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Country Carnival Barn Dance
San Gabriel, CA
Year Started:  1948
Date Started:  November 6, 1948

KMPC Country Carnival Barn Dance

They ran an article back in 1948 announcing the debut of this show on November 6, 1948. It was supposed to be "...California's answer to the ever popular WSM Folks Show...". It was to air over 50,000 watt station, KMPC (710 on the am dial) on Saturday nights.

It was supposed to be the biggest show on the west coast in terms of the number of cast members, which was to initially be about 40 "Hillbilly and Western Stars" from the then 48 states.

At the outset, KMPC was said to be ready to air two hours of the four-hour show. If the audience interest was there, they were ready to air all four hours of the show.

Smilin' Ed McConnell was quoted as stating the Country Carnival Barn Dance was ready to take its place next to the other famed shows such as The Grand Ole Opry, Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Plantation Party and others.

The show was to initially be broadcast from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. The show itself would run from 8:00pm to 12:00midnight.

The master of ceremonies for the broadcast portions of the shows were scheduled to be as follows:

  • Cottonseed Clark, from 9:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Billy Starr, from 10:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Jimmy Walker, from 10:30pm to 11:00pm

Credits & Sources
  • Jamboree Magazine; November 1948; Western Song Club; Ventura, California

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Monte Hale

Dixie Darling

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Ken Curtis

Hal Hart

Ann Jones

T. Texas Tyler

Jimmy Walker

Polly Possum and the Dogpatch Boys

Cottonseed Clark

Max Terhune

Billy Starr


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