WLS first aired
the National Barn Dance on April 19th, 1924. The NBC Network began airing a portion
of the show in 1933.
The segments offered here date from the 10th anniversary of the first NBC feed.
The country content of the NBC portion of the Barndance seems to have been muted
a bit to avoid scaring away the city folk. But the WLS-Prairie Farmer touch is
to the broadcast:
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1 (runs 7:01): Joe Kelly,WLS
announcer Jack Holden
and comedian Pat Buttram
open the show. The entire cast sings "Over the Shoulder", a distinctly
un-country production number. The Hoosier Hotshots follow, and "Arkie,
the Arkansas Woodchopper" (Luther Ossenbrink) calls a square dance leading
into the first commercial.
2 (runs 6:42): Joe Kelly leads into an Alka Seltzer commercial read by Jack
Holden while the square dance continues in the background. The square dance concludes
and Arkie sings "I'm riding for a fall". Joe Kelly introduces a Pat
Buttram comedy routine.
3 (runs 8:23): Following a number by Lulu
Belle, Grace Wilson
("The Girl with a Million Friends") sings "A Little Street Where
Old Friends Meet". Jack Holden reads a One-A-Day-Vitamin commercial. The
Dinning Sisters sing "Down Home Rag".
4 (runs 7:35): The Hoosier Hot Shots sing "Pistol Packin' Mama"
(the top hit of the day). The cast sings "We've Come a Long Way Together."
Over "Seeing Nellie Home", Joe Kelly bumbles through a public service
announcement for the National War Fund. With the show running late, the NBC announcer
and chimes intervene before the presumed closing.