Jamboree Hall and Museum Renovation
The Wheeling Jamboree, once a National & Regional focal point of country music, plays an iconic role in American music history. Along with the Grand Ol' Opry and the Louisiana Hayride, the Jamboree was considered vital to growing the country music fanbase and was a spring board to international fame for many artists.
(2004 Jamboree Documentary)
Following many heartbreaking setbacks that have harmed our once prestigious role in validating the careers of the nation's top performers, the Jamboree has recently secured an opportunity to return to our former status as a hotbed for country music talent. We currently operate a radio station and broadcast the live show every Saturday night. The purpose of this campaign is to purchase and remodel a permanent home for the famed Wheeling Jamboree. This is the last major obstacle we must overcome in order to provide stability for the stage show, as well as create a Jamboree museum and permanent radio studio. The past 10 years have seen The Wheeling Jamboree move between numerous venues, making it impossible to establish a consistent crowd.
Please help us to revitalize The Wheeling Jamboree in a way that, not only the show deserves, but that honors the importance of country music from its rich history to its modern day influence on the State of West Virginia, The City of Wheeling. America's Country Music Culture (and beyond). Our team of volunteers and leadership have poured plenty of passion and resources into this project for many years. The performers and technicians have donated their time and talents as their way of saying they still believe in the importance of The Wheeling Jamboree.
(1983 50th Anniversary News Feature)
Your support will provide the crucial key to reinstating the Jamboree's stage as real estate coveted by the biggest names in country music. Every dollar you donate will be greatly appreciated by the Jamboree, the people of Wheeling, the state of West Virginia, the east coast listeners, and the country music community.
The Historic Wheeling Jamboree
600 seat Auditorium in need of renovations
16000sf' Main Street Museum and Auditorium
(Former Eagles Bldg. & New Jamboree/Museum Site)
Since the 2006 transition of the Wheeling Jamboree and formation of the Non-Profit Corporation, the Historic Country Music production has broadcast both regular live studio shows and live stage shows from some 15 locations in the greater Wheeling area. Including a one-time 2010 return to the Jamboree’s most widely known venue at Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre. After a 2 and half year run at Wheeling Island’s showroom ended last year, brief plans developed to establish a Venue at the former Kaufman Building that were withdrawn when the availability of the property at 944 Main Street presented itself.
The Jamboree went under contract last Fall leading to this month’s completed acquisition of the former Eagles Building on Wheeling’s Main Street. For those who can’t place the location of the property, it sits directly North and adjacent to the former Wheeling Hotel and the current Bridge Café. It is easily mistaken as part of the same building due to the close proximity, when in reality they are separate. Decades of locals frequented the lower level club at the Eagles building while not realizing the sizable Auditorium on the upper level which has accommodated audiences since the late 1930’s but has fallen in to disrepair in recent years. Renovation plans are incomplete at this time pending further funding for design and major roof repairs.
Jamboree Board members received funding from private capital furnished to the Non-Profit 501-(c)-3 Wheeling Jamboree, Inc. and was provided to help reestablish the tourism and music entertainment aspect that has made the weekly program nothing short of Legendary. “Our company really believes in what is taking place here in Wheeling in terms of current transformation, and (the city's) appeal to many. People want to come to Wheeling to experience an authentic music environment that we have and is unlike anything you see in few other places.”
The Wheeling Jamboree currently airs archived shows on its new FM Radio station WWOV 101.1 FM and on June 22nd presents a show dedicated to Jamboree Audio Engineer Tony Humphrey who lost his fight with Cancer in December. The show is a part of Wheeling’s Waterfront Wednesday’s and Free to the public at 7pm.