Rising up from the Ashes: 01/2019

The South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame
In the blink of an eye, priceless South Carolina history went up in flames. This guitar. That jacket. These letters.

When the South Carolina
Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame burned to the ground in 2012, the state lost an important treasure too soon. Now, an effort is underway to bring the SC Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame back, bigger and better.

The Hidden Side of Fame
The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization was developed to honor natives and people with strong connections to Carolina who have achieved national success. However, fame is just the bar for entry. Founder Dr. David Godbold had a vision of honoring those who’ve used their success to improve the South Carolina communities they are connected to, or even the entire state. Oftentimes their off-stage giving goes unnoticed.

So much of what we learn about South Carolina’s most prominent entertainers is fueled by sensationalism and money. Most of the public does not hear the story of the musician who goes back to his hometown with a donation of thousands of pairs of socks for people in need. The resources, visibility and our entertainers have brought back to their communities often does not get the recognition it deserves.

The path to success is also an important theme among inductees. “You don’t hear about the time people have spent sleeping in their cars and doing $100 shows just trying to make a living and a name for themselves,” Godbold has noted. Before fame was ever on the horizon, many of our inductees have overcame significant life challenges even beyond the tough road of building their careers.

Hall of Fame Ambition

Just like the people it recognizes, the plan for the SC Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame was bold from the beginning. That vision is expanding under the New Executive Director Justin Ray Williams.

Plans for its new iteration are even more ambitious. They include a public presence that will match the lofty aspirations of its founders and its honorees, from a state-of-the-art exhibition space to a rousing annual induction ceremony, monthly events, weekly radio program, Roku/Fire Tv channels, Hall of Fame entertainment conferences and holding educational workshops on South Carolina’s deep entertainment history along the way.

South Carolina was the first state selected to have an Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on National TV. CBS/TNN along with Producer Jim Owens, a major entertainment executive, helped Godbold pull off the biggest show in Hall of Fame history. Proceeding this was the induction of the super group, Marshall Tucker Band. This event turned into a Southern Rock reunion that was hosted by Charlie Daniels.

“As we’re saying to everyone who will listen, our goal is to keep the South Carolina entertainment and music legends in the minds and hearts of all who visit the Hall of Fame, as well as propel up and coming artists toward Hall of Fame status by having regular events and concerts.”

The new venue is set to be located in the Downtown Greenville area, a business center that in recent years has been growing in notoriety as an arts and entertainment destination. The city’s bustling downtown – itself a source of national notoriety for the state – was the obvious choice for Williams and the board. Artifacts that escaped the fire only because they were still in storage will be put on the display, and the Hall of Fame is renewing the effort to grow the collection.

Ongoing events that work for artists have been a longstanding vision for Williams, who has worked in entertainment for more than two decades. BMI award-winning singer and songwriter Zack Turner is also at helm keeping entertainers’ needs central to the organization.

With a growing team of active supporters, the future of a Hall of Fame lies in the hands of the community. The South Carolina Hall of Fame has reflected the creativity, determination and enthusiasm that comes from South Carolina people. With ongoing support, it will enter the next phase as a rallying point for many of the state’s biggest champions, famous or otherwise.

Jennifer Oladipo
Media Partner for The SC Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame



(Greenville, SC) - 08/06/2019

SC Entertainment & Music Hall Of Fame adds a new board member - CHRISTY “SWEET TEA” ANDRULONIS to
Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame SC

Christy Andrulonis, known as “Sweet Tea Country” on the Radio, is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. Sweet Tea has been entertaining country music listeners for over a decade and currently hosts the afternoon shift on Carolina Country (100.1 WFAY in Fayetteville and 93.9 WMIR in Myrtle Beach).

