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UPDATE -- a note from the author: We spoke to Mr. Ames again this afternoon. He informed us that he thought the conversation would not be used in our article and that it was only for background information. He also stated that he does not recall some of the statements attributed to him. Neither Mr. Ames nor the author is implying that Ms. Chorney or her radio promoter engaged in any unethical practices regarding airplay. The comments regarding such practices were general statements only, not specific to Ms. Chorney. We regret any confusion. Mr. Ames informed us that he will be interviewing Ms. Chorney on his show on Monday, January 30, at 8:20 a.m. We recommend that concerned readers tune in to hear Ms. Chorney in her own words at this link.

The Linda Chorney Grammy thing just won't go away. It seems now Chorney is barraging radio stations with her latest album, hoping to gain a smidgen of credibility before going to the Grammys with zero album sales, which we presume is going to be an historic first.

Former Houstonian Gordon "Big G" Ames, the program director at KOOK-FM, "Real Deal Radio," received a copy of Chorney's CD earlier this week. He was not amused. In fact, he is so not amused his Thursday show is going to be themed "Making An Example."

"I've been around a long time and I know how things work," says Ames from his home outside Kerrville. "You and I both know that if you put a thousand dollars in a few hands you can get your album on someone's quote unquote chart. You know it, I know it. And that makes me mad. It's sad and pathetic what the Americana syndicate chooses to accept payment for."

Ames went on to explain that at his station "I can actually play stuff I think is good whether it's by a well known artist or an unknown. But I -- along with my listeners -- decide, not some radio pusher out of Nashville with some loose change in his pocket."

So what's the plan for "Making An Example" day?

"I think I'm just going to put her CD on random, I'm not even going to pick the songs," he explains. "I'm just going to start one of her songs and let it play 45 seconds or a minute, then I think I'll open the mike while it's playing and just say what I think. I plan to do that at least once an hour."

"Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I still think I've got a pretty good ear for music and that I've got pretty good handle on what my audience, which is made up of rednecks, hippies, town people, country people, Republicans and Democrats, will like." Ames gives a sly chuckle and says, "And I'm betting when I play Chorney's CD, my phones are going to light up with people who want to know what I think I'm doing."

"I've seen a few passionate defenses of the woman, but for me the proof is the music. Her music is just plain bland."

We asked Ames what he thought about our blog in which we chided Chorney for her complete lack of knowledge of the Americana genre (now known as the "look it up, Linda" blog).

"From what I've read of her interviews, it looks like she really doesn't have much depth," opines Ames. "Maybe she'll call in to the show and we'll find out if she has any knowledge at all."

So if you're up at the crack of dawn and feel like listening to some out-of-the-ordinary radio, check out Big G's Roadhouse today, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. It should be interesting.

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William Michael Smith