Introduction: A Cradle of the Stars
KWKH's Louisiana Hayride stalked its spot in the ethereal radio universe at the same time as the shows funneling of live dobros and fiddles into parlors from the Gulf to the Great Lakes. The history of this radio genre lead to the earliest days of mass broadcasting. But among all the barn dance radio shows, the Louisiana Hayride raised the fore in country music after World War II. Also, the inherent quality of radio broadcasting that captured the imagination through movies, television, and phonograph records aided the Hayride producers in casting a show vital to country music, a full day's drive from Nashville. This book clarifies the broader implications of the Louisiana Hayride in terms of an understanding of race relations, media history, and popular culture in the post World War II era.
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