We saw this great story the current Country Weekly magazine and thought we’d share a link to get you started. In early 1969, Roy Clark received a pitch to host a new television series for CBS. The premise of the show seemed a bit outlandish on the surface, as it combined country music entertainment with fast-paced “blackout” comedy sketches and tightly edited, and often unrelated, montage segments. Or, to pare it down to basics, here was a countrified version of NBC’s ultra-cool Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. The new show was to be called Hee Haw, a name that certainly exemplified its rural roots.
“The producers asked if I would be interested,” Roy once recalled to Country Weekly. “I said, ‘Of course.’ In this business, you’re interested in everything. A lot of it never happens.” But Hee Haw did. With Roy and co-host Buck Owens on board, Hee Haw premiered on June 15, 1969, and eventually secured a place in television history.
The show kicked off as a summer replacement for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a variety series founded on topical political humor, rock and folk musicians and liberal ideology.
Read the rest of this story at http://www.countryweekly.com/magazine/vault/sal-ute-hee-haw-and-residents-kornfield-kounty-2014