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WoodSongs celebrates 700th broadcast with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy show at the Lyric

Special to KyForward

The idea was born while Michael Johnathon was listening to the radio during a long drive in the mid-west while on tour 13 years ago.

The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy show on Jan. 28 will celebrate WoodSongs' 700th broadcast.

“I remember driving across Iowa that Saturday afternoon,” says Johnathon from his log cabin home outside of Lexington. “I was sort of listening to A Prairie Home Companion and he had a Celtic folk band come on. I thought, ‘How cool. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a radio show of just the music.’ So I wondered, How hard could it be?”

Well, he found out. Starting a live audience broadcast isn’t easy. The project was defined at a cafe along Nicholasville Road a month later. The business model for it would be daring: all volunteer run. The show began taping in a small recording studio that barely sat a dozen people and it hit the air with just one college radio station signing on.

On Jan. 28, the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour will reach an amazing milestone, it’s 700th broadcast. The show, broadcasting from its new home at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington, now airs on 509 radio stations worldwide, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nation and every military base and US Naval ship around the globe, coast-to-coast on Public TV stations, the Bluehighways TV Network nationwide and online.

The show will celebrate its 700th broadcast milestone in a new home with a uniquely selected major artist, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

“The Lyric Theatre has an amazing history,” says Johnathon. “Among the many acts that performed there in the past … Ray Charles, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald … was Cab Calloway. The last CD that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy released was a tribute to the music of Cab Calloway, so the artistic synergy of it all seemed to make sense.

The broadcast will be Monday, Jan. 28. The audience must be seated by 6:45. Tickets are $20 for the public, $10 for WoodSongs Partners and available from the Lyric Theatre box office (Tuesday-Thursday 1-5 p.m.), at 859-280- 2218 (Additional $1.50 service charge per ticket for phone orders), online at lexingtonlyric.com (Additional $3 service charge per ticket for online orders) or by calling the WoodSongs Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888. There is a separate post-show party that involves and additional ticket.

More information about WoodSongs, the 700th broadcast and post show party, and complete show schedules are online at WoodSongs.com.

Listen to WoodSongs programs on these area radio stations:


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