Legendary disc jockey Tom Perryman will be guest emcee at Reilly Springs Jamboree’s 57th birthday celebration Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 7 p.m.
Perryman of Tyler's "The Ranch" morning show, will pilot a special hour of classic country music laced with humor, memories and personal experiences with the early stars of country music who appeared at Reilly Springs and on East Texas stages and radio shows. Perryman was recently honored as a Broadcast Pioneer by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
Radio legend Bill Bradford will be recognized as a Jamboree Broadcast Partner. As general manager of KSST, he blocked off Saturday nights for live broadcasts of the Jamboree all through the 1950s.
Another early radio personality, Lou Erck, known as "Uncle Lou" to his listeners, will also be present for the festivities. In the beginning, Erck provided an introduction to the show and flipped the necessary switches in the studio to bring those much-awaited broadcasts over the barbed wire network from the banks of Running Creek.
Posthumous recognitions of Jamboree producers Bob and Joe Shelton and emcee Clovis "Peavine" Pinion are planned.
Enola Gay, Roger Reed and The Sunshine Band will navigate a full evening of country and gospel family entertainment, along with a showcase of talent of all ages from the Northeast Texas area.
Admission to the show is $5 per person.
Other attractions will be old-fashioned cakewalks, barbecue plates and homemade desserts from the Reilly Springs Kitchen and Hopkins County stew, cooked outdoors by Yantis firefighters.
See highlights from past shows at reillyspringsjamboree.com.
For more information, contact Enola Gay at 903-438-3568.
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