By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour will share the world premiere of it’s landmark 1,000th broadcast featuring Riders in the Sky on Friday, March 20, at 6 p.m. on RFD-TV. The episode will then appear on the program’s official YouTube channel on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m.
The production of WoodSongs, hosted by Michael Johnathon, originally took place on Nov. 19, 2019, at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, Ky.
Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, WoodSong’s has suspended it’s current season until April 13, with updates to come as they follow the lead of Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. Also being rescheduled are shows in the Troubadour Concert Series including a return to town by Riders of the Sky at the Kentucky Castle, which has been moved from April 23 to June 12. Tickets to the originally scheduled date will be honored for the new date.
Folksinger Michael Johnathon started the Americana format of WoodSongs in 2001 in a tiny studio that barely seated 12 people and aired on just one college radio station. Today, WoodSongs is heard from Australia to America and Ireland on 537 public, community and commercial radio stations worldwide. This includes the American Forces Radio Network, which broadcasts the show on two channels in 177 nations, which consists of every military base and U.S. Naval ships in the world. The show has also recently been added to the legendary WSM 650 AM (home of the Grand Ole Opry).