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About Dick and Danna

OUR BUCKET LIST: 1950 First kid in the area with a portable radio on my bike when I was in grade school........... 1951 Built a 5 watt radio transmitter when I was in high school and went on the radio from home. Not the most legal thing to do. Built a PA system from scratch also........... 1951-1954 Learned to play Steel Guitar. Played many shows of country music on 6 different radio stations with different groups in Western Pennsylvania........... 1954 Married Danna Lewis at when she was 15 years old........... 1960 Got into Citizen Band Radio. Danna and I were two of the original founders of CB Rangers CB club in Butler. We published a call book of all of the CBers in the Tri-State area............ 1969 Danna and I were two of the original founders of the Tri-State Country Music Association. I wrote a column for their newspaper every month........... 1960 We went to Nashville. Met Ralph Emery of WSM radio and Archie Campbell, a Hee Haw TV Entertainer. Had coffee with them at Linbaugh’s Restaurant in Nashville. Archie bought the coffee........... 1965 We developed a successful network marketing business. In later years developed a few others. Greatest training on attitudes and success........... 1968 Had a Built an outdoor stage. Had a country music jam session on our lawn at home with around 500 musicians and their family from 5 different states........... 1969 Played music on the staff band of the WWVA Jamboree and backed up all of the entertainers in front of thousands of people for 4 months. WWVA was second largest country music show at that time next to WSM Grand Old Opry........... 1984 Danna started her own typesetting business in her home. Danna Vernon Graphics had customers in 3 counties. Very successful. She taught herself how to run the typesetter machine. It was a photo typesetter. She also did layout work for printers........... 1988 I taught the secretaries at Butler hospital how to use word processing and computers, but I never had any schooling or education on it. I also did some computer programming. Before this I ran the printing operation at the hospital........... 1989 I quit a good computer job and Danna and I bought a printing franchise, Minuteman Press in Butler PA. Operated it for 5 years............ 1994 We bought a motor home. went to Florida. Spent 9 years going to Florida for 6 months every year and back to Pennsylvania for 6 months............ 1995 We played music with “Spur of the Moment” band in Florida........... 2001 Never knew my dad. Met him in 2001 and Danna and I spent a wonderful 5 years together before he passed away. Went on a wonderful 2 weeks tour of Europe (5 countries) with him. He lived in Bradenton Florida........... 2002 Danna started singing and ended up running the Suncoast Jamboree in Florida, She had her own band and scheduled everything. She sang and emcee’d the show. Played many of the RV parks in the area........... 2004 Started a recording studio in Pa and FL. Danna recorded numerous CD’s........... 2007 Since I was a little kid, I have always wanted to wear the spots off a deck of cards. I finally accomplished it this year. Threw the deck away........... 2010 We started and played in various Gospel Music Groups. Country Transition, Good News Country Gospel. Played churches all over Western Pennsylvania........... 2010 We played music on television shows on WHCU-TV Kittanning........... 2010-2014 Danna and I did a 30 minute interview talk show, Danna’s Radio Diner, on WTYM & WAVL radio. Over 30,000 hits from over 100 countries on our website as of June 2017. Still get many hits every day........... 2010 Danna and I were on TV participating in Family Life TV WHKU helping their Christmas Auction on television........... 2011 Danna and I both read our first commercial to be broadcast on WTYM radio. Also I wrote a radio promo and a short radio script........... 2012 Operated a TV camera on a live TV show on WKHU-TV........... 2013 Produced an hour TV show – Armstrong Trails on WKHU-TV Kittanning, PA. Produced a monthly live country music dinner show with various bands at WTYM radio........... 2014 We went on a country music cruise and interviewed 12 top county music TV stars for our radio show........... 2014 Rode for an hour in the cab beside the engineer of a locomotive on Kiski Jct. railroad. Broadcast it on one of our radio shows........... 2014 Played Steel for Nashvile recording star Teea Goans when they came to Kittanning on WKHU-TH and WTYM Radio. Also in 2013 backed up Joann Cash (Johnny Cash sister)........... 2015 Started Danna’s Internet Café, an internet radio show. Also shows were run on WXED-FM 107.3 and WFSN-FM 96.7. for a year and a half........... 2016 I bought a Uke Bass and learned to play it. Played a jam session a week later. Sounds like a big upright bass.

