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ence: McKeesport, Pa., 1927, Indian Walk Dancer; Pop Band, McKeesport, 1928-30; WWSW and KDKA, Pitts-burgh, Pa., 1931-6; WMNN, Fairmont, W. Va., 1936-8; WWVA Jamboree, Wheeling, W. Va., 1938-42; WLS Na­tional Barn Dance, Chicago, 111., 1942-5; WWVA, 1945-8; Medicine Show, Ga., Fla., Pa., S. C, 1948-53; Rodeo, U.S., Canada, and Carribean, 1953-5; Circus, 1955-8; KJUE, Shreveport, La., 1958-9; WWVA, 1959—, Emcee and pro­ducer of WWVA Jamboree, and station announcer. Movie: WLS Gang, Acme, 1943. Part-time minister. Awards and honors: Honorary member of the Choctaw Nation, 1956; Colonel of Gov. Gary's Staff, Okla., 1956; Honorary citizen of Okla., 1956. Has been radio an­nouncer; producer; music director; program director; salesman; station manager; square dance caller; auc­tioneer; magician; circus star; and rodeo star. Address: WWVA Radio, Wheeling, West Virginia.
Miller, Willard Darnell, b. 3/8/37, Bland County, Va.; w. Gloria Sue Crutchfield; s. Alan Lee, 1. Schools at­tended: Hollybrook Elem. Schl., Hollybrook, Va., 1943-50; Jr. High Schl., Hollybrook, Va., 1950-2; and Bland High Schl., Bland, Va., 1952-4. Plays guitar. Enter­tainment experience: WHIS and WHIS-TV, Bluefield, W. Va., 1954—; WOAY-TV, Oak Hill, W. Va., 1955-6; WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance, Richmond, Va.; etc. Former member of the Salt and Peanut Show; Bud and His Buddies; etc. Recorded for Dale and Starday Rec­ords. Songs recorded: Waiting Game for Love, 1956; Getting Out the Wood's, 1956; Cardboard Sweetheart, 1957; She's Gone, 1957; Mommy Will My Dog Under­stand, 1959; Royal Flush, 1959; Back to You, 1959; Mark of Gala, 1959. Back to You most popular song. Writer of: Waiting Game for Love; She's Gone. Co-writer of: Royal Flush; Back to You. Address: WHIS-TV, Blue-field, West Virginia.
Monroe, Bill, called "The Father of Blue Grass Music." b. 9/13/11, Rosine, Ky.; married; d. Melissa; s. James. He and brother Charlie sang together for several years as the Monroe Brothers. Plays mandolin. Former mem­bers of his band, The Blue Grass Boys, include: Art Wooten; Clyde Moody; Stringbean; Howdy Forrester;