It’s always fun to look back on the great things you were able to do during summer vacation. Although I didn’t have many vacations, I am lucky to enjoy what I do for work, so here are my Top 5 Favorite Things of Summer 2012.

The 7th annual St. Jude Radiothon was exciting raising over 150,000! It was a thrill watching people rappel 18 stories for New York Special Olympics. Mixing and mingling with racing royalty is always a highlight at the Gideon Putnam for Belmont Child Care- where I serve as the auction announcer. To top it off, spinning tunes for the annual Shenendehowa Adult Community Center Fair is always a good time.

The fun started by having the chance to introduce the new stars of Country Music- Jana Kramer, Love and Theft, and Kristen Kelly on the Virtual Reality Grand Ole Opry Stage. Then, in a fun twist of unexpected events, I was invited to visit with Brad Paisley backstage and then go on stage with Brad, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Jake Thomas and Sean McMaster to sing ‘Alcohol.’

I love hosting Country Music dance and karaoke shows, especially watching people party to Country Music. The Corinth Barn is located in my hometown of Corinth, New York, where I actually began my radio career at the age of 12. It’s always a great time to go back ‘home’ every summer, especially when the crowd packs the barn for a fun summer night out.  My final night at the Corinth Barn this year is Friday, October 19 for the Fall Festival.

As mentioned above, I love hosting Country Music dance and karaoke shows! I’m very lucky to have a large and loyal following that enjoy the great music and entertainment that I offer to Country Music. Although it was quite hot, the party boat on Lake George was a blast, followed by a much more mellow, but pleasant, adventure on the Captain JP. Country Dancers and Country Music lovers always have a good time on our ‘floating’ dance parties.

I host several bus trips every year to country concerts and dances. In August, we loaded a ‘party’ bus to enjoy sightseeing in Woodstock (and boy did we see some sights), then capped it off with a line dance workshop featuring Duke Alexander, and a wild night of Country Dancing at Joe’s night club. This was just one of those ‘perfect’ days and ‘perfect’ trips that ranks high on my list. Can’t wait for the next bus trip to see Charley Pride in October.

What was your favorite memory of Summer 2012?

Kevin Richards on the Opry stage at SPAC

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