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Wolfe on several lengthy sets of liner notes, including the Mac Wiseman boxed set that won the International Bluegrass Music Association's best liner note prize in 2004, said, "I think any of us who are students of the music are working in his shadow.
"People would make weekends out of it," said George Dormas, owner of the Bridge Tavern and Grill, which has occupied the corner opposite the Capitol Music Hall since Dormas' father, Pete, moved the restaurant there in 1961.
The hall's broadcasts, relayed since the 1940s by a giant 50,000-watt transmitter, reached 20 states and Canada.
A post-Depression variety show called "It's Wheeling Steel" served as the template for shows such as Lawrence Welk's.
Jamboree USA, the live country music show second only to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in longevity and prominence, quietly slipped off the air at the end of December.
The cancellation of the weekly show gave new life to the town's fears that the stage of the Capitol Music Hall, a 77-year-old landmark concert hall that played a starring role in the history of radio, would soon go dark for good.