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Fun Fest 2008

July 20, 2008

FunFest6 I didn’t make it to Fun Fest this year, but I have a very good reason. Before I get to that, let me send out a huge Thank you To Birttany Johnson, who was kind enough to send me these photos of Rodney Adkins and Ashley Gearing. Rodney and Ashley took the stage at Fun Fest on Friday Night.

I was in Nashville this weekend, and in a day or two, I’ll be telling you all about the reason for that trip. I’ll also be putting up some info about a new singer/songwriter I met during that trip.

FunFest4Here we have WXBQ on-air personalities Matthew James, Marc Tragler, Reggie Neel and Steve Stroud who were all on hand to get the show started. You can catch these guys at The Appalachian Fair in Gray (Aug. 18-23).

Here are a few more of Birttany’s great photos from Friday night at Fun Fest!

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Thanks again, Brittany, for the great photos from what I am sure was a great show! Hope the rest of you will remember to send your photos from summer concerts and fairs you attend this year. I’d love to get them posted for you! Write soon, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Talk to you real soon.


Happy Independence Day

July 5, 2008

 fireworks_1_bg_070404 I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July, and are ready for a relaxing Saturday … with a picnic with friends, perhaps. Whatever you plans are for the day, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Last night I went to Freedom Hall in Johnson City. They put on a fantastic fireworks display every year. WXBQ Radio is one of the sponsors, so it’s an evening that gives everyone a chance to enjoy live music, performed by Trey Hensley, and April Taylor, and dance around with their favorite rabbit. The WXBQ radio personalities are all on hand, as well.

July 4 Fireworks 2005-01-01 015 Miss Northeast Tennessee, Jessica Nixon, sang “God Bless America,” and our national anthem to open up the fireworks, that were later officially launched by Johnson City Mayor, Phil Roe. And, of course, our WXBQ rabbit didn’t miss an opportunity to pose with the pretty lady.

Here are a few photos of the WXBQ staff, as well as photos of the rabbit and some of his many fans.

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As you can see from the photos, everyone enjoyed their 4th of July with the WXBQ Rabbit, and the Fireworks at Freedom Hall. I love the puppy getting a drink from the water bottle. But I can’t help wonder if he liked the loud fireworks that came along shortly after.

I’ll be getting back to my country news posts in a day or two, so please check back then. And, between now and the — have a great weekend!


WXBQ’s last Lakeside Cinema for 2008

June 26, 2008

Last Lakeside Ciinema 017 Thursday night, June 26, was the last night for Lakeside Cinema at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City. At least it was the last night for 2008. The last movie – and I believe the one with the biggest crowd, was Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The sky got dark, the winds picked up, and it took about 12 people on the end of guide wires to keep the screen standing. Fortunately, the storm never materialized, and we got to see our movie.

Since you all know about the movies, the games, the WXBQ gang that hangs out with the crowd, and the great sponsors who bring all this to us every year. I think I’ll use the rest of this post to just put up a few more pictures of from tonight’s movie.

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Last Lakeside Ciinema 029 To those of you who didn’t make it to any of the movies this year – remember, there’s always next year! I sure hope to see you then.

That’s all for now – thanks for reading. We’ll get more country music news up here for you real soon! Write when you  have a minute, I love hearing from all of you.

Randy Houser at Winged Deer Park … Part 2

June 18, 2008

004_4 As I told you all last night, I wanted to get a little more about Randy Houser up for you tonight. I really enjoyed the concert, and we could not have been blessed with a a better evening! We had total cooperation from Mother Nature, with a sunny evening, and almost cool breeze coming off the lake. Pictured at the left are Reggie Neel, WXBQ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. radio personality; Randy; and Bill Hagy, WXBQ Program Director.

047_47 As promised, here are a few photos of Randy with some of the fans who went out to Winged Deer Park to enjoy the concert. This little guy was so cute, I just couldn’t resist snapping a photo.


The picture below on the left is three of Randy’s newest fans. They enjoyed the show, getting autographs and posing for pictures. I got several shots of these girls with Randy.

055_55 And, we have Lisa from Johnson City. Lisa is a great country music fan, one of Bucky Covington’s biggest fans. And, she’s a really nice person, who I got the opportunity to meet through this blog.

And, I’m very glad I did! I’ll be looking for you at all the upcoming summer concerts, Lisa! At right is the WXBQ Rabbit, who just had to get on stage at the beginning of the concert to help welcome the crowd to the show … cause that’s what rabbits do. We love you, Rabbit!

