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WDVX Radio A Knoxville Success

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 | 0 comments

 WDVX Radio Knoxville Tennessee

Radio the way it was…when it was fun! 

WDVX is an Americana station located in Knoxville Tennessee at the Knoxville Visitor Center on Gay Street, an FM radio station broadcasting at 89.9 and 102.9 MHz.  They have been in operation for over 15 years and operate in a nostalgic fashion compared to most of today’s radio stations. 

WDVX’s disc jockeys (DJ’s) operate without a playlist pulling songs track by track from a wall of CDs and they don’t blast from a pre-recorded computer generated program either.  They do however recognise the importance of reaching their broad listener base and began webcasting in the late 1990s (Listen Online) .  Reaching pockets of fans from unexpected places the world over and having been featured on ABC’s World News, PBS NewsHour, the BBC, No Depression along with a slew of other outlets.  A big jump from the meager hospitalized Tony Lawson who shared his idea of a unique radio station with his then doctor.  Before Lawson was released from the hospital the doctor wrote out a hundred-dollar check and said, I’d really love to hear that radio station.

Ideas are easy, making them happen are much harder but Lawson’s stick-to-it candor later prevailed.  Pursuing his dream, one of the kindred spirits he found was fellow local radio lifer Benny Smith, now station manager at the University of Tennessee’s WUTK.  Smith and local DJ Shane Timon were both working at the old Record Bar music store in West Town Mall; they landed Lawson a job there, too.  Together they launched “Soppin’ the Gravy,” a bluegrass radio show they pitched to LaFollette’s WQLA… for more, follow this fantastic journey to WDVX’s radio success.

WDVX is one of few American radio stations to feature almost daily live musical performances. The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a lunch-time concert at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center on the city’s main downtown shopping street. The Knoxville Tourism Alliance recognized the Blue Plate Special as the Attraction of the Year at its annual awards luncheon in 2006.  WDVX radio plays American roots music, including bluegrass, Americana, classic country, alternative country, Western swing, blues, old-time and traditional mountain music, bluegrass gospel, Celtic, and folk.  Incorporated in 1991, WDVX is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation, a not-for-profit organization whose main focus is the music, folklore and arts of the southern Appalachian mountains. It broadcasts at 200 watts from a transmitter on Cross Mountain in Campbell County, just outside Lake City, Tennessee.

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Smoky Mountain Christmas Getaway

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 | 0 comments

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights

Tennssee Smoky Mountains Christmas, what a memory!

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains are very special, family and friends come from all over to unite and celebrate their holidays.  From December until the end of February  Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are festively adorned in holiday lights.

Christmas lights are perched on street lights for over 16 miles from exit 407 to the door steps of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  There are also side streets, buildings, and right-of-ways decorated in the spirit of the holidays.  Animated light displays dance with bright colors from many locations throughout the three cities and the smells and music of the season seem to permiate around each turn.

Many of our visitors to the Smokies find a “cabin Christmas” to be the ultimate holiday getaway.  Nestling into the mountain air surrounded by nature and snuggled by the warmth of a fireplace sparks the holiday spirit in most while having the luxury of a hot tub outside with the cool breeze of winter’s chill is just that special something for others.  No matter the individual preferences, our guest all agree having a holiday meal with family and friends is a most cherished Christmas memory.

Aside from all the festive decorations there’s plenty for the entire family to see and do during their holiday vacation.  Live entertainment abounds in all three cities.  Biblical Times Christmas Feast is a new dinner theater in Pigeon Forge using live performers and hologram technology.  Gatlinburg, as you can see by the above photo, has really raised the bar in decorations and offers live chorus singing with Winter Magic Tunes & Tales (until December 22nd).  Folks looking for a New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and fireworks, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is the place to be late night December 31st!  Ober Gatlinburg is in full swing for the skiers, snow boarders and ice skaters.  This year they have new snow making equipment to ensure more days of snow and fun into the Easter holiday period.

