Springfield, Missouri's Ozark Jubilee was one of the first live music variety shows on television. It aired weekly from January 22, 1955 to September 24, 1960, with a few name changes along the way (Country Music Jubilee beginning on July 6, 1957; Jubilee USA beginning on August 2, 1958). The program was broadcast from the 1100-seat Jewell Theatre in downtown Springfield, and celebrity host Red Foley was recruited away from his gig at the Grand Ole Opry to join the Ozark Jubilee team. The show featured a mix of musical, dance, novelty, and comedy acts, attracting both "big names" and up-and-coming stars to its stage.
There are over 60 kinescope episodes of the show in storage at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The Missouri State Libraries are working with the archives to digitize and make available all viable episodes on a dedicated YouTube channel. Each episode costs $2500, and there are sponsorship opportunities for those who would like to help with this important restoration and preservation project!