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WDVX expands on and off air talent

Radio veterans with deep roots in Bluegrass and Americana music
join the WDVX team

East Tennessee’s own listener supported radio WDVX expands the station’s talent adding two icons known throughout the surrounding region and beyond for their respected pedigrees within Americana, bluegrass, traditional country and gospel genres.

An award-winning performer and member of internationally acclaimed Bluegrass bands including Mountain Heart, Grasstowne, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Steve Gulley is revered in bluegrass circles as well as traditional country and gospel genres. The former music director at the legendary Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Jamboree in Kentucky and previous program director and on-air talent for WCXZ/WLMU, Gulley was the obvious choice to host WDVX’s “Rize and Shine” morning show. Featuring bluegrass with some country classics thrown in, “Rize and Shine” airs Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am to 9:00 am EST at 89.9 FM or streams live at

Co-owner of his own recording studio, The Curve in his native Claiborne County, Gulley will continue to tour and record solo and with his current band, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle. Additionally, Gulley presents his monthly Cumberland Mountain Music Show in the Cumberland Gap Convention Center and host an annual Acoustic Music Week with Steve Gulley on the LMU campus.

“Officially joining the WDVX on-air team feels a bit like coming home for me,” says Gulley, who boasts a long history with WDVX having helped with fundraising efforts and performed many shows since its 1991 launch.

With over three decades in the radio industry, Anne Williams joins the WDVX team as Operations Manager and Development Director bringing extensive experience across management, operations, on-air, and engineering roles with her. An earlier champion of Americana, Williams made the newly formed genre the focus of the “Acoustic Sunrise” show she hosted at WNRN in Charlottesville, Virginia, for 20 years.

“My love of this musical genre and chance to join one of the only all Americana stations in the country was a major factor in joining WDVX,” said Williams. “The opportunity to work with Tony Lawson and the rest of the incredibly talented team to highlight and celebrate the cultural heritage inherent to East Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian region was too good to pass up. I look forward to meeting and working with long-time and new supporters of the station to further that mission.”

WDVX is a listener-supported radio station popular throughout the world for its American roots mix of music that includes Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, Swing, Celtic, Alt-Country, Classic Country, Classic Rock, and more. The station is a service of non-profit organization Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation. Its broadcast on 89.9 FM reaches eleven counties in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky, on 102.9 in downtown Knoxville, and 93.9 in the Seymour and Kodak areas and its webcast is heard online around the world at More information on the station can be found at, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Published March 19, 2019

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