The Tennessee Jamboree was a weekly stage show and radio program that aired on AM station WLAF in LaFollette, Tennessee between 1953 and 1978. For twenty-five years the Saturday night program showcased a colorful cast of local and regional country, bluegrass, old time, and gospel musicians. Modeled on the larger regional and national “barn dance” variety shows, the Jamboree was for this Appalachian coal mining and agricultural community a kind of homegrown Grand Ole Opry. Broadcast initially at 500 watts--later increased to 1000--the Jamboree was among the emerging post-WWII live music radio shows that served small towns and rural areas. More than just a radio program though, the show played host to and was a center of cultural life for performers, business owners and sponsors, local politicians, civic leaders, and a devoted citizenry in search of recreation, entertainment, and community values.