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Music Hall every Saturday night; Renfro Valley Barn and Renfro Valley Project began in 1938, under the leadership of John Lair, Red Foley, Cotton Foley, and Whitey Ford; completed in 1939 and program broadcast over WHAS Radio, Louisville, Ky. and NBC Network; Renfro Valley Gatherin' began 1942, over CBS Network, and is broadcast each Sunday. All programs originate from Renfro Valley, Ky. and Sat. night program is now on WCKY, Cincinnati, Ohio. Past and present per­formers: Bullock Sisters; Jerry Byrd; Martha Carson; Old Joe Clark; Little Clifford; Coon Creek Girls; Roy Davidson; Dick Dickinson; Bess Farmer and Farmer Sisters; Joe Fisher; Russ Fisher; Betty Foley; Red Fo­ley; Whitey Ford; Milly and Dolly Good; Granny Har­per; Aunt Ida Harper; Fairly Holden; Homer and Jethro; Boyd Ingram; John Lair; Ernie Lee; Little Eller Long; Emory Martin; Linda Lou Martin; Orval Q. Miller; Slim Miller; Glenn Pennington; Mildred Sams; Ray Sanders; Tommy Sosebee; Pete Stamper; Claude Sweet; Gabe Tucker; Wayne Turner; Donnie White; etc. Programs under leadership of John Lair.
Tennessee Barn Dance: WNOX Radio, Knoxville, Tenn.: began January 1942, and held at the Old Lyric Theatre, which had 1800 seats; now held at the WNOX Audi­torium, which has 1250 seats; director of show is Lo­well Blanchard. Past and present performers at WNOX and The Tenn. Barn Dance: Roy Acuff; Jack Anglin; Chet Atkins; Charlie and Danny Bailey; Lowell Blanch­ard; Brewster Brothers; Carl Butler; Archie Campbell; Bill Carlisle; Cliff Carlisle; James Carson; Martha Car­son; Anita Carter; Helen Carter; May belle Carter; June Carter; Cowboy Copas; Hugh Cross; Lynn Davis; Lester Flatt; Don Gibson; Eddie Hill; Homer and Jethro; Cou­sin Jody; Pee Wee King; Jamup Harry Levan; Sam Mc-Gee; Benny Martin; Emory Martin; Charlie Monroe; Buster Moore; Mollie O'Day; Osborne Brothers; Red Rector; Carlton Scruggs; Earl Scruggs; Jimmy Skinner; Carl Smith; Smitty Smith; Roy Sneed; Spivey Mt. Boys; Carl Story; Kitty Wells; Webster Brothers; Honey Wiles; Mac Wiseman; Johnny Wright; etc. On CBS Radio.