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George McKnight to Become Host of Banks of the Ohio

By Mandolin Cafe
November 21, 2008 - 6:45 am

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International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Owensboro, Kent. — On November 29, 2008, a new voice will greet internet and broadcast listeners to "Banks of the Ohio: Music from the Homeplace of Bluegrass." The weekly internet and broadcast radio program is a production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, which is located adjacent to the Ohio River in Owensboro, Kentucky.

George McKnight, the new host of "Banks of the Ohio," is a veteran in syndicated bluegrass broadcasting, a festival and event emcee, and stage manager, presently based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. McKnight's current program, "Uptown Bluegrass" begun in 1982, is broadcast by a string of mostly Canadian radio stations, and has been streamed on the World Wide Web since 2003.

"Banks of the Ohio" was initiated by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in 2002 to expand the Museum's global outreach and awareness.

Beginning with American University's webcast service, the program is now heard on eight radio stations in the US and the Museum's own webcast outlet, Bluegrass Radio International. The founding host, Fred Bartenstein, a noted bluegrass historian, writer, and broadcaster, will continue his involvement with the Museum in other capacities.

McKnight looks forward to expanding the listener base and worldwide audience for bluegrass. He said, "I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to bring bluegrass music to the listeners of 'Banks of the Ohio.' I know I have a big job to even begin to fill Fred's shoes and I trust and hope the listeners will continue to enjoy the music we present in the regular time slot. Yes, there will be some differences in the program and I hope we'll all have fun with our favorite music each week."

Museum executive director Gabrielle Gray said, "The trustees and I are grateful to Fred Bartenstein for conceiving 'Banks of the Ohio,' building its huge and worldwide base of devoted listeners, and dedicating six years of painstaking effort to its production. In George McKnight, we know we also have an excellent broadcast spokesperson, who will positively represent the Museum and delight audiences."

Additional information:
Banks of the Ohio
Museum web site

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