9 episodes

Podcasting from the Front Porch of the South. This conversational interview show is a favorite among people in the East Tennessee region. We like to find interesting stories that give a little history of the good old days of the past. Some of the stories will even stir a little motivation in your soul from people who have made a historical difference in our surrounding area. During the Covid-19 period we have slowed down a bit. But we will be picking up very soon as things start to loosen up. Please check back with us frequently. We enjoy having you.

Country Road Detours Roadmap Bob

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Podcasting from the Front Porch of the South. This conversational interview show is a favorite among people in the East Tennessee region. We like to find interesting stories that give a little history of the good old days of the past. Some of the stories will even stir a little motivation in your soul from people who have made a historical difference in our surrounding area. During the Covid-19 period we have slowed down a bit. But we will be picking up very soon as things start to loosen up. Please check back with us frequently. We enjoy having you.

    301: Remembering Big Jim Hess

    301: Remembering Big Jim Hess

    Listen in as we learn about one of the greatest salesman in East Tennessee with a host of talents that made him a huge celebrity in Knoxville, TN. Remembering Jim Hess with guest host Bradley Reeves and Fred Hess. 

    • 48 min
    202: Randy Tyree, The World's Fair Mayor

    202: Randy Tyree, The World's Fair Mayor

    Randy Tyree was born in Carthage, Tennessee, in 1940. Son of a tobacco farmer and the local high school football star. After graduating at 18 he left home to work for the FBI in Washington DC for 4 years. He became a police officer in Knoxville and later became police commissioner.

    He was the city's youngest candidate ever to hold the office of mayor, defeating Republican incumbent Kyle Testerman. He was re-elected to a second four-year term, and presided over the city during the 1982 World's Fair.

    Tyree unsuccessfully sought to again become mayor in the 1987 election.

    • 43 min
    201: The Bowl Brothers Reunion

    201: The Bowl Brothers Reunion

    Voice of the Vols Bob Kesling, Former WATE-TV News Anchor Gene Patterson and WVLT-TV News Anchor/Managing Editor Ted Hall were once the legendary Bowl Brothers. Like the famous Blues Brothers, they too had a mission. Not to get the band back together but to follow the University of Tennessee football team to every bowl game they played in. The Bowl Brothers were a hit in every bowl game city they visited. They often ran into famous coaches like Jimmy Johnson and Johnny Majors. Now for the first time since their glory days, they reunite on Country Road Detours to swap stories never told before. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

    Bob Kesling ask for support for The United Way - www.unitedway.org

    Ted Hall - The Dream Connection- www.dreamconnection.org

    Gene Patterson - Children's Museum of Oak Ridge - www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org

    • 53 min
    106: Christmas Special: Lum & Abner hosted by Donnie Pitchford

    106: Christmas Special: Lum & Abner hosted by Donnie Pitchford

    In this is special episode of Country Road Detours, we wanted to take you back in time to an old time radio show hosted by our special guest host and friend.... Donnie Pitchford.  Pitchford, a retired high school teacher, cartoonist and founder of the National Lum and Abner Society introduces us to the Lum and Abner radio show which ran from 1931 to 1954. Today you will hear their famous Christmas show originally aired in 1938.

    Chester Lauck played Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody, played by Norris Goff are owners and operators of Pine Ridge, Arkansas' own "Jot 'em Down Store." It was a general store which served the zany town residences. The immensely popular show ran for fifteen minutes and took the listeners back to the feeling of a rural America. The Andy Griffith Show was based on Lum and Abner.

    We hope you enjoy this episode and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    • 19 min
    105: Life and Times of Beada Corum

    105: Life and Times of Beada Corum

    You may remember her as the 92 year old lady from Knoxville who made the national headlines when she voted for the first time in her life in the 2016 Presidential Election. Beada Corum became an overnight news sensation as she was very vocal about her choice for president. Donald Trump was so impressed that she chose him that he had to meet her. He did in both in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee. But that is just one side of Beada Corum. Listening to Beada talk about life on the farm and growing up during the hard times is an education in itself to understanding how life was in East Tennessee for many folks. She share's a lot of humorous moments too. She went drag racing down Tazewell Pike with her cousin, discovered a "Horney Head" fish in a creek, assisted her husband who encountered snakes in the outhouse! She shares what Christmas was like in 1930's. Her folks took her to see an unknown Dolly Parton performing as a little girl in her coat of many colors. Please join us as we listen to Beada's last interview before she passed 4 weeks later. This interview was recorded March 22, 2018.

    • 36 min
    104: Bill Williams & Ken Schwall

    104: Bill Williams & Ken Schwall

    Former co-anchor, Bill Williams, for WBIR-TV's in Knoxville, TN is regarded as one of the most respected broadcast journalists ever in East Tennessee. He retired in December 2000.
    He made a difference in the lives of many special needs children who appeared on "Monday's Child" segment. The show helped place over a thousand children in loving homes.
    Ken Schwall started out as a serious journalist and news director for WBIR. He eventually developed a news segment called "Schwall's World" (later called "Positively Schwall") by visiting some of East Tennessee's most curious places or events while bringing out the funny in the folks he interviewed.
    We hope you enjoy this delightful and insightful conversation with Bill and Ken, the True Gentlemen of Journalism.
    Be sure to visit www.CountryRoadDetours.com

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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Excellent!!

Bob does a great job putting this together. Interesting guests and fun to listen to!

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