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Glenn Symmonds – Beating Cancer Like a Drum – Part 2

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

This is part two of a two-part series about Glenn Symmonds, longtime drummer for Eddie Money and cancer survivor. If you missed part 1 you can read it here.

The Epiphany

In 2006, after spending a couple of years living on a sailboat and playing solo gigs in and around Southern California’s Dana Point area, Glenn realized his partying ways had to stop. It hit him while watching Keith Urban perform on a tiny black and white television on his sailboat. Thinking to himself, ‘I should be performing on the big stage,’ he realized he had blown through two marriages, lost his son, his home and self-respect.

That night Glenn sold his sailboat and, with his Harley in tow, jumped in his van and headed to Nashville. It was during this time Glenn’s ex-wife, who happened to own a bar, told him she served people every night and he drank more than anyone she knew, cementing his decision to clean up his act.

After 30 years of living the rock-star lifestyle, Glenn sobered up and is happy to report that he’s been sober for over 7 years.

Own your own "Beat Cancer Like a Drum" t-shirt!

Own your own “Beat Cancer Like a Drum” t-shirt!

Glenn now helps friends and acquaintances through their struggles by staying in contact and giving them words of encouragement as much as he can. Even while traveling, Glenn can be found texting friends to check-in and make sure everything is going ok.

Tami – Take 2

A few years ago, Tami and a few of her friends headed to John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Tahoe to take in an Eddie Money performance. Tami was able to score free tickets, and her friends had just won some money, so things were looking good. Her friends made a point of saying how it was the best night ever, free tickets, free food, and an Eddie Money concert to boot. Tami piped in and said, “The only thing that could make this night any better is if when the curtains are raised, it would be Glenn Symmonds sitting on the drums.” She didn’t think in a million years he would be, but when the curtains came up there he was. She had thought he was still out of the country.

For the next couple of years Tami would meet Glenn at the airport whenever Eddie Money was playing in the area. She would routinely take him to get his haircut, and then hang out with him at his shows. During this time both of them were married and their relationship remained platonic.

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Team Symmonds – Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds
Credit: Tami Landrum

Then in 2011, just before Christmas, Eddie Money came to Thunder Valley Casino Resort, and for the first time since Tami and Glenn knew each other, neither of them was in a committed relationship – Tami broke it off with her boyfriend the day before.

Prior to the show at Thunder Valley, Glenn and Tami were eating at Fat Burger located inside the casino when Glenn realized neither of them were in a committed relationship. Out of the blue he asked Tami if she minded if he kissed her. Tami jumped at the chance and said that was fine with her. Glenn responded, “Okay,” and went back to his meal, much to Tami’s chagrin. According to Tami, Glenn didn’t deliver on the promised kiss until “way, way after the show!” – she said it was worth the wait.

The Battle

On April 29, 2013 the battle started in earnest as Glenn went under the knife to remove a tumor in his bladder. Doctors also performed a biopsy and administered a round of chemo directly to the organ.

A couple of weeks later the results came back positive for cancer in the bladder, so the battle continued with more surgery and chemotherapy.

Glenn did his research and started eliminating meats and sugar from his diet. According to Glenn, cancer loves sugar! He also turned to juicing after reading about the Gerson Institute’s success rate in Mexico.

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Glenn goes in for his first operation
Credit: Tami Landrum

As the battle raged on, Tami headed to FaceBook to keep friends and family informed.

In one post Tami wrote, “Update from Camp Symmonds: Long night with little sleep, but our patient is hanging in there & doing okay I promise you I have been reading him every post, comment, message & text. I wish I could respond to everyone personally, but you guys are so amazing with the support, I just don’t have the time! I read to him for a while and then we have to take a break because he is just so overwhelmed with emotion…”

Glenn’s cancer is in remission, but he’s still undergoing some painful chemotherapy to insure it stays that way. The treatment is expected to last three years.

Glenn continues to read up on his battle with cancer and has tried a few ‘experimental’ treatments to cover all his bases. One such treatment almost blinded Tami, but that’s another story.

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Glenn Symmonds with Eddie Money Credit: Tami Landrum

The Support

Like most musicians, Glenn didn’t have health insurance and was overrun by medical bills. Not only was he battling cancer, but the bills that go along with it.

