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Fans go mad' over Montgomery Gentry tickets

By Staff
AND THE WINNER IS … WOKK radio D.J. Steve O'Conner and 7-year-old Critter Fisher gave away 34 pairs of tickets Thursday to the upcoming Montgomery Gentry concert. Hundreds of people jammed into the radio station's live remote for a chance to win. Photo by Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Fans go mad' over Montgomery Gentry tickets
By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Oct. 5, 2001
WOKK's Scotty Ray Boyd said he knew he had a good thing going when he cemented a Meridian concert deal with Montgomery Gentry, country music's No. 1 duo.
But he wasn't prepared for the madness that would follow.
Hundreds of people jammed into the station to register for their chance to win. Thursday's remote was the third for Boyd, who along with his partner, Debbie Alexander, has been offered nearly everything for tickets.
Earlier live remotes at the Chevron station in Marion and at the Dixie Gas station on Highway 11 South required police to control the crowd.
Boyd was accosted by four women on Thursday, who stole his belt buckle for ransom.
About 3,000 of 6,000 tickets have been given away.
Chad Hyde sat at the gas station for more than three hours with his wife, Patricia, his 5-week-old son and mother-in-law, Mary King, hoping for a chance to win.
Hyde wasn't as lucky as Betty Faile of Zero. Faile won a set of tickets at the live remote after calling the station every hour, every day, for three weeks. Her son, 3-month old, Dillon, also won a pair of tickets. She will share them with her friend, Julie Hunt of Collinsville, who also called every hour, every day, for three weeks.
Montgomery Gentry knocked out Brooks and Dunn's 8-year reign as the Country Music Association's Duo of the Year in 2000. Their latest hit, "She Couldn't Change Me," is currently No. 2 on the country music charts.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3236, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.
Did you know:
The Montgomery Gentry concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. You can't buy tickets, but you can win them today between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Super Stop on 22nd Avenue Heights when WOKK gives away 100 pairs of tickets.
Residents who aren't lucky in today's drawing will have another chance at Bonita Lakes Mall on Oct. 11-12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In that drawing, contestants must be present to win pairs of tickets to be given away every 60 seconds.