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NaSHOF TV Show To Debut Jan. 28 on WNPT2

January 16 2017

A weekly television show spotlighting Hall of Fame songwriters will debut in January on Nashville Public Television. “The Songwriters” will premiere Jan. 28 on WNPT2. Produced by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) in conjunction with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), the show features engaging conversations with Hall of Fame members about their creative processes and the inspirations for some of their greatest songs.

"Just as these conversations have inspired professional songwriters like me, they will have a tremendous impact on anyone interested in how great songs were written and the people who wrote them,” said Pat Alger, Chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. “The show is as entertaining as it is informative - the intimate performances and the witty dialogue will stick with you for a long time."

The inaugural season of 18 episodes will reveal behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes, as well as showcase rare performances of some of the most-revered songs in the history of the Nashville music scene. Some of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members who will be showcased throughout the season include Bill Anderson, Steve Cropper, Gary Burr, Sonny Curtis, Tom Douglas and Ray Stevens, plus many more. Ken Paulson, NaSHOF Board member and Dean of MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment, will host the show.

"We're very pleased to share these rich conversations with some of the world's greatest songwriters," said Paulson. "Their insights about their art and inspiration make for truly compelling television."

“The Songwriters” will air three times weekly – Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (statewide), and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (Nashville only) and 4:30 p.m. (statewide), all Central Time. The show will be available on Comcast Digital Cable channel 241, Charter Digital Cable channel 176, and over-the-air on channel 8.2.

The show is directed by MTSU professor Robert Gordon, Jr. and filmed by students from the school’s College of Media and Entertainment.

About the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) is one of the nation’s most highly prized songwriting honors. Since 1970, nearly 200 of Music City’s top tunesmiths from all genres of music have been enshrined by the non-profit organization, which honors Nashville’s rich legacy of songwriting excellence through preservation, celebration and education. In 2013, NaSHOF realized a long-held dream with the opening of its Hall of Fame Gallery, located in downtown Nashville on the first floor of the Music City Center (201 5th Avenue South).

About MTSU

Founded in 1911 as one of three state normal schools for teacher training, Middle Tennessee State University is one of the oldest and largest undergraduate universities in the state of Tennessee. With a fall enrollment averaging more than 22,000 students for the past five years, MTSU remains committed to providing individualized service in an exciting and nurturing atmosphere where student success is the top priority. MTSU features eight undergraduate colleges and the College of Graduate Studies, and more than 150 programs and departments, including the internationally recognized Department of Recording Industry in the College of Media and Entertainment. Recording industry undergrad majors can focus on audio production, commercial songwriting or music business. A Master of Fine Arts degree in recording arts and technologies prepares MTSU graduate students for advanced work in audio production, recording and integrated electronic media. For more information about MTSU, call 615-898-2300, visit or Follow MTSU on Twitter @MTSUNews and like us on Facebook.