Glenn has been overwhelmed with the support he has received from family, friends and fans across the country who have purchased his “Beat Cancer Like a Drum” T-shirts and his latest CD “Friends of Glenn’s” featuring Glenn’s closest friends, to raise money to help pay for his outstanding and ongoing medical expenses. Take a peek at Glenn’s FaceBook page and you will see countless supporters wearing his T-shirt!

Regarding Tami’s support, Glenn refers to her as the “Arms of Love that helped carry him through this ordeal.” He especially loved the way she informed everyone about his cancer. Glenn said, “Tami, would tell people, ‘We have cancer,’ not Glenn has cancer, but we have cancer. I just love that about her.”

Eddie Money jumped at the chance to help “Glenny,” by performing at a benefit concert in Glenn’s old hometown of Spokane. They played at The Roadhouse along with several other bands, raising over $6,000. It was an epic night of talented performers including, Peter Rivera, Sammy Eubanks and Chris Rieser and The Nerve.

School Teacher Shannon Kidd and her kindergarten class

School Teacher Shannon Kidd and her kindergarten class

Shannon Kidd, a teacher in Illinois, joined the cause along with her kindergarten class. Kidd, also a cancer survivor, held a Beat Cancer Day at the school and her students wore yellow in support of bladder cancer, light green for lymphoma, or purple in support of all cancer survivors. The class made yellow hearts to support Glenn and his fight, writing out, “Beat Cancer Like a Drum.”

The Album

Glenn’s latest album, “Friends of Glenn’s” came about as a way to help raise funds to pay his skyrocketing medical bills.

The album is a celebration of Glenn’s music and each track is one of Glenn’s original compositions recorded by friends. Each artist had the freedom to record the song in their own unique style, with no input from Glenn – talk about putting it all on the line!

friends-of-glennThe result is a wonderful collection of diverse music that will appeal to everyone.

Featured on the album are: Eddie Money, Tommy Girvin, Richard Bryant, Josh Harris, The Cold Hard Cash Show, NOWIKNOWFORSURE, Steve Acho, Jonathon Roniger, Larry Pancake, Jeff Symmonds (Glenn’s brother), Dustin Walker and Through His Eyes, Danny McCollim, The Delivery Men, Larry “The Wiz” Fucher and Robert Lesher and Tupelo Blue

The closing track is a brand-new recording by Glenn himself! A candid, solid cover of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”.

You can find out more on Glenn’s Facebook page as he spotlights each artist on the album, providing readers with some insight into the history of the artist and their relationship to Glenn.

The Proposal

Glenn recently made the move to Sacramento to be closer to Tami “The Arms of Love” Landrum, and because the two have spent so much time together, Glenn started making it a point to tell Tami, “You know, one day I’m going to marry you.”

Glenn Symmonds and Tami Landrum Credit: Tami Landrum

Glenn Symmonds and Tami Landrum
Credit: Tami Landrum

After several hundred times of making the statement (slight exaggeration), Tami finally told him he needed to stop because it was becoming a joke.

“Ask me for real, or don’t say it at all,” Tami replied.

The following day as Glenn was thinking about Tami and the possibility of marrying her she walked through the door, overjoyed with tears, Glenn blurted out “Will you marry me?”

Tami, taken aback by the words ‘Will you,’ and not ‘I’m going to,’ paused to process the information. Meanwhile, Glenn started to panic, thinking she was going to say no.

Tami looked him in the eyes and, in her most serious voice, said, “For reals?”

After Glenn explained how serious he was, Tami relented and agreed to marry him.

And they lived happily ever after – in a rock star kinda way.

Want to see Glenn?

Anyone living in the Sacramento area will be able to catch Glenn opening for The Cold Hard Cash Show at Marilyn’s on K on June 10.

Can’t wait for June 10? On June 7, you can catch Glenn at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, where he will be performing with Eddie Money, Rick Springfield and Loverboy.

Don’t forget to say hi to Tami at the merch table!!