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What a perfect setting. Even the boaters were coming close in so they could hear the music, too.
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Please remember to check out Randy’s MySpace page, listen to his music, and call your favorite radio station to request his current single, “Anything Goes.” Randy has a little biographical information there, as well as the music you can listen to, photos, and other information. Hope you’ll visit soon.

Drop me a note, or leave a comment. Remember, to let me know what you’d like to read about on Country’s Chatter, and I’ll do my best to find some information for you.

More later – have a great night, and a fun tomorrow! Talk to you guys soon.

Randy Houser at Winged Deer Park … Part 1

June 17, 2008

 Copy of 038_38 Tonight I went to Winged Deer Park and saw Randy Houser’s concert. And it was wonderful. He is wonderful. I haven’t seen too many people who can entertain well with only a guitar and a mic – but Randy is definitely one of those who can do it! And do it very well.

You’ll notice the “Part 1” in the title of this post, that’s because it’s late… and because most of the good photos are on the other camera … and I have to get them on a CD so I can put them in here… I know, I know… “Too much information, Country.” But you get the idea.

Copy of Randy Houser 010I’m sure most of you who listen to country music have heard “Anything Goes.” It’s really a great song. Randy told me tonight that his CD will be released sometime in the fall. And, his video should be airing on Country Music Television in the next few weeks.

He’s a great kid, a super performer, and a very talented songwriter, too. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more form Randy Houser.

Randy Houser 001 And, you’ll be hearing more from me – tomorrow night, or perhaps the night after that … when I get the rest of the photos into the computer and on here for all of you to enjoy. I have a lot of photos of some of the fans with Randy, and a lot of on-stage and candid shots of Randy… so be looking for those real soon.

We all know you can’t have a country concert in Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia without a visit from our WXBQ Rabbit. Thanks to all the folks at WXBQ for their part in bringing Randy’s concert to Winged Deer Park.

Thanks, Randy! I really enjoyed meeting you, and hope YOU will check back to Country’s Chatter often. And to the rest of you, thanks so much for all the support you’ve given me. Write when you have time… or post a comment. Talk to you all soon.


Lakeside Cinema in Johnson City

June 13, 2008

 WXBQ Movies 004 WXBQ Radio, Food City, Coca-Cola, and Johnson City Parks and Rec have bought the movies to Winged Deer Park again this year. Every Thursday night in June, a different movie will be shown on the huge outdoor movie screen.

It’s an opportunity for everyone to come out and visit with the Rabbit, the on-air staff from WXBQ and Electric, as well as some of the behind the scenes folks at the radio station… There are games for the children and lots of food available for purchase from area vendors.

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The Rabbit sure has a lot of fans. Most wanted a hug or a photo, some just wanted to touch the friendly fellow.

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The little baby at the right did wake up to enjoy a little of the movie, but she sure looks comfortable in her own little seat.

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Here are a few pictures of some of the WXBQ Crew who were at Winged Deer helping all of their fans have a good night at the movies. Thanks WXBQ, and sponsors for a really fun summer activity!

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That’s all for this time – Remember, if you can’t think of anything fun to do on Thursday night, June 19, head on out to Winged Deer Park in Johnson City to see “The Princess Bride,” and enjoy a great evening with WXBQ and Electric 94.9! And on June 26, it will be “The Chipmunks.”

Remember to write, or leave me a comment – it’s always good hearing from you!

Gunner Jackson interview with Lady Antebellum

April 4, 2008

Copy of Gunner Gunner Jackson (pictured here a few years ago), a former deejay with WXBQ in Bristol, is now in Greensboro, N.C., on 93.1, The Wolf. The reason I mentioned that is because Lady Antebellum will be at Viking Hall in Bristol on May 2 … and because there is an interview Gunner did with Lady Antebellum that you can watch on YouTube. (It sometimes takes me a while, but eventually I get to my point).


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Jason Aldean will be appearing with Lady Antebellum at the May 2 concert. I’m sure it is going to be a great concert!

Tickets are still available, so anyone interested needs to get in touch with Viking Hall, at 423-764-0188, or go to

2 Visit Lady Antebellum’s MySpace, they play a lot of their music. It’s a fun page to read, and to listen to. Check out Ken Tucker’s review of Lady Antebellums first CD at Billboard!

That’s it for today. Hope you guys had a great Friday, and have a wonderful weekend!

Carrie Underwood at WXBQ

March 29, 2008

00 Pm ET/PT) on FOX. I have been getting so much response to this post about Carrie’s visit to WXBQ Radio, that I wanted to leave it up another day. I did want to add this photo of Carrie from American Idol’s season four. She was pretty then, but she’s just gorgeous now.

