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TWTD Archive – April 16th, 1994

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Originally broadcast on WNIB
Saturday, April 16, 1994

NATIONAL BARN DANCE (4-30-60) “The oldest, longest continuously broadcast program of any kind anywhere in the world – the one and only National Barn Dance!” Master of Ceremonies Bob Atcher and the gang in the Old Hayloft present the final broadcast on WLS, Chicago after 36 years on the air.

Entertainment on this last show is provided by the “Queen of the Barn Dance” Grace Wilson, plus Dolf Hewitt, Tiny Murphy, Lee Morgan, Bob and Maggie Atcher, Sage Riders, Midwesterners, Johnny Frigo, Sy Burton, Davy Pitts, Uncle Newt Klatt and the Kattenjamers.

The cast of the Barn Dance did not learn until a few hours before the broadcast that this would be the final show.  The station was changing to a contemporary music format.

OUR SPECIAL GUESTS during this TWTD program are JOHNNY FRIGO, RUSTY GILL, DOLPH HEWITT, PATSY MONTANA, LEE MORGAN and CAPTAIN STUBBY who reminisce about a great radio show.