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Country Music to me is about life and all that life entails, the good, the bad, the highs and lows that most people can’t find the words to describe, but can certainly relate to when they hear it in a Country song. Like the Bible that doesn’t sugarcoat the failures of it’s people, so Country tells it like it is, from drinking to regretting what the bottle has done, from breaking hearts to having your heart broken, from loving, losing and trying to find the courage to love again.
If you love Classic & Traditional Country Music, the kind you rarely hear on commercial Country stations anymore, then you’ll love The Real Deal Country.
I grew up listening to Country Music while driving a tractor on my dad and brother's farms in NE Missouri. The love of Country Music stuck with me, the desire to farm didn't. I listened to an AM station out of Chicago WMAQ, which was Country at the time. I always dreamed of working in Country radio, but growing up in a very conservative church I figured that it was a sin to listen to Country Music, let alone play it for a living. As time passed my views changed, but by then I had lost the courage to pursue my dream.
Finally in June of 2000, after having listened for several months to KOPN advertise for volunteer board operators, I got up the courage and called John Duncan at the station. He said to come on up, so I did. John was the ideal person to be my first contact in my attempt to see my dream come true. John had worked in Country Radio for many years and so he served as my mentor while I learned the ropes of radio.
My first day on the air, there was a really bad thunderstorm just outside the studio. One of my fears had always been to be on the radio during a storm, but I quickly had to deal with that fear and so I got it behind me my first day. I continued for several months running the board during NPR. I also started covering shows that were waiting to be filled with permanent programmers. I played a little bit of everything, Blues, R&B, Jazz, none of which I was particularly familiar with, but I learned fast and enjoyed getting to know other styles of music.