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  • Jul 10, 1948
    ABC's "Hayloft Hoedown" debuts from Town Hall in Philadelphia. The half-hour Saturday night broadcast is one of the first country shows on network TV, with Wesley Tuttle its best-known regular. It lasts just two months
    Sep 18, 1948
    "Hayloft Hoedown" ends an 11-week run on ABC-TV. One of the first network shows to feature country music, the program aired from Town Hall in Philadelphia, with Wesley Tuttle the best-known performer in its weekly cast
    Feb 21, 1949
    "The ABC Barn Dance" debuts on television. The music-and-comedy series features the stars of "The National Barn Dance" on WLS Radio in Chicago
    Nov 14, 1949
    "The ABC Barn Dance" ends a nine-month run on prime-time TV, where it highlighted the stars of WLS Radio's "The National Barn Dance" in Chicago
    Mar 12, 1950
    ABC begins airing "The Marshal Of Gunsight Pass." By the end of the month, "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" singer and songwriter Eddie Dean takes over the lead role
    Sep 30, 1950
    Six months after its debut, the ABC western series "The Marshal Of Gunsight Pass," starring Eddie Dean, makes its last prime-time appearance
    Oct 3, 1952
    "The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet" debuts on ABC-TV, with 11-year-old Ricky Nelson in a regular role
    Nov 10, 1954
    Rex Allen makes the first of several appearances as a narrator on ABC's "Disneyland," voicing a storyline about migrating seals
    Dec 15, 1954
    ABC-TV's "Disneyland" begins a three-part portrait of Davey Crockett, setting off a national fascination. Tennessee Ernie Ford and Mac Wiseman each score hits with the "Ballad Of Davey Crockett"
    Jan 22, 1955
    "Ozark Jubilee," featuring Red Foley as host, makes its prime-time debut on ABC. It becomes a significant vehicle for Webb Pierce, Porter Wagoner, Wanda Jackson and Norma Jean, among others. Its theme song is Foley's "Sugarfoot Rag"

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