Terry Herd first began his bluegrass radio show, Into The Blue, on KUMA in Pendleton, Oregon. That was in May of 1992, now in March of 2007 Into The Blue has added it’s 200th affiliate station, making Into The Blue easily the largest bluegrass radio show in syndication.
Commenting on his show’s success, lays the credit squarely on the music itself.
It’s been impressive to see the demand for bluegrass build on virtually every level. I think our success on commercial radio shows that high quality bluegrass music is not only accepted by the mainstream country fan, it is rapidly becoming part of the culture of successful commercial country radio.
Among the 200 stations currently playing Into The Blue are the legendary WSM AM in Nashville, WMC Memphis, KVOO Tulsa and WBKR Owensboro. I’ll relate to you here, that KVOO was were I first heard contemporary bluegrass music that made me want to be in this industry. I was living in Wyoming at the time and heard Ronnie Bowman’s cut Cold Virginia Night. That changed the course of my life and I now live in Southwest Virginia and attempt to make a living in bluegrass!