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February 18, 2003

Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagoner star on Gene Williams Show

Little Jimmy Dickens and Porter Wagoner premiere a new Nashville series on the "Gene Williams Country Show" the first of which will air Feb. 23 on WB 31 Springfield/Branson and be followed by nine more Nashville favorites.

Featuring Gene Williams with co-host Katie Lynn on the only weekly television show taped live in Branson about Branson, "Gene Williams Country Show" has added the Nashville interviews with a Nashville report with Sarah Zapp to match airing of the program on WB 58 in Nashville.

Air dates for the Lucas Oil sponsored "Gene Williams Country Show" with Dickens are Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 Springfield/Branson; Saturday, March 1 at 6 a.m. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. and on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC Jonesboro, Ark./Dallas and Memphis, Tenn. at 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight. Shania Twain and Vince Gill are the video stars on this show.

Air dates for Wagoner’s show are Sunday, March 2 at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 Springfield/Branson; Saturday, March 8 at 6 a.m. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. and on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m. Dallas, Jonesboro, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn.; and Saturday, March 15 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight. Video stars for this show are Brad Paisley and Martina McBride.

"Though Little Jimmy Dickens is best known for novelty songs such as ‘May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,’ the Grand Ole Opry veteran is also a fine country balladeer specializing in heart songs like ‘The Violet And The Rose.’ A near fixture on the Nashville music scene for more than 50 years, Jimmy is easily recognized by his flamboyant, rhinestone-studded outfits and country humor. He has scored hits in every decade between the 1940s and the 1970s, and has become one of the Grand Ole Opry's most popular performers," said Williams who has worked with Dickens throughout their careers.

"Porter Wagoner's broad smile, flashy costume and memorable songs are the very image of a country music star. Porter's career has taken him from strumming a guitar in a grocery store, in his hometown of West Plains, Mo., to singing on stages around the world. He is the first to tell you that the place he is proudest to perform is the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tenn.," said Lynn.

The "Gene Williams Show" is comprised of celebrity interviews, Lynn featured in her own videos and videos from the biggest, hottest names in country music such as Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill and more.

"Gene is like a ‘Who’s Who in Country Music.’ I really enjoyed meeting and interviewing the country stars we are featuring on the next shows. Gene has worked with such greats as Johnny Cash, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, the Carter Family, Charlie Walker, Del Reeves, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Bill Carlisle, Johnny Carver, Tommy Cash, Claude King, Ronnie Session, Charlie Louvin, Jack Greene and Little Jimmy Dickens. He is an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Gene grew up listening to country music and pursued his dream of being in the country music business," said Lynn, an award winning vocalist who has held the Branson Entertainment Awards Best Support Vocalist for the past three years for her work in the "Mickey Gilley Show."

"I am pleased to announce the association of Sarah Zapp, co-anchor on ‘News 4 Arkansas Today’ in Little Rock. She is reporting about Nashville each week exclusively for us," said Williams.

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