Back to Oral History
  • Oral History

George C.  Biggar

July 17, 1968 OH285 46 min.


Radio executive. Born January 11, 1899. Died March 19, 1989. Began radio career in 1924 at Chicago radio station WLS, where he was an important contributor to the development of the National Barn Dance. Career also included work at WLW in Cincinnati, WSB in Atlanta, and WLBK in DeKalb, Illinois. Retired from radio in 1964.

Interview Summary

1968 July 17
(46 minutes)
Radio executive George C. Biggar gives an overview of his career. Discussion includes his childhood; his start at Chicago radio station WLS in 1924; his work as producer of the National Barn Dance radio show; his move to Atlanta radio station WSB; the career start for Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper; his return to WLS, 1929-1938; memories of different WLS performers, including Gene Autry, Red Foley, George Gobel, Henry Burr, and Lulu Belle & Scotty; his move to WLW in Cincinnati in 1938; memories of WLW performers, including Merle Travis, Natchee the Indian, and Chet Atkins; his return to WLS, 1948-1953; and the circumstances that contributed to the end of the National Barn Dance.

We use cookies in the following ways: (1) for system administration, (2) to assess the performance of the website, (3) to personalize your experience, content and ads, (4) to provide social media features, and (5) to analyze our traffic. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website. Please consult instructions for your web browser to disable or block cookies, or to receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your computer or mobile device. Read our Privacy Policy.