The country music radio show began in 1948, broadcasting every Saturday on radio station KWKH from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The show was carried around the country, as well as overseas on Armed Forces Radio. Through the years performers such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, Jimmie Davis (the two-term "Singing Governor" of Louisiana who wrote "You Are My Sunshine") and Elvis Presley played the so-called "Cradle of the Stars."
* Listen to "The Louisiana Hayride Medley": @
* "Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River" (book): @
* "Country Chameleons: Cajuns on the Louisiana Hayride": @
* Photos from Elvis' last "Hayride" performance, Dec. 15, 1956. (It was the first time the phrase "Elvis has left the building" was used; you can hear it through a link on this site): @