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  • Mar 22, 1922
    WLW Radio begins broadcasting in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1937, the station launches "The Renfro Valley Barn Dance," key in the careers of Red Foley, Homer & Jethro, Whitey Ford and The Coon Creek Girls
    Oct 9, 1937
    The "Renfro Valley Barn Dance" debuts on Cincinnati radio station WLW. It remains a staple of midwest radio for the next 20 years, featuring such performers as Red Foley, Homer & Jethro, Whitey Ford and The Coon Creek Girls
    Nov 4, 1939
    After emanating from Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, for two years, WLW Radio's "Renfro Valley Barn Dance" is moved to a barn in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. The show features such talents as Red Foley, Homer & Jethro and The Coon Creek Girls
    Feb 29, 1944
    Actor/comedian Smiley Burnette has lunch in Cincinnati with WLW performer Merle Travis, where he convinces Travis that he should live in California. The guitarist leaves for the west coast the next day
    Mar 1, 1944
    Merle Travis ends a six-year stint on Cincinnati's WLW Radio. Fellow employee Hank Penny drives him to the train station, and Travis moves to California the same day
    Jun 5, 1945
    Chet Atkins begins working an on-air shift at Cincinnati radio station WLW
    Jan 13, 1948
    Cincinnati's WLW debuts TV's "Midwestern Hayride"

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