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The 97 Country Breakfast Club is teaming up with McDonald’s to give you the chance to have breakfast with the crew. Usually, Roger, Melissa, and DJ are too busy on the air to eat breakfast, but thanks to McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast, you can now enjoy your favorite hashbrowns ANY time of the day!

Enter below for your chance to win. The winner will be announced Friday, October 21st!

 

 

Trent Harmon at Music Ranch!

Our 97 Country Listener Appreciation shows are one of the favorite things we do at the station. It’s a chance to hang out with our loyal listeners and give them the chance to get up close to some of the greatest talent coming out of Nashville. Our latest show, on September 22nd, brought American Idol Trent Harmon to town. During his hour long set, he proved that his pipes are just as powerful in person as they were on TV.

After the  show, attendees were able to take pictures, tell Trent how many times they voted for him, and even sneak in a couple of autographs. Meet and Greet photos are available for download on our 97 Country Facebook page.

All of our Listener Appreciation Shows at Music Ranch are FREE, but do require tickets. Shows and ticket giveaway dates are announced on 97 Country, so keep listening!

 

Trent Harmon was the last and final winner of American Idol, once again proving Country is the best genre there is!
Trent Harmon was the last and final winner of American Idol, once again proving Country is the best genre there is!

 

The 97 Country Breakfast Club with Trent Harmon!
The 97 Country Breakfast Club with Trent Harmon!

 

Jeni Taylor with Trent Harmon!
Jeni Taylor with Trent Harmon!

“Concert For The Kids” at Boots N Buckles Saloon!

Thanks to YOU $10,500 was raised for our kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the “Concert For The Kids” at Boots N Buckles Saloon!

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What a show with Josh Turner, Thompson Square, Chris Janson and Runaway June!

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A Big THANK YOU to Boots N Buckles Saloon for making this night possible!

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Great things like this happen because of GREAT listeners like you!

Granger Smith at Boots

Hey everyone! It’s DJ. Last night, I pulled on my swim trunks and braved Tropical Storm Hermine…. or Hurricane Hermine…. or Tropical Storm…. the weather people can’t seem to make up their minds. Whatever, I had to make my way through a bunch of rain to do my duties at Boots N Buckles.

Our good friend Granger Smith (also known as Earl Dibbles Jr) was performing again and I was elected to announce him. I always enjoy getting to talk with the artists and see all the fans at our local saloon! I have to say, I told Granger that he should be mighty honored that as many people came out to see him! No hurricane….. er, tropical storm…. can keep the country fans away!

Thanks to Granger Smith, John, Mac Daddy, and everyone at BnB for a great night! For those of you who couldn’t come, I tried Facebook Live for the first time and got some of his performance. Head over to my FB page to check it out!

Myself with Granger Smith and our Program Director., MJ. Getting to meet artists is definitely one of the fun parts of the job!
Myself with Granger Smith and our Program Director., MJ. Getting to meet artists is definitely one of the fun parts of the job!

 

Granger took the stage!
Granger took the stage!

 

I am not much of a musician, but even I know that drum kit was cool.
I am not much of a musician, but even I know that drum kit was cool.

 

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A BUNCH of people traded their cowboy boots for some rain boots to come out to see the show.
A BUNCH of people traded their cowboy boots for some rain boots to come out to see the show.

 

Mac Daddy and Felicia from Boots N Buckles! Thanks for putting up with me!
Mac Daddy and Felicia from Boots N Buckles! Thanks for putting up with me!

Puppies, 97.5, and Kate…. Oh My!

Lakeland is home to a great group of radio stations (obviously), but it is also the Spring home to the Detroit Tigers. Amongst those Tigers is a man by the name of Justin Verlander, who just so happens to be in a relationship with this slightly attractive and famous woman named Kate Upton.

Justin and Kate (as we like to call them) make their home in Lakeland while down here for Training. It’s not odd to hear of them being spotted at one of the local restaurants or on the golf course. However, it is a rare opportunity to be able to be asked by their teams to help out with an event they’re participating in.

We were glad to be a part of the SPCA Grand Slam Adoption Event held at Tigertown, prior to a Spring Training game recently. While Justin was preparing to pitch, Kate was out and about meeting fans, playing with the dogs, and granting us interviews. It was truly a fun afternoon!

 

Despite the shining star, the real purpose of the day was to help get some dogs adopted.... Aurora, Melissa, and Cinderella were all on board to help!
Despite the shining star, the real purpose of the day was to help get some dogs adopted…. Aurora, Melissa, and Cinderella were all on board to help!

 

Melissa takes a minute to try her hand at golf.... We shall protect the innocent and say no more....
Melissa takes a minute to try her hand at golf…. We shall protect the innocent and say no more….

 

 

Kate Upton was a lovely hostess, with a great sense of humor. Waiting for the live on-air break, she took a minute to just relax and joke around.
Kate Upton was a lovely hostess, with a great sense of humor. Waiting for the live on-air break, she took a minute to just relax and joke around.

 

 

Kate and DJ Thee Trucker
Kate and DJ Thee Trucker

 

 

Kate Upton and Roger
Kate Upton and Roger

 

 

Two lovelies.... Kate and Melissa
Two lovelies…. Kate and Melissa

97 Country takes HOB!

It is always a great time at House of Blues at Disney Springs and Orlando Rocks Country on July 23rd was no exception! The 97 Country Breakfast Club was invited out to host the night, featuring local acts Jill’s Cashbox, Patrick Gibson, Justin Grimes, and Jeff Hurst.

 

DJ, Melissa, and Roger get ready to go out and announce Justin Grimes.
DJ, Melissa, and Roger get ready to go out and announce Justin Grimes.

 

 

DJ, Roger, Patrick Gibson, and Melissa pose to celebrate Patrick's 10 years performing throughout Florida.
DJ, Roger, Patrick Gibson, and Melissa pose to celebrate Patrick’s 10 years performing throughout Florida.

 

 

The 97 Country Breakfast Club opens the night up at House of Blues for Orlando Rocks Country!
The 97 Country Breakfast Club opens the night up at House of Blues for Orlando Rocks Country!

 

 

Introducing Jeff Hurst....
Introducing Jeff Hurst….

 

 

The entire night was dedicated to raising money for a local young man battling cancer. Multiple raffle drawings occurred throughout the evening, as well as goodies being thrown out to get the crowd excited!
The entire night was dedicated to raising money for a local young man battling cancer. Multiple raffle drawings occurred throughout the evening, as well as goodies being thrown out to get the crowd excited!

 

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