25 Years of Hodag Country Radio Special


It’s the special TWENTY-FIVE years in the making! It’s the ‘Twenty-Five Years of Hodag Country Radio Special’! A look back at the history of WHDG, told by current and former on-air personalities that made Hodag Country what it is today. 

Hour One Segment One – 1994 through 1996  We begin with the creation of the format for Hodag Country. Dave Imlah, who signed on the station on September 1st, 1994, remembers the early days. John Burton, and later, Duff Damos recount the first few years on-air

Hour One Segment Two – 1997 through 1999  Bill Mitchell is hired as the new Morning Hodag host, and WHDG begins its affiliation with the Hodag Country Festival

Hour One Segment Three – 2000 through 2002  Bill Mitchell and John Burton recall the fun interacting on The Morning Hodag

Hour One Segment Four – 2003 through 2005  Al Higgins joins Hodag Country, and Penny Mitchell explains why she’s been on WHDG for so long

Hour Two Segment One – 2006 through 2009  John Burton remembers the most impactful news story of his career at WHDG, part-time air staff are remembered, and Al Higgins explains why WHDG changed from 97.5 to 97.3

Hour Two Segment Two – 2010 through 2012  John Burton and Bill Mitchell depart Hodag Country, and the broadcaster who created Hodag Country passes away

Hour Two Segment Three – 2013 through 2015  Mike Michalak is hired as the new morning host

Hour Two Segment Four – 2016 through 2018  Hodag County helps the Hodag Country Festival celebrate their 40th anniversary, and the current staff look to the future



25 Years of Hodag Country photos from the early days
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Due to copyright laws, we cannot play music in the online segments of the show. If you’d like to hear the 25 years of Hodag Country Music featured in the program, follow the links below. The video will open in a new window.

Hr 1 Seg 1
Tracy Byrd – Watermelon Crawl (1994)
John Michael Montgomery – I Swear (1994)
Tim McGraw – I Like It, I Love It (1995)
Brooks & Dunn – My Maria (1996)

Hr 1 Seg 2
Tim McGraw/Faith Hill – It’s Your Love (1997)
Tim McGraw – Just To See You Smile (1998)
Faith Hill – Breathe (1999)

Hr 1 Seg 3
Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance (2000)
Lonestar – I’m Already There (2001)
Steve Holy – Good Morning Beautiful (2002)

Hr 1 Seg 4
A. Jackson/J. Buffett – It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere (2003)
Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dyin’ (2004)
Jennifer Nettles/Bon Jovi – Who Says You Can’t Go Home (2005)

Hr 2 Seg 1
Carrie Underwood – Jesus Take The Wheel (2006)
Taylor Swift – Our Song (2007)
Brad Paisley – Letter To Me (2008)
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now (2009)

Hr 2 Seg 2
Josh Turner – Why Don’t We Just Dance (2010)
Blake Shelton – Honey Bee (2011)
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012)

Hr 2 Seg 3
Florida Georgia Line – Cruise (2013)
Luke Bryan – Drink A Beer (2014)
Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (2015)

Hr 2 Seg 4
Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (2016)
Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (2017)
Florida Georgia Line/Bebe Rexha – Meant To Be (2018)

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