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Tom Netherton appeared in an outdoor musical pageant The Medora Musical, in Medora, North Dakota. The owners of the show, Harold and Sheila Schafer, arranged for Tom to meet Lawrence Welk in Bismarck, where Tom had the opportunity to sing for him. As a result, Welk invited him to join his musical family at the St. Paul Civic Center a few weeks later, where he found himself facing an audience of 19,000. Tom was so well received at the concert that Welk invited Tom, on stage and in front of everyone, to join his television show. From then on, things moved quickly in Tom’s career.

Tom made his first appearance on The Lawrence Welk Show at Christmas 1973, and performed for over 8 years to audiences of 35-40 million each week. The show went into syndication and it is now seen every week on 270 PBS stations across the country.