"The Gene Williams Television Show" and WB 31 are the recipients of a national cable television honor, a bronze 2003 Telly Award for a music video with Stacey Conlan of Rogersville, Mo.
The Lucas Oil sponsored "Gene Williams Country Television Show" which featured teen singer Conlan’s video produced by WB 31 aired in the Springfield/Branson market on Jan. 12 and a week later in Little Rock, Fort Smith, Shreveport, Jonesboro, Dallas, Memphis and Nashville markets. Conlan, 14, has been performing since she was 3 and in addition to guest starring on the "Gene Williams Show" has been seen on stage in Branson in a special appearance with Doug Gabriel and at 76 Music Hall. For this video she sang "Not Without You." Producer and cinematographer for the video was Dave Middleton of WB 31 and Vince Windel was editor.
The Telly Awards were founded in 1980 to showcase and give recognition to outstanding non-network and cable television commercials and was expanded several years ago to include film and video productions and non-network TV programming. In its 24 year history, the Telly Awards has become a well-known, highly respected national competition and one of the most sought-after awards in the TV, commercial and video industry.
The Conlan video was among more than 10,000 entries from which less than 20 percent were selected for the bronze or finalist category. Judges were production professionals from all regions of the United States representing a cross-section of producers from agencies, TV stations, production house and corporate video departments.
"Entrants submit only their very best work, thus earning Telly recognition is a significant creative achievement," said Linda Ward of PR Pro, publicist for Gene Williams and the "Gene Williams Country Television Show." "For example, winners in the 2002 competition in the video and film and program category included National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Paramount Marketing, Playhouse Disney, Walt Disney Studios, The History Channel, A&E, Nike Film, The NBC Agency, Time Life Music, Turner Classic Movies, Warner Brothers, and the Smithsonian, to name a few."
This is just another example of the ground breaking work Williams has done in country television, Ward said. As an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Gene is credited with having the largest syndicated country music television show not affiliated with Nashville. With this new show, he is taking the live entertainment capital to the television audience in the mid-south. The show can be seen Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 Springfield/Branson; and Saturdays 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 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.
In addition to interviews and performances by some of the biggest stars in Branson and Nashville like Porter Wagoner, Bill Anderson, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Mickey Gilley, Sons of the Pioneers, Jimmy Osmond, Helen Cornelius, Leona Williams, Buck Trent, the Platters, Mary Lou Turner, Barbara Fairchild and Ed McMahon, Williams enjoys featuring up and coming stars and videos from the biggest, hottest names in country music such as Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill and more.