300 shows for Bob Mitchell

bob_mitchellCongratulations to Bob Mitchell, one of the radio hosts who contributes regularly to our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart, celebrated a milestone last week when he broadcast his 300th edition of BOB (Best of Bluegrass).

His DJ career began in 2008 on Radio Bluegrass International which was streamed from the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY. These days he broadcasts from WCHQ FM in Louisville and WKWC FM in Owensboro. The show is also made available online through The Bluegrass Mix and The Bluegrass Jamboree.

Bob shared some program details with highlights over this past 7 years and 300 shows…

Over the years, his program offered over 50 special programs – for example – a labor day salute to working men & women – worldwide bluegrass music month – all humor to celebrate national humor month and April fool’s day – lady’s day (every song from a female artist) – a program to honor teachers and acknowledge the educational aspect of bluegrass music (every song had a message or lesson) – the blues in bluegrass – coal mining – “Bluegrass goes Country” with one hour tribute to Hank Williams – and an Easter program featuring all gospel songs related to the crucifixion and resurrection.

There were six tribute programs to showcase the life and music of one artists – Bill Monroe – Earl Scruggs – Tom T. Hall – Ralph Stanley – Pete Goble – and Liz Meyer (with all European or Canadian artists).

47 artists have been studio guests including Dailey & Vincent, Claire Lynch, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Lonesome River Band, The Roys, Rebecca Frazier, Michael Cleveland, Becky Buller, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Donna Ulisee, Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys, & Valerie Smith.

Mitchell invites broadcasters and program directors who may be interested in carrying the two hour, commercial free program (at no cost), and artists who are interested in submitting their music, to contact Mitchell at bobmitchelldj@twc.com.

Well done, Bob. Here’s to 300 more!


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