Radio Stations WWVO and WWPU
A favorite Joy Boys skit was the radio station spoof of
"WWPU, Sorgums West Virginia." It was based on the all-night
Wheeling Jamboree, broadcast live every week from the real radio
station WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia. Powerful AM radio stations
like WWVA can be heard across much of the country at night, and
in the pre-television days, this was a great source of late-night
Listen to more about the whole WWVO-WWPU story. This clip is from our first Remember The Joy Boys CD.
Lee is best known for a tune called "The Cat Came Back." Listen to a bit of the song by clicking here. It's an old folk song, probably from the 1890s, but Lee Moore managed to work his name into the very first verse.And here are a couple of vintage Joy Boys WWPU bits from our audio collection:
Now called Jamboree USA, the show continues to be broadcast on WWVA every Saturday night. It claims to be the second oldest country music program (next to the Grand Ole Opry).
Willard mentioned that they sold everything they could on the Jamboree, often at giveaway prices. So here are two of WWVA's moneymaking ideas: a 75-cent song book containing music and lyrics for many of the songs heard on the show, and a cowbell with the WWVA Jamboree logo on a sticker.
Don't delay, call in and get yours today!
And finally, a contemporary note: WWPU is alive and well in the new millenium. Political humorist Paul Shanklin enjoyed the WWPU bits so much, he included one on his CD The Usual Suspects.
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