Category Archives: Television

Miranda Lambert – No More Cheetos

Miranda Lambert wins the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year for the 4th time, tying Reba McEntire‘s record. She also talks about approaching her 30s with a healthier lifestyle, giving up Cheetos and how she doesn’t take any of her successes for granted.

Little Big Town – Two Years In A Row

Little Big Town didn’t expect to snag the award for CMA Vocal Group of the Year for the second year in a row, but they are sure thrilled to receive it and excited to look ahead on their next album.

I woke the lone Titans camper, I went viral

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports Going viral is an interesting animal. I didn’t have any intentions when I decided to wake David Cline from his slumber to talk about camping out for Titans tickets. Once Deadspin picked up my live shot, it took off like a virus. The station phones lit up, my phone blew up and in a flash it was all over the Internet, the radio and the TV. It made headlines on Yahoo, USA Today, ESPN, CNN, LA Times, etc. I have heard it takes 10,000 hits in 24 hours to go viral; we hit nearly 30,000 in only a couple of hours. Unfortunately, we ended up having to remove the video from Youtube. Those numbers no longer exist.

Once my story was in the hands of other Networks and journalist, I had no control over how Mr. Cline was portrayed. Unfortunately, some took a negative approach. I personally think that the majority of people buy tickets online. I am sure the Titans will continue to sell out like they have every game since 1999. For the three or four naysayers out there… Did I have to wake him? No. However, I knew David would be happy to talk about his love for the Titans especially on TV. I have interviewed him several times before. One of my jobs as a live reporter is to interact with my environment and I did just that. I by no means meant to insult him with my Internet comment. I was making a joke and I believe he knows that. David has reached out to me since and was ecstatic about the mad amount of coverage.

The best part of all this buzz is how many people have reached out wanting to give David a ticket. He did tell me that he was buying the one ticket, with money he made by selling The Contributor. I strive to use my platform to help others; hopefully this story will do just that and score David a few free tickets. After all, he is the biggest Titans fan around and a darn good sport at being awakened by a TV crew.

Craig Morgan to the Rescue!

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports
Country star Craig Morgan said he didn’t think twice about providing assistance when he drove up on an accident on Interstate 40 recently.

“Those skills are something I have practiced my entire life, and still today,” Morgan told Nashville’s News 2.

Morgan quickly used his EMT skills after two semis and a tanker collided in front of his tour bus on Interstate 40 on Sunday, June 9.

“We were about a quarter of a mile behind everybody so I couldn’t see the actual accident, but I seen the stuff fly up into the air,” he recalled.

Morgan continued, “So I immediately said, ‘Stop! Let me off. Let me go up there and see what I can do.’ I took off [and] grabbed a couple crew guys with me and their flip flops.”

Morgan extinguished a fire and helped pull a man from the wreckage and then assisted with a second accident across the interstate.

Just a couple of years ago he also rescued two children from a burning home.

When asked if he considers himself a hero, Morgan graciously said no.

“No, I am no different than any of the guys that I hang out with. I get text from buddies [saying], ‘Man that was cool what you did.’ And my reply is, ‘You would have done the same.’”

Instincts to save others are one thing, but Morgan is also known to push himself beyond limits on his TV show “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors.”

Recently the country crooner found himself in a dog sledding expedition in conditions 30 degrees below zero.

“It was absolutely amazing and getting to experience it with my oldest son is something that we will never forget,” said Morgan.

From dog sledding to rescuing, Morgan has still found time to work on his new music.

His new single “Wake Up Loving You” is out now. The song is from his fourth studio project slated to be released in September.

If you don’t see the video above click HERE!

Purple Carpet Fun from the CMT Awards

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports I caught up with Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Kellie Pickler and more of your favorite stars on the purple carpet at the annual CMT Awards for WKRN. Check it out!

A Tribute Fit for a Country King: George Jones Memorial

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, thousands of fans gathered at the Grand Ole Opry to say goodbye to country legend George Jones.

