ON THE AIR
An innovative and star-studded TV show premiering Nov. 4 on the Great American Country cable network is guaranteed to make history. Not only is Country Music Across America television's only news-format program dedicated specifically to country music, each episode of the show is being donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame's museum archives, providing an important way of preserving country music's ongoing legacy.
Superstar Vince Gill will co-host the debut episode of the weekly half-hour show, which features segments showcasing today's top country celebrities, news updates, information on CD releases and a musical countdown. "Trust me, the fans out there want to know this stuff," declares Vince. "And this is the way we as artists communicate with our fans."
The show will be hosted by Storme Warren, a veteran TV reporter who's worked on-air with CNN Showbiz, Access Hollywood, This Week in Country Music and Today's Country. Each episode features a different celebrity co-host and is taped at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.
"The show will fill the current gap in entertainment programming," explains the show's co-executive producer Larry Fitzgerald, a Music Row manager for Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam and Buddy Jewell. "The country genre currently shares limited musical programming time with pop, rock and R&B on shows such as Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, E! News and others. The specifically country emphasis of our show allows for more in-depth profiles and more extensive news coverage of country music personalities."
The show is produced by Different Drummer Productions of Nashville, in association with Nashville's Travis Television. Greg Travis, owner of Travis Television, serves as co-executive producer, along with Warren and Fitzgerald.
Country Music Across America will be very interactive with fans. GAC plans to tie in numerous contests, allowing fans to win trips to awards shows, concerts and television tapings. The first contest, coordinated by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be a chance to win two Southwest Airlines tickets to Nashville; hotel accommodations; passes to the Grand Ole Opry, Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and a Gray Line tour; and tickets to the show and a backstage meet-and-greet with Vince Gill and Amy Grant at their Nov. 28 Nashville concert. (To enter, go online to musiccityusa.com. The winner will be announced on the new show's second episode Nov. 15.)
Different Drummer Pro-ductions will donate each episode to the Country Music Hall of Fame's Educational Outreach Program and museum archives. This gesture will have a long-lasting impact, according to Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young. "This is an important contribution to the preservation of the history of country music," notes Young.
That, to be sure - and one heck of a TV show in the meantime!
For more information on Country Music Across America, check out www.cmaa.tv.