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Generations of Radio listeners going back as far as the late 1920’s recollect hundreds of
“Barn Dance Themed Radio Shows” that blanketed the Nations Crackling Radio Airwaves.

Emanating from its Northeast home in Wheeling, WV since 1933, it's rich History and Long list of Pioneering
Country Music Artists is unprecedented. “The World’s Original Wheeling Radio Jamboree” is one of the last remaining shows of its type, being second only to “Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry” in longevity.

Some of the prestigious past producers of the Jamboree include: Wheeling based Fidelity Insurance and Investments, Storer Broadcasting, Coca-Cola corporation,
West Virginia Broadcasting Corporation, media companies Screen Gems- a division of Columbia Pictures, “Broadcast Giant” Emil Mogul owner of Basic Communications, Price Communications, Osborn Communications, Atlantic Star Communications, AM/FM Inc, Belkin Entertainment, Clear Channel Entertainment and Live Nation.

The broadcast and stage presentation of The Wheeling Jamboree (then known as Jamboree USA) was nearly lost forever when in December 2005 (Belkin Entertainment - Clear Channel) ”Live Nation” (former owners of Wheeling’s Landmark Capitol Theatre) were in corporate transition when the weekly production of the Jamboree live show fell victim to the events surrounding these changes. Immediately the current operators of the Wheeling Jamboree formed the present Non-Profit Organization to rescue and preserve the original format and integrity of the weekly Saturday Jamboree show.

Staff of the originating radio station WWVA AM 1170 (Talk-Format since 1997) continued to air 120 weeks of archived recordings and several live studio Jamboree shows through March 2008. In mid April 2008 WWVA resumed live broadcast arrangements with the Jamboree’s current operating group, finally then ending the historic ties between 1170 WWVA radio and the Wheeling Jamboree in early December 2008.

Wheeling area station WKKX AM 1600 immediately picked up the weekly Saturday program along with a growing number of Country Format and Community Radio stations on the Jamboree Radio Network. The show also has a substantial
online audience each Saturday streaming the syndicated live audio feed and also simulcasts its live internet video. Long time fans of the show are only now rediscovering they can still attended the live weekly event.

In late 2013 an application was filed with the Federal Communications Commission to operate a local radio station
owned and operated by the Wheeling Jamboree. In October 2014 with private donations, and facility support from regional business supporters Lauttamus Communications and Stratus Wave Communications, WWOV 101.1 FM went on the air to return the Jamboree to the air-waves in the Greater Wheeling Region. A variety of programming in addition to the Live Jamboree Broadcasts and can be discovered online at www.WWOVFM.com.


Wheeling's Capitol Theatre had historically been the most widely recognized home to the Jamboree and recognized as one of Country Music's significant Venues. The Jamboree production was not entirely exclusive to the Capitol Theatre from the shows start, as it has been held at various other auditoriums and theaters in town since 1933. The building has since been purchased by the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau and currently operated by the City Sports and Entertainment authority with its name reverted to its original "Capitol Theatre". In 2005 it had been deemed unsafe by City code authorities at the same time the corporate restructure of Live Nation and Clear Channel Radio were in transition themselves. The Capitol Theatre has since been brought up to code and reopened in the Fall of 2009 without the Jamboree as its core means of programming as it had been for decades.

A who’s who in Country Music have been regular members of the Jamboree and made frequent appearances over the past 8 decades with many, commonly residing in Western PA, Eastern OH and the greater Wheeling area. In the mid 80’s Glen Dale, WV, native Brad Paisley tenured a number of years in the Jamboree staff band and has gone on to be
one of Country’s brightest stars.

Without a permanent Venue in downtown Wheeling  the Jamboree has been forced to move to no less than 15 sites since the exit from the Capitol Music Hall. On October 3rd 2015 the former Downtown Eagles Facilty at 944 Main Street just steps from the Capitol Stage and has become home to the Jamboree.

Whether you know the Jamboree as the Original WWVA Jamboree, Jamboree USA or The Wheeling Jamboree it remains the 2nd oldest Country Music Radio Broadcast Stage Show in History.

A group of dedicated individuals is established to preserve the historic broadcast program, stage show and to
assist young music students with education.


Wheeling Jamboree, Inc. -  501(c)-3 Non-profit corporation
Continuing succession in a long line of leadership of an American Music Landmark.
2016 - 2017 Board of Directors

Leaders from various segments of music, broadcasting, 
education, business community and entertainment industry.
who volunteer their time and work tirelessly serving on the Jamboree Board.

