Grand Ole Opry artist George Riddle, George Jones sidekick on Gene Williams TV Show

Published: Jul. 23, 2003 at 1:30 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2003 at 1:09 PM CDT
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Sally Colón, Stephen Petree guests on second show

A regular on the Grand Ole Opry, George Riddle, a cover girl, Sally Colón, and an up and coming Christian artist, Stephen Petree, are the next guests on the Gene Williams Country Television Show sponsored by Lucas Oil Products.

Riddle, in addition to being a recording artist in his own right played with Bill Carlisle for the last 12 years until Bill passed away on March 17, 2003. He is one of the few entertainers who has ever worked regularly for four Country Music Hall of Fame members. He also worked on the Johnny Cash Show, had his own band touring across the country, when he was managed by Gene Williams Enterprises in the 1980s and worked with Grand Ole Opry artists such as Don Gibson, George Jones, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.

"As a song writer, George's songs have been recorded by Feron Young, Tammy Wynette, Del Reeves, Ray Charles and Mickey Gilley which was a Christmas album for Playboy Records. He wrote 13 of George Jones' hits. He has had many single records and seven albums, " said Williams.

"A long time friend of mine, George and I had a great time reminiscing and viewing videos from yesterday. Some of George's appearances include the movie Country Music on Broadway, the Nashville Network, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall New York, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, WWVA, Wheeling Jamboree, Palomino Club in Hollywood, United Artist, Musicor, MGM and Starday," said Williams.

"Colón and Petree stopped by the show while in town for the American Kids National Finals. Song writing partners, Sally and Stephen have separate careers they are pursuing, Sally is an actress, a television show host with Action House TV and was on the cover of Women's World Magazine, and Stephen has just released a new CD and will be showcasing in Nashville in August," said Williams.

The broadcast with Riddle can be seen Sunday, July 27 at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 in the Springfield/Branson/Harrison markets; Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6 a.m. 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 Saturday, Aug. 9 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.

The show featuring Colón and Petree will air on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 p.m. in Springfield/Branson/Harrison markets; Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6 a.m. in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Dallas, Jonesboro, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 16 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.

Williams, the creator of the only weekly television show taped in Branson about Branson, is an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and has worked with greats like 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 and more. He is credited with blazing many trails for country music television.

Katie 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, is Gene's co-host. Sarah Zapp, popular television anchor out of Little Rock, brings a report about Nashville each week.

"The Gene Williams Television Show" recently won a Telly Award, cable television's equivalent to an Emmy. The show includes celebrity interviews, videos from the biggest, hottest names in country music such as Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill and more.

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