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Jencarlos Calena puts new spin on KC’s ‘Give it Up’

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MIAMI, FL – Cuban-American actor and award-winning singer-songwriter Jencarlos Canela and Korean hit-maker PSY collaborated with Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band on KC’s classic hit “Give it Up.”

KC and the Sunshine Band exploded onto the music scene over 40 years ago, bringing his unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion grooves. He influenced countless artists throughout the years and continues to do so today.
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The remake of KC’s hit can be heard on Canela’s new album ‘Jen’, which dropped May 6. The Hispanic pop star renamed the song to “Give It Up Tonight.” The song has a great dance beat with some pleasing changes to the lyrics and chorus, with PSY adding just the right dynamic.

Jencarlos (L) and KC Credit: Webster PR

Jencarlos (L) and KC
Credit: Webster PR

“I am excited and thrilled about the remake of “Give It Up” by Jencarlos Canela,” said KC. “I enjoyed working with Jencarlos; he was very professional and down-to-earth. He made the entire process go smoothly. PSY’s addition to the track adds another layer of energy and excitement to the song.”

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Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies

41ngzNk5TXL._SL500_AA280_FAIR OAKS, CA – Country music singer and Northern California native, Kevin Sharp died Saturday at his mother’s Fair Oaks home. He was 43.

Sharp recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a battle with cancer when he was a senior in high school.

According to Sharp’s sister, Mary Huston, he died at his mother’s Fair Oaks home just before 11 p.m. Saturday night. He died due to complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues brought on by the aggressive battle he had to undergo in his teenage years.

Sharp was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as a high school senior. He went into remission after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.

Sharp climbed the charts with his release of “Nobody Knows,” a single on his 1996 debut album, “Measure of a Man.” He released two other albums, “Love Is” in 1998 and “Make A Wish” in 2005.

During Sharp’s battle with cancer, The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him his wish to meet Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, who provided him with some tips that helped jump-start his career.

Sharp also was motivational speaker, a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and he wrote “Tragedy’s Gift,” a 2004 book about fighting cancer.

Sharp is survived by five brothers, two sisters and his mother.

Thunder Valley Summer Concert Series heats up

LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort just announced three more shows to their Summer Concert Series, adding to the already stellar line-up.

Just added:

Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m. – The Go-Go’s with; Patty Smyth and Scandal; Martha Davis and the Motels; Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes with Pete Byrne.

Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. – Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult.

Eddie Money Photo: Randy Miramontez

Eddie Money
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and in an odd pairing . . .

Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad.

Previous shows already announced:

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money all on one stage.

Get your groove on with V101’s Summer Jam with Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa.

How about a little country? Country band Alabama is back on the road and will be stopping by Thunder Valley with Sacramento’s award winning Rachel Steele and Road 88.

Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans Click for more images

Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans
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Tired of music and just want a good laugh? There will be plenty of laughs with George Lopez on June 13 and Larry the Cable Guy on July 18.

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Step back in time with Jack FM’s third annual Rewind Festival with the Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina ex Katrina and the Waves and The English Beat.

Get your romance on with Charlie Wilson and Brian McKnight, for what is bound to be a soulful night of love.

 

 

 

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money Saturday, June 7 – 6:30 pm
George Lopez Friday, June 13 – 8:00 pm
V101’s Summer Jam w/ Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa Saturday June 14 – 6:30 pm
Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and Blackwater Saturday, June 28 – 6:30 pm
Alabama with Road 88 Saturday, July 12 – 7:30 pm
Larry the Cable Guy Friday, July 18 – 8:00 pm
The Go Go’s and more Saturday, July 19 – 6:00 pm
That Metal Show w/Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor and more Friday, July 25 – 6:30 pm
George Benson and Chris Botti Saturday, July 26 – 7 pm
New Edition Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm
Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult Friday, August 8 – 7:00 pm
Credence Clearwater Revisited w/38 Special Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd Friday, August 15 – 7 pm
Yes Saturday, August 23, 7:00 pm
Charlie Wilson with Brian McKnight Friday, August 29 – 7:00 pm
Rewind Festival w/ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina, The English Beat Sunday, August 31 – 6:00 pm
Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad Friday, September 5 – 7:00 pm
Bill Cosby Saturday, September 6 – 7:30 pm
Big Block Part featuring Morris Day, Guy, Sheila E and more Saturday, September 13 – 6 pm
Martina McBride Friday, September 19 – 7:30 pm
Diana Ross Saturday, September 27 – 8:00 pm

 

Thunder Valley’s 2014 Summer Concert Series

Eddie Money Photo: Randy Miramontez

Eddie Money
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LINCOLN, CA – As Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s 2014 Summer Concert Series nears, it’s obvious that once again they will be bringing another diverse lineup for the 2014 season.

Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele

This year’s lineup includes the likes of Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money all on one stage.

Get your groove on with V101’s Summer Jam with Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa.

How about a little country? Country band Alabama is back on the road and will be stopping by Thunder Valley with Sacramento’s award winning Rachel Steele and Road 88.

Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans Click for more images

Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans
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Tired of music and just want a good laugh? There will be plenty of laughs with George Lopez on June 13 and Larry the Cable Guy on July 18.

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Step back in time with Jack FM’s third annual Rewind Festival with the Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina ex Katrina and the Waves and The English Beat.

Get your romance on with Charlie Wilson and Brian McKnight, for what is bound to be a soulful night of love.

 

 

 

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money Saturday, June 7 – 6:30 pm
George Lopez Friday, June 13 – 8:00 pm
V101’s Summer Jam w/ Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa Saturday June 14 – 6:30 pm
The Go Go’s with Patty Smyth, Martha Davis and more Saturday June 19 – 6:00 pm
Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and Blackwater Saturday, June 28 – 6:30 pm
Alabama with Road 88 Saturday, July 12 – 7:30 pm
Larry the Cable Guy Friday, July 18 – 8:00 pm
The Go Go’s and more Saturday, July 19 – 6:00 pm
George Benson and Chris Botti Saturday, July 26 – 7 pm
New Edition Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm
Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult Friday, August 8 – 7:00 pm
Credence Clearwater Revisited w/38 Special Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd Friday, August 15 – 7 pm
Yes Saturday, August 23, 7:00 pm
Charlie Wilson with Brian McKnight Friday, August 29 – 7:00 pm
Rewind Festival w/ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina, The English Beat Sunday, August 31 – 6:00 pm
Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad Friday, September 5 – 7:00 pm

 

Lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR dead at 50

GWAR FaceBook

GWAR
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RICHMOND, VA – Founder and lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR was found dead in his Richmond, VA home on Sunday.

According to Police, the body of 50-year-old Dave Brockie, who performed under the name of “Oderus Urungus” for the hardcore band known for their grotesque performances, was found at his home just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

At this point investigators do not believe there was any foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Gwar is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984. The band is best known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.

“My friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet,” Randy Blythe, frontman for Lamb of God, posted on Instagram, “Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND — I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him…My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR — they gave us our first shot at this thing.”

In 2011 Cory Smoot, lead guitarist for GWAR, was found dead on their tour bus following a concert in Minneapolis. Smoot has been performing with the band since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus” and produced their last two albums.

The band is expected to release a statement today (Monday).

Prosecutors mull over Bieber felony charges

Justin Bieber Courtesy Miami Beach PD

Justin Bieber’s mugshot for DUI in Florida
Courtesy Miami Beach PD

LOS ANGELES, CA – Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have presented their case against Justin Bieber for felony vandalism to the District Attorney’s office.

Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s mansion in the exclusive Oaks community neighborhood of Calabasas.

“No decision will be made this week,” Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago told CNN.

Detectives presented their findings to a prosecutor who must now determine if the 19-year-old pop-star will be charged with vandalism and if the charge will be considered a misdemeanor or felony.

Area of arrest Google Maps

Area of arrest
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On January 14 detectives from the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Bieber’s Calabasas home. Detectives were looking for video surveillance or other possible evidence related to the egg throwing incident that took place on January 9.

Bieber was detained along with several other men who were at the home when deputies arrived. One of the men, 20-year old Xavier Smith, better known as Lil Za, was arrested on felony narcotics charges that were unrelated to the vandalism incident.

justin-bieber-believe-album-cover-1335594464Ironically Lil Za, who was living in the home last year, was kicked out by the Biebs last September, after Za and his brother, Lil Twist, threw a number of parties at the mansion while Bieber was away. When the singer arrived home he discovered some jewelry had gone missing and kicked the pair out.

