Taylor Swift joins College Football Country on MRN Radio

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Motor Racing Network (MRN) is heading into the final full month of the college football season with a championship lineup of its own on College Football Country – featuring a galaxy of country music stars and some of the key conference matchups on the gridiron.


As MRN rolls through its second season of College Football Country (CFC), this week’s show will include Big Machine Records recording artist Taylor Swift as the country music co-host and preview a Southeastern Conference matchup between Arkansas and Vanderbilt.  Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Sara Evans also are scheduled to join the program in the weeks ahead.

College Football Country, produced by MRN Radio in conjunction with FishBait Marketing, debuted in August 2009 and is heard on 60 stations in 27 states.  The program, which combines the passion of college football with the rhythms of country music, airs year-round every Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. (ET).  It’s hosted by veteran MRN announcer and former Marshall University tight end Jason Toy.

This week’s show is being co-hosted by Swift, the reigning Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year – an award for which she’s been nominated again.  Her latest album, “Speak Now,” has just been released.  Chuck Barrett, the radio voice of Arkansas football, and Vanderbilt broadcaster Joe Fisher will join the program along with former Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry from the Legends Poll.

Each edition of CFC is spiced with the flavor of the featured school’s community in a “Road Trip” segment, along with tailgating recipes and advertiser-branded vignettes.  The University of Arkansas is on this week’s menu.

“We’ve been successful in mixing NASCAR racing with country music in our weekly ‘NASCAR U.S.A.’ program and that same passion is evident among college football fans as we move through our second season,” said MRN President David Hyatt.  “The country music co-hosts we have scheduled in the weeks ahead are giants of the industry and we’re honored that they’ve joined our program.”

For Saturday, Nov. 6, McEntire will be featured as co-host with the Army-Air Force matchup highlighting the Week 9 slate of games.  The lineup for the remainder of the month:
November 13: Rascal Flatts, Nebraska vs. Kansas
November 20: Keith Urban, Michigan vs. Wisconsin
November 27: Sara Evans, West Virginia vs. Pitt


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