Country Road Detours
By Roadmap Bob
Country Road DetoursDec 24, 2019
301: Remembering Big Jim Hess
Listen in as we learn about one of the greatest salesman in East Tennessee with a host of talents that made him a huge celebrity in Knoxville, TN. Remembering Jim Hess with guest host Bradley Reeves and Fred Hess.
202: Randy Tyree, The World's Fair Mayor
Randy Tyree was born in Carthage, Tennessee, in 1940. Son of a tobacco farmer and the local high school football star. After graduating at 18 he left home to work for the FBI in Washington DC for 4 years. He became a police officer in Knoxville and later became police commissioner.
He was the city's youngest candidate ever to hold the office of mayor, defeating Republican incumbent Kyle Testerman. He was re-elected to a second four-year term, and presided over the city during the 1982 World's Fair.
Tyree unsuccessfully sought to again become mayor in the 1987 election.
201: The Bowl Brothers Reunion
Voice of the Vols Bob Kesling, Former WATE-TV News Anchor Gene Patterson and WVLT-TV News Anchor/Managing Editor Ted Hall were once the legendary Bowl Brothers. Like the famous Blues Brothers, they too had a mission. Not to get the band back together but to follow the University of Tennessee football team to every bowl game they played in. The Bowl Brothers were a hit in every bowl game city they visited. They often ran into famous coaches like Jimmy Johnson and Johnny Majors. Now for the first time since their glory days, they reunite on Country Road Detours to swap stories never told before. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Bob Kesling ask for support for The United Way - www.unitedway.org
Ted Hall - The Dream Connection- www.dreamconnection.org
Gene Patterson - Children's Museum of Oak Ridge - www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org
106: Christmas Special: Lum & Abner hosted by Donnie Pitchford
In this is special episode of Country Road Detours, we wanted to take you back in time to an old time radio show hosted by our special guest host and friend.... Donnie Pitchford. Pitchford, a retired high school teacher, cartoonist and founder of the National Lum and Abner Society introduces us to the Lum and Abner radio show which ran from 1931 to 1954. Today you will hear their famous Christmas show originally aired in 1938.
Chester Lauck played Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody, played by Norris Goff are owners and operators of Pine Ridge, Arkansas' own "Jot 'em Down Store." It was a general store which served the zany town residences. The immensely popular show ran for fifteen minutes and took the listeners back to the feeling of a rural America. The Andy Griffith Show was based on Lum and Abner.
We hope you enjoy this episode and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
105: Life and Times of Beada Corum
104: Bill Williams & Ken Schwall
He made a difference in the lives of many special needs children who appeared on "Monday's Child" segment. The show helped place over a thousand children in loving homes.
Ken Schwall started out as a serious journalist and news director for WBIR. He eventually developed a news segment called "Schwall's World" (later called "Positively Schwall") by visiting some of East Tennessee's most curious places or events while bringing out the funny in the folks he interviewed.
We hope you enjoy this delightful and insightful conversation with Bill and Ken, the True Gentlemen of Journalism.
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103: Bradley Reeves' Time Machine
102: Ross Bagwell Sr. & Adina Chumley
101: Bill Landry & "Big" Jim Haslam