Our Story

CMH23 is an idea that will honor the stars of the Country Music Highway and discover the stars of the future. We have created CMH23, a regional television channel that will play todays top videos, with music every hour being played from one of our stars from the Country Music Highway.

We will highlight their career and talk about their home town. Trust me, the list of stars on the Country Music Highway is impressive. 

The ultimate plan is to have this channel on every cable system on channel 23. We hope to go from Ashland, KY all the way to Wise, Va. That would be about 150,000 households. Then, 4 times per hour, a video talent will update you about the music, tell you about the highway stars, and give you all of the information on highway tourism.

Let’s face it. When it comes to a playground, Country Music Highway has it all. The regional channel will constantly remind people to visit our website. It will be a one stop shop for tourism along the entire highway. 

This approach has become an idea that will break down county lines, further education, improve the arts, and increase tourism. Ultimately providing economic growth. 

The Launch Pad for Upcoming Stars

The Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY has been a great stage for live shows, and now will become the launching pad for tomorrow’s stars. 

A state of the art studio for television and radio will be built, broadcasting 24/7 from the center point of the Country Music Highway.

Mountain Arts Center

The MAC is located within a stone’s throw of US 23 Country Music Highway which is certainly appropriate. Our state-of-the-art venue plays host to national headlining acts from a wide range of musical genre – bluegrass, gospel, rock and of course country – including many of Eastern Kentucky’s favorite sons and daughters such as Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Stapleton.

CMH23 Board

In order to bring this regional unified approach, a diverse board was created.
This team has been working for the last year working to bringing this unified approach to life. 

W. Allen Gillum

W. Allen Gillum

Chairman

Sandy Hook, KY

Keith Casebolt

Keith Casebolt

Board Member

Pikeville, KY

Les Stapleton

Les Stapleton

Board Member

Prestonsburg, KY

Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark

Board Member

Ashland, KY

Dew Gorman

Dew Gorman

Board Member

Hazard, KY

Jeff Doss

Jeff Doss

Board Member

Harlan, KY

Partnership with TCN

To gain national exposure for our future stars, we started a partnership with The Country Network. It’s the fastest growing channel in the United States, and we have been challenged to provide a 1 hour show from the Country Music Highway that can air on their national network. CEO Tim Eaton is excited about potentially airing this production home of Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn, and other stars along the highway. 

“Being in a partnership with the
birthplace of country music is as exciting as it gets!”
– Tim Eaton, CEO of TCN

The partnership will include 13 one hour shows. They were shot at the Paramount Theater in Ashland, the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, and Live and Hillbilly Days in Pikeville. These shows will drive tourism bringing national and regional attention.

Advancing Education

We’ve created a partnership in education. Big Sandy Community and Technical College will now be able to offer their students in communications the change to have a hands on opportunity working in video, audio, and production, along with a chance to become on air talent on CMH23. 

CMH 23 – From the birthplace of country music, the Country Music Highway.


Country Music Highway