Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt, co-hosts of The Floyd Radio Show since its inception five years ago, shocked the capacity audience of Saturday night’s show with an announcement that the show on the first Saturday night of May will be their last.
“We made the decision before we started this season,” LaPrelle told the audience.
The radio show, presented on stage at The Floyd Country store and streamed live over the Internet, will continue with a series of guest hosts that could include past guests and locals after its summer hiatus.
“You all have proved that this store needs a show like this,” Roberts Gevalt said. “This show is going to continue. I guess that without knowing it, we have been training a whole lot of local folks on how to do this show. Some of the folks who have been our guests in the past will take turns being the hosts, starting in September.”
The collection of skits, stories and music that ranged from old time to Bluegrass, blues and more, started under ownership of the store by Woody Crenshaw and both continued and expanded under new owners Heather Krantz and Dylan Locke. Locke also became director and producer of the show.
The Floyd Radio Show began as an hour-long production, followed by additional music by regulars and guests and later expanded into two segments, each running an hour or so as part of the online broadcast.
LaPrelle and Roberts-Gevalt will continue as music and storytelling performers in other venues, both jointly and individually.
The audience honored them with a standing ovation after their announcement at the end of Saturday’s show.