Jerry Brightman's
"J
amboree U.S.A."
Years

'77 - '82


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Jerry Brightman returned to the Jamboree in 1977  when he transitioned from musician into the
 business side of music as Assistant General Manager for "The Wheeling Jamboree", a division of Columbia Pictures.  Jerry  was a musician in the staff band for 5 years before leaving to join Buck and The Buckaroos in 1972 when he joined the Jamboree at the age of 14.   In 1979, he was promoted to General Manager and stayed until 1982. This  "world famous" show  was broadcast live each Saturday night on 50,000 watt WWVA  radio.  The radio show, second only to The Grand Ole Opry in length, covered 23 states, and 6 Canadian provinces live.  He was  nominated for a position on the CMA board and produced many other national concerts. 
It was also in 1977, that he co-developed "Jamboree In The Hills" with Glenn Reeves.  
Jerry produced and directed the weekly live shows with acts including: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Larry Gatlin, Bill Anderson, Barbara Mandrell, Charlie Pride, Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, Don Williams, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Emmy Lou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Millsap, The Statler Brothers, Eddie Rabbit, and pretty much anybody else who was prominent during this time period in country music. For more details about this time period,
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