September 3, 2010

Some Nicole Kidman / Keith Urban Related Tennessee News

WSIX radio personality Gerry House, who is an institution in Nashville and who has interviewed Keith many times, is hanging his broadcast hat up.

Longtime DJ Gerry House says he's leaving WSIX

Posted: Sep 03, 2010 11:50 AM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Longtime Nashville radio personality Gerry House announced Friday morning that the House Foundation will be calling it a day on December 15.

House, who has worked in country music radio for the last 30 years, said that after a "long, painful consideration," he and his "longtime male companion Michael" are leaving WSIX.

"The reason I'm doing it, and I've said this before, is every 20 or 30 years I like to shake things up, and just, you know, bust out and try something different," he said during Friday's announcement.

He added the management at WSIX has been "fabulous" and no one is mad at anyone, his decision to leave just "feels right."

"I wanna sleep late, contemplate and feel great," House said in a press release Friday. "I will miss everyone on and off the air, but it's time for me to do the other things I think about. The mostest fun ever is working with your friends. I also plan to travel and spend less time with my family."

The reason for his "long goodbye", House said, is so he can "help the people who helped him by finding the next great radio show."

House, who has won numerous Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards, was inducted into the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame last year.

We can't forget the interview with Gerry where Nicole brings him his Woodmont salad!

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Nicole has shown interest in a new children's program produced in Nashville!

'Conductor Jack' branching out, taping TV show

by Megan Trotter

COOKEVILLE -- Children's musician "Conductor Jack" Norton and his wife, Kitty, created The Zinghoppers and have performed for the children of Putnam County since about late 2006. Now their catchy songs and fun costumed characters are quickly spreading to other parts of Tennessee and the United States. This year alone they will be performing over 500 shows across the country.

Their first DVD has hit stores and a shortened version will be played on WCTE this month on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 a.m.

"It's a fun, fast-paced half an hour for kids," said Jack. "It's got music and a magic trick and some counting games -- it's really interactive. And then there's some live concert footage that we actually filmed in Cookeville. It's neat because the whole project was filmed and started in Cookeville, and it's great to have (Cookeville) be the first to broadcast it."

In addition to that, they are currently filming a 22-episode television show for a Nashville public television station. In addition to The Zinghopper's songs, the show will also feature appearances by stars such as Radio Disney musicians Allstar Weekend. Jack even got his characters behind the scenes at a Justin Bieber show.

"We wanted to show kids what it was like behind the scenes of a Justin Bieber tour. We got to see them rehearsing and doing their soundtrack and all that," said Jack.

Several adult celebrities have noticed The Zinghoppers as well and are bringing their kids to the shows. A member of the Kings of Leon band attended a recent show in Lebanon, and Jack recently received a call from Nicole Kidman.

"This woman called and asked when my next show was. It turned out it was Nicole Kidman. She had read about us in Parent Magazine and was wondering which show would be best to slip in and watch. I thought it was a prank call, but she actually did call," said Jack. "It's very exciting because we haven't even broadcast yet and we're already getting fairly big country and pop acts, and just a wide range of people that are excited that we're producing the show in Nashville."

The Zinghoppers DVD is available locally at The Lollipop Shoppe and Schoolhouse Supply Company, both in Cookeville, or from their website at

The Zinghoppers will be in Cookeville Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Children's Museum for a DVD viewing party and concert. The railroad mechanic character, Sunny Fixalot, will visit with the children during the event. The event is free with admission to the museum.

"This is a full-time job for my wife and I. It's our dream and we're excited about it," said Jack. "It's been a really rewarding, exciting time and we feel like the pieces are really coming together -- and it all started in Cookeville."

For more on the Zinghoppers click HERE


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