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"On A Miner Note: Musical Miners and Missouri Sounds": "Broadcasting the Ozarks: A History of RadiOzark Enterprises"

LibGuide for the 2023 Archives Month exhibit and events

"Broadcasting the Ozarks: A History of RadiOzark Enterprises"

Created by the State Historical Society of Missouri-Springfield Research Center, the "Broadcasting the Ozarks: A History of RadiOzark Enterprises" exhibit showcases the history of Springfield's RadiOzark Enterprises, the company behind nationally-known syndicated radio programs such as The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, The Red Foley Show, and Shorty Thompson's Saddle Rockin' Rhythm.

Learn about Springfield's legacy as the "Crossroads of Country Music" and listen to audio clips from the RadiOzark Record Collection housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri's Springfield Research Center. The exhibition is made possible by the Melinda J. McDaniel Charitable Trust, UW, Bank of America, N. A., Trustee.

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Manuscript Collection -

KWTO Collection -

Lester Cox Papers -

Missouri Times Article, page 14

Radio interview by Haley on 92.3.

KWTO, PBS documentary -


Reference Materials

Ozark Jubilee: a living legacy (OPT documentary; not available online)

Remembering the Ozark Jubilee by Reta Spears-Stewart (available through Amazon, or local libraries)

Broadcasting the Ozarks: Si Siman and Country Music at the Crossroads by Kitty Ledbetter and Scott Foster Siman (upcoming publication)