Woodsongs extends partnership with Lyric Theatre

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Friday morning, it was announced that The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center will continue to host Michael Johnathon’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” for at least five more years, continuing the show’s presence in the theater until January 2023.

“Having WoodSongs in the Lyric every week has been a real positive for our city and the theater,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Knowing that these two institutions will continue their relationship for at least five more years is a good indicator that both are moving forward and enjoying great success.”

Gray, First District Councilmember James Brown, Fifth District Councilmember Bill Farmer, Lyric Theatre Executive Director Donald Mason and “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” host Michael Johnathon announced the agreement at a signing ceremony at the theatre today.

“WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” was broadcast from the Kentucky Theatre for 10 years, and moved to The Lyric Theatre in January, 2013.

Councilmember Farmer was one of the architects of the original agreement with WoodSongs.

“To me, the Lyric seemed like a natural fit for WoodSongs,” Farmer said. “It was also a way to introduce a lot of our citizens and the surrounding area to this iconic space.”

Johnathan says he is excited about WoodSongs’ relationship with the Lyric.

“In all of Central Kentucky, the Lyric Theatre is uniquely designed as a national level production venue,” Johnathon said. “The history and musical legacy alone makes it fascinating and special. Lexington so did the right thing by bringing this grand lady back to life.

Besides the recent Lyric agreement, “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” will appear this Saturday on NBC’s national Kentucky Derby coverage at approximately 3:20 p.m. The program will also expand its national television audience this summer with a launch on the RFD-TV Network in July.

WoodSongs currently airs on 515 radio stations around the world, as well as on the American Forces Radio Network and public television coast-to-coast, including KET. They also partner with the University of Kentucky on an education initiative for middle, high school and college level classes, and host a music festival in the fall.

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