Bill Anderson Salute, “My Country” Book Party, More Photos

••••Over 30 stars turned out to honor Bill Anderson with a special episode of Country Music’s Family Reunion Show on RFD-TV. Anderson, who regularly hosts the show, found himself switching roles with Vince Gill for the salute featuring Roy Clark, Jamey Johnson, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, Rhonda Vincent, Con Hunley, Jeannie Seely, Jean Shepard, The Whites, T. Graham Brown, Gene Watson, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson and many more. An air date has been set.

••••Photographer Melanie Dunea celebrated the release of her book My Country with a party last week at Robert’s Western World. My Country presents photographs of stars ranging from Taylor Swift to Wynonna Judd to Little Jimmy Dickens, alongside interviews that reveal their musical roots and inspirations.

L-R: BMI's Jody Williams, songwriter Jim Lauderdale, and Melanie Dunea

••••SOLID Presents In The Round raised over $1200 for Nashville-based Sweet Sleep which helps orphans in Haiti. The sold out event, held October 6 at the Bluebird Café, featured hit songwriters Rhett Akins, Cary Barlowe, Dallas Davidson and Phil O’Donnell.

L-R: Songwriters Phil O’Donnell, Dallas Davidson, Cary Barlowe, Rhett Akins and SOLID VP Ian Wolczyk

••••James Otto visited with and played songs for the University of Florida’s Athletic Association earlier this week. An employee from the University Athletic Association won the visit from WOGK.

(l-r) Lou Ramirez (WMN SE Regional Rep), James Otto, Mr. Bob (PD WOGK) hang out on the Gator's baseball field.


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