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KMPC Westerners radio show, ca. 1947
In the Golden Age of Western entertainment, it seemed like the stars did it all--movies, records, TV and radio. And these stars often worked alongside each other. Carolina was no exception. Radio shows like the Hollywood Barn Dance showcased her talents, as well as those of Cottonseed Clark, Spade Cooley, Dusty King, The Plainsmen, Foy Willing, and others. She became one of the first female disc jockeys in the US, with her own show on Long Beach, CA station KGER in 1948. The Armed Forces Radio Service made audio transcriptions for the soldiers abroad...programs such as the Ranch House Party were quite popular. Carolina was privileged to create her own AFRS show, Carolina Cotton Calls--a favorite among the GI's.

Television was in its infancy when the Yodeling Blonde Bombshell made her debut, in the late 1940s. Carolina appeared as a guest on shows like "Meet the Missus" and "The Good Egg", then future 50s classics such as "Howdy Doody", "Hoffman Hayride" and "Western Varieties".

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Hollywood Barn Dance promo, 1944


CAROLINA COTTON RADIO SHOWS



(UNKNOWN TITLES), w/Dude Martin and his Roundup Gang (KPO & KYA, San Francisco and Richmond, ca. 1942-44)

COWBOY HIT REVUE (unknown, ca. 1942-44)...w/Dude Martin

HOLLYWOOD BARN DANCE (CBS, KNX Los Angeles, ca. 1944-45, and 5/12/48)...w/ Spade Cooley, from Riverside Rancho; w/ Deuce Spriggens, from Western Palisades Ballroom

CHICAGO BARN DANCE (?)

RANCHO ROUNDUP (KECA, 1945)

MELODY ROUNDUP (from Western Palisades Ballroom, KNX, ca. 1945-46)...w/ Deuce Spriggens

AFRS RANCH HOUSE PARTY (AFRS affiliates, 1946-47)...w/ Ken Curtis, Cottonseed Clark, Plainsmen, Foy Willing

Musical Roundup (with Vance Lane, KGER, 1946)...w/ Hank Penny, from the Riverside Rancho

CAROLINA COTTON (KGER, Long Beach, 1948)...own DJ show

KMPC WESTERNERS (aka Pappy Cheshire Show, KPMC, Los Angeles 1946-49)...w/Pappy Cheshire, Red Rowe, Plainsmen)

THE HITCHING POST (ABC, ca. 5/1/48)...w/ Ken Curtis

COUNTRY CARNIVAL (KMPC, ca. 11/48-49)

GILMORE OIL SHOW (KFI)

REDD HARPER'S HOLLYWOOD ROUNDUP (AFRS affiliates, 12/1949 and 4/1951)

CAROLINA COTTON CALLS (AFRS affiliates, 1952-54)...own show, with Saddle Kings, Rhythm Riders, (Slim Duncan, Hank Caldwell, Tex Atchison, George Bamby, Darol Rice), guests

BOB HOPE SHOW (unknown stations, transcriptions)

MEREDITH WILSON SHOW (syndicated, transcriptions)

HEDDA HOPPER SHOW (syndicated, transcriptions)

CAVALCADE OF WESTERN MUSIC (NBC, KFI Los Angeles, w/ Deuce Spriggens, Hank Penny, Tex Atchison, Plainsmen, Merle Travis, from Western Palisades Ballroom, 1945)

COMMAND PERFORMANCE (AFRS affiliates)

COUNTRY HOEDOWN (Navy, AFRS affiliates)...w/ Ernest Tubb, Merle Travis, Tex Williams

SMILEY BURNETTE SHOW (syndicated)

THE PETTICOAT MARSHALL (NBC, poss. audition only)...w/ Bob Seal

HILLBILLY RANCH HOUSE (aka Farm Ranch House, KTXL, San Angelo, TX, 8/7/1950)

NATIONAL BARN DANCE (KNRT, Des Moines, IA)

PAGING THE JUDGE (ABC)

The Old Corral (with Pappy Cheshire)





Other shows were broadcast on KFWB (8/24/48), KXOX (Sweetwater, TX), KGXL, and military shows on WBG and WBAH . This is only a partial list. Some shows were recorded on transcription records. Others were found in script form, and are unknown whether they ever aired.


