A popular news anchor from Little Rock has joined the "Gene Williams Country Television Show" which is aired on four stations in nine markets including Branson and Nashville.
"I am pleased to announce that Sarah Zapp who co-anchors ‘News 4 Arkansas Today’ has joined my weekly television show with a report on Nashville," said Williams, who is the star of the only weekly television show about Branson taped in Branson.
Asking Sarah to join the crew of the "Gene Williams Country Television Show" got its start when Williams took his crew to Nashville to tape interviews with several big names in country music. The trip coincided with Gene’s anniversary tour through Arkansas to celebrate Williams’ 40 years in television.
"The times I’ve been a guest on Sarah’s early morning show and I was impressed with Sarah’s professionalism. Now viewers of my show can enjoy Sarah’s 2 1/2 minute report on the happenings in Nashville each week," Williams said.
"Gene has been on the air here in Little Rock for years. I am happy to be part of a show with such a rich history. His current show, seen on Saturdays at 6 a.m., draws many viewers and lots of fan mail," said Zapp.
In addition to Zapp’s Channel 4 KARK/NBC in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La., the Lucas Oil sponsored "Gene Williams Country Show" can be seen Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 Springfield/Branson; and on Saturdays on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC Jonesboro, Ark./Dallas, and Memphis, Tenn. at 5 p.m.; and on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.
"Even though it's an early wake-up call I love morning news," said Zapp, who prior to KARK was a health reporter/anchor at KFVS12 in the Cape Girardeau, Mo./Paducah, Ky. area. Based on her work at KFVS, she won an "Excellence in Health Reporting" award for the area nurse association.
Zapp got her start at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. While working for the NBC station in Columbia, she learned every step of putting together a story and a show. She said her most exciting stories while in Columbia included a live report of the Pope's visit to St. Louis and covering political stories at the state capital.
"I am happy to be joining Gene to bring the mid-south information on Nashville along with their great coverage of the happenings in Branson," said Zapp.
The "Gene Williams Show" includes celebrity interviews with stars like Ed McMahon (who opens and closes the show), Porter Wagoner, Mickey Gilley, Jimmy Osmond, Helen Cornelius, Leona Williams, Buck Trent, Jim Owen, the Platters, Mary Lou Turner, Barbara Fairchild, Bill Anderson and Jim Ed Brown. 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 are also premiered.
Williams 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.
"With the addition of Nashville in our air schedule, Sarah’s report about Nashville is especially fitting for our show and is an exclusive for us," said Williams.