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Fletcher Avant appears on Y-101 Radio- Singer and songwriter Fletcher Avant has a local connection. His cousin, Joel Williams, lives in Toombs County. Fletcher recently released his second album, It's a Long Road. He appeared on Y-101 Radio and talked about his music and met some of his local fans. Listen Audio  Check out Fletcher's website  
The Real Squeal 3- Check out the Sights and Sounds from the third Real Squeal at Partin Park  You Tube and The Real Squeal 2 You Tube
Music on Y-101- Taylor Tootle shared some of her music on Y-101 Ustream Jared Collins returned to the Y-101 Studio with two new recorded songs and he sang some covers as well. Watch video   Cionni Butler, an eight grader at TCMS, sang three songs on Y-101 Video Tyler Lightsey made his third appearance on Y-101 Video  2nd appearance  Emmanuel County's Ginny Wright, who sang a hit single with Jim Reeves, was a guest on Y-101 and she told some interesting stories about Reeves, Elvis and her career Audio

Amanda sings on Y-101- Amanda, who has been calling in and singing on the Midday Memory Show, came into the studio and sang Delta Dawn with Marcel McManus on the keyboards. Listen to Amanda sing Audio  Listen to Marcel sing Audio

This girl can sing-  A listener named Amanda called up Y-101's Midday Memory Show to request a song. Before you knew it Amanda was singing the song (Conway Twitty's Don't Cry Joni) on the air and the audience loved it. Listen to Amanda's singing and the audience reaction on Y-101 Audio  Part 2- Amanda called back and sang another song with a cold and on a bad cell phone line Audio  Part 3- Amanda, despite a broken foot, sings Knoxville Girl Audio Part 4- Amanda sings No Place That Far for the out-of-town folks Audio

Elmira likes new song- Y-101 Radio played a new gospel song by Marcel McManus, who works at the Wellness Center, and Elmira really liked it. Audio For more info on Marcel please visit his MySpace page     
Jack Greene appears on Y-101 Radio- Greene the 1967 CMA Male Vocalist of the year was a guest on the Midday Memory Show (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Elmira got to meet one of her favorite singers  Audio
Elmira- Y-101's best caller got to meet singer Ivan Parker on a recent edition of the Midday Memory Show (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Audio  Elmira talks about Parker's visit Audio Also, Ivan sent Elmira some CD's and she talks about them and pudding Audio  Listen to Elmira at a little after noon time, Monday thru Friday, on Y-101  

Kim of Queens back on Y-101

Angie, Marah, Addison and Kelly (L to R) on Y-101 

The Kim of Queens Show was once again featured on Y-101 Radio. However, this time all four local cast members were on the After 8 Show together. Addison, Marah, Angie and Kelly discussed the first season of the Lifetime Network Show. All four are heading back to North Atlanta soon to begin shooting the second season. Watch their appearance on Y-101 You Tube

Marah & Angie talk about

Kim of Queens visitors on Y-101

On the morning prior to being featured on Lifetime Network's Kim of Queens reality show, Marah and her mother Angie appeared on the Y-101 Radio After 8 Show to talk about a varity of subjects. Marah is 13-years old and has won 100's of pageants and is on the first season of a show that over a million people watch each Tuesday night at 10. Watch their Y-101 appearance You Tube  

Kim of Queens' Addison and Kelly on Y-101

Kelly (left) and Addison from Lifetime's Kim of Queens  

Addison and her mother Kelly, from Toombs County, are on the first season of Lifetime's reality show Kim of Queens. The show features a cast of Georgia pageant contestants including Addison, who was featured on the first show. Even though the 14-year old has won many pageants she perfers to be outdoors hunting and mud bogging. On the show Addison is becoming famous for her blount and humorous personality. Her career goals are to star in movies or on television.

Watch Addsion and Kelly in their appearance on Y-101 Radio Part 1  Part 2   Check out Kim of Queens Lifetime

J.D. swings with the Medallions

 

Toombs County High School sports fans know J.D. Rogers as the starting center, reserve linebacker and special teams big hitter of the Bulldogs or as a state placer in the sport of wrestling. But how many know that the same J.D. works many gigs with the Swingin' Medallions as a saxaphone player and background vocalist? Well, he does and he was heavily involved in two sets with the group on Saturday night at the Street Dance in Vidalia. Watch J.D. perform with the Medallions You Tube

The Swingin' Medallions have been on the scene since 1962, obviously way before Rogers was even born. He is by decades the youngest member of the group. "He is great. He came around as a fan and we got him on stage for one show and one song and he knew every part," said vocalist Josh Snelling. 'He has good moves, he is loose and has great rhythm and I guess that comes with wrestling."

