'WoodSongs' to move to Lyric Theatre

December 14, 2012 

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Richie Havens, second from right, performed during the 500th episode of the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, Ky., on Mon, Sept. 15, 2008. Host Michael Johnathon is at left. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff 6541

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The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour will move from its longtime home at the Kentucky Theatre to the nearby Lyric Theatre and Cultural Center.

WoodSongs, a weekly showcase of folk and Americana music that began in 1998 and has broadcast nearly 700 episodes, airs around the world on more than 500 radio stations, online and via SiriusXM satellite radio.

WoodSongs creator and host Michael Johnathon said in a statement that the move was spurred in part by the planned remodeling of the Kentucky Theatre.

"The broadcast normally shuts down for several weeks this time of year, so, even though this is early in the remodeling process, moving to the Lyric now is the most practical for the crew and the theater," he said.

Yetta Young, executive director of the Lyric Theatre, at 300 East Third Street, called the WoodSongs partnership "a unique opportunity for the Lyric."

WoodSongs chief engineer Kevin Johnson said in a news release that the Lyric "has newer technology the show has needed for a while."

The Kentucky Theatre had been the home of WoodSongs since 2003.

WoodSongs will have its first broadcast at the Lyric Theatre on Jan. 7, with musician Victor Wooten of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Audiences must be seated by 6:45 p.m. The show's reservation hotline will remain (859) 252-8888.

WoodSongs airs on radio stations including WEKU-88.9 FM and WUKY-91.3 FM in Central Kentucky, WMMT-88.7 FM in Whitesburg, and SiriusXM Channel 15. It also streams live at Woodsongs.com. A TV series of the concerts, airing on dozens of stations nationwide, is produced through a partnership with Kentucky Educational Television and Insight Communications.

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