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Released November 24, 2003

Gene Adds PAX 34 To Broadcast Schedule


Gene Williams adds 125,000 homes to broadcast schedule

for Gene Williams Country Show

Another 125,000 homes can tune in to the only weekly television show about Branson added to the already five million households receiving the broadcast of the Gene Williams Country Television Show, sponsored by Lucas Oil Products.

Already broadcast on Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 in the Springfield/Branson/Harrison markets, viewers can now watch the popular show on PAX 34 KWBS Eureka Springs, Branson, Springfield, Fayetteville and Fort Smith.

"In Springfield and Branson viewers will have two choices to watch my show on WB 31 or PAX 34," said Gene Williams, who is credited with having the largest syndicated country music television show not affiliated with Nashville and with breaking ground for country television.

The Gene Williams Country Show, a recipient of a Telly Award, cable television’s equivalent to an Emmy, will continue to be seen on Saturdays in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Jonesboro, Ark., Dallas, Texas and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and on WB 58 Nashville at midnight and Fox at 11:30 p.m.

Delighted with the variety of the many guest stars from which to choose in Branson, Williams will continue to promote Branson with interviews and talent performing in Branson.

He said, "A regular guest is Joey Riley from the Mickey Gilley Show. He is the one who inspired me to come to Branson. I’ve had stars not only from Branson, but also from Nashville. Doug Kershaw, Ed McMahon, the Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, Doug Gabriel, Mickey Gilley, Barbara Fairchild, Sons of the Pioneers, Jimmy Osmond, Helen Cornelius, Leona Williams, Bob Anderson, Fred Travalena, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson, Porter Wagoner, Buck Trent, the Duttons, the World Famous Platters, Mary Lou Turner and Jim Owen are just a few of my guests."

Williams’ custom-built set is designed much like the earlier Tonight Show set and is opened with a voice familiar to both show with McMahon’s "Here’s..." The show features two videos a week from the biggest, hottest names in country music such as Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill and more.

"I’m happy to be joining the network which features Billy Ray Cyrus as Doc and where Ed McMahon had Next Big Star," said Williams, who grew up listening to country music just down the road from Johnny Cash. He pursued his dream of being in the country music business where his first job was on KWAM radio as a disk jockey. With his move to television the Gene Williams Country Junction Show was syndicated to over 30 markets. A few years later, Williams syndicated the Gene Williams Show in eight states which led to the making of his motion pictures, Sound of Country Music and Country Music Jamboree.

"Gene’s history is like the pages of a Who’s Who in Country Music. An inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, he has worked with just about everybody in the business: 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, Little Jimmy Dickens. The list seems almost endless," said Lynn, who herself has performed with country music greats. An award winning vocalist, she performs in the Mickey Gilley Show. She was the main lead feature female character (Sammy Lane) for six seasons at Shepherd of the Hills and an opening act for John Michael Montgomery. Katie has released three CDs, Could I have this Dance, Country Sunshine and Live in Branson.

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