A Few Minutes With… Dan + Shay

July 9th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Story and interview by Don Wilcock

Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, John Michael Montgomery, Scotty McCreery and Dan + Shay are all scheduled to perform at WGNA-FM’s 21st annual CountryFest at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds on Saturday (July 12). And Local 518 country faves Cryin’ Out Loud will open, the show which is expected to attract 15,000 people.

Headliner Jake Owen’s album Barefoot Blue Jean Night hit No. 1 on the country charts in 2011. The album’s title track and three more singles from that album (“Alone with You,” “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You”) also reached No. 1, and his newest single, “Beachin’,” off his latest album, Days of Gold, is currently climbing its way up the country charts. He performed in the area last year at SPAC, opening for Jason Aldean.

Meanwhile, Dan & Shay’s debut single, “19 You & Me,” went gold, and they were named one of Billboard’s “2014 Artists to Watch.” They recently received their first ACM nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as a CMT Music Awards nomination for Duo Video of the Year. Their debut album Where It All Began was released on Warner Bros. Records on April 1, and it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. Other than their appearance at CountryFest on Saturday, the duo is out on summer tour with Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier 2014 Tour.

In the midst of their tour, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney took time out to chat with Nippertown earlier this week:

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Congrats to WGNA’s Kevin Richards

September 12th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

Kevin Richards

Kevin Richards

Congratulations go out to Kevin Richards – host of “The Kevin Richards Show” on WGNA-FM from 9am-2pm on weekdays – who snagged yet another Country Music Association award nomination as Medium Market Broadcast Personality of the Year.

Richards – who was also nominated in 2000, 2010 and 2011 – won the award in 2006, making this his fifth nomination in the category.

The 47th CMA Awards show will be broadcast live at 8pm on Wednesday, November 6 on WTEN-TV.

Nippertown Country

November 8th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

WGNAThe Country Music Association Awards are being held in Nashville on Wednesday, November 10, and the Nippertown country music community is represented with two nominations this year.

For the second consecutive year, WGNA-FM has been nominated as Medium Market Station of the Year. The competition in the category includes KFDI (Wichita, Kansas), KXKT (Omaha, Nebraska), WIVK (Knoxville, Tennessee) and – surprisingly enough – WBBS in Syracuse.

And WGNA disc jockey Kevin Richards also earned a nomination as Medium Market Broadcast Personality of the Year. He can be heard weekdays on the air from 10am-3pm. Richards – who was also nominated in 2000 – won the award in 2006, making this his third nomination in the category.

The CMA Awards show will be broadcast live at WTEN-TV – as well as WGNA-FM – at 8pm on Wednesday.

Festival Fever: WGNA’s Countryfest, 7/10/10

March 25th, 2010, 2:06 pm by Greg

For years now, it’s been the biggest one-day music festival in all of Nippertown, and this summer’s WGNA Countryfest looks to be no different. Taking place on Saturday, July 10, the fest will held once again at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Headlining the all-day bash will be Blake Shelton, who also performed at the 2006 Countryfest. Rounding out the line-up will be Gretchen Wilson, Jason Michael Carroll, David Nail, Chuck Wicks and the JaneDear Girls, featuring Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett.

Kicking off the festivities at 11am will be the Hillbilly Horns, the seven-piece, brass-kickin’, local country band led by lead vocalist Dave Ford.

Advance tix are priced at $35; tix purchased at the gate on the day of the fest will be $40. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

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