Here are some late summer checklist items and some useful websites (other than our own!)…
Have fun, be safe and thanks for listening!
The world wide web is a beautiful thing. It’s unbelievable how you can google a word, a name or a place and within seconds have information to take next steps and action on a question, problem or other various project. The internet is a great, instant way to get information at your fingertips if used properly…and as we know, information is knowledge! With summer here we’d like to offer up a few links to websites that you might find useful:
And of course, another benefit of the internet is the opportunity to listen to your Hometown Radio Station right here. Simply click the upper left corner where it says “listen live” and stream us anywhere in the world.
As always, thanks for listening!
CMA Fest is coming up week after next in Nashville. Way back this event was known as Fan Fair and I can’t seem to recognize it by any other name. My first Fan Fair was in 1977 when I worked at WKDA radio and the good folks at CBS asked me to MC their show. In 77 the shows were staged in the Municipal Auditorium…all of the music, the autograph booths and food were in one spot…and it was and continues to be a very unique experience for country music fans worldwide. The only 2 artists I remember introducing at that show was Charlie Rich and Jody Miller. My memory is fuzzy but I also think Kris Kristofferson was on that show. Anyway, it was a thrill and over the years I have had the pleasure of attending label shows while at RCA Records in the 80’s and 90’s and when I worked for Lyric Street Records, they changed the make-up of the shows, not by label but as a variety of acts from different record companies. And now your Hometown station is giving away some tickets to Fan Fair (er, make that CMA Fest). So be listening to how you can register for these tickets and meanwhile, let me hear from you …tell me who your favorite singer is, I’d like to know so we can be sure and spin those artists and their music on WDKN and The ONE FM.
Thanks for listening,
In the mid 1970’s I worked for a country music radio station in Nashville…WKDA and at the time it was THE station for all the latest hits (WSM was only playing country music at nights and WSIX was “metropolitan country”). I was moonlighting in the evenings by M.C.ing at the George Jones nightclub across the street from Printers Alley off Church Street downtown. The name of the club was The Possum Holler which of course, is George’s nickname (Possum). I would make a few extra bucks (plus free drinks) bringing on the house band and on occasion introducing special guests. It was great fun. I was young and full of ambition, fully consumed with Music City and the radio and record business. I have some wonderful memories from a few crazy nights at the Possum Holler and when I write my book, I’ll divulge more of the details.
In the meantime, don’t miss the chance to see George Jones at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch Memorial Day weekend. Jones is scheduled to perform Friday night May 25 and Loretta is scheduled to perform Saturday night May 26..you have until Monday May 21 to register for 3 pairs of tickets WDKN and The One FM will giveaway. You can sign up HERE.
Good luck and thanks for listening every weekday morning 6 to 10am
We met some nice folks last Friday evening @ the Texaco Country Showdown in White Bluff. I had the pleasure of M.C.’ing the first week of local competition. It reminded me of my teenage years in St Louis playing in bands. Check out some of these band names- The Bandits, The Shades of Dawn, JT & The Soulbinders, TCB (Taking Care of Business). We did school dances, Movie Theaters, Nightclubs and many talent shows (without much success). And the funny thing was, as soon as I landed my first radio gig, I put down my bass guitar and never played again. That is how radio took over my focus!
Anyway, I hope you will participate in the Texaco Country Showdown each Friday in May @ the White Bluff Community Center and the local Finals on June 1st either as an entertainer or as an audience member.
Thanks for listening,
Years ago I was working for a country music radio station in Indiana. The
circus came to town and to help promote it, they asked the station to
participate in a parade down Main Street from the train station to the
arena. We thought it would be fun to have me ride one of the 3 elephants
and broadcast on-air “live” during the parade. So I was equipped with a
remote backpack and a microphone and away we went! With one hand holding
the mic and the other holding on to the elephants left ear, I proceeded to
do a play-by-play of the all the animals and clowns and circus smells, etc
etc…halfway down Main Street my elephant broke away from the other 2
elephants (they were all parading with their trunks tied to the others
tails). You can imagine my anxiety when the elephant I was perched on top
of started wandering down a side street…thankfully stopping at the first
tree it saw to chew on the tasty leaves. The elephant trainer promptly made
the necessary commands to get the elephant and I back on track to finish the
This Saturday May 5 I’ll be in the Old Timers Day Parade but for this parade
I’ll be inside or walking beside the WDKN and the One FM Nissan Cubert
waving to everyone and visiting later at the radio station booth. Should be
a much safer event this weekend. If there happens to be an elephant in this
parade, you can bet I won’t be anywhere near it!
Thanks for listening!
Living in Dickson county offers many options especially when you shop local. For instance, if you want a cup of coffee you have a choice of Dunkin Donuts or House Blend on Main street in the historic downtown district. National franchise or hometown, local merchant. Both offer delicious coffee. You can get a good meal at Cracker Barrel or Farmers Family Restaurant. Either spot provides great food…one is a national franchise and the other is a local area merchant. Need some groceries? You can choose the regional company Save-a-Lot or the more locally owned Chappells. The point is we have so many wonderful ways to support our local businesses as we go about living here in our hometowns of Dickson county. I always try to fill up my gas tank before leaving the county so that I give a little bit of business to the local owners.
