WOODSONGS Stage Sign goes to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
|Pictured is the historic WoodSongs Stage sign at the 1000th taping of WoodSongs at the Lyric Theatre with RIDERS IN THE SKY|
ITEM: It lasted through 1000 live audience broadcasts, the 12 foot wide WoodSongs sign that is seen in millions of TV homes across North America on PBS (regionally on KET), RFD television and tens of millions more on YouTube clips. Over 60,000 fans have attended the broadcast tapings at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington.
Thanks to the kindness of an audience member, WoodSongs was able to replace this ragged, often repaired logo, the WoodSongs “brand” literally seen by millions of people worldwide. It is now replaced with a brand new stage sign.
“We were not sure what to do with the old sign,” explained folksinger Michael Johnathon, creator and host of the syndicated broadcast. “we called it ‘Franken-Sign’ because it was repaired so many times. But so much history belonged to it. We did not want to cut it up and sell it … we wanted to find a permanent resting place for it.”
At the Monday evening taping at the Lyric Theatre, featuring National Hammer Dulcimer champion Ted Yoder and Chicago bluegrass group The Henhouse Prowlers, Johnathon announced that the legacy WoodSongs sign will have a permanent resting place at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Renfro Valley in Kentucky.
The stage sign, which has become a major symbol of Kentucky media history alongside the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and others, will be on permanent display along with a video presentation of the history of WoodSongs and a tribute to the amazing volunteer crew that made this happen. Tour groups, vacationers and buses traveling up I-75 will have incentive to visit Renfro Valley and the historic WoodSongs exhibit at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Monday afternoons on the way to Lexington to attend a WoodSongs broadcast taping that same evening.
“We are so honored to be apart of this wonderful and historic show that so many great artists have been featured on,” said Avery Bradshaw of the Kentucky Hall of Fame and Music Museum. “Woodsongs is dedicated to promoting music as well as educating people on the importance of music and arts in our society.”
Following the stage announcement, Johnathon had the Woodsongs crew autograph the back of the stage sign along with the entire audience that was present at tonight’s broadcast taping. More details on the premiere of the display will come in the days ahead.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL of Fame and Museum contact: Avery Bradshaw, Director 606-256-1000 KentuckyMusicHallofFame@gmail.com