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Country singer Julie Reeves to take to Tri-State airwaves

Country singer
Mar. 19, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Country music singer Julie Reeves took a break from the stage to start her family, but she's decided to get back into the public arena.

This time, she's trying a little something new -- morning radio.

Kindred Communications announced Tuesday that Reeves -- who had two Top 40 hits in the late 1990s -- will be the host of Julie Reeves Live, which will air from 6 to 9 a.m. daily on 93.7-FM, The Dawg. In that time slot, she'll be facing off with ex-husband Cledus T. Judd, the country music comedian now featured on Clear Channel's WTCR.

It will be a little bit of competition, she admitted, but all in good fun for the sake of their 8-year-old daughter, Caitlyn.

Mostly, Reeves is just excited to be getting back out there after some time off. She's since married bluegrass artist Chris Davis of the band Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, with whom she has a 16-month-old son, Rylan, and a stepson, Gibson. She adores motherhood, she said, but she's missed being part of country music.

"I had been sad because I missed singing and music so much," she said. "I had been praying that God would show me what to do."

Then Mike Kirtner, president of Kindred Communications, called. He had been thinking about morning radio competition.

"It was literally 3 in the morning, and I was thinking about how to respond to some of this new competition," he said. "I've been doing this since I was 18 years old and have never had a national entertainer to compete with."

He thought of Reeves. Not only did it make an amusing hook that she was Judd's ex, but she has experience and stories from the music industry, as well as the perspective of being a Tri-State native raising a family here.

"She's clipped coupons. She's had successes and failures," he said. And she's a quick-thinker, which is always good in a radio host, he said.

Reeves, 38, is an Ashland native who moved to Nashville in 1994 at 19. By 1997, she had signed on with Virgin Records and by 2000, she had two hit songs under her belt -- "Trouble is a Woman" and "What I Need" from her album "It's About Time." She's also toured with Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Tanya Tucker, and has done backup singing for George Jones and Trace Adkins.

She was nominated in 2000 for New Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

She remembers being backstage at the awards show, terrified to perform with George Strait and the Dixie Chicks in the front row, when Dolly Parton calmed her down with some advice that she's found useful throughout her life: "You go out there and you love them -- and they'll love you back."

Reeves said her radio program will cover everything from "mommyhood to NASCAR." Along with family tips and advice phone calls, it will feature games and contests revolving around music and reflect the lives of Tri-Staters.

She's excited that her audience will be her friends and neighbors.

"My audience is going to be my hometown," she said. "Some people don't know me, some do. I'm a mom who wants to balance work and home life. I hope to inspire people who have a dream (and share my experiences)."

Her new gig will also give her chances to rekindle her love of performing. She'll be opening for The Bellamy Brothers on June 22 as part of the Bob Evans Concert Series in Rio Grande, Ohio. Kirtner said Reeves also will cut a CD and make some personal appearances singing in the studio at the newly renovated Kindred Capital Center building at 555 5th Ave., formerly the WOWK building.

Reeves' program will start next month, after Kindred finishes work on a new studio, Kirtner said.

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