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The Cherokee Connection hits town

Friday, June 16, 2006

Charlie Leissler (right) performed a song he wrote live on the Cherokee Connection radio program on KCHE on Thursday. Tim Gaydo (left) served as D.J.
(Photo by Ken Ross)
Local musical talent and cultural events are showcased on an every-other-week program on KCHE.

Jomi Anderson is the person who originally came up with the idea of the Cherokee Connection, a radio show by and for people who live in the area, who used to live in the area or in any way have a connection to Cherokee.

Her idea quickly caught the interest of such people as Jimmy Davis, Paul Sleezer, Brian Fulton, Steve Thomas, Steve Alingh, Jim Adamson, and Brad Dirks. Tim Gaydo, owner of Cherokee Bowl, was enlisted to be the announcer and interviewer for the program. KCHE staff members who helped make the program series possible include Jeff Fuller, Simon Fuller, and Billy Bezoni.

The show has 10 sponsors.

The program blends live music, recorded music, discussions with musical guests and discussions about local cultural events.

The radio show airs every other Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. On Thursday, June 15, the fourth show aired. It was similar in format to others but, like all of the programs, it was unique.

Charlie Leissler a guitarist, singer and songwriter played two of his original compositions, one of which he will perform during the opening ceremony of the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Celebration on June 29.

Krystal Swick, Carrie Swick, and Ammie Swick sang two medleys, one of which they will sing during the opening ceremony of the Sesquicentennial celebration.

Andy Linn and Mollie Loughlin, were present to discuss the Cherokee Community Theater presentation of the Historic Melodrama that will be performed during the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Musical guests on the next Cherokee Connection program, Thursday June 29, will be Something Underground, a rock and roll band that will be performing at the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Street Dance on Saturday, July 1.

Two of the Something Underground band members are children of Cherokeans, the "Cherokee Connection."

As usual, the program will provide another unique look at culture in Cherokee.

When asked whether the program will continue indefinitely, Jomi Anderson said, "We hope so,"

Musical guests have already been lined up through, Aug. 24.

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