WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
On WWALS TV radio
Scott James and Valdosta Airport Executive Director James Galloway and I
discussed alligators, karst limestone, and water levels on the Suwannee, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers.
If I have to fly, I much prefer flying out of
Valdosta to Atlanta, because if you forget about your pocketknife,
security will just ask you if you want to take it to your car.
Shotgun was born in Albany, Georgia and joined his first radio station at the young age of 15. After high school, he joined The U.S. Army earned degrees from Maryland and Central Texas. After that, he toured with such bands as Little Texas, Sawyer Brown and Robin Lee before returning to his first love of radio. In 2004 he signed on at WKAA 105.9 later to become 99.5 Kix Country. Although he has left to try other things he has returned to where it all began in Kix Country.
Hahira, Georgia, February 27, 2019 — WWALS is pleased to announce
the M.C. for the Second Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest
will be well-known radio host Chris Beckham.
Once again, the Contest will be at The Salty Snapper on Gornto Road in
This year it will be 1-5PM, Saturday, August 24, 2019.
Submissions will open in April, for selection of half a dozen finalists
by the Contest Committee, and judging of the finalists by three judges
at the Contest.
“August is an excellent month for this Contest, because we have inside air conditioning,
and there are no competing outdoor music events in August,” said Laura D’Alisera, last year’s winner, and this year a member of the Contest Committee.
“The Salty Snapper is great for music: cozy but lots of space. Thanks to manager Justin Stephens for his enthusiastic support,”
said Scotti Jay, Chair of the WWALS Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest Committee.
“Everybody had a fine time last year, and we have six more songs about
the Suwannee River, or its tributaries the Withlacoochee, Little, and Alapaha.
Move over Stephen C. Foster!” said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman.
Steve Nichols for having me on
The Morning Drive with Steve Nichols, 105.9FM WVGA.
We talked about water trails, paddle races, and the Sabal Trail pipeline federal eminent domain jury trials,
which were being settled as we spoke.
Also we hear the Naylor Boat Ramp will be finished soon
by Lowndes County.
As I asked Steve about the three jury trials:
This is about federal eminent domain for the Sabal Trail pipeline.
SN: That’s right.
Now they already built the pipeline.
But for these landowners, they sued them for the eminent domain.
They do not have a written agreement with the landowners.
They have not paid them a cent.
But they already built the pipeline.
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Thursday morning Suwannee Riverkeeper will
be on the
“top rated morning talk show in south Georgia”
with Steve Nichols,
talking about paddle outings, water trails, paddle races,
and the Sabal Trail pipeline federal eminent domain jury trials going on
right now in Valdosta.
Come hear good music this afternoon, new songs about the Suwannee,
Withlacoochee, and other rivers, said
Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman
on the radio yesterday morning with
The M.C. for today’s finals of the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest,
WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman, explained the raffles (kayak, swag,
and silent auction), and we mentioned
the buffet and cash bar at the
at the Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602.
We listed the finalists in the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest,
and described the format: speeches (especially by Will Eason of the Salty Snapper), finalists play new songs about the rivers, judges score on music, lyrics, history, etc., and finally
the results of the raffles, and the prizes.
We showed off the First Prize plaque, just handed to us by WWALS
Board Member Phil Hubbard, who made it.
“Finalists will play, and will be judged. The prizes will be awarded, and of course the acknowledgment of the sponsors.”
Plus a buffet of snacks prepared by the Salty Snapper,
including some vegetarian,
all for $10 in advance online,
and there will be a silent auction and kayak raffle tickets.
Gretchen Quarterman was on the radio with Steve Nichols, WVGA 105.9FM
(I was scheduled, but the flu said otherwise; I’m better now).
Gretchen said you don’t need to write a song, just come listen
to the finals this Saturday afternoon, with
Cindy Bear from Jacksonville,
Dan Crews from Live Oak, and
J.J. Rolle from Valdosta
Plus the Outings Committee has organized a paddle 9AM Saturday morning
from Langdale Park to Sugar Creek Landing,
just across the railroad tracks from the Salty Snapper,
so you can paddle to the songwriting contest.
Steve Nichols remarked:
“As a kid, I used to go down that stretch of the river with my friends.
When I say as a kid, I was in high school in the early eighties.
It would be fun for me to do that trip as a nostalgic trip,
and going back and look at that beautiful stretch of river right there.”
Gretchen said the water is high so probably there will be no dragging,
and the river is different every time.
Tomorrow morning, 8:30AM, Tuesday, June 19, 2018,
I’ll be on the radio with Steve Nichols, 105.9FM,
talking about the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest
coming up 1-5PM, this Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602.
When Gretchen was on his show last month,
he said he wanted to hear more, so tomorrow morning it is.