Jeanna mentioned coming out of the audience to perform. The audience of "Pride of the Southland" was composed of the performers and their family members; so each act "came up out of the audience" and went up the steps to get on the stage during the commercials between each act.
I sang on "Pride of the Southland" in the late '50s with my church's children's choir. We sang "Fairest Lord Jesus" and, I think, one other hymn. As I remember "Pride of the Southland," they featured a different town each Saturday morning. My best friend did a tap dance, but what other talent came from Sardis, MS, that day I don't remember. I think the sponsor was Purnell's Pride chicken, which I always thought was where "Pride" in the name came from.
By Louis Goggans
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