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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

Hoosierland Barn Dance
WLBC - Muncie, IN

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

Allegheny Mountain Jamboree
WFRM - Coudersport, PA

Houston Home Town Jamboree
KNUZ - Houston, TX

Sagebrush Roundup
WMMN - Fairmont, WV

Arizona Hayride
KRUX - Phoenix, AZ

Indiana Hoedown
WFBM - Indianapolis, IN

Saturday Night Shindig
WFAA - Dallas, TX

Arkansas Jamboree Barndance
KLRA - Little Rock, AR

Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
WHO - Des Moines, IA

Saturday Nite Hoedown
CJCH - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Big E Jamboree
 - Evansville, IN

Kansas Roundup
WIBW - Topeka, KS

Shady Valley Gang
KWK - St. Louis, MO

Blue Bonnet Barn Dance
KCEN-TV - Temple, TX

KCUL Cowtown Hoedown
KCUL - Fort Worth, TX

Sohio Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

Bluff Creek Round Up
KOMA - Oklahoma City, OK

KDTH Barn Dance
KDTH - Dubuque, IA

South Texas Serenade
WOGT - Orange, TX

Boone County Jamboree
WLW - Cncinnati, OH

Kentucky Mountain Barn Dance
WVLK - Lexington, KY

Sunset Valley Barn Dance
KSTP - St. Paul, MN

Brown County Jamboree
WIBC, WIRE - Bean Blossom, IN

KFH Barn Dance Frolic
KFH - Wichita, KS

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

WGAC Barn Dance
WGAC - Augusta, GA

East Texas Hillbilly Jamboree
KFRO - Longview, TX

Main Street Jamboree
CHML - Hamilton, ON

WGRC Hilltop Jamboree
WGRC - Louisville, KY

Forman Phillips County Barn Dance
 - Los Angeles, CA

Marshall Jamboree
KMHT - Marshall, TX

WGY Radio Ranch
WGY - Schenectady, NY

Fox River Valley Roundup
 - Milwaukee, WI

Maumee Valley Jamboree
WTOD - Toledo, OH

WHIL Hometown Jamboree
WHIL - Medford, MA

Garden State Jamboree
WATV (TV) - Newark, NJ

Michigan Barn Dance
WKNX - Saginaw, MI

WIBC Jamboree
WIBC - Indianapolis, IN

Grand Ole Opry
WSM - Nashville, TN

Midway Jamboree
WGWD - Gadsden, AL

WJJJ Jaybird Jamboree
WJJJ - Montgomery, AL

Happy Valley Jamboree
WSGN - Birgmingham, AL

Midwestern Hayride
WLW - Cincinnati, OH

WJJL Jamboree
WJJL - Niagara Falls, NY

Hayloft Frolic
WTTV - Terre Haute / Bloomington, IN

National Barn Dance
WLS - Chicago, IL

WJW Barndance Jamboree
WJW - Cleveland, OH

Hayloft Frolic and Dance
WTJS - Jackson, TN

New Dominion Barn Dance
WRVA - Richmond, VA

WKBH Barn Dance
WKBH - LaCrosse, WI

Hayloft Hoedown
WFIL - Philadelphia, PA

North American Country Cavalcade
WMNI - Columbus, OH

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

WMC Plough Dixie Jamboree
WMC - Memphis, TN

Hoffman Hayloft (WBAP-TV)
WBAP-TV - Fort Worth, TX

Old Kentucky Barn Dance
WHAS - Louisville, KY

WMMT Jamboree
WMMT - McMinnville, TN

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

Original Warren County Jamboree
WRRN - Warren, PA

WNAM Barn Dance
WNAM - Neenah, WI

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

Ozark Jubilee
KWTO - Springfield, MO

WNAX Missouri Valley Barn Dance
WNAX - Yankton, SD

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

Paint Valley Jamboree
WSRW - Bainbridge, OH

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

WSAI Barn Dance
WSAI - Cincinnati, OH

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

Possum Holler Opry
WGEM-TV - Quincy, IL

WSB Barn Dance
WSB - Atlanta, GA

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

Red River Jamboree
KFTV - Paris, TX

WTMJ Badger State Barn Dance
WTMJ - Milwaukee, WI

Hollywood Barn Dance
KNX - Hollywood, CA

Red Rose Jamboree
WLAN - Lancaster, PA

WVOK Dixie Jamboree
WVOK - Birmingham, AL

Hometown Jamboree
KXLA - Los Angeles, CA

Renfro Valley Barn Dance
WLW - Renfro Valley, KY

WWVA Jamboree
WWVA - Wheeling, WV

Hoosier Hop
WOWO - Fort Wayne, IN

Rockford Hayloft Jamboree
 - Rockford, IL

Hoosier Jubilee
WJOB - Hammond, IN

Rocky Mountain Jamboree
KLAK - Denver, CO


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