RADIO, THE WHEELING
JAMBOREE - THEN & NOW
December, 1932, the program department of radio station WWVA, Wheeling,
WV in its untiring efforts to serve radio listeners, came to the
conclusion that an informal Midnight Saturday broadcast should be
included in the station's program schedule. Because it is generally
accepted that Saturday-night is "Stay-up" night, it was felt that a
late night show should be light, full of fun and spontaneous.
Such a broadcast was planned and presented to WWVA listeners for the
first time on Saturday, January 7, 1933 from 12:00 Midnight to 2:00AM.
Because of the nature, its hilarious fun, and its informal atmosphere
the name JAMBOREE was destined to make radio broadcasting history. The
official stage presentation and radio broadcast of the Wheeling
Jamboree took place April 1, 1933 from the stage of Wheeling's Capitol
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