At the conclusion of the search warrant, deputies walked away with several pieces of evidence. Investigators believe multiple suspects may have been involved in the vandalism which caused an estimated $20,000.00 in damage to the front of the luxury home, raising the charges to a felony.

TESLA to begin recording new album

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon Click for more images

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Monday rock band TESLA will be entering the studio to begin recording a number of songs for their upcoming album.

As band members started working out the list of songs, they posted several pictures to their Facebook page, including a list of potential songs for the album.

TESLA’s latest song, “Taste My Pain,” which was released last summer on Amazon and iTunes will be featured on the new CD, complete with scorching guitars.

Read: Tesla 2012 concert review

Troy Luccketta electrifies! Click for more images

Troy Luccketta electrifies!
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The band includes original members Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums), along with newcomer Dave Rude (guitar).

Dave Rude, who replaced Tommy Skeoch, recently had his guitars stolen out of a TESLA gear truck. The thieves made off with two Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic guitars, including the single cutaway model that he used in the full page Epiphone ad that ran in guitar magazines in 2011 and 2012.

Read: Dave Rude has guitars stolen

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento! Click for more images

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento!
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2011 was a big year for TESLA. In July the band released their latest album, “Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions.” The CD featured six songs that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J Street Recorders studio — which also served as the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch — and six newly recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from TESLA’s entire catalog and two brand new songs, “Second Street” and “Better Off Without You”.

Read: 12+7+2011=TESLA

Later that same year TESLA received the key to the city of Sacramento from Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also declared December 7 TESLA day.

 

Justin Bieber behind bars

Justin Bieber Courtesy Miami Beach PD

Justin Bieber
Courtesy Miami Beach PD

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Justin Bieber found himself behind bars early Thursday morning after drag racing and resisting arrest.

According to a police report, the Biebs was busted for a DUI after failing a sobriety test, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license.

The incident happened Thursday just after 4 a.m. on Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street. He was driving a yellow Lamborghini.

According to the police report, officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, with two vehicles apparently being used to block the area off. The second car was a red Ferrari, and that driver was also arrested with both cars being towed.

Area of arrest Google Maps

Area of arrest
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The Miami Beach Police Department later tweeted that R&B singer Khalil Sharief was arrested along with Bieber.

The pop-singer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and according to the report Bieber reeked of alcohol, had a “stupor” look on his face and had bloodshot eyes.

The report goes on to say Bieber was argumentative and started yelling at the officers, “Why the f##k are you doing this? What the f++k did I do. Why did you stop me?”

justin-bieber-believe-album-cover-1335594464When an officer attempted to pat Bieber down , he replied “I ain’t got no f++king weapons, why do you have to search me? What the f++k is this about?”

Bieber was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to take his hands out of his pockets when officers ordered him to do so.

Clear Channel unleashes new country station in Sacramento

B925_LogoSACRAMENTO, CA – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento announced today the debut of The New B92.5, Today’s Country.

The New B92.5 will begin broadcasting today at 5 p.m. PST.

According to a statement released by Clear Channel, B92.5 will play “today’s hottest country hits,” and they will be kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row, commercial free.

Sacramento’s new country station will broadcast The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m. PST. The morning show will feature on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with special guest appearances. As with most morning shows, The Bobby Bones Show will entertain B92.5 listeners with a unique mix of pop-culture, news and crazy stunts.

“Country music is the most exciting format in America today. Stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line make it a must have format for listeners and advertisers alike,” said Dave Milner, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento. “Pairing great music with the new Bobby Bones morning show and our exciting events like the iHeartRadio Country Festival, which we will be giving listeners exclusive opportunities to attend, allows us to bring a unique spin for Sacramento’s huge country fan base.”

Listeners will also have the opportunity to listen B92.5 via the station’s website, http://www.b925fm.com, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service.

Clear Channel Sacramento owns and operates NewsRadio KFBK, Talk 650 KSTE, V101 KHYL and 93.7 JACK-FM KQJK.

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