Will continue until 2023
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2017) — Lexington’s historic 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.”
WoodSongs was broadcast from the Kentucky Theatre for 10 years. before moving to The Lyric Theatre in January 2013.
First opened in 1948, the Lyric Theatre operated through 1963, first as a movie theater, and later hosting some of the biggest names in jazz and R&B music. It was closed for nearly 50 years before being restored and reopened in October 2010 as a community, history and educational center.
WoodSongs 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.