Saturday Night Hoedown brings back live show

Mitch MacDonald
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Public pressure on CFCY sees station return to traditional format

CFCY Saturday Night Hoedown

Islanders will be able to resume a nearly 60-year long tradition after CFCY announced it will return to live broadcasts of the Saturday Night Hoedown.

The announcement was made prior to Saturday’s broadcast of the radio show.

A special statement from a CFCY spokesperson said many members of the public had contacted the station during the past two weeks to voice displeasure over several changes to the iconic program.

RELATED: Complaints roll in over changes to Charlottetown radio station's hoedown

Those included getting rid of former host Georga Dawn Moase and switching from the traditionally live show to a pre-recorded format.

“Some (fans) were blunt, some were passionate, some thoughtful and articulate but they all had the same theme,” said the spokesperson. “To point out that we here at CFCY are the caretakers of the almost 60 year legacy of the unique Island tradition known as the Saturday Night Hoedown.

“Long story short, you spoke and we listened.”

VIDEO: Click to hear CFCY's statement on the return of the Saturday Night Hoedown's live broadcast

While Chris Pride has remained as the new host of the show, it appears the program will continue as a live broadcast taking requests and dedications.

It also restored the playing of Grandpa Jones’ Mountain Dew to kick off the show, another complaint that arose after the song, viewed by many as the program’s unofficial theme song, was notably absent the past two weeks.

“I think that calls for a toast. Let’s crack a jug and enjoy some mountain dew,” said the spokesperson.

Organizations: Islanders

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  • Gabby Gideon
    January 11, 2016 - 15:13

    Yay ..so happy they listened to fans of hoe down.

  • Hal Hennessey
    January 10, 2016 - 22:39

    Hosted the show almost 50 years ago. Not an easy job to be professional and to respect the tradition as well, especially in this day and age with the emphasis on the dollar. Still enjoy listening, though via the net and kudos to management for making the right decision. Still love that 'close to the floor' music.

  • de udder guy
    January 10, 2016 - 20:05

    Same here EL, its Blair Dewar for me.

  • Stan Hope
    January 10, 2016 - 16:55

    With all due respect, the SNH was and still is a shell of it's former self. Has everyone forgotten about long time host JP Gaudet ? Since his departure the Hoedown been on a steady decline. Moase & Pride (ahhh, ahhh ) go through the motions however their lack of natural ease behind the mic is all to apparent , something JP had in abundance.

  • Keith Rogers
    January 10, 2016 - 11:15

    We are not intending this to be a personal attack on Georgia Dawn by any means but the fact of the matter is she was not very good as a host and sounded unprofessional. It's easy for most to speak out and say she did a "good" job and was well liked by most listeners, while that may be true at the end of the day you could tell by listening that she has very little experience. Radio is a business and as such needs to be presented in a polished and professional manner. We can safely assume the off-island brass at CFCY decided she was was not an appropriate fit for their brand and replaced her with someone who at least sounds like they belong on-air. To that end, they also took a cheap route by automating it at the same time while blew up in their face and added to public anger. The show will get along just fine without her as long as it remains live, interactive and honors the island tradition.

  • Joe Doe
    January 09, 2016 - 23:40

    THE HOEDOWN,GET REAL.

  • Just Glad
    January 09, 2016 - 21:28

    Very lively show tonight, enjoyed by many on the island ....and from away !! Islanders don't like sudden change and we proved that by our comments !! All the best Chris-Cheers !!

  • listner
    January 09, 2016 - 21:27

    CFCY FU...ED UP ON THIS ONE . bAD AS THE gUARDIAN

  • Bring Back Georgia Dawn
    January 09, 2016 - 20:52

    Would love to see them bring back Georgia Dawn .

  • EL Douglas
    January 09, 2016 - 19:20

    Had trouble listening to in on the net! had no difficulty listen to Blair Dewar!! Until they bring Georga Dawn Moase back, I will probably continue to listen to Blair!! CFCY has no idea what they had, and how easy it is to lose it all.

  • EL Douglas
    January 09, 2016 - 18:53

    Had trouble listening to in on the net! had no difficulty listen to Blair Dewar!! Until they bring Georga Dawn Moase back, I will probably continue to listen to Blair!! CFCY has no idea what they had, and how easy it is to lose it all.