Contact Us

I Thank Randy Travis For Bringing Me To ‘GNA

I know that’s a weird headline, but it’s actually a very true statement when I think about it.  And I think about him alot now – especially in light of his recent heart problems 

It was WAYYY back in the late 1980’s. I was working on another station in the area.  It was my very first and only other radio job that I’ve ever had.  My partner and program director at the time ,  walked hurriedly into the studio one morning and said during the commercial break – “I’ve got something I want to ask you –how would you like to do country radio?”

I burst out laughing.  “Country??”, I sarcastically remarked.  “I’m from Long Island – We don’t do country”, said I.

“NO! Don’t think that way”, he said.  “Country is different now.  It’s becoming “hip” and “cool”.  You have to listen to it tonite, and then decide.  Listen to some Randy Travis, for example.

Randy Travis at Johnny Cash Forever Stamp Launch 2013
Getty Images

I was familiar with “Diggin’ Up Bones“.  It was weird, because it was very “country” sounding, but I liked it.  The words were clever, and I really liked his voice, but I wouldn’t admit it at first to anybody.

Then I listened to “Forever and Ever Amen” (which I believe won a Grammy) .  I started getting hooked.

His music was cool, yet paid tribute to classic country at the same time.  Kinda -sorta like Easton Corbin today, maybe?  Sean said Josh Turner.  PERFECT ANALOGY.

Randy Travis:  A HUGE influence on an entirely new generation of country listeners back then.  I was one of them,  I thank him, and wish him a swift recovery.

You can read more about him by checking out  Kevin Richards’ article

Best of WGNA

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Fanatics quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Fanatics contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.