K-Kountry Cares for Kids St. Jude Radio-Thon Feb. 14 on AM 1290-FM 103.7

We are thrilled to announce the 29th Annual Andrew Eckman Shelter Insurance Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply K-Kountry Cares for kids St. Jude Radio thon, Wednesday February 14, 2018 on AM 1290-FM 103.7 The Gift, Anywhere, Anytime KKountry 95 and 100.9 The Train beginning at 6am.  Last year with the help of the area businesses, schools, surrounding community events and YOU we were able to raise over $200,000 for the kids at St. Jude. It’s important to know that 100% of the radio thon dollars goes to the cause in supporting the research and operation of St. Jude Hospital in Memphis and the St. Jude wing in Springfield, Mo.  We’re pushing the goal for 2018 to $205,000. Let’s do this! 


Because of YOUR generosity, E-Communications has once again been named the Number One Radio Station per capita for the Region and the Country for money raised in a single day for the great kids at St. Jude.   The research gained at St. Jude is shared freely with Children’s hospitals all over the world. The spirit of you, our listeners, is why we earn this great recognition year after year and we COULD NOT do this without YOU!  Because of you, we have the faith to step out once again and set our goal high for the kids at St. Jude!  Sadly, our region has numerous patients that are being treated at St. Jude right now, so the effort continues as we work to find cures and save lives.  The overall childhood cancer survival rate is 80%, but we’re working with others all over the country to increase that cure rate to 90%.  You can help!

 If you or your business wants to be involved in one of the most emotional and uplifting days of our entire year we ask you to contact us by calling 417-264-7211. Or, you can email marketing@kkountry.com. Check our web sites for more details and fund raising opportunities.  No act is too small for a child at St. Jude.


Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.