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  • Jul 1, 1931
    George W. Smith is named managing director of radio station WWVA in West Virginia. In the role, he creates "The Wheeling Jamboree," an Opry-style weekly show
    Jan 7, 1933
    "Jamboree, U.S.A." debuts over radio station WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia. The live country program is similar in approach to the Grand Ole Opry, developing such performers as Grandpa Jones, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Brad Paisley
    Apr 1, 1933
    WWVA Radio's "Jamboree" moves to the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, West Virginia. Just three months old, the show runs more than 70 years, influencing the careers of Grandpa Jones, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Brad Paisley
    Dec 12, 1942
    "Jamboree U.S.A." airs on Wheeling radio station WWVA. To encourage the conservation of gasoline during World War II, it marks the last time the show plays for a live audience until the war is over
    May 9, 1946
    George W. Smith dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia. The managing director of WWVA, he created "The Wheeling Jamboree," an Opry-style radio show
    Jul 13, 1946
    After a three-year absence during World War II, WWVA renews its weekly broadcast of "Jamboree U.S.A." The show eventually runs more than 70 years, featuring such acts as Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Grandpa Jones
    Jul 14, 1946
    Hawkshaw Hawkins joins "The Wheeling Jamboree" in West Virginia
    Feb 28, 1947
    Laverne Howell becomes the one-millionth fan to attend WWVA's "Jamboree U.S.A." radio show in Wheeling, West Virginia
    Dec 13, 1969
    After years in other venues, WWVA's "Wheeling Jamboree" returns to the Capitol Music Hall in West Virginia. The headliner for the evening is Bill Anderson
    Oct 23, 1971
    Charley Pride debuts on WWVA's "Jamboree U.S.A." in Wheeling, West Virginia, becoming the first country artist to sell out four concerts at the radio show's location, the Capitol Music Hall

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