Country music has been instrumental in Wheeling’s History. The Wheeling Jamboree was formed in 1933 and was broadcast every week on the radio.
Folks from as far away as Canada could catch the live broadcasts of Country’s biggest stars on WWVA. Now we honor the accomplishments of the Jamboree as they celebrate 85-years of music, tradition, and history. The Wheeling Jamboree would broadcast each and every Saturday night, reaching the masses of country music lovers near and far. Wheeling Jamboree was second only to the Grand Ole Opry.
“We’re very excited for the Wheeling Jamboree to be back on the stage here at the Capitol Theatre. Of course, there is some much historical importance with the Jamboree being here at the Capitol and it’s always an exciting time to have classic country music and modern country music both on the Capitol Theatre Stage,” said Wheeling/Ohio County Marketing Assistant, Michael Biela.
Keeping the Wheeling Jamboree alive today is a board of directors working to preserve the history and legacy of what put Wheeling on the map for arts and culture. That board is working to prepare a big 85th Anniversary Show in April.
“Saturday, April 7th, is the anniversary of the Wheeling Jamboree and we’re featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Milsap, and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Charley McCoy, along with Wheeling native Tim O’Brien, the Jamboree patriarch Darnell Miller, and some of our Jamboree stars,” said Wheeling Jamboree Board President, Dave Heath.
Thomas McCardle grew up in Wheeling and remembers the days of seeing people flocking to Downtown Wheeling to catch the shows every week.
“I remember the streets being lined with buses up and down and I was really young and I really enjoyed that. I’m honored to cook for all the buses that come into town and if there’s any way that we can accommodate anybody, we’re willing to do that,” said River City Ale Works Chef, Thomas McCardle.
The Wheeling Jamboree was also recognized in February by the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
The 85th-anniversary show is on April 7th, but the day before, Friday, April 6th, there will be a meet and greet dinner at River City Ale Works that starts at 3:30 and tickets are $25.
Tickets for 85th Anniversary weekend are still available. You can get them at the WesBanco Arena Box Office or online by clicking here.