Monday, August 31, 2009

It's finally here...the day that the network launches outside of morning drive.

Moby, the star of the Moby in the Morning show, had a dream about 5 years ago. He dreamed he could build his own syndication network so he could do the kind of radio he loves to do, without having to worry about corporate politics and whims. He set out broadcasting from a studio in rented space, and last year, he bought a building. In the past 5 years, he's built an impressive list of stations that take his show, but there was more to his dream. He wanted to build a 24-hour network, not just one for his morning show.

Today, phase two of his dream begins, and it's my dream, too.

This morning at 10 eastern, the midday show on Moby's network launches, and I am honored to be the host of it. In 30 years of radio, I always wondered how people got to be nationally syndicated, and now I know. Be in the right place at the right time at least once, impress a person or two along the way, and then be willing to be flexible when the opportunity arrives.

Thanks, Moby, for including me in your dream. Together, we're building a pretty cool network. In a few weeks, when Slam Duncan joins the fun in the afternoon, you'll be thisclose to having what you've dreamed of - a 24-hour radio network.

Today, we're starting in central Alabama on a great radio station - The Weevil. I keep giggling that it's the Weaver on the Weevil show, so don't smack me if I accidentally say that. If you want to listen live, they have a good audio stream. And if you want to call and request a song, the number is 888-662-9872.

Looking forward to being back on the radio, especially since I get to work with Moby, his wife Mary Beth, Dene Hallam and Ken Moultrie. Great bunch of people, doing great radio. I'm so pleased to be part of the fun!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Some people dream big, and Texans dream bigger. For proof, look at what Jack Ingram did yesterday.

To celebrate the release of his new cd, "Big Dreams and High Hopes" Jack decided to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Consecutive Radio Interviews In A 24 Hour Period.”

He situated himself at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and not only broke the record, he smashed it to smithereens. The old record? 96 radio interviews in 24 hours. How many did Jack do? 215 radio interviews, covering most of the 50 states and Canada, Australia and Ireland.

Laura Plunkett was the Guiness World Record Adjudicator for the event, and she said, "Guinness World Records has been chronicling records for more than 50 years and today is no different. We are pleased to announce that Jack Ingram has broken the record for the ‘most radio interviews in 24 hours’ at a staggering 215 interviews!”

Jack wrapped up interview #215 by saying, "After the last 24 hours, I officially have nothing left to say.”

I do...a huge, Texas-sized congrats to Jack Ingram, and for the rest of us, a reminder to chase those dreams, and while you're at it, dream big!

Monday, August 24, 2009

One Week From Today

There has been a lot of work, time and steep-leg-of-the-learning-curve put into it, and it's finally about to debut: a new, live, syndicated country music network begins a week from today.

My friend Moby in the Morning, with whom I've worked a couple of times over the years, decided to build his own morning show network about 5 years ago. He had a dream and then went out and chased it, and has grown enough over the years to buy his own building, hire a program director, engineers, and a consultant. Early this year, he looked at what he had and decided that his studios needed to be in use the other 19 hours of the day.

I'm delighted to be part of his dream, and even more delighted that we're poised for lift-off. Here's an article that goes into more detail about the launch, for inquiring minds. :-D

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A funny thing happened when Billy Currington visited the David Letterman Show this week...David Letterman fell in love with "People are Crazy." Perhaps you've heard about it...maybe you even saw it...but it doesn't hurt to watch it again or share it with friends who might have missed it. You can check out David's gushing discussion of the song, along with Billy's live performance of it, and enjoy the finest country music has to offer, at least according to David Letterman.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's a great day in the country!

Welcome...I'm so glad you stopped by! Please poke around the site, read the Tell Me Something Good page and the Just for Laughs page if you need a little perking up today, or if you're already pretty perky, email me some stuff to go on those pages to help other people have a great day!

For years, I've had what my Dad calls "the best scam going"...I have talked for a living. Being on the radio is a wonderful profession, because it puts me in touch with people I would otherwise never meet: listeners from all over the country, from all walks of life. What we share is the love of music, specifically country music, and one thing I've learned is that those who love country music share some other attributes: love of country, a positive outlook on life most of the time, a desire to laugh, and a respect for the rights of others.

This site is designed to connect country music lovers on all of those levels, and is meant for you to be part of, not just for you to visit. Got a great joke? Please share it. Had something wonderful happen to you today? Email me, and tell me about it. Got a video camera and want to Tell Me Something Good for the next video? That would be wonderful...thank you!

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