Amid jokes about being fired and expiring, Gene Williams and his co-host Katie Lynn returned to the studio this week to update the weekly television show taped live in Branson, Mo., the Gene Williams Country Television Show.

Williams was recently released from the hospital and has been taking a break from the hectic weekly television show taping schedule that he has had for eight years in Branson. While a hiatus from regular taping has been recommended, he and Katie Lynn returned to the studio to tape updates for a new series of the Best of the Gene Williams Country Music TV Show.

The pair talked about what has been happening in Branson and announced the continuation of the guitar giveaways sponsored by All Star Music of Jonesboro and Batesville, Ark., and Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Williams also announced the addition of more affiliates on the Retro Television Nework (RTN). The Gene Williams Show is aired in Springfield, Branson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Ark., Nashville, St. Louis, Decatur, Ill., Ada, Okla., Sherman/Denison, Texas, plus on all the stations of the Retro Television Network including 11 of the top 30 markets in the nation and the network recently added even more affiliates.

RTN first went on the air in July of 2005 in Little Rock with Equity Broadcasting, a station that has supported Williams’ show since its beginning more than 40 years ago. Luken Communications, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., became the new owners in January. The Gene Williams Country Television Show was part of RTN’s main focus in 2008 of the new “Classic Hits All Day – Fresh Talk All Night” format. With the 2009 switch to digital television, RTN added many affiliates in 2007 and 2008. RTN airs classic television programming from the 1950s through the 1980s, and original programming, making Williams part of the line-up along with the likes of James Garner, Tom Selleck, Robert Wagner and Johnny Depp.

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