"The Porter Wagoner Show," hosted by country music superstar Porter Wagoner, was one of the first and ultimately most successful personality-driven country music television shows. For more than 20 years, the rhinestone suit-wearing, "Thin Man from White Plains" (Missouri) spun his humor and his brand of traditional country music to appreciative audiences.

Each show was basically the same: A song or two from Wagoner, another from a featured vocalist or other cast member, a comedy monologue by Speck Rhodes, and a performance by a guest singer or act ... plus some light banter. There were two prominent featured vocalists: Norma Jean (1960-1967) and Dolly Parton (1967-1974); Mel Tillis was also a semi-regular. While Norma Jean had some moderate success in the 1960s, for Parton - a frequent duet partner of Wagoner's - it was Wagoner's show that was the launchpad to much bigger and better things.

Although traditional country sounds were always the show's backbone, later years brought more pop-oriented acts to Porter's stage. Often, the show went on location.

During its peak years, "The Porter Wagoner Show" aired in more than 100 markets. Today reruns can be seen on the RFD-TV cable network.