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Fifteenth Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum Honoring Lorianne Crook


6:30-7:45 pm

1 Hr 15 Min


Lorianne Crook is one half of the hosting duo Crook & Chase, as well as a television and radio producer and writer. Born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised primarily in Nashville, she began her television career at Wichita Falls, Texas’s KAUZ-TV and Nashville’s WKRN-TV, where she wrote, produced, and hosted the nightly entertainment news program, PM Magazine, and two national award–winning health and medical documentaries. In 1983, country music television producer Jim Owens (whom Crook married in 1985) enlisted Crook and fellow local television personality Charlie Chase to co-host a weekly country music entertainment television show, This Week in Country Music, first syndicated and then on The Nashville Network (TNN). In the four decades since, the pair have co-hosted several different country music news television shows, specials, and award shows, as well as a long-running radio show. Crook and Chase currently co-host and executive produce a weekly radio show for iHeart Media/Premiere Networks and a podcast. She is also the president of Jim Owens Entertainment, Inc., which owns and manages Crook & Chase programming and archives, as well as the TNN brand and more than 10,000 hours of its historic country music television and radio programming. Crook is a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame (inducted in 2013) and a 2017 recipient of the Grand Ole Opry’s Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award, and has received numerous Academy of Country Music awards, Country Music Association awards, and other honors for her hosting, production, and scriptwriting work. In 2023, RadioInk magazine named her among the most influential women in radio for the tenth time. The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, supported by Gibson Gives, honors music industry leaders who continue the legacy of trailblazer Louise Scruggs, a formidable businesswoman who set new professional standards in artist management. Ford Theater. Free and open to the public. Program ticket required.



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