The Return Of A Nashville Institution –
In 1983, Nashville Producer Jim Owens came up with the idea of a syndicated Music/Variety/News/Talk program, based on Country Music. He pitched the idea to locally popular TV and radio personality Charlie Chase, and asked Chase if he would consider co-hosting a show with Owens' soon-to-be (At the time) Wife, Lorianne Crook – Herself, a skilled and well-respected interviewer, and locally popular TV personality. Chase liked the idea, and, after a meeting with Crook, the chemistry between the two was obvious. Chase signed on, and a long-standing relationship began – One that exists to this day.
Owens was quite successful in selling his show to many local markets, nationwide. Originally titled This Week In Country Music, it became so popular, that, in 1985, officials at the relatively new TV network – TNN (The Nashville Network) – Approached Owens about acquiring exclusive airing rights to the show, and it was an offer that Owens couldn't refuse. The new show premiered on TNN, in September of '85 as Crook And Chase, and would run for the next 14 years, until TNN's demise as a country network, in 1999.
After the show was shelved, Charlie and Lorianne remained quite busy, with various projects for the next 9 years, including the shows Celebrities Offstage, and Today's Country, among others, and, of course, their syndicated radio show The Crook And Chase Countdown. Then, in late 2007, Owens made a deal with fledgling Country/Rural network – RFD TV – To revive Crook And Chase. Basically the same as it was, during it's 14-year run on TNN, it premiered on RFD, on January 17th, 2008, with brand new episodes, featuring news and comment on current events in the Country Music world, along with interviews with – And performances by – Established names in Country Music, as well as up-and-coming personalities in the business. It's premiere episode featured Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys, Georgette Jones, and her father – Living legend George Jones.
Now airing regularly on the RFD TV Network, 3 times weekly, it caters to a wide range of Country Music fans, featuring performances by the Legends Of Country, as well as the Rising Stars of Nashville.moreless