Danna’s Internet Cafe

  Dick and Danna will be starting our new internet radio show again the first week of January 2015 at http://DannasInternetCafe.com   Over 27,000 hits on our blog in over 100 countries.       Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dannas.Internet.Cafe/ Come Join … Continue reading

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Ben Power from Austrailia

BEN POWER is from AUSTRAILIA. Ben sets the record straight on the “gecko” that we see on TV.  Most of Australia is populated around the edges near the coast as the center is mostly arid, desert and scrublands. There are … Continue reading

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Check’s Radio Museum

CHECK’S RADIO MUSEUM – is a fascinating, free display of over 1000 radios and broadcast equipment. The museum is located about 5 miles north of East Brady in Hillville PA next to the Allegheny River.  Mel Check has collected radios … Continue reading

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Teea Goans

TEEA GOANS – Country Music Star of  Grand Old Opry – Larry’s Country Diner – Country Family Reunion – RFD-TV Teea grew up in rural Missouri near the Kansas border. “We listened to an AM radio station that played classic country … Continue reading

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Braddock Brothers

BRADDOCK BROTHERS are a group of four musicians that play bluegrass music and sing 3 part harmony. One of the things that make them unique is that they have a saxophone in their group playing bluegrass.  What is different is … Continue reading

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Armstrong Trails Part Three

ARMSTRONG TRAIL with RON STEFFY: Dick and Danna Vernon and Larry Smail travel with Ron as he takes us on an interesting tour on the trail.  PART THREE  This will be part three of a three part series. If you … Continue reading

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Armstrong Trails Part Two

ARMSTRONG TRAIL with RON STEFFY: Dick and Danna Vernon and Larry Smail travel with Ron as he takes us on an interesting tour on the trail.   PART TWO  This will be part two of a three part series. If you … Continue reading

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Armstrong Trails – Part One

ARMSTRONG TRAIL with RON STEFFY: Dick and Danna Vernon and Larry Smail travel with Ron as he takes us on an interesting tour on the trail.  PART ONE  This will be part one of a three part series. Be sure … Continue reading

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Terry Choate

TERRY CHOATE  books the talent on Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion. Terry Choate believes in authenticity, and thirty-four years in the trenches of Nashville’s Music Row has sharpened his eye for true talent. He bores through showbiz glitz … Continue reading

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Teea Goans

TEEA GOANS – Country Music Star of  Grand Old Opry – Larry’s Country Diner – Country Family Reunion – RFD-TV Teea grew up in rural Missouri near the Kansas border. “We listened to an AM radio station that played classic country … Continue reading

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Jim Cunningham

JIM CUNNINGHAM is a musician who tells a very interesting story how he got started playing trumpet.  Jim joined the Navy and went to the Navy School of Music where he played music on an aircraft carrier and also where … Continue reading

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Ford City Library Players

FORD CITY LIBRARY PLAYERS – Rhiannon Bowser and Montana Crissman tell us all about a fund raiser for the Ford City Library put on by the Ford City Library Players.  The Library is a community center where a lot of … Continue reading

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Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones & The Family Band is fronted by Amanda Jones whose powerful belting vocals have undoubtedly been the key to the band success. From her original material, through various popular covers, to a Sugarland Tribute set, Amanda never lets … Continue reading

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BRENDA MISHLER, Country and Southern Gospel Vocalist

BRENDA MISHLER, Country & Southern Gospel Vocalist –  Brenda Mishler (formerly Brenda Chamberlin) of DuBois, PA began a music ministry in late 2010 to use the voice given to her by God to spread the good news of the gospel of … Continue reading

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Kiski Jct. Railroad

KISKI JUNCTION RAILROAD. Come ride a piece of Pennsylvania history. The Kiski Junction Railroad … Preserving Pennsylvania’s rich railroad heritage is a working freight short line, offering scenic tourist train rides in Western Pennsylvania. We have provided fun tourist train … Continue reading

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Freeport Theatre Festival

FREEPORT THEATRE FESTIVAL – Ren Steele tells about the historical drama of a Westmoreland County farmer who joins Washington’s Continental Army in 1776 and fights with Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment.  This show was written and directed by Ren Steele and will … Continue reading

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Bantam Jeep Festival

BANTAM JEEP FESTIVAL – Michele Sneddon tells about all of the interesting things going on at the Bantam Jeep Festival, June 13 – 15, 2014. The Festival will be at Cooper’s Lake Campgrounds (205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock PA) near … Continue reading

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CB Rangers

CB RANGERS Paul Wulff – President, Gary Smith – Secretary, Mike Iscrupe – Captain of the CB Rangers tell about all of the activities and public service that they do.  The CB Rangers started as a Citizens Band Radio Club back … Continue reading

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Bob Kristof

BOB KRISTOF does Voice-overs in the broadcast industry. He tells about some different, interesting experiences he has had when he worked at various radio stations as an announcer and a disc jockey and also on TV. His website is http://www.myannouncer.comContinue reading

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CRUISE 8 – Keith Bilbrey and Charlie McVay

KEITH BILBREY (born August 14, 1952) is an American country music disc jockey and television host in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as a disc jockey at Nashville’s WSM, as an announcer on the Grand Ole Opry, and as the host … Continue reading

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CRUISE 7 – Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent (born July 13, 1962, Kirksville, Missouri) is an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The Wall Street Journal has proclaimed Vincent “the new Queen of Bluegrass”. Vincent’s musical career began when she was a child in her family’s … Continue reading

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CRUISE 6 – Mo Pitney

MO PITNEY is a young 22 year old who is one of the most up and coming country music stars of today. He sometimes sounds a little like George Jones, sometimes a little like Keith Whitley and Lefty Frizzell, but … Continue reading