Jones died last Friday after being hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville since mid-April. He was 81.

Jones’ widow, Nancy spoke to me on Tuesday night outside the couple’s Franklin home about the loss of her husband of 30 years.

“He was my best friend. I am going to be so lost because I’m so used to every morning you know, you have to hurry because he wants to go somewhere because he was so used to performing since he was 12 and he was so used to being able to just go and go and go,” Nancy said. “It’s going to be lonesome, but you know what? He’s celebrating right now.”

Wednesday night, stars gathered for a private wake ahead of Thursday’s public memorial service.

Grand Ole Opry member Barbara Mandrell remembered the late country singer.

“I knew George Jones for a very long time. He was always the most loving and fun as well as being the most gifted, talented singer that has ever existed,” she said.

Well wishers spent the night outside the Grand Ole Opry to secure a spot inside for Thursday’s service.

More than 1,000 people arrived at the Grand Ole Opry by 7 a.m., while thousands of others were turned away as the Opry filled completely.

The first person in line, Jesse Whelchel, drove all the way from Houston, Texas. He said he secured his spot around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

“He was my hero, a country legend, and I loved him,” exclaimed Whelchel.

Thursday’s service featured music from fellow country stars and include appearances by former First Lady Laura Bush, Governor Bill Haslam and former Arkansas Governor Bill Huckabee.

Awards week kicks off in Music City honoring The Bluebird Cafe with cast of ‘Nashville’

The kick off to a star-studded week in Nashville began Sunday night with the 2012 SESAC Nashville Music Awards and Yallwire was there. I caught up with several of the night’s honorees on the red carpet including Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, a three-time SESAC songwriter of the year winner. Scott talked about being honored for three Lady A tunes and the Sara Evans No.1 hit “A Little Bit Stronger.”

The Nashville-based performing rights organization kicked off the evening at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place, with a special tribute to the 30th anniversary of Bluebird Cafe. Gary Burr, Victoria Shaw, Don Henry and Kim Williams performed a few of their famous tunes and actors Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio of the new ABC drama ‘Nashville’ took the stage for the tribute. The guys also chatted with me about their true love for the songwriting community.

Catt Gravitt took home songwriter of the year for her recent hits including Jake Owen‘s “Alone With You” and Jana Kramer‘s “Why Ya Wanna.”

“A Woman Like You,” the first No. 1 hit for Lee Brice, was named song of the year. I also caught up with Brice and SESAC member Jon Stone, who co-wrote the song.

ACM Honors wrap from the red carpet

Dierks Bentley watched Anchor Man to prepare for his first hosting gig at the 6th annual ACM Honors, Luke Bryan pulls out his Dolce & Gabbana belt, Jana Kramer looked smokin’ hot and more red carpet fun from the Ryman event. Check it out HERE!

Country crooner Dierks Bentley hosted the sixth annual Academy of Country Music Honors on Monday night at the Ryman Auditorium.

Hundreds of fans lined up outside the historic auditorium in an attempt to catch a glimpse of their favorite artists as they arrived on the red carpet.

Monday night’s show honored country artists Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, in addition to other musicians, engineers and promoters.

Ricky Skaags received the Pioneer Award.

“This is pretty awesome. I’ve won Grammys and a lot of ACM Awards, CMA Awards and bluegrass awards, but this is the first time I’ve really, what I consider an honor for I guess being an innovator in the early 80s,”

The event included performances by Kellie Pickler and Hunter Hayes among others.

Eric Church tops the list of final noms for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards”

NASHVILLE – Eric Church tops the list of final nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations. The reigning CMA Female and Male Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each received four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, and Taylor Swift each received three nominations for Country Music’s Biggest Night™.

For the seventh year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Aldean and Luke Bryan delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square.

Meantime our crews caught up with 1st time nom Lee Brice at the CMA offices in Nashville. Stay tuned for complete coverage!

The CMA Awards will broadcast live from Music City November 1st.


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