J.D. has been playing saxaphone since fifth grade and he has been working with the Medallions for about three years. "I grew up listening to oldies music," said Rogers. "I like the rhythm and the beat of it." J.D. was doing this gig, which consisted of two sets, 24 hours after the Bulldogs played at Bacon County. Rogers played the whole game at center and on defense also had one solo tackle and five assists including one stop behind the line of scrimmage. "You just have to stay hydrated and keep going," said J.D. As an athlete Rogers is a competitor who entertains. But, as a musician it is all about entertaining your audience. "I just love it becuase you get all the fans into it and they get all excited. Hey, that guy is a high school senior at Toombs County High School and he is just out here having fun. That's what I look for, to inspire kids."

J.D.'s parents- Robbie and Denise along with many friends were in the audience. On Friday nights in the Pit and on the road Denise announces for the TCHS Red Coat Marching Band. "Music runs in our family and I love it," said Denise. "I am so glad that he likes music and he wants to get on the stage and do it. I was worried that maybe he wouldn't do so well, But, he loves it and they like having him around."  

Campbell drops by Y-101 for a holiday visit

While he was in Toombs County for Thanksgiving Craig Campbell dropped by Y-101 for a ninety minute visit on the Morning Show. Campbell, who has a Top 30 song ("Family Man") on the Billboard charts, talked about his recent successes including his October 8th Grand Ole Opry debut. Craig also sang two songs which will be included on his first full length, self-titled album due out in January. Watch Craig sing on Y-101 Video  Listen to Craig's Grand Ole Opry Debut  Audio 

Tracy meets the Dukes of Hazzard

 

Prior to his eighth birthday Tracy traveled to Sevierville, Tennessee for the Smokey Mountain Fan Fest. Tracy meet many of the cast from the television show the Dukes of Hazzard including Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke) who is pictured above. Check out Tracy's Slide Show

Chad Wilcher meets the stars

Yes, that is really Chad with Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes. Please ignore the sweat spot under Tom's right arm.  

Toombs County's Chad Wilcher served his country with two Army tours in Iraq. Chad was injured in his second tour and since September he has had six eye surgeries. Wilcher, who is living in Washington DC while he is recovering, has been meeting a lot of interesting people in his role as a Wounded Warrior. Y-101 Story  Check out the celebrities in this Slide Show

McManus sings on Y-101 Radio

Marcel McManus dropped by on Monday and sang the Gospel Song of the Hour on Y-101 Radio. The Toombs County High School graduate also sang another gospel song, two Christmas songs, did an instrumental piano version of 'Georgia On My Mind' and he got to meet Elmira. Listen to Marcel's Y-101 appearance Audio  Watch Marcel Video 1  Video 2  Video 3  Video 4

Marcel has written a song honoring his great grandmother Betty Jo Holland, who suffered a stroke in May of 2005.  Y-101 Profile  Marcel has released a CD "We thank you Lord" and has also made a music video. Watch a segment of the music video  Elmira, who appears on Y-101 everyday, everyday, everyday gives the song a stong endorsement. Audio  For more info on Marcel please visit his Web Site

Pittsburgh Steeler defensive end Nick Eason talks about his talented cousin Audio      

Elvis visits Y-101 Radio

 

On Friday Y-101 Radio had a special surprise visitor. Elvis, himself, showed up unexpectedly during the Midday Memory Show. The King sang some requested music for Debra Jolie and Elmira and he even did the Gospel Song of the Hour. Watch Elvis do his thing Video

Bernie Early appears on Y-101

In the late 50's Bernie Early came down from Canada and with the help of Fats Domino's agent he scored a big hit song (Rock Doll) and an appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand  Show. Bernie (pictured above) signing autographs worked with Georgian Brenda Lee. Early is still at in 2008 recording songs and doing 60 dates a year. Bernie has released an album of truck driving songs and recently has cut a song about the gas situation called 'Take This Gas And Shove It'. Bernie recently appeared on Y-101's Midday Memory Show Audio   

Y-101 listener gets to meet rockabilly legend

In the mid 60's George, a listener to Y-101's Midday Memory Show, attended a Marvin Rainwater concert at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Forty-three years later George got to talk to Rainwater, a rockabilly legend, on Y-101. Listen to the conversation Audio

Donna Fargo appears on Y-101 Radio

Singer Donna Fargo joined Barney and listener Elmira to talk about a variety of subjects Audio  At first Elmira thought it was a trick Audio But now she believes it Audio  Elmira & the pizza

Local dancers win awards

Nine local dancers, representing Sassy Sisters Dance Academy, won two awards in a recent competition. Watch the girls do one of their award winning routines Video  

Y-101 calls Ray Price and wishes him a happy birthday

On January 11th Y-101's Midday Memory Show called Country Music Hall of Fame legend Ray Price and wished him a happy birthday. Y-101 also congratulated him on the success of his latest album (Last of the Breed) which also features Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The double disk CD was selected as one of the top 50 albums by Rolling Stone. Listen to the conversation Audio

