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Spotlight on the Louisiana Hayride (2019)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-02-15

Duration: 00:08:32

Subjects: Louisiana hayride (Radio program) | Country music


  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Lurie, Joan Interviewee
  • Walker, Lorenz Interviewee
  • Edwards, John Bel Interviewee
  • Perkins, Adrian Interviewee
  • Warwick, Maggie Interviewee
  • Green, Jerry K. Interviewee
  • Rogers, Kade Interviewee


This segment from the February 15, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ visit to a concert at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium celebrating the Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album for “At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight.” The Louisiana Hayride was a popular country music radio show on KWKH in Shreveport from 1948-1960 that helped to launch the careers of several musicians, including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Williams interviews: Joan Lurie, Shreveport resident and Elvis fan; Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker; Governor John Bel Edwards; Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins; Maggie Warwick, Louisiana Hayride owner; Jerry K. Green, singer at the Louisiana Hayride; and Kade Rogers, aspiring singer. This segment also includes highlights from Governor Edwards’ performance of “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”