WWOV 101.1 FM Wheeling ,WV is Home to “The Country Music Show with Tradition Like None Other”
The World’s Original WWVA Jamboree was officially launched in the winter of 1932 as a studio program at midnight, on April 1st 1933 it became a broadcast stage show at Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre. Just seven years after Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Over the years its had slight name changes, has moved to other venues in Wheeling and was nearly lost on several occasions. It was however saved by a group of entertainer stakeholders along with volunteer supporters who have been greatly affected by their exposure to the Jamboree. In 2007 The Wheeling Jamboree became a nonprofit 501-c-3 entity chartered to preserve its historical and cultural impact to our community, the fabric of American Music and to early radio broadcasting. Artists such as Brad Paisley have greatly been influenced by their time spent on the Jamboree. In recent years the Jamboree Organization has started its own small community radio station (WWOV-LP) to re-broadcast and share with the public the catalog of audio show archives from the pioneers of bluegrass and country music. In 2015 the organization acquired a 16000 square foot multi-use building to house the over 100 exhibits and artifacts of the legends of Country and Bluegrass Music who were regulars on the Jamboree. Elaborate stage wear, photos and instruments from the likes of Johnny and June Carter Cash, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Mac Wiseman, Willie Nelson, The Statler Brothers, Dick Curless, Loretta Lynn and other significant internationally known American performers have exhibits in the museum.