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Jonesborough Storytown Live Radio Show
May 25 @ 7:00 pm
Jonesborough’s original storytelling radio show enters its 9th year on January 27, and the 2020 Season will bring a new vision to the program. This live stage production, which is recorded and aired on local NPR station WETS 89.5 FM out of Johnson City will be seeing larger audiences, as it begins its own podcast channel, which will launch in January of 2020.
As the program will now reach national audiences, a few adjustments are being made, including the name. Most local residents know the radio show as the “Yarn Exchange.” While residents in East Tennessee understand that a “yarn” is a tale, there was concern that this reference may not translate in other areas of the United States. After discussion with participants, a new name for the program was chosen. As the Yarn Exchange Radio Show has been part of Jonesborough’s broader StoryTown Initiative, the radio show will now fall under the name of “StoryTown Radio Show”, as will the podcast.
With a listenership already at 55,000, the program is looking forward to reaching even more audiences, in order to share Jonesborough’s wonderful stories, history, heritage, and culture.
Season passes are now available for this exciting new year. And changes have come to the passes as well. For only $70, participants will get a year’s worth of shows, eleven total, which also includes the popular “Soups and Songs” fundraiser and sing-a-long which sold out before Thanksgiving this year. Season pass holders will also be given a special code, and can check in and choose seats from their own computer, instead of calling in. A limited number of season passes will be available each season, to ensure that new audiences will also be able to enjoy the program.
The story and music line-up for 2020 includes exciting new talent and great stories.
January 27 starts the new year with “Our Favorite Things” and special music guests from Buffalo, South Carolina, the electrifying duo of Freddie Vanderford and Brandon Turner. Vanderford, who is endorsed by Hohner Harmonicas, has been inducted into the South Carolina Folk Life Hall of Fame for his special talent in playing Piedmont Blues.
February 24 looks at stories of “Fair Play” and hosts music guests “We Five.”
March 23 celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with its program “19th and 100” with music guest Mama Molassas, who will join the program for the very first time.
April 27 welcomes the changes of spring with a program entitled “Ch Ch Changes” with special music guests “The Green Rumours.”
May 25 will see the annual patriotic episode, with stories of veterans, military family, and those lost in a special program “Bridging the Gulf- WWII to Iraq” and will have special music guests Tom Sizemore and Nate Harris.
June 22 will be filled with “Wedding Bells” and welcomes musical guests Joe Gumina and Brittany Whitson, who are back by audience popular demand.
July 27, a time of summer vacations, devotes its episode “What A Trip” to those hilarious, sometimes moving, and always memorable trips, and welcomes back musician Aaron Jackson.
August 24 will be filled with summer fun in their “Summertime” episode, with music guests Thistle Dew.
September 28 will honor area police, EMT, and firemen in their “First Responders” program, with music guests Sweetwater Troubadours.
October 26 will be “Curiosities” and feature tales of the weird and strange in Jonesborough, and will welcome back audience favorites The David Crockett Madrigal Singers.
November 30 will be the annual Soupbowl Fundraiser at the McKinney Center, with the Jonesborough Novelty Band. New this year- the season pass includes this special program. This event is an annual favorite, which includes a handmade ceramic bowl of your choice, appetizers, salad and bread, an all you can eat gourmet soup meal with six different locally made soups that include vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian offerings, and dessert. Following dinner is a show and Christmas Sing-A-Long with the cast and the Jonesborough Novelty Band. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the McKinney Center and the StoryTown Radio Show.
The 2020 StoryTown Radio Show is also excited about its new sponsors. Their 9th season is made possible by generous support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Wild Women of Jonesborough, Nancy Hope and Odie Major, Main Street Café and Catering, Appalachian Light and Productions, and Royal Carriage Limo.
To purchase tickets or season passes, go online to Jonesborough.com/tickets or call the Historic Visitors Center at 243-753-1010. For more information about the StoryTown Radio Show, please contact Jules Corriere at firstname.lastname@example.org.