Dave Heath

 

 Dave Heath - Pres. / Treas.
 Wheeling Jamboree, Inc.
 WWOV Radio - Wheeling
 Jamboree Executive Producer
 

 
Press & Relations Contact
 email
 Office Ph: 304.907.0306
 PO Box 470
 Wheeling, WV 26003

 John Fields - Director
 
City & State Real Estate Ret.
 Construction Dev. Specialist  
 Florida & Tennessee
 Business Mgr. City of Tampa, FL
 Lakeland FL, Johnson City, TN
 Local Public Relations & Speaking

Keith Bilbrey

 

 Keith Bilbrey - Director

 TV & Radio Personality
 Host of Numerous Country
 Music Productions
 Former Announcer of the
 Grand Ole Opry
 650 WSM - Nashville
 *Gabriel Communications
 *Host of Larry's Country Diner
 *RFD-TV Network 

 

 Katie Smith - Director
 Artist Management & Relations
 
Administrator Commercial Home Builder
 MD - Community Land Development

 

 Bill Orkoskey - Director
 
Wheeling Area Businessman
 US Army 'ret'  
 Retail Marketing
 "Up With People"
 Education & Music
 Public Relations

 Aletia White - Director
 Regioanl Administrator
 International Student Exchage
 Board Member of Local Charitable Orgs.

  
Toni Doman - Director
Music Media Specialist
Glenville State Bluegrass Grad.
Music Education
Arts & Photo Graphic Design
Interships IBMA & RFD-TV








Bob Turbanic - Director
 Founding member of the
 Short Crick Flat Pickers
 Faculty Wheeling Park HS
 Founder of WPHS Bluegras Program
 









Associate Directors & Advisory

D. Hoard

Don Hoard  - Associate Director
 
Jamboree Entertainer
 Performer Staff Since 1967
 

B. Griffin

Buddy Griffin  - Advisor
Jamboree Staff Musician Developer of     the world’s first accredited bachelor of     music degree program in Bluegrass -
Glenville State College WV. 

C. Gurley


 

Cathy Gurley - Advisor
 PR Executive Nashville
 Co- Founder CMA Fest &
 Jamboree in the Hills
 

- Associate Director


 

Carol Lee Cooper - Advisor
 Retired - Nashville, TN
 Founder of the Carol Lee Singers
 Daughter of Legacy Jamboree
 Entertainers & Cast Members -
 Stoney & Wilma Lee Cooper
 

Anthony Humphrey - Associate Director
In Memorium 
Audio Engineering
Event Sound Production
 
 

Past Board Members

M. Spicher

Matt Spicher
 Active Dir. 2010 - 2012

 
Artist Management
 Record Producer
 Son of famed Jamboree fiddler
 Buddy Spicher

P. Tillis

 Pam Tillis
 Active Dir. 2010 - 2012

 
Pictured with her Father Mel Tillis

J. Williams

Jett Williams - Director
 Active Dir. 2013
 
Country Music Entertainer
 
Daughter of Country Music
 icon Hank Williams, Sr.

K. Adkinson

 Keith Adkinson - Director
 
In Memorium
 Active Dir. 2013
 
Entertainment Legal Council
 Webster & Assoc. PR, Nashville, TN
 Pictured with wife Jett Williams

C. Cook

  Charlie Cook - Director
 
Active Dir. 2010 - 2013
 
Radio - Entertainment Exec.
  President - McVay-Cook Media
  West Virginia Radio Corp.
  Board of Dirs.
  *Country Music Association
  *Academy of Country Music
  *Former Program Director
  WWVA 1170 - Wheeling

T. Miller

 Tom Miller - Director
 
Active Dir. 2012 - 2013
 *WESBANCO - Banking Center.
 *PD WWVA 1170 - 26yrs
 
*CO-MC Jamboree USA  -20yrs
 
*CO-MC Jamboree in the Hills - 20yrs
 *KQV Radio Pittsburgh - 6yrs
 
*The Voice of Oglebay Resort

 

Roger Hoard
Active Dir. 2007 - 2012
Jamboree Entertainer
Performer Staff Since 1967

D. Paisley

  Doug Paisley
  "Director Emeritus"
  Active Dir. 2007-2009

  Pictured with Son Brad


Past Board President

J. McCamic

 Jeff McCamic
 Board President
 2007 - 2012

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