Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones set to emcee 135th annual Fancy Farm picnic

05/27/2015 10:51 AM

Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones has been selected to emcee the annual Fancy Farm picnic’s political speeches when candidates, officeholders and thousands of visitors descend on the small town in far western Kentucky Aug. 1, the event’s organizer announced in a news release Wednesday.

Mark Wilson, chairman of the Graves County picnic’s political speaking program, said in a news release that Jones will bring a new audience to the 135th event benefiting St. Jerome Catholic Church.

“While many Kentuckians know about our famous picnic, we think having someone with the reach of Matt’s radio program and website will bring expanded awareness and enhancement to our festivities and political speaking event,” Wilson said in a statement.

“Having Matt serve as our emcee is bringing two Kentucky traditions together and will only heighten the interest in our beloved picnic,” he continued. “We can’t wait for the first Saturday in August to get things going.”

Jones — whose sports radio program has dabbled in politics, most recently with a live debate May 6 among Kentucky’s four Republican gubernatorial candidates – was called “the most listened to local voice on Kentucky airwaves” in a news release, which noted that KSR is broadcast on more than 30 affiliates in Kentucky and West Virginia.

The opportunity to host one of Kentucky’s political traditions “is a tremendous honor,” Jones said in a news release.

“I am very excited to be a part of Fancy Farm this year,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to helping bring the uniqueness of Fancy Farm to a new audience.”

Speaking invitations are extended to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, agriculture commissioner and treasurer as well as current officeholders, including congressmen and legislators local to the area.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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