100 Years of Heritage, Harmony, and Hospitality
Hometown Radio's Centennial Salute to Branson
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Earls Family Broadcasting and Hometown Radio (KRZK FM, KOMC FM, and KOMC AM) salute 100 of the people, businesses, landmarks, and events that have made Branson what it is today. Here are the first few salutes. More will be posted soon, stay tuned to this page for updates.
Centennial Salute #26: Skaggs
In today’s informational, need it now - get it now, society, it is very hard to understand how important January 8, 1950 was to Branson and its surrounding communities. January 8, 1950 was opening day for Skaggs Hospital. Click here for the full story. This salute is sponsored by Ozark Mountain Bank.
Centennial Salute #27: The Silver Dollar
Click here for the story of how one “jingling” idea created a lot of talk about Branson. This salute is sponsored by Simply Barbara.
Centennial Salute #28: The Rockettes
1994 was a magical time in Branson… and one that stands out in its history. The year’s biggest news was the announcement that The Rockettes were coming to Branson’s grandest theatre, The Grand Palace. Click here for the full story. This salute is sponsored by the Track Family Fun Parks.
Centennial Salute #29: Caves
When you think of famous Ozarks caves, Marble Cave at Silver Dollar City is bound to come to mind… but there are some others and many of them have helped launch Branson’s Music Industry. Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by Turkey Creek Farm & Home Supply.
Centennial Salute #30: The Toby Show
Just over 4 decades ago it began. It lasted 17 years, and it left a lot of fond memories. "Let’s go to The Toby Show!" Click here for our salute to the Toby Show. Sponsored by Lakeview Country Store in Rockaway Beach.
Centennial Salute #31: Plumb Nellie Days
When you are celebrating Branson’s Centennial, you just might end up talking about “Plumb Nellie” anything... Click here for the story of the Plumb Nellie Days celebration. This salute is sponsored by L&J Plumbing Supply.
Centennial Salute #32: The Veterans Day Parade
There is something about the Ozarks that brings out the best in people. To borrow a line from a Hank Williams Jr. song, "we say grace and we say ma’am." We also say "thank you" and there is no better "thank you" than on the 11th day, of the 11th month, at the 11th hour. Click here for our salute to Branson's Veterans Day Parade. Sponsored by Grand Glitz.
Centennial Salute #33: Roy Clark
His first paid gig was $2 at the age of 15… by 17 he was on the Grand Ole Opry… and in 1983, he was the first of the national stars to have his own theatre. Click here for our salute to Roy Clark. Sponsored by Aarons.
Centennial Salute #34: The Plummer Family
Families and Branson just go hand in hand… For our salute to the Plummer Family, click here. This salute is sponsored by Ozark Mountain Bank.
Centennial Salute #35: Dog & Pony Show
When you hear the term "dog and pony show," you usually get a bad impression… But this one is a good one. Click here for our salute to Peter Herschend and Don Richardson's dog and pony shows. This salute is sponsored by Herrman Lumber.
Centennial Salute #36: Don Richardson
Can you imagine Silver Dollar City being named anything else? Don Richardson is credited with giving Silver Dollar City its name. We think it is important that you know just a few of the other things he is responsible for too. Click here for our salute to Don Richardson. Sponsored by Ozark Mountain Bank.
Centennial Salute #37: College / School of the Ozarks
When you are willing to work, dreams come true, especially when your dreams originate out of necessity. Click here for our salute to College / School of the Ozarks. Sponsored by Simply Barbara.
Centennial Salute #38: Branson Schools
As another school year comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back on the development of Branson’s school system as part of our Centennial Celebration. Click here for our salute to Branson schools. This salute is sponsored by the Track Family Fun Parks.
Centennial Salute #39: Alexander's Nickel Ice Cream Cone
You have to go way back to find a time when you could get a nickel ice cream cone. That is of course unless you came to Branson during the second half of our Centennial. Click here four our salute to Alexander's Drug Store's nickel ice cream cones. Sponsored by Lakeview Country Store.
Centennial Salute #40: Branson's Lakefront
Branson’s Lakefront has been the focus of downtown since the beginning. A look back as we continue our Branson Centennial Celebration! Click here for the full story. Sponsored by Turkey Creek Farm & Home Supply.
Centennial Salute #41: Patriotism
Clouds of war affected all of America in the first half of the 20th century. Click here to learn how it helped shape Branson’s Centennial. This salute is sponsored by L&J Plumbing Supply.
Centennial Salute #42: Aviation
Aviation has played an important role in Branson’s development through the past 100 years. Click here for a look at our ‘high flying’ history, sponsored by Grand Glitz.
Centennial Salute #43: The Railroad
Ever since Branson was Branson, the railroad has run through downtown. Click here to learn how the rails figure into our Centennial Celebration. This salute is sponsored by Aaron's.
Centennial Salute #44: Branson Cafe
Two years before Branson was incorporated, the Branson Café opened its doors in 1910, serving up family style food with a good helping of hospitality on the side. Click here for our full salute to the Branson Cafe. Sponsored by Famous Dave's.
Centennial Salute #45: Old Stone Church
A Branson landmark established in 1911, continues to serve our community today. Click here for our salute to the Old Stone Church of Branson. Sponsored by Herrman Lumber.
Centennial Salute #46: Kewpie Dolls
As Branson celebrates its 100th birthday, another creation related to our town likewise turns 100. Click here for our salute to the Kewpie Doll. Sponsored by Ozark Mountain Bank.
Centennial Salute #47: Railroad Bridge
One of the early construction projects on the White River was a key link to Branson’s future. Click here fore the story of the Branson/Hollister Railroad Bridge. Sponsored by the Track Family Fun Parks.
Centennial Salute #48: Sammy Lane Pirate Cruise
Sammy Lane was a principle character in the Shepherd of the Hills novel. And her name was carried on a Lake Taneycomo boat line for nearly as long as we’ve had a “LakeTaneycomo.” Click here for the story. Sponsored by the Lakeview Country Store.
Centennial Salute #49: Winch Spoke Co.
Before the ‘tourism industry’ took off in Branson, a number of manufacturing industries sprang up along the city’s water front. We’ll talk about one of them, click here to listen. Sponsored by Simply Barbara.
Centennial Salute #50: Paul Henning
A Missouri native gets a lot of credit for influencing our corner of the Ozarks through television. Click here for his story. Sponsored by Turkey Creek Farm & Home Supply.
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