Denver ~ New W.V. State SongMarch 10, 2014
John Denver never lived in West Virginia. But his song that name-checks the state is now one of West Virginia’s official state songs. The state legislature has adopted the 1970s hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The song has been a part of West Virginia’s psyche for decades. Oddly enough, the effort to make Denver’s song a state song was launched by the widow of “Gilligan’s Island” actor Bob Denver – but the two Denvers aren’t related.
ACM PerformersMarch 06, 2014
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, The Band Perry and Keith Urban are the first artists confirmed to perform at this year’s ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
Bryan and Shelton will return as hosts for the event taking place April 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. However, Bryan will perform with Florida Georgia Line during the show at another location — the ACM Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
New Josh Thompson, April 1stFebruary 08, 2014
Shania Still A Big DealJanuary 27, 2014
There is no doubt about it. Shania Twain is still the one we love. Tickets to Twain’s announced July 9 concert sold out within mere minutes of the public on-sale time of 10 a.m. this morning. Owing to strong demand, a second concert was announced immediately. Tickets for the July 10 concert went on sale at 10:30 a.m. By shortly after 11 a.m., all of those tickets were also snapped up by fans.
Garth On Leno's Final ShowJanuary 22, 2014
In fact, Garth Brooks is set to be on that very last Feb. 6 show, along with Billy Crystal, who was also Jay’s very first guest back in 1992, the Associated Press reports.
Also slated for the final week, starting Monday, Feb. 3, are Blake Shelton and Lyle Lovett.
Jimmy Fallon—an avowed country music fan—takes over for Jay starting Feb. 17.
Randy Travis RecoveringJanuary 21, 2014
Photos of what appears to be a slimmed-down but healthy Randy Travis have surfaced on Twitter. According to a tweet from actor-bodybuilder Anthony Maurizio—@antmaurizio—he received the photos from Randy’s stepson.
The photos are the first images released of Randy since the singer suffered a stroke this past July.
Carrie Top Idol EarnerJanuary 20, 2014
Simon Cowell was only half right. When he told Carrie Underwood he predicted that she’d not only win American Idol back in 2005 but that she’d sell more records than any other previous Idol winner, he didn’t even make mention of how much money she’d make with her champion voice.
Forbes magazine has just released its list of top-earning American Idol contestants for 2013. And Underwood is way, way, way at the top. She made $31 million last year, which adds up to $83 million over the past five years. I’m sure her tour, her Blown Away album, her work with Olay and other endeavors all contributed to her big paycheck this year.
Here are the Top 11 earners, who collectively made $62.5 million last year:
Carrie Underwood, $31 million
Kelly Clarkson, $7 million
Phillip Phillips, $5 million
Adam Lambert, $5 million
Chris Daughtry, $4 million
Scotty McCreery, $3 million
Taylor Hicks, $2.5 million
Fantasia Barrino, $1.5 million
Kellie Pickler, $1.5 million
Katharine McPhee, $1 million
Jennifer Hudson, $1 million
What Does It Mean To Live?January 20, 2014
The title of this blog… think about it for a minute. What does it mean to live? That was the question presented to these kids… kids that are cancer patients. Here are some of the answers they provided.
1. To be present in every moment and never taking a single breath for granted.
2. Try to change the world and make it a better place
3. To share the gifts you have been given
These are completely innocent kids that have unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer. I’ve recently had the chance to visit with St. Jude’s hospital in Memphis, TN and to hear the stories from the kids and parents about their battle with cancer is one of the most profound experiences I’ve had in the 26 years I’ve been on this earth.
The blessings we have been given we easily take for granted. March 4th we’re putting on our yearly St. Jude Radiothon. We hope you will all join us in the effort to beat cancer. For more information about St. Jude and the services they provide click HERE.
New Year's Snack AttackDecember 27, 2013
With the holiday’s comes really good food. For those that want to live the healthy lifestyle the holiday’s can prove to be a challenging one. However, I like to live by a plate I had seen in a well known Southern restaurant that simply states,”Holiday calories do not count.” So, here are the top 5 worst items we can consume while bringing in the New Year.
- Deep-fried salad
- Butter shooters
- Bacon grease soup
- Egg yoke shakes
Cliff: Digital Director WQSB/ Power 107.5/ Mix 102.9
Ray Price PassesDecember 16, 2013
Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, one of country’s prime hitmakers from the 1950s through the 1970s, died Monday (Dec. 16) at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Whether moaning honky-tonk blues or purring an intimate love song, Ray Price set dauntingly high standards. To appreciate his musical reach, one had only to listen to his first hit, “Talk to Your Heart” (1952), move on to the earnest shuffle of “City Lights” (1958) and then consider his sonorous, lavishly orchestrated “For the Good Times” (1970).