Here's an early TV episode of "The Guiding Light."
You can find early radio episodes of the soap opera here and here.
This is WJHL-TV's schedule for Oct. 26, 1953, the station's first day on the air. Note at 7:30, "Mountain Music Makers." Bonnie Lou and Buster were on the air the day the station signed on and stayed with WJHL for nine years.
And here they are, Tricities original Mountain Music Makers, Bonnie Lou and Buster Moore.
Vince Staten and the Case of the Goofy Hat, 1972 Edition
In 1972 I was working behind the scenes as a producer at WBIR-TV in Knoxville. I got talked into doing an on-camera interview with Olympic skiing champion Jean-Claude Killy, who was promoting something or other in Boone, N.C. And I wore this goofy hat. I have no idea where I got the hat or whatever became of the hat. And now, four decades later, I wish I had never bought the hat. Or worn the hat. But here it is. Click on the picture to watch the story (sorry, the sound couldn't be salvaged).