After an interesting (read: random, ridiculous, raucous) evening, we were ready for a full day of Knoxvillian adventures. The day started for me with a short stint in the gym to sweat off some moonshine, and then we headed off to the radio station WDVX for their Blue Plate Special.What’s cooking are live performances from musicians from all around the country. What’s more amazing is that the radio station is housed in the Knoxville Visitor’s Center which doubles as a souvenir kiosk and coffee shop. We arrived a few minutes before noon, just in time to order our revitalization elixirs (Iced Mocha for Leah and a cappuccino for me) and settle in as part of the studio audience.
First up was Brendan Hogan, a singer songwriter from Cambridge, MA. His bluesy style and soulful voice was a welcome respite from the harsh pounding of my hangover. Brendan kicked off the program to a harmonious start, quickly getting the audience tapping and clapping along. The second performer, Ange Boxall looked the part of an all-American country singer. The appearance belied a Tasmanian native and a London transplant with a resounding voice.
After the taping, Mike Mcgill from the evening before met us and gave us a behind the scenes tour of the station. We met Grace and Don who recounted the humble beginnings of the fifteen year old WDVX. It was a rags to riches story judging from the original camper that housed the station to the pretty snazzy digs off Gay Street. But as with all nonprofit radio stations, they can’t do it without listener support: click here to support WDVX so MegaBusers like us can continue to attend the Blue Plate Special a la Knoxville!