Radio: Howdy, Evvabuddy

The Eighth Street Theatre in Chicago was once a jinx theatre, but in the past seven years it has become a national institution. By last Saturday night, when as usual its 1,200 seats had been filled and emptied by two consecutive paying audiences, no fewer than 860,013 people had given 35 to 75¢ to get in and watch a freestyle, catch-as-catch-can radio show on a stage representing a hayloft. Station WLS's Barn Dance is a corny five-hour jamboree, radio's longest* and oldest in continuous operation, tops in Crossley ratings in its class. Last week...

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