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Volume 26, Number 11 — November 2018

Eastman Credit Union makes $15K donation to Radio Bristol to aid in streaming services

Radio Bristol''s Farm and Fun Time house band Bill & The Belles includes program host Kris Truelsen (center) pictured with Kalie Yeagle (left) and Grace Van Hoft (right).
Radio Bristol''s Farm and Fun Time house band Bill & The Belles includes program host Kris Truelsen (center) pictured with Kalie Yeagle (left) and Grace Van Hoft (right).

December 12, 2017

BRISTOL, VA/TN, — The Birthplace of Country Music announced that Eastman Credit Union has invested in Radio Bristol's Farm & Fun Time to increase the show's live video streaming capabilities with a donation of $15,000. This commitment from ECU was vital in securing state of the art equipment that will ensure good video quality for streaming. ECU, a long-term community partner with Radio Bristol, became the title sponsor in August of 2016 by committing $100,000 over five years to the program.

"The Farm & Fun Time show is doing a fantastic job of preserving our region's rich music heritage in a way that also promotes economic growth. We're anxious to see how live video streaming will enhance viewership and garner national and international interest," said Olan O. Jones, CEO and president of Eastman Credit Union.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience for Farm and Fun Time events consistently sell out. With the help of ECU the shows will stream live from Radio Bristol's Facebook page.

"Community partnerships are essential to the success of our organization. They help us deliver quality programming of which our region can be proud," said Leah Ross, BCM executive director. "We are very grateful to Eastman Credit Union for their continued support of the Birthplace of Country Music."

"Eastman Credit Union's generosity and vision has been vital in making Farm & Fun Time a success," said Radio Bristol Producer and program host Kris Truelsen."Radio Bristol is very excited for the new capabilities we we will have to bring this incredible show to a larger audience. We look forward to Farm & Fun Time becoming a nationally recognized program largely due to the support of Eastman Credit Union."

Radio Bristol's Farm and Fun Time is a revival of the former WCYB radio program which aired from downtown Bristol in the 1940s and 1950s. Farm and Fun Time features a variety of segments including jingles written
and performed by house band Bill and the Belles, a farm feport, an heirloom recipe segment, and nationally touring artists.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience for the January and February Farm and Fun Time events are on sale at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org/events. Special guests Flatt Lonesome and Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny appear on Farm and Fun Time Jan. 11, 2018. Willie Watson and Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer join the show's lineup Feb. 8, 2018.

Radio Bristol's Farm and Fun Time radio show is recorded before a live audience and is broadcast live as well as via webcast. Radio Bristol can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, and through the station's free mobile app.

For more information on concerts and programming, visit the events page at BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.

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