“The Lawrence Welk Show” is celebrating 50 years on national television...no other PRIME TIME show can claim that distinction (and it's still in production!)
"The Lawrence Welk Show"
- airs each week on 279 public television stations nationally
- seen by more than 3 million people each week
- has more viewers than BET, MTV and VH-1 combined on Saturday nights
According to Nielsen Ratings, "The Lawrence Welk Show" is the highest-rated syndicated series airing on public television!
“Lawrence Welk: Television’s Music Man” was the first special produced for public television (1987) and it kicked-off the craze for Welk on public TV! Due to it’s success, Bob Allen (now Executive Producer of the series and specials) at OETA - The Oklahoma Network brought it to public television nationally on a weekly basis.
OETA - The Oklahoma Network, the statewide public television network with headquarters located in Oklahoma City, OK, produces the show for national distribution. The “wraparounds” (host segments featuring the Welk Stars) are taped every other year and feature original members from “The Lawrence Welk Show” introducing that week’s featured show. The stars bring the viewer up-to-date on their lives, their careers, etc. during these “wraparounds.”
Lawrence Welk died May 17, 1992, but his legacy continues throughout the country.
Lawrence Welk Specials Aired on PBS and produced by The Oklahoma Network: