LEXINGTON, Ky. — The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, the biggest “under the radar” live audience program on public radio, will make media history when it tapes its 1000th broadcast on Tuesday Nov. 19.
Typically taping in front of a live audience on Monday nights, the milestone episode will instead be filmed on a Tuesday evening inside the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington and will feature two-time Grammy-winning cowboy quartet and comedy group Riders in the Sky. Previous guests on the performance and conversational live audience program have included John Oates, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Jewel, Tommy Emmanuel, Bela Fleck, Blind Boys of Alabama, Amy Grant, Wanda Jackson, Chris Thile, Odetta, Rhonda Vincent, Jimmie Vaughan and many more. Each program includes a “WoodSongs Kid,” a young, unknown artist, to be seen and heard by millions.
For more than 30 years, Riders in the Sky have entertained audiences young and old by combining classic Western-style music with jokes and comedy sketches, encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live the “Cowboy Way.” They have performed from The Hollywood Bowl to the White House, movie soundtracks (“Toy Story 2”), countless TV shows and more. In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the Riders are members of the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars in California. Billboard Magazine called them one of “the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.”
“Of all the artists to celebrate the 1000th broadcast with, I could not think of any other best to represent the spirit and passion of WoodSongs than Riders in the Sky,” said Michael Johnathon, the show’s host and founder. “They are not only friends who have been on the show before, but they had their own live audience radio broadcast and perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. Plus they are a lot of fun.”
The 1000th episode of “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” featuring Riders in the Sky, will be taped at The Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508 on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:45 p.m. Doors will open at 6:20. For ticket information visit www.WoodSongs.com.