By Jeff Scheese* (with Barry Neil Shrum, Esq.)
Great news for those of you who listen to The Music Row Show on WLAC Nashville! The show features my clients, Scott Southworth and Heino Moeller, who recently announced that starting June 3rd the weekly radio program will make the leap to WSM, the 86-year-old 650 AM station known fondly as the “Air Castle of the South.” Along with this change on the radio “dial”, the team also announced an agreement with BlueHighways TV (responsible for programs such as American JukeBox Theater and Dry Creek) who plans to film the program and begin airing the show on its cable network in July.
“We can’t even express how excited we are to bring The Music Row Show to WSM and BlueHighways TV! It’s an honor to be even a small part of WSM’s 86 year history and its musical legacy,” says co-host Southworth. Moeller added, “…to become a member of the BlueHighways TV family and its commitment to celebrating American music, art and culture is more than Scott and I ever imagined when we started the show.”
For those of you unfamiliar with The Music Row Show it is a weekly, two-hour radio show that airs every Sunday. Southworth and Moeller host the program while interviewing guests, listening to performances, and informing viewers on the happenings of the Music Row community. The Music Row Show began airing in November of 2007, and has since gained mass popularity and established an international fan base. This popularity has been attracting an array of guests that include some of the music industry’s most notable decisionmakers and recording artists, including legends Dolly Parton and Vince Gill.
WSM, the Air Castle of the South, has a rich history. It is known worldwide as a leader in the country radio genre. Its first program, WSM Barn Dance, began airing in 1925. The Barn Dance was a weekly Saturday night program at the Grand Ole Opry, WSM has been credited with shaping Nashville into the recording industry capital it is today. The stations’ historic, massive antenna, located in the suburb of Brentwood, gives it one of the largest footprints in the country. This extensive reach gave WSM a massive audience, giving many musical acts from around the country incentive to come to Nashville in hopes of getting their performances played on the legendary station. The term “Music City USA” was coined by one of the stations disc jockeys, David Cobb, and since then the name has been adopted as Nashville’s unofficial nickname.
BlueHighways, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, was started by Stan Hitchcock in 2009. It is an independent network celebrating original American roots music, culture, and events. Hitchcock is no stranger to running successful networks, as he founded Country Music Television (CMT) in 1984. BlueHighways, Hitchcock’s 3rd such venture, features shows such as Cooking Outdoors, Mule Training, Your Home Studio, and a slew of music programming. It’s goal is to offer a window into the experiences, music, neighborhoods, art, festivals and celebrations that define America’s vast culture as well as character.
Tom English, the General Manager for 650 AM WSM expressed his excitement for the duo to join his station:
Scott and Heino have done an amazing job building such a loyal international fan base for The Music Row Show. We are very proud to now bring the duo to our legendary airwaves and introduce this video version of the show exclusively on BlueHighways TV.”
Stan Hitchcock, Chairman and CEO of BlueHighways TV is also eager for the two to get started:
Our viewers will love this video version of Scott and Heino’s The Music Row Show. Their entertaining delivery and keen knowledge of the music industry will connect with the BlueHighways TV audience. We are also pleased to partner with WSM, as it brings strong credentials to our television version of this popular radio program.”
In reference to the deal, Scott and Heino added:
Barry Shrum has been instrumental in navigating us through the completely new waters as far as television negotiations. Not only did he go through the contract line by line with us (translating to english), he also helped us change some of the sections to take into account upcoming technology for future protection. There is no "Fear Factor" as we take The Music Row Show to a new medium with Barry in our corner!
Catch The Music Row Show on Sunday evenings on 650 AM WSM from 7-9 PM CT starting June 3.
*Hey folks, Jeff Scheese here just wanted to introduce myself. I’m currently enjoying the summer in Nashville before my Senior year at Belmont University. I’m a Music Business major currently and loving the realm of opportunities the city of Nashville offers. Upon graduation I plan on attending Vanderbilt’s Law School to further my education on the legal side of the music business. My ultimate goal is to become a lawyer in the music industry, mainly on the litigation side of things. I’m currently interning with Barry Neil Shrum, Entertainment Attorney, at his location in downtown Nashville. I’m learning a lot about the industry and enjoying my experience so far. Look forward to more pieces from me in the future.