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Kansas Roundup
WIBW
Topeka, KS

WIBW Kansas Roundup

The Kansas Round-Up was a live hillbilly / country - western radio show that aired over WIBW in the 1940s and 1950s. Our research includes many of the old WIBW Round-Up magazines the station published back in then and we're still learning more as we go through their history. We know it was on the air as early as 1947 and was still on the air in 1955.

The show aired on Saturday nights, around 8:30pm and was on until 10:00pm. The makeup of the cast included many of the performers who worked on various other shows at the station during the week. And their musical talents weren't limited to just the normal hillbilly / country variety. In that regard, it was similar to the WLS National Barn Dance show. Kansas Roundup 1947

For example, there was Dude Hank (LeRoy Carlson and married to Miss Maudie) who was a trumpet player and had played for other pop bands such as Wayne King's. Miss Maude was known for her piano playing.

And the show had its traditional form of country music you might expect. They had an old time fiddle player by the name of Colonel Combs who was with the station many years. Little Jimmie Dickens was also at the station for a time in 1948 or 1949, but we haven't seen if he appeared on the Kansas Round-Up yet. Another group that achieved some bit of fame was the Rangers Quartet who were also on the KWKH Louisiana Hayride at one time also.

Kansas Roundup 1947

Credits & Sources

    Ole Livgren



    Dean Eacker



    Edmund Denney



    Slim Phillips



    Herman Housh



    Pride of the Prairie



    Fairley Holden



    Alice Joyce



    Ray Layman



    Dale Easton



    Elda Layman



    Henry Peters



    Ronald Gray



    Alex (Colonel) Combs



    Jud Miller



    Jimmy Pierson and his Novelty Boys



    Corn County Wild-Cats



    Jack Holden and the Georgia Boys



    Virginia Lee



    Maureen Dawdy



    Catherine McKay



    Lois Pierson



    Miccolis Sisters



    Merle Housh



    Sonny Slater




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