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Lunch With Books: A History of the Wheeling Jamboree


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In January 1933, with George W. Smith as managing director of Wheeling’s WWVA radio station, the idea was conceived to program something special for late-night Saturday listeners. A country-style music program called a "Jamboree" was put together using local talent. History was made Jan. 7 when the WWVA Jamboree went on the air for the first time. Since its humble beginnings, the Jamboree has hosted many famous guests—Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn, to name a few—and been broadcast from a variety of locations in Wheeling including the Rex Theatre, Capitol Theatre & Music Hall, Market Auditorium, and the Wheeling Island Expo Hall, and it remains the 2nd oldest Country Music Radio Broadcast Stage Show in history. Dave Heath, current president of the Wheeling Jamboree, will present a history of the of the Jamboree, now celebrating its 85th anniversary.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are provided. Programs start at noon on Tuesdays. Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library's website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.