P.O. Box 200
LEXINGTON KY 40588-0200
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 200
LEXINGTON , KY 40588 0200
Phone (859) 255-5700
Fax 859 225-4020
Contact Name Melissa Deaton
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1986
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer If you would like to donate to the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio hour to help us upgrade to HD and be a part of uniting communities, states, and countries through the love of music, you can send checks to our P.O. Box address, or make a credit card payment over the phone.  Any amount is very helpful and very appreciated.
Financial Summary
Mission Statement The mission of WoodSongs Inc. is to promote and encourage the arts, especially those based in the Appalachian region, on multi media formats.  We work with schools, universities, community theatres public radio, public television, online, as well as the American Forces Radio Networks.  Some of our projects include the performance play, "Walden: The Ballad Of Thoreau" which has been registered for performance by over 8,700 community groups, schools, universities and theatres in 42 countries.  Our artistic objective for this grant is to expand the artistic outreach of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour broadcast to millions more people on public television across North America.  Once successful, Kentucky will have a broadcast emanating from the Commonwealth with an audience bigger than the Grand Ole Opry and A Prairie Home Companion combined. 
Background Statement
The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour was created and is hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathon.
The WoodSong Old-Time Radio Hour began in 1998 in a small studio that sat only 20 people.  It was recorded on a cassette tape that had to be turned over half way through the broadcast, and was picked up by one radio station WRUG in Georgetown, KY.
The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is a worldwide, multi-media celebration of grassroots music filmed in front of a live audience.  WoodSongs is not a concert but a one hour musical conversation focusing on the artist and their music.
By 2005 WoodSongs was being aired on 320 radio stations and by 2013 on 509 radio stations across North America and Internationally.  This does not include the addition of American Forces Radio Network which broadcasts WoodSongs in 173 nations, to over 1 million listeners worldwide.  WoodSongs is also a weekly television series available in over 91 million U.S. homes on public television channels.  
The University of Kentucky is also the official host of the global WoodSongs archive.  This archive is made available free of charge for public use and study at the Niles Center for Appalachian studies, administrated by Professor Ron Pen, and is the largest live roots archive in the world.
Impact Statement
1.   WoodSongs in Ireland in July 2013.  The success of our existing audience growth was used to form a partnership with Alltech, Kentucky Tourism, Lexington Tourism, and Tourism Ireland to bring WoodSongs to Dublin Ireland for a special double broadcast event attended by 2000 fans.  The broadcast in Ireland celebrated Kentucky Bluegrass as represented by Irish Bluegrass artists.
2.  The success of the Ireland event and its presentation of Kentucky Bluegrass with International flavor, was broadcasted Nationwide on Sunday December 1st 2013 as a special even on the Blockbuster channel of DISH T.V.  This added an additional 14 million U.S.A. television homes to the public broadcast of this show.
3.  In October 2013, WoodSongs went to Eureka Springs, Arkansas to celebrate the music of the Ozarks.  Almost 1,000 people sold out the historic auditorium as Ozark musicians of many cultural backgrounds presented their music on a national broadcast.
4)  The success of the Arkansas event was also broadcasted Nationwide  as a special even on the Blockbuster channel of DISH T.V. and also added an additional 14 million U.S.A. television homes to the public broadcast of this show.
Goals for 2014:  Upgrade to High Definition equipment to meet the standards of the mandatory television upgrade. Efforts are currently underway to partner with Ft. Worth Tourism, The American Cowgirl Museum, and the Will Rogers Museum to do a triple broadcast spotlighting music of the American cowboy, the American cowgirl, and the Native American Indians.  Plans are currently underway to bring WoodSongs to the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN. for a special event broadcast focusing on the music of the American Civil War.  Aside from the 44 broadcast events in the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, conversations are currently underway to partner with Morehead State University and the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music for a special broadcast celebrating the music of the Appalachian Mountains.
Needs Statement
The most pressing needs are the funds needed to upgrade our equipment to High Definition in order to meet the requirements mandated by the government, and continue to be able to share WoodSongs on Public Television across North America.
Another pressing need for funding is when we take WoodSongs on the road.  We have a very small budget and it makes it difficult to bring all the crew needed to make the broadcast happen.
Funds are also needed for different things throughout the year such as equipment failure, backstage needs, and other unexpected expenses that may come up through the year.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Historical Societies & Historic Preservation
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Media & Communications
Geographic Areas Served
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.  The goal of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is to keep roots music of all backgrounds and cultures alive, and to give artists a platform to share it with the world.  The goal of WoodSongs is also to bring families and communities together through music as it did in the past when family and friends would play music together on front porches, and gather together as a family to listen to music programs on the radio.  WoodSongs' goal is to inspire others to create their own music or community music programs instead of getting music only from a two dimensional forms, and to use music to unite communities. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? There are several strategies WoodSongs uses to accomplish our goals.  We broadcast our weekly show on public radio, public television, live online streaming, and the American Forces Radio Network in order to share the music to as many people as possible, and offer this all for free.  We also take our show on the road and feature the community in which we broadcast the show.  In 2013 WoodSongs went to Dublin, Ireland where we celebrated the bluegrass music of Ireland with local musicians, and to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where we celebrated the music of the Ozarks also using local musicians.  At our home based shows in Lexington, KY., we use local musicians to play in the lobby while the audience waits to enter the theatre.  We also have established WoodSongs Coffee Houses across the country.  The purpose of these coffee houses are to encourage the community to come together and share music, and give the community a stage to express themselves, network, and be inspired.  Kentucky has 6 chapters, and there are over 90 chapters nationwide.  Another strategy we are working on is upgrading our equipment to High Definition in order expand our broadcasting to millions of more U.S. homes, and reach an even broader audience.  This would give us the largest viewing audience of any broadcast of our kind in the world.  WoodSongs also has an archive of all the WoodSongs broadcasts on our website which can be viewed for free.  The WoodSongs archive is the largest live roots music archive in the world.  WoodSongs is all volunteer run by people in the Lexington community, and surrounding counties.  Food and hotels for the artists are all donated by restaurants and hotels in Lexington.   
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Johnathon
Company Affiliation WoodSongs, Inc.
Term 1998 to 2014
Board Members
Mr. Craig Cornwell KET
Mr. Roger Duvall EKU Public Radio
Mr. John Hingsbergen EKU Public Radio
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 7
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Bryan Klausing
Company Affiliation WoodSongs, Inc.
Term 1998 to 2014
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Michael Johnathon
Term Start June 1998
Email michael@woodsongs.com
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 55
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 49
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 37
Female 18
Unspecified 0
Description Although the WoodSongs broadcast is provided free to radio and television, it costs approximately $150,000 a year to produce.
Budget 150000
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2014
Projected Revenue $160,000.00
Projected Expenses $150,000.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$38,293$20,635--
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.741.00--
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%459%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$14,718$24,554--
Current Assets$14,718$24,554--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,400$14,000--
Total Net Assets$718$10,554--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Major equipment purchases are needed for WoodSongs to upgrade to High Definition T.V.
State Registration No
Foundation Staff Comments Woodsongs is a private foundation. You may donate directly to this organization but please note that private foundations are subject to different standards of deductibility than public charities.
Address P.O. Box 200
LEXINGTON , KY 405880200
Primary Phone 859 255-5700
Contact Email office@woodsongs.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Johnathon
Board Chair Mr. Michael Johnathon
Board Chair Company Affiliation WoodSongs, Inc.