LISTEN: Operation Song Memorial Day Special

May 28, 2016

  WUTC 88.1 FM has created a program featuring segments from Operation Song, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that empowers veterans, active duty military and their families to tell their stories through songwriting. The Operation Song Memorial Day Special is an hour of music and interviews about unforgettable experiences on the battlefield and back home. Several veterans collaborated with hit songwriters to create the music.

The program also features the recently completed "Chattanooga Rain," based on the thoughts and feelings of Lorri Wyatt. Her husband, Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, was one of the “fallen five” killed in the July 16 Chattanooga shootings last year. Her song “Chattanooga Rain” is both a tribute to her husband and a way of thanking the community for their outpouring of support after the tragedy.

The program can be heard by using the player above. WUTC will broadcast it May 30 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Also, audiences around the world will hear the special via the American Forces Radio Network, which reaches 400,000 military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, and their families.

WUTC 88.1 FM’s signal reaches listeners in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. The station also streams live at www.wutc.org.

Don Goodman, Steve Dean, and Operation Song founder Bob Regan are three of the main songwriters featured in this special. To create these songs, they’ve collaborated with Chattanooga-area veterans of Vietnam, World War II, and others.

The songwriters behind this radio special have worked with Nashville royalty such as Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban, but the songwriters say these military-themed songs are their most meaningful.

“It’s an honor to create this special for local listeners and the American Forces Radio Network,” says WUTC Station Manager Chuck Cantrell. “We are able to produce this special because of generous support from the Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga.”

WUTC 88.1 FM’s signal reaches listeners in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. The station also streams live at www.wutc.org.