Patsy Cline remembered on Y-101

Patsy Cline expert Jimmy Walker, from Lexington, Kentucky, appeared on the Midday Memory Show on Y-101 Radio and discussed several topics on the country music legend, including why she never recorded a Christmas song. Listen to the interview and learn more about country music's most respected and copied female singer. Audio For more on Patsy check out this web site

Eddy at the Opry

Eddy Raven remembers his Southeast Georgia days on Y-101

For three of his teenage years, country music singer/songwriter Eddy Raven lived in Southeast Georgia. Eddy lived in Cobbtown, Metter and Baxley. He attended Metter High School and started his musical career while living in this area. Eddy said he once sang in a talent contest aired on Y-101. Check out the whole 30 minute interview with a singer, who has had seven number one songs, and a songwriter, who has written over 500 tunes, including Thank God for Kids, which has sold over 13 million copies. Audio  Y-101 Profile

Johnny Carver pops in on the Midday Memory Show on Y-101 

Johnny Carver, who has had 36 charted singles, five Top 10 hits and two number one songs (Tie a Yellow Ribbon and Afternoon Delight), popped in on the Midday Memory Show on Y-101 and discussed one of his songs- "Please Don't Tell", a top 10 hit in 1974. Carver even sang a portion of the hard-to-find song during the interview. Audio

Price, Bare and Johnson talk about Porter on Y-101

Singers Ray Price and Bobby Bare and songwriter and record executive Doug Johnson appeared on Y-101 Radio and talked about the passing of Porter Wagoner.  Audio   Ray Price on Y-101    

 

Craig Campbell appears on Y-101 Radio

On October 12th Toombs County's Craig Campbell was in town and spent two hours singing and talking about his country music singing career on Y-101 Radio. Watch Craig sing Video  Video  Craig sings the Whiskey's Fine Video   Listen to Craig's Y-101 appearance  Hour 1   Hour 2  Audio songs- Growing up down South  Whiskey's Fine

Big Country sings on Y-101

"Big Country" Jared Collins made his second appearance on Y-101 Radio. The former Toombs County basketball player, who is on an athletic scholarship at Georgia Southern, sang a variety of songs with an emphasis on Johnny Cash, his musical idol.  Watch video  More Big Country   More Arts and Entertainment  

Harmonica legend Charlie McCoy appears on Y-101

Charlie McCoy has worked with all the greats in the musical world from Elvis to Johnny Cash and George Jones all the way to Bob Dylan. Charlie spent 30 minutes talking music on Y-101.  Audio  Watch Charlie play the Orange Blossom Express Video and play the harmonica in the Elvis movie Frankie and Johnny Video  Learn more about Charlie's career at his website

 Craig Campbell is still pursuing Nashville dream

Craig Campbell is a talented singer, songwriter and keyboardist who is still seeking his niche in the competitive world of country music. Campbell, pictured to the left, sings weekly at a club in Nashville. Campbell, pictured right, is playing keyboards for Tracy Byrd. Craig toured with Byrd and said it was a great experience. Hear more in this Y-101 profile. Audio  Craig sings  New Campbell song  Y-101 visit

Needs to be on the radio- Oak Park's Mitchell Oglesby joined me for an hour on the Midday Memories Show on Y-101. Mitchell is still living in Nashville and has a song writing deal. He has written a new song called "Good Friday" and I think it has radio potential. He is trying to get Brad Paisley to record it, but I think Mitchell does it better. Check it out and let me know what you think. Good Friday  E-mail me your opinion   Your response  


Wade Carpenter

Actor/musician and Toombs County native Wade Carpenter talks to WLYU FM Y-101

Wade Carpenter was born in Toombs County and lived here until the age of seven. Carpenter's family moved to Douglasville and after spending some time at Truett-McConnell College, Wade bolted for Hollywood to be an actor. He appeared on "7th Heaven" for parts of three seasons. He also has done some movie work and now he is the bass player in a band called Operator. The rock group has been signed by Atlantic Records. Wade called Y-101 Radio from Pennsylvania while on tour. Audio interview   Wade's acting resume 

Wright Gres has novel published  

Wright Gres, who lives near the Altamaha River, has written a novel about a subject he knows very well- sailing. Gres has been sailing since he was a child and has worked professionally as a commodore and now as a captain of a tug boat. Wright's book, 'Macedonia Passage', will be released soon. Listen to Wright discuss his book and sailing. Audio  Y-101 Profile   For more info on the book    

Artist/Clown creates her own job  

Vickie Kucera, who worked in the telecommunications business for 25 years, is now an artist and a clown. Pictured to the left is a self-portrait of her alter ego, Polly Painter. To the right is a dog with a hat. Check out more of Vickie's work  and listen to her talk about her art.  Audio