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The WLS National Barn Dance Cast, October, 1944. Image: Courtesy Lee Cannon/Flickr

When Chicago Was a Center of Country Music

Daniel Hautzinger

Chicago is well-known for music: electric blues, gospel, jazz, house. For a couple decades, it was also home to one of the United States' most popular country music radio shows, a program that launched the careers of stars and may have inspired the Grand Ole Opry.
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