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  • Jan 7, 1940
    Gene Autry begins his "Melody Ranch" radio show on CBS, where it continues for more than 15 years, interrupted only by his military service. The theme song becomes an Autry signature, "Back In The Saddle Again"
    Jan 30, 1940
    First lady Eleanor Roosevelt appears on Gene Autry's CBS Radio show "Melody Ranch" as Autry broadcasts live from Washington, D.C., at president Franklin D. Roosevelt's fifth Birthday Ball. Autry gifts the president a Stetson hat
    Aug 19, 1940
    Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives perform during the debut of the "Back Where I Come From" radio show on the CBS Network. By the end of the month, Guthrie is under contract to the firm
    Aug 27, 1940
    Woody Guthrie signs a contract with CBS Radio to be a regular cast member for their network show, "Back Where I Come From." His pay is $150 weekly, but the show lasts only a few months
    Nov 25, 1940
    Three months after he began appearing on "Back Where I Come From," Woody Guthrie receives his own CBS Radio show, "Pipe Smoking Time." Within a month, he abandons the show
    Jul 26, 1942
    Gene Autry joins the Army Air Corps, volunteering during a CBS radio broadcast of his show, "Melody Ranch"
    Sep 4, 1948
    Eddy Arnold forfeits his Grand Ole Opry membership to host a show of his own on the CBS Radio Network
    Jan 2, 1955
    Columbia Records presents Gene Autry a plaque honoring his 25-year association with the label during the singer's "Melody Ranch" on CBS Radio
    May 13, 1956
    Gene Autry's weekly half-hour show "Melody Ranch" is broadcast for the last time on CBS Radio. The cast includes Johnny Bond, and its theme is Autry's signature song, "Back In The Saddle Again"

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