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Country Countdown USA

Each week, a charted country star joins Lon Helton to count down the week’s Top 30.  Lon is a Nashville insider, well known by the stars.  They tell funny, unrehearsed stories about their friends.  The show is recorded live each week on Nashville’s historic Music Row.

Lon Helton has been host of Country Countdown USA since its inception in 1992.  He is Publisher of Country Aircheck, an industry trade magazine.  He is also Editor of the Mediabase Country Chart, which is used in this show.  Lon’s country radio career began in 1971.  He spent 12 years as both personality and programmer in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver.  He spent 20 years as Country Editor of Radio & Records before founding Country Aircheck.  Lon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association and the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Lon was named CMA National Personality of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.  In 2009, he won that honor from the Academy of Country Music.  Lon was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame in 2006.  He’s hosted numerous radio specials, and is country radio’s best known star interviewer.

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Mark Overby

Mark Overby is the host of 106.1 WNGC's Classic Country Saturday Night, every Saturday from 6pm to midnight. You also hear him helping you get to work every morning with traffic reports during the "Moby in the Morning" show. A little history: Mark joined 106.1 WNGC in 2000 as a remote technician while earning a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Soon, he was made "producer" of the WNGC Morning Crew. You may remember him as "Intern Mark," laughing like Daffy Duck in the background or showing up somewhere in costume. Mark has been a part of practically everything at 106.1 WNGC except for selling commercials. He's also worked behind the scenes at WSB-AM in Atlanta.Mark was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia. He loves running and has finished 2 half marathons and one marathon. When he's not at the station, cheering on the Dawgs or out training, you'll probably find him spending time with family or his two dogs...or sound asleep.

Walker

Walker was born and raised in Cobb County, Georgia. He attended Cobb High School and played a little basketball while partying with the band after games. (They throw the best parties after all!) For some reason Walker was not recruited to join the hoops team at UGA. He thinks it had to do with the fact he only averaged 0.8 points per game. However, he blames politics and favoritism. Walker did attend UGA in 1996, and took up residency at the City Bar across the street from the Georgia Theatre. It was in 1998 that Walker took a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and met his wife on Bourbon Street. (True Story) Walker then discovered that he liked music, and loved to tell jokes that were not that funny. A radio career was born. Walker has lived and worked in New Orleans, Greenville, SC and Atlanta before returning to WNGC and The City Bar last year. Walker now lives in Gainesville with his wife (yep... the Mardi Gras girl) 2 kids and a dopey chocolate lab. He plays today's best country and all your favorites from 10am-2pm weekdays. He loves UGA sports, and also spends time checking out the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, and the San Francisco 49ers. (One of these things just don't belong here).

Pete de Graaff

Pete de Graaff has been part of 106.1 WNGC since summer 2010.  He comes to North Georgia Country from Florida, where he spent the previous 20 years—before that he was in Boston & New York City.  Pete has 3 kids—ages 10, 8 & 4, a dog, bird and plenty of fair fish.  Pete resides in the area with his wife who always wants him to clean the bird cage and fish tank.

David Johnston

Dave graduated from UGA in 1990. The Sports Director at 960 The Ref for over 12 years, Dave formerly served as the PA Announcer for both UGA Basketball teams, starting with the men in 1999, and the ladies in 1992. Dave has been one of the voices of the Diamond Dogs since 2000. He is on the board of directors for Hope Haven, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities.

Moby

Born in Crossville, Tenn., Moby got his nickname at the age of 12 and has been known as Moby in the Morning on the radio since 1981. He landed his first radio job at the age of 15 on WCSV AM in Crossville. Moby attended Belmont College in Nashville with the dream of becoming a high school band director. But radio was under his skin, so he quit school and went back to Crossville where he worked for WAEW for two years. He then started his climb upward by moving to a station in Columbia, Tenn., and finally to Nashville where he worked for two stations, including WAMB, a big band station, where he made $100 a week. Moby moved to the FM band in 1974 at WKDA-FM, which became WKDF, then to WKQB (WLAC FM) in Nashville. His first job outside of Tennessee was at at 98 ROCK in Tampa, Fla.

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