Yes, the Tennssee Smoky Mountains are full of natures fun as well.  Many trails have been redone, Elkmont has seen progress on improvements since the Park Services have finally decided to rescue the area instead of letting it decay.  If you like that “ghost town” feel then Elkmont is a must see destination.  Weather permitting, a visit to Clingmans Dome is an eye opening experience to the natural beauty and vastness of the Smoky Mountains National Park.  Standing in one spot you can see the corners of 7 states.

We at Sunset Cottage wish all our readers and guest a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Gatlinburg Parade Fantasy Of Lights 2012

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 | 0 comments

Gatlinburg Parade Fantasy Of Lights 2012

Starting 7:30p.m. this Friday Gatlinburg will hold its 37th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas parade.  This year the focus is on Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.  Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating their 50th season of fun in the Smoky Mountains.

Actress Catherine Bach, Daisy Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard  70′s television series, will be one of the grand marshal’s.  Local skiing legend Rolf Lanz will be the other parade grand marshal. 

For parade folks here are some of the things to watch for;  the Guardians of the Ribbons, several local equestrian groups, numerous marching bands and two pink firetrucks from Kentucky.  The Gatlinburg Christmas parade starts at Light #1A and continues to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Light #10.

Seasoned parade attendee’s get to their spots early and to make the parade more enjoyable there are a few itms you may wish to bring;  warm beverage in a large thermos, an extra blanket or two, camera, flashlight, hats, gloves, portable chairs and great company.  Look forward to your attending the 2012 Gatlinburg parade, for those unable to attend watch the parade from the live Space Needle webcam.  Have a wonderful holiday seasoi

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Christmas Smoky Mountains Style

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Sunset Cabin ChristmasSunset Cottage is dressing up for the holidays and so is some of our staff!  Frisky, like a kitten playing with a bulb off the Christmas tree, Andrew got into the spirit of decorating himself along with the tree.

We at Sunset Cottage find ourselves very fortunate.  Each year many of our guests return to the scenic Smoky Mountains to celebrate their holidays with family and friends, we get the unique opportunity to share in their holiday experiences.  We have witnessed children grow, new family additions having arrived and families spread throughout the country reuniting for a memorable holiday gathering.  A gift we can truly be thankful for and never tire of.

Many of our guests say Christmas in a cabin is their idea of the  “perfect traditional Christmas.”  The glow of the fireplace dancing about warm colored wood walls, a holiday meal set upon a festive dining table and the smell of the wooded forest permeating on the trail of a cool winter’s breeze.

If you visited with us in the past or plan on visiting us this year for the first time, we would love to share your holiday vacation story and photos with the rest of our Sunset Cottage blog readers.  Have a joyous and safe holiday season, hope to see you real soon!


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Sevier County Health Scores

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Folks visiting our Tennessee Smoky Mountain restaurants may be interested in some of the latest Health Scores.  Locally area restaurants require inspection at least once every 6 months and can be inspected more often on unscheduled spot inspections especially called for if there are repeated complaints.

In Sevier County, covering Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, the Sevier County Health Department Environmental Section performs restaurant/eatery inspections.  You may contact them at (865)453-1032 or get scores anytime from http://dogwood.healthspace.com/tdh , click on the city intersted in and a list of inspections will .

If you find this information to be helpful in planning your Smoky Mountains getaway, please be sure to email us and let us know to continue posting this information.


Crossroads Motor Lodge …. 91 (1 critical)

Sleep Inn …. 97


All Seasons Suites …. 94

Best Western Plaza Inn …. 97

Comfort Suites …. 95

Cracker Barrel, 3960 Parkway …. 88 (1 critical)

Fun Spot …. 100

Funnel Cake Factory  …. 100

Guesthouse Inn ….  86

Howard Johnson ….  93 (1 critical)

IHOP, 3636 Parkway  …. 92

Inn on the River  …. 97

LaCarreta Mexican  Restaurant …. 92

Log Cabin Pancake  House …. 97

Three Bears General  Store …. 92

Wendy’s ….  99


Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop, Wears Valley Road ….  97

Mr. Gatti’s ….  96

Quality Inn, 155 Dumplin Valley Road …. 88 (1  critical)

Texas Roadhouse ….  93

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