Top: the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was longtime home of Jamboree USA, the
Saturday night live country music show broadcast on WWVA 1170 AM from
1926 until 1977. The program was the second-longest running radio show in the United
States, after WSM’s Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Jamboree USA annually
drew hundreds of thousands of music fans to Wheeling, where
both local and nationally known acts would perform. The powerful 50,000 watt WWVA signal carried well into the Northeast and Midwest.
Bottom: looking east across the Ohio River toward Wheeling, West Virginia. At the left is the landmark Wheeling Suspension Bridge. which dates to the mid-nineteenth century; on the right is the rear of the Capitol Music Hall, which faces 10th Street, Wheeling.
Top photo from the Flickr account of “Thomas”, taken September 14, 2013. Bottom photo from the Flickr page of Cynthia Wenslow, taken August 13, 2011.