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Posing on a Western set


CAROLINA COTTON TELEVISION SHOWS:

(stations in Los Angeles Area, unless otherwise noted. Shows with an asterisk * are Carolina's own shows.)



G.E. HOUSE PARTY (6/6/47)

SUNSET RANCH (KTLA, 1948)...w/Cottonseed Clark, Pat Buttram, Ken Curtis

CURT MASSEY SHOW (ABC, ca. 6/24/48)

MEET THE MISSUS (CBS, ca. 11/4/48)

CAN YOU PICTURE THIS (KNBH, ca. 5/6/49)...w/ Jerry Lawrence

FOREMAN PHILLIPS TOWN HALL (may be radio show, 5/22/49)

COMPOSER CORNER (WJZ-TV, NYC, ca. 8/24/49)...w/ Harry Link

AT HOME WITH THE HARMONS (KFI, ca. 11/6/49)...w/ Tommy Harmon, Jock Mahoney

THE VILLAGE BARN (NYC area, ca. 8/49 on WNET and WBNT, and 1/1950)

JARVIS SHOW (KLAC, 5/18/50)

INDEPENDENCE DRIVE, US SAVINGS BONDS (ca. 7/50)

HOLLYWOOD STUDIO PARTY (KTTV, ca. 9/28/50)

IT'S FUN TO BE YOUNG (ca. 10/13/50)...w/ Mickey Finn

FOREMAN PHILLIPS WESTERN PARADE OF STARS (ABC, ca. 10/14/50)...w/ Bob Oates, Saddle Kings, Britt Wood, Walley Dempsey, Arkansas Slim Andrews

CITY OF HOPE MARATHON (ca. 6/14/51)

GOOD EGG OF THE WEEK (KNBH, ca. 4/20/51)...w/ Al Buffington

HOLLYWOOD REEL (KTLA, 9/25/51)

TALENT JURY (KLAC, ca. 2/1/52)

JUKE BOX JURY (ca. 11/52)

ALL STAR REVUE (NBC, ca. 2/16/52)...w/ Jack Carson

BILL LAYDEN SHOW (KTTV, 5/19/53)

LADIES ALWAYS WIN (KNX-TV, 5/22/53)

MERLE AND JUNE TRAVIS SHOW (ca. 7/30/53)

BIG SHOW FOR POLIO BENEFIT (KIVA, Yuma AZ,ca. 2/2/54 & 12/6/55)...United Funds Telethon

USO / HOLLYWOOD COORDINATING COMMITTEE, OPERATION ENTERTAINMENT (NBC, ca. 9/20/54)

ARIZONA HAYRIDE (KRVX-TV, 10/30/54)

SOCIETY FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN BENEFIT, Abilene TX (ca. 1/19/55)

WHAT'S MY LINE (ca. 4/1/56)

WEMBLY ICE RINK (ca. 5/27/56, w/ Bob Crosby)

Navy stage performances (NBC, KNBH Ch 4)

TOWN HALL PARTY (ca. 5/57)

MEET THE PRESS

PEOPLE ARE FUNNY

HOMETOWN JAMBOREE SHOW (KTLA, ca. 5/6/49)...w/ Cliffie Stone

HORSE RANCH

HOME FOLKS HAYRIDE (KTTV, ca. 6/25/51...Carolina was with program 5 weeks)

WESTERN VARIETIES (KTLA, 5/53, 1955, 1956, and 10th Anniversary, 1957)

HOFFMAN HAYRIDE (1950s)

CAROLINA COTTON RANCH TIME (KLAC ch 13)*

THE TENTH WORD

FOREMAN PHILLIPS ROUNDUP (Ch 7)

ABC BARN DANCE (poss. same as Chicago Barn Dance, Chicago)

Unknown show (KXIL, ca. 8/1/50)

CLAIM TO FAME

JOHNNY DUGAN SHOW

HOWDY DOODY (unknown episode)




There are possibly many other shows where Carolina guest-starred. She did a skit on the Bob Hope Show, but it's unknown whether this was radio or TV (or both). She made video-taped shows during an early '50s tour of Texas. She may have been on a program called Cottonwood Corral. There are scripts to shows like Jax All-Star Jubilee (Jackson Brewing Co, New Orleans LA) and Teen Time in Wonderland (written by Carolina's manager, Bobbie Bennett!), and it's unclear whether these were broadcast.



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