific arena.

It appears that Dick was discharged from the service sometime after his letter for another letter to the editor from a fan in late 1946 indicates he was on the air at WISR again.

Timeline & Trivia Notes
Group Members:

  • Richard (Dick) Graham, leader
  • Bill Cody
  • Cy Blose
  • Billy Heath
  • Orland Elder
  • Arley Elder

Credits & Sources

  • Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; December 1945; Mountain Broadcast Pub. Co., Inc.; New York, New York
  • Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; September 1945; Mountain Broadcast Pub. Co., Inc.; New York, New York
  • National Hillbilly News; November 1946; Poster Show Print Co.; Huntington, West Virginia

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