KWTO-AM was the corner-stone of Ralph D. Foster's dream of Springfield, MO, overtaking Nashville as the "Crossroads of Country Music. The station itself got its start as a low power AM station located in the corner of Hall's Firestone tire dealership. KWTO concentrated on live music shows. A weekly "hillbilly variety show", Korn's-A-Krackin' was carried nationally on the Mutual Network.
Foster's RadiOzark Enterprises produced transcription disks of shows featuring Smiley Burnett, Bill Ring, and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Ring would produce 260 fifteen-minute episodes of The Tennessee Ernie Show. Ring's own show would be picked up by ABC Radio, and eventually air on more than 1,200 US and Canadian stations.
Bill Ring was a vital part of Korn's-A-Krackin' and the nationally syndicated TV program The Ozark Jubilee. His popular KWTO morning program became known as Ring Around the Ozarks. Ring's show features hard driving steel guitar, and a classic version of country music that celebrates life. This is not "Cry in your Beer" country music!
Clearly, here is a man ahead of his time; Bill Ring is credited with the phrase:
"If you're too busy to go fish'n, you're TOO busy!"