In addition to her extensive on-air work, she’s also the Executive Director of the Carolina Country Music Association, an industry trade group for singers, songwriters, musicians, and country music fans. She produces and hosts the Carolina Country Music Awards at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach each January. She is also the Vice President of Colonial Media + Entertainment and Andrulonis Media, Company’s Radio Group operates 21 Radio stations (4 AM/13 FM + 4 HD Radio digital simulcasts) in five markets over four states. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Company’s offerings include Carolina Country 100.1 WFAY (Country) and The River / 106.5 WMRV (Adult Hits). In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Company owns Carolina Country 93.9 WMIR (Country), 99.9 WNMB (Adult Hits), and Rejoice 1200AM/103.5FM (Gospel). The Company’s Olean Radio Group division is based in Olean, New York, and includes Eagle 96.7 (Country) and The Mountain (Adult Hits). Colonial’s Quaker State Broadcasting division is based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and includes Eagle 103.9 (Country) and The Mountain / 106.3 WXMT (Adult Hits). And in Georgetown, South Carolina, the Company owns 93.7 Rejoice FM (Gospel).

As they say on the Radio, “Everybody needs a little sunshine and Sweet Tea in their life!”

She’s a true Southern belle who loves hospitality and fun!


Watermelon Crawl Festival coming to Pickens county

Pickens country news
By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The Hagood Mill Historic Site is the new home of the Watermelon Crawl Festival.

The festival, now in its second year, will be moving to the mill from Belton, officials announced over the weekend.

The July 27 festival is a partnership between the mill and the S.C. Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame.

The festival is set to begin at 3 p.m. and will feature “music all day,” according to hall of fame executive director Justin Ray Williams.

“We’re very happy to be at this wonderful facility,” Williams said. “We have blues, a little bit of rock, a little bit of country.”
Blues musicians The Carolina Beggars and Nashville singer-songwriter Kyle Mercer are set to perform at the festival. The headliner is Zack Turner, who, along with Buddy Brock, wrote
the 1994 Tracy Byrd hit the festival is named after.

The festival will have food and craft vendors, a watermelon-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest, a watermelon crawl and watermelon carving.

At the end of the festival, Williams said “all of the musicians go back up on stage and we do the actual Watermelon Crawl dance, which is exciting.

“Tons of people come out, they dress in watermelon hats and shirts and those folks are the ones that lead the Watermelon Crawl,” he said.
Williams said the hall of fame events are paired with fundraising for a charity or a nonprofit.

“We’re raising money for Veterans Scholarships Forever,” he said.
Ron Demonet is the founder and managing director of the organization, which aims to establish endowed scholarships at accredited colleges focusing on vocational and skilled trades training in order to help veterans and their spouses acquire new skills sets.

“We’re helping veterans and their families get technical training, get QuickJobs (training), so they can transition back to civilian life quickly,” he said.

Pickens County tourism events coordinator Roy Costner IV said the county is partnering with the hall of fame for several events across the county this year.
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New album will bring heroes together to showcase their musical talents

A new album project, featuring a major name in country music, will both highlight and raise funds for veterans wounded in combat.

“Warriors: The Album,” to be released on Pearl Street Records, is being developed as a joint project of the Wounded Warrior Program and the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame to provide veterans a chance to showcase their musical talent.

Award-winning Legendary Country singer/songwriter Zack Turner (ZackTurner.com) is working with producers to help craft the warriors’ words into songs.

The project is in the fundraising stage, and organizers are asking for the public’s help in supporting the album by ordering “Warriors: The Album” t-shirts, dog-tags and more. Proceeds will go to the project and the Wounded Warrior Program.
Producers are also looking for upstate South Carolina veterans who are alumni of the Wounded Warriors Program to tell their stories for a “Behind the Making of ‘Warriors: The Album’” documentary about how the program has helped them.

Veterans interested in participating in the album or the documentary can go to warriorsthealbum.com for more information and contact producers.

The Wounded Warrior Program's primary goal is to provide meaningful employment to our nation’s wounded warriors. The Wounded Warrior Program’s online shop offers a wide range of office supplies available to both government and private businesses and corporations.

Editors: For more information, contact Justin Ray Williams at Justinw@carolinafame.org or 864-345-3017
Project website: https://www.warriorsthealbum.com