Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Silver Anniversary, Larry!

By Annmarie Dean

The Lawrence Welk Show will celebrate 25 years on public television and WNED viewers will be able to see the 1955 premier episode of the program, Say It With Music, this weekend.


The musical variety show was first broadcast in 1951 in Los Angeles and in 1955, ABC picked it up for national broadcast. After being dropped in 1971 (after a successful 16-year run) by ABC, Welk formed his own production company and began syndication of his beloved program. In 1987, after a successful fund-raising special, Lawrence Welk: Television’s Music Man, aired, PBS formed a partnership with Welk Syndication and began broadcasting the weekly series on public television stations.

You can catch episodes of The Lawrence Welk Show every Sunday at 7 p.m. and fans will be able to watch Say It With Music on Sunday, September 4 at 7 p.m. This very first national public television broadcast features Alice Lon singing “Love Me or Leave Me,” Larry Hooper with his signature song “Oh Happy Day,” Rocky Rockwell singing “I Love Girls” and a quintessential polka, “The Clarinet Polka.”

So break out a bottle of that bubbly and toast (maybe even polka along) to those 25 years of champagne music.

Are you a Lawrence Welk fan? Are you excited to see this premier episode?

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