If you’re one of our regular readers, you know that WE LOVE Live Wire! – the quirky but scintillating radio variety show on OPB. We already knew that the crew of Live Wire! were super talented performers…but “music archaeologists”? Who knew!

They’ve apparently recently discovered that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, Oklahoma, was originally, going to be about Oregon. The story goes that at the last minute Oregon withdrew financial backing in favor of building a dam or a fish ladder or something, and Oklahoma was a hasty and awkward substitute. Here’s proof!

~Happy Friday!
ps: if you’re curious about the lyrics, you can read them here on the Live Wire! blog

Editor’s Note: Celebrate the four year anniversary of Live Wire! this weekend at the Aladdin Theater in Portland – see the details here

About the Author: Mo Sherifdeen

Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.

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