Grammy-winning country star Pam Tillis has joined the Board of Directors of the Wheeling Jamboree, Inc., a non-profit corporation established to preserve the nation’s second oldest radio and live performance program, the Wheeling Jamboree. Tillis replaces retiring founding Director, Doug Paisley, father of country star Brad Paisley.
“Radio shows like the Jamboree are an endangered species,” says Tillis. “They only survive if artists are passionate about their importance on the musical landscape.”
Tillis made her first stage appearance at age 8 and has gone on to sell over seven million albums, landing six No. 1 hits. Tillis was named 1994’s CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and has received 10 other CMA nominations as well as seven ACM nominations and three Grammy nominations throughout the course of her career.
Also joining the Jamboree’s Board of Directors is Nashville-based artist manager, Matt Spicher. Son of Wheeling Jamboree member Buddy Spicher, Matt Spicher is a 20-year Nashville veteran whose credits include working with Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart, Tillis, Ricky Skaggs, engineering a Grammy winner and co-producing Tillis’ Rhinestoned album. Spicher replaces retiring board member Brian Long.
Board members officially welcomed the Nashville board additions to the program’s leadership team at the monthly board meeting on Thursday (3/18).
The “World’s Original Wheeling Radio Jamboree” is one of the last remaining shows of its kind, playing second only to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in longevity.