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  • Sep 25, 1925
    KWKH goes on the air in Shreveport, Louisiana, taking its call letters from founder William Kennon Henderson. The station later sponsors "The Louisiana Hayride"
    Apr 3, 1948
    KWKH debuts "The Louisiana Hayride" in Shreveport, Louisiana. Artists in the opening lineup include Kitty Wells and Johnny & Jack. The show becomes a launching pad for such acts as Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Webb Pierce
    Jan 10, 1949
    Hank Williams begins hosting a morning show, sponsored by Johnnie Fair Syrup, on Shreveport radio station KWKH, where he bills himself as "the ol' syrup sopper." The job lasts about four months, before he moves to Nashville
    Jun 3, 1949
    Hank Williams makes his last appearance on "The Louisiana Hayride" at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, leaving the radio show to join the Grand Ole Opry. Red Sovine takes his place
    Jan 5, 1951
    Slim Whitman records his first hit, "Love Song Of The Waterfall," at the KWKH Studio in Shreveport, Louisiana. The label will bill him on the single as "Slim Whitman, The Smilin' Star Duster"
    Dec 1, 1951
    Slim Whitman records "Indian Love Call" at the KWKH Studio in Shreveport, Louisiana. The song was introduced in the 1930s by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the movie "Rose Marie"
    Sep 24, 1952
    Hank Williams signs a three-year contract to return to "The Louisiana Hayride" for $200-a-week for Saturday night performances
    Jun 1, 1953
    Jim Reeves' role as an announcer for KWKH's The Louisiana Hayride comes to an end as disc jockey Norman Bale replaces him. Reeves is free to work The Hayride strictly as a performer
    Jun 15, 1953
    Slim Whitman records "North Wind" at the KWKH Studio in Shreveport, Louisiana
    Mar 1, 1954
    Slim Whitman records "Rose-Marie" in the studio at Shreveport radio station KWKH

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