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Charles Powell

It is the day before Easter. Charles Powell talks about the resurrection of Christ on our show today.   The cruise shows 6, 7 and 8 will continue next week.                     … Continue reading

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Cruise 5 – Jimmy Capps

CRUISE 5 – JIMMY CAPPS As one of Country Music’s finest guitar players, Jimmy Capps is a ‘master of smoothness’. Throughout his career, Jimmy Capps has received numerous awards from the “National Academy Of Recording Arts & Science”. These are … Continue reading

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Cruise 4 – Nadine and Gene Watson

Nadine is the “Church Lady Comedienne” on Larry’s Country Diner TV show. An amazing thing about Nadine is that her real name is Mona Brown and her husband Dave Brown was from Garretts Run, Kittanning, PA and graduated in 1959 … Continue reading

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Cruise 3 – Mike Johnson and Hank Singer

Dick and Danna went on a 7 day cruise (Freedom of the Seas) with Country’s Family Reunion and Larry’s Country Diner, two of the most popular country shows on RFD-TV. We have interviewed 12 different people on the cruise and … Continue reading

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Cruise 2 – Larry Black – Renae – Donna & Craig Morris – Jim Ed Brown

LARRY BLACK, RENAE JOHNSON, DONNA and CRAIG MORRIS and JIM ED BROWN will be interviewed on this, our second cruise show. Larry Black produces Country’s Family Reunion and Larry’s Country Diner of RFD-TV Renae is the waitress on Larry’s Country … Continue reading

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Cruise 1 – Terry Choate

Dick and Danna went on a 7 day cruise (Freedom of the Seas) with Country’s Family Reunion and Larry’s Country Diner, two of the most popular country shows on RFD-TV. We have interviewed 12 different people on the cruise and … Continue reading

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Building The Canadian Pacific – Part 2

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY with MAX SUMMERVILLE – PART TWO – Max tells the fascinating story of building the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada, the development of Canada and the many trials and tribulations on building a railroad through the wilderness of … Continue reading

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Building The Canadian Pacific – Part 1

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY with MAX SUMMERVILLE – PART ONE of a two part show.  Max tells the fascinating story of building the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada, the development of Canada and the many trials and tribulations on building a … Continue reading

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David Titley and Bugley – Wounded Warrior Dog Program

TROOPER DAVID TITLEY SPEAKING ON THE WOUNDED WARRIOR DOG PROGRAM accompanied by his dog Bugley.  David is a Pennsylvania State Trooper and a 25 year veteran of the United States Army. He tells about how a dog can make a … Continue reading

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Donnie Clark

DONNIE CLARK is not only a professional musician but also a song writer of gospel songs and classic country songs.  Donnie presently performs every Wednesday night at the American Legion in Lyndora along with John Parrendo, Ralph Pincek, and Ron … Continue reading

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Friends of the Fruitcake Club

               FRIENDS OF THE FRUITCAKE CLUB. This is a fun show with Louise Carroll and friends from Ellwood City area. This is a fun group who meets every month to defend the fruitcake. We’re tired … Continue reading

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Casino Theatre in Vandergrift PA

Allan Walzak takes us for a tour of the CASINO THEATRE in VANDERGRIFT, PA. The Casino Theatre was built in 1900 in the Greek Revival Style. The theatre’s most distinctive and historic feature is its temple front with four Greek … Continue reading

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Armstrong County League of Arts

ARMSTRONG COUNTY LEAGUE OF ARTS with MARILYN REA – WELCOME TO THE LEAGUE OF ARTS – LOG CABIN –A little about our organization and it’s inception to present day – – – –  THE START: From the 1960’s to the early 1970’s, a … Continue reading

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Larrie LeFever – Ken Musko

LARRIE LEFEVER &   KEN MUSKO – Larrie tells about his job in Nuclear Maintenance and his trip to South Korea. Ken Musko talks about Ron Wyatt’s amazing archaeological discoveries relating to the Bible. ` **************** CLICK HERE TO LISTEN … Continue reading

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Keep Off The Grass

  Wayne & Linda Hetzler started a band in March of 1976 and a marriage in Dec. of the same year. “Tender Lovin’ Country” performed as a group for the next 25 years throughout the tri state area and have … Continue reading

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Looking Back 2013

LOOKING BACK ON 2013  – We have put together sound bytes of various Danna’s Radio Diner 2013 Shows . Here are some of the shows: Tour-Ed Mine Paul Harvey – Cool Springs Power Engines Armstrong Trails Wings of Freedom Western … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart Museum

JIMMY STEWART MUSEUM is located on Philadelphia Street in Indiana, Pennsylvania, on the third floor of the Indiana Public Library. It contains numerous artifacts from James Stewart‘s childhood, military career, and home life, as well as movie posters and memorabilia. Visitors … Continue reading

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Billy Rich

BILLY RICH – Bill is a well known fiddle player in this area. He has played one time or another with almost every country band in the area. Bill has also played on the staff band of the famous WWVA … Continue reading

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