I also need to thank Reggie Neel for allowing me to use the photos below, that were taken at the radio station on Friday. I’ll be seeing Reggie later this afternoon, and I’m anxious to hear more about his visit with Carrie.

Carrie1 Carrie Underwood stopped by WXBQ Radio in Bristol, VA, before her performance at East Tennessee State University on March 28. Pictured here with Reggie Neel, Carrie was kind enough to give a little on-air interview for Reggie’s listeners. 


 Copy of Carrie4 And, does it surprise anyone that Marc Tragler took a minute to give Carrie a little hug? (*smiling* at ya, Trags.) I didn’t think it would. Marc takes the air at 3 p.m., right after Reggie is done.

Our country entertainers often drop by the WXBQ studio when they are performing in the area, or just passing through this area.

Carrie2 Carrie has left Johnson City, TN, and is now headed to Saginaw, Mich., where she will perform at the Dow Events Center on March 30; then it’s off to Grand Rapids, Mich., for a March 31 concert at the Van Andel Arena. April 1 will find her in Green Bay, Wish., followed by an April 3 show in E. Lansing, Mich.; an April 4 show in Columbus, Ohio; and an April 10 performance at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. With a schedule like that, we can only appreciate all the more the fact that she took a little time out for the folks at WXBQ – and WXBQ’s listeners.

Talk to you guys later! Hope your Saturday was a great one!

Early Easter at WXBQ!

March 17, 2008

Brittany 004 With the busy schedules most of us have these days, it’s hard to get things done on the exact day when they should be done. So on St. Patrick’s Day, Brittany Johnson and I traveled to WXBQ Radio in Bristol, Va., to deliver Easter candy to the WXBQ Crew. Marc Tragler was on the air when we arrived, and was more than happy to see us. (Or maybe it was the chocolate he was happy to see. I’m joking, Trags.)

Brittany 005 Marcus Brooks, who is on the air from 8 p.m. to midnight, came in to start his shift before we left. (Don’t anyone tell Trags, but Marcus got a special treat – a Russell Stover Coconut Cream egg. Couldn’t help it, Trags, Marcus was really hungry.)

For those of you who haven’t been listening lately, there is always something up for grabs at WXBQ. Right now, they are giving away $20 gift cards for an Easter ham from White’s Fresh Foods. You’ve got the Birthday winner every morning with Richard and Steve; and free music weekends every weekend! Tune in to WXBQ 96.9 for the music; the great air staff; and of course, the free stuff!

Brittany 007 We definitely couldn’t forget our fuzzy friend, the WXBQ Rabbit. His little Easter gift included a carrot shaped container filled with orange Reeces Pieces. Couldn’t think of a more fitting gift for a rabbit than that.

Steve Stroud (half of the 6-10 a.m. morning show, with Richard Quiillen), said one Easter that he didn’t get a chocolate rabbit … we took care of that while we were up there, too. Enjoy, Steve!

Talk to you guys tomorrow. Take Care everyone.


A little of this a little of that…

February 24, 2008

Autographed AJ WXBQ radio’s Reggie Neel had this picture of Alan Jackson on his personal web site. I got to visit with Reggie this afternoon and asked if I could use the picture here – he said, “Sure, anything you want.” Anything, Reggie???

Reggie had a telephone conversation with Alan Jackson last week, and they talked about Alan’s new album that will be out March 4.  ♫♪♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ ♫♪♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ Alan wrote all of the songs for the CD, which was produced by Keith Stegall. There are 17 cuts on the project and included is a duet with Martina McBride. The lead single, Alan’s current release, is “Small Town Southern Man.”

Thanks for the info, Reggie, and for the use of the picture.

  Kenny and ReggieThese two very handsome guys are Reggie, and a very young Kenny Chensey, with hair! This was back when Kenny was promoting his first CD. It was taken at our K-Mart in Johnson City, TN. Kenny has recently announed his tour schedule, from April 18 through Sept. 13, on his web site. I don’t see any northeast Tennessee dates on there, Kenny. We would love to have you back home for a concert every now and then. Kenny’s song, “Shift Work” with George Strait is currently at No. 5 on the Country Top 40. Remember “How forever feels.”? That Chesney hit has been selected as the 15th greatest love song on People Magazine’s list of “the Greatest 25 Love Songs.”

Keep writing, keep sending those photos, info, and ideas for my little blog. I appreciate your help! More later.