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Branson Centennial Salutes

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.


Salute #1: Jim Owen

 Jim Owen

A newspaper man, with a marketing mind, and a willingness to toot his own horn did a lot to attract visitors. To read and listen to our Branson Centennial Salute to Jim Owen, click here. This salute is sponsored by: L&J Plumbing Supply.



Salute #2: Harold Bell Wright

 Harold Bell Wright

An ailing pastor and struggling author came to these Ozark Hills in search of better health. What he found was a group of people who would change his destiny. Click here to learn about the part he played in Branson’s Centennial. This salute is sponsored by: Grand Glitz.



 Salute #3: Table Rock Dam

Table Rock Dam

It was a huge undertaking that took four years to complete, but it changed our landscape and proved that high tides raise all boats. Click here to learn about the part it played in Branson’s Centennial. This salute is sponsored by: Famous Dave's.

 


 Salute #4: The Presley's

Presley's Presley's 

A boat storage, that never happened, did a lot to shape Branson’s first 100 years. Click here to see how a family’s hard work and dedication played a part in Branson’s Centennial. This salute is sponsored by: Herrman Lumber.

 


Salute #5: Silver Dollar City

SDC SDC2 SDC3

A nice gesture to protect their friends ended up getting them into the cave business. The cave business kind of got out of hand... and became Silver Dollar City. Click here for the story of how it impacted Branson’s first 100 years. This salute is sponsored by: Aaron's.

 


Salute #6: The People of Branson

The People

The smiles, the "go ahead" waves, to be quickly followed by the "thank you" wave, the hard work, the understanding of what our product is all about... Click here for the story of how the people helped Branson make it to its centennial. This salute is sponsored by Ozark Mountain Bank.

 


 Salute #7: 60 Minutes

60 Minutes

Everything changed that Sunday evening. Click here to look back at when Branson was on the national stage. This salute is sponsored by Simply Barbara.

 


Salute #8: The Baldknobbers

The Baldknobbers

Four brothers, a banjo, dobro, wash tub bass, washboard, and a mule contributed to the success of Branson during its first 100 years. Click here for their story. This salute is sponsored by the Track Family Fun Parks.



Salute #9: The Trip to Wheeling, West Virginia

Wheeling

How does a trip earn a spot into Branson’s Centennial Celebration? Click here for the story. This salute is sponosred by the Lakeview Country Store in Rockaway Beach.


 


Salute #10: Branson's Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneur

When you try to capture the essence of Branson in one word, you are walking on dangerous ground. Some people would say "hospitality," others "beauty"… As we celebrate Branson's Centennial, we have another word for you to consider, "entrepreneurial." Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by Turkey Creek Farm & Home Supply



Salute #11:  The Showboat Branson Belle

Showboat


We have had some interesting days during Branson’s First 100 years – do you remember the day we went bananas? Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by L&J Plumbing Supply.



Salute #12: Dewey Short

Dewey Short

Some 15 years before Branson became Branson, a baby boy was born in Stone County that would grow up to have a huge impact on the area. Click here for that story. This salute is sponsored by Grand Glitz.



Salute #13: On the Road

On the Road


A lot of road miles helped make Branson… "Branson." Click here for the story of how the road built Branson up. This salute is sponsored by Aaron's.

 


Salute #14: The Foggy River Boys

Foggy River Boys

The Foggy River Boys have always called Missouri Home and are a huge part of the Branson Music Show history. Click here for our Centennial Salute to the Foggy River Boys. Sponsored by Famous Dave's.

 


Salute #15: Shepherd of the Hills (The Early Years)

Shepherd of the Hills

It’s difficult at best to do justice to the impact that Harold Bell Wright’s book, The Shepherd of the Hills, has had on this area in a quick radio segment. We'll start with its early years. Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by Herrman Lumber.

 


Salute #16: Shepherd of the Hills (McDaniel)

Now that we've talked about the early impact of the novel, let's see how it continued to shape our early history. Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by Ozark Mountain Bank.

 


Salute #17: The Trimbles / Snadon

A doctor and his bride had a major impact on our area. Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by Simply Barbara.

 


 

Centennial Salutes #18: Pencils

Pencils

Ask anyone about Branson’s Economic Engine and they will tell you "tourism"…But there is a time during Branson's first 100 years, when pencils made point. Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by the Track Family Fun Parks.
 


Centennial Salutes #19: Chisai Childs

Chisai Childs

It always gets a little tricky when you start naming names….especially when you are talking about a centennial celebration. But, Chisai Childs does deserve some credit. So we will tell you her story, click here. This salute is sponsored by Turkey Creek Farme & Home Supply

 


Centennial Salutes #20: Tragedy

Tragedy


Celebrations, by definition, usually focus on happy times. As we celebrate Branson’s Centennial, we believe it’s important to remember some of the tough days too. Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by the Lakeview Country Store.

 


Centennial Salute #21: Change
Change 


The one thing you can always count on is change. That’s especially true during a centennial celebration. Click here for our story on how Branson has changed. This salute is sponsored by L&J Plumbing Supply.



 Centennial Salute #22: Miss USA
Miss USA 


What do Donald Trump and Branson have in common? Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by Grand Glitz


 Centennial Salute #23: Adoration Parade
Adoration Parade

It all started over lunch, drawn on a café napkin, and it’s become an Ozarks tradition... Click here for the story of Branson's Adoration Parade. This salute is sponsored by Aaron's

 


Centennial Salute #24: Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas


For people to be on stage in front of an audience, there must be people behind the scenes. Click here for the story of one man who helped shape Branson’s entertainment. This salute is sponsored by Famous Dave's.

 


Centennial Salutes #25: Bumper Stickers


Bumper Sticker

Could it be that we are dedicating an entire day of Branson’s Centennial Celebration to the Bumper Sticker? Yep! Click here for the story. This salute is sponsored by Herrman Lumber.

 


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