Griffin Communications is proud to announce the addition of GRAMMYÂ®-winning country music iconÂ Joe Diffie to the Big Country 99.5 airstaff. He will begin as host of the mid-day show on KXBL-FM remotely via voice-track from Nashville and his many tour stops, starting Monday April 1st. Diffie will continue to perform his full slate of concert appearances.
A Tulsa native, Diffie recalls the first time he heard his music on the radio was on Big Country sister station, KVOO.
â€œWhen they played â€˜Homeâ€™, thatâ€™s when it hit me that I was on my way,â€ says the Grammy winner, whose debut single went straight to #1. â€œIâ€™ve wanted to try my hand at voice work for a while now, so when Big Country approached me to host, it seemed like the perfect time and the perfect place. Itâ€™s even better that theyâ€™re allowing me to do it remotely so I can continue to tour as much as ever.â€
Diffieâ€™s career only grew from there with chart-dominating hits like â€œIf The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),â€ â€œNew Way (To Light Up An Old Flame),â€ â€œShips That Donâ€™t Come In,â€ â€œHonky Tonk Attitude,â€ â€œProp Me Up Beside The Jukebox,â€ â€œJohn Deere Green,â€ â€œThird Rock From The Sun,â€ â€œPickup Man,â€ â€œSo Help Me Girl,â€ â€œBigger Than The Beatles,â€ â€œTexas Size Heartache,â€ â€œA Night To Remember,â€ â€œItâ€™s Always Somethinâ€™â€ and the list goes on and on.
The influence of his music continues to be felt in hit song homages from Jason Aldean (â€œ1994â€) to Chris Young (â€œRaised On Countryâ€). But heâ€™s especially proud to be coming home as an announcer/DJ on Big Country 99.5.
â€œWhether Iâ€™m home in Nashville or on the road, itâ€™s so awesome to know that my mom and family back home can listen to me every day,â€ Diffie said.
Brian Jennings, program director at Big Country, says â€œJoeâ€™s music is a reflection of the dominance of Oklahoma artists that have become part of the country music soundtrack across the nation. And Big Country is the only station in Tulsa that is positioned to properly celebrate that legacy. Think about the influence that Oklahoma music has on the nation: Joe Diffie, Reba, Garth, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood…shall I go on? Having Joe on as part of the team brings Tulsa pride to his national status. I am so proud.â€
One of the most successful artists of the 1990â€™s, Diffie continues to record music and tour. You can hear Joe Diffie from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday on Big Country 99.5, starting Monday, April 1.
About Griffin Communications
Griffin Communications, L.L.C. an Oklahoma-owned multimedia company, keeps Oklahomans safe, entertained and informed through the gathering, marketing and distribution of news, weather, entertainment and sports content through multiple channels & platforms. Holdings include KWTV/News 9 and KSBI/News 9 Plus in Oklahoma City and KOTV/News On 6 and KQCW/The Tulsa CW in Tulsa. Griffinâ€™s holdings also include News9.com, NewsOn6.com, and Griffin Outdoor. Griffin Communications also has developed several partnerships and strategic alliances throughout Oklahoma, including Oklahoma Community Television/Griffin Tower Company and News 9 Now/News On 6 Now. Griffin Communications, L.L.C. is among a few privately held media companies in the country, owned by David and Kirsten Griffin of Oklahoma City, and John Griffin of Muskogee. Griffin Communications, L.L.C. solely focuses its resources in the state of Oklahoma.
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