Obviously we appreciate you listening local and we work hard to earn your continued “business” each and every day. If you enjoy country music along with your news, sports, weather…please patronize your local neighbors who advertise on WDKN and The One FM. As we grow with you here in Dickson county all of us will be a healthier community because of this partnership.
As always, share your thoughts with us @ www.wdkn.com or @ 446-4000 and thanks for listening!
When you live local and listen local you hear about great music all around you!
Coming up in May is the local Texaco Showdown. Performances will be every Friday night in May at the White Bluff Community Center with winners advancing to the regional competition and the ultimate prize of 100,000 dollars in the finals. Keep listening to WDKN and The One FM for more details and check the website for the particulars.
Also just around the corner will be Jammin’ in June…every Friday night in June at Holland Park under the covered stage, local and some Nashville artists will perform in an intimate, acoustic setting. Listen as we get closer for the line-up and times…the best part is it’s free for the whole family!
In the past few weeks we’ve hosted on-air visits from Aaron Tippin, Love & Theft, Lisa Shaffer, Kevin Denney among other local singers and music favorites..all a part of our commitment to you to entertain while connecting you to the world of country music…new and old alike. Of course, we are proud of our relationship with Dickson resident Craig Morgan and his latest musical collection “This Ole Boy”. But we are always listening for the next big thing and who knows where that singer/musician/songwriter might come from…perhaps our own neighborhood?!!
Let us know your thoughts by email, snail mail, facebook or on the studio phone-line 446-4000.
Thanks for listening!
It’s April and that means Major League Baseball. I grew up in St Louis, one of America’s great baseball cities. I was spoiled being able to listen every night to 2 of the best baseball radio announcers ever…Harry Carey and Jack Buck. I didn’t appreciate that until I moved away from my hometown.
These days we hear that younger folks don’t enjoy baseball as much because the action is too slow. But I love the challenge of the pitcher vs. the batter and the strategies that go on from the dugout.
When I was a traveling record company rep I would involve baseball in my business trips to radio stations. In New York I would invite the music director to join me for a Yankees game. We once did an artist showcase in Boston from Fenway Park, another in Denver @ Coors Field and another in Cincinnati @ Riverfront Stadium. If we were in Minneapolis or Cleveland for a music convention, we would always include a game just to soak up the local ballpark.
Baseball is part of the American landscape. We used to tie-in with the game and its fans over the years. For example, we had American Idol Josh Gracin sing “take me out to the ballgame” in St Louis and had him sing the National Anthem in Detroit @ Tiger Stadium.
Here in Dickson County, RFC Sports brings the competition to radio with weekly area middle and high school teams. These young athletes are the future for the game of baseball. Check out all the local sports on www.RFCSports.com
By the way, I’d be interested in knowing what baseball team you like to follow….Atlanta Braves? Cincinnati Reds? St Louis Cardinals? New York Yankees? Let me know…email me at email@example.com or like us on Facebook and share your passion for the game or the radio station…WDKN 1260 AM and the One, 101.5 FM
And as always, thanks for listening!
I learned a valuable lesson years ago in the record business. I had been promoted to a vice-president of a record label and was interviewed for a story in an industry trade magazine. I thought the interview went well and after it was published, I received a call from an artist manager in Nashville whom I really respected. He said “did you notice how many times you were quoted saying I? You know there is no ‘I’ in the word team, right?” That was a big OUCH moment for me. Sure enough, supervising a group of professionals and overseeing a record label is not done without a great team of people. A company cannot be successful without a team effort. And I made sure from that point forward the word ‘I’ became ‘we’ when communicating accomplishment and results from hard work.
Obviously, a great radio station doesn’t succeed without an excellent team of announcers, sales executives, engineers wearing many hats contributing various talents…and we are proud to roll our sleeves up everyday to create live and local radio here in Dickson County! We would love to hear your thoughts, email us or call us and share. We cannot do this without you! -Dale
Your Country Mornings
Weekdays, 6am to 10am
During the years I was not in the radio business and not on-the-air everyday, the single most frustrating thing about being a listener was not hearing the DJ announce the name of the song or the person singing the song. I was always told that “radio consultants” determined radio DJ’s were talking too much and in an effort to cut-back on the excessive talk, advised everyone to stop announcing the song titles and who was singing them…after all, didn’t everyone know that was the latest Garth Brooks single? And only recently have many car radios begun providing a digital readout of the songs being played.
Here is my promise…when you listen to my morning radio program, I will, as much as humanly possible, let you know every song title and identify every singer played on WDKN AM1260 and 101.5 THE ONE FM between 6am – 10am. Of course, I’d like to believe you listen for many different reasons…the weather forecast, sport scores, contests, advertiser messages, traffic reports, my charming personality…but lets face it-if you love the music, which is the lionshare of what we do during the course of each hour..then you want and deserve to know the song and/or the performer you’re hearing and tuning in for!
Thanks for listening…live and local, Dale
‘Your Country Mornings’