Tokens show to air weekly on WSM beginning this Sunday
By Kim Chaudoin on 9/18/2013
Fans of Tokens won’t have to wait until November to enjoy the show.
Beginning this Sunday, Sept. 22, WSM- 650 AM in Nashville will carry Tokens on its weekly schedule from 6-7 p.m. (CST) on Sundays.
Tokens is a live radio show that blends music, humor and issues of social justice that was created by Lee C. Camp, professor of Bible at Lipscomb University. Tokens was launched in February 2008 as a quarterly event, generally held on the Mother Maybelle Carter Stage in Lipscomb’s Collins Alumni Auditorium, with its annual Thanksgiving show held at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
The weekly Tokens program will feature rebroadcasts of previous Tokens performances. In addition, WSM- 650 AM will also air a two-hour Tokens Thanksgiving special on Thanksgiving night and a one-hour Tokens Christmas special on Christmas night.
The Tokens show that will be featured on the Sept. 22 broadcast is the March 27, 2012, show that features the Lipscomb University A Cappella Singers, directed by Gary P. Wilson, along with singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss and other special guests.
“We are delighted to partner with WSM given the station’s deep roots in the best of Nashville’s musical and cultural history,” said Camp. “We are particularly pleased that we will have the opportunity to share Tokens with a world-wide audience.”
WSM-650 AM is one of the most well known country music radio stations in the world, made famous for its Grand Ole Opry show. With its 55,000-watt transmitter, it is one that can be heard clearly across the country and online around the world.
“For 88 years WSM has been known for bringing fans one-of-a-kind live radio programming,” said Joe Limardi, WSM program director. “From the Grand Ole Opry to the historic Ryman Auditorium, these live shows add to the fact that WSM is a radio legend. We look forward to welcoming Tokens, and its unique weekly shows, to the WSM family of programs.”
Tokens guests include performers, authors, activists and humorists. Past guests include Dailey & Vincent, Cherryholmes, Hal Holbrook, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Mary Gauthier, Keb Mo, Hubert Locke and Miroslav Volf among others.
Tokens boasts a house band, the Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys, made up of some of the top musicians in Nashville. Led by music director Jeff Taylor, the band is comprised of fabled Nashville sidemen, Byron House, Pete Huttlinger, Aubrey Haynie, Chris Brown and Buddy Greene. The Tokens Radio Players contribute the humor to each show with hilarious segments built around each show's social just topics.
The next live performance of Tokens is the Thanksgiving show, set for Nov. 24 at Ryman Auditorium. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin, Brother Preacher and Dawn Sears are the featured guests. For more information visit www.tokensshow.com/shows.