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Women Nashville bound

June 14, 1998|By TERRY TALBERT

Little did Becky Kercheval know when she and her friends booked tickets for Nashville last summer that they would be featured guests on one of their favorite country music shows.

Kercheval, 23, of Smithsburg, and friend Kandy Johnson will be part of a game on the "Prime Time Country" show hosted by Gary Chapman. The show will air on TNN at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Kercheval said.

Kercheval and Johnson will be sent out of the studio at the beginning of the show by Chapman. Their mission: To scour the outside fairgrounds for country music singers, and convince as many as they can to come back to the studio with them.

It all started last summer when Kercheval and friends Krystal Johnson, Kandy Johnson and their mom Linda Johnson, all of Shippensburg, Pa., decided to go to Nashville for the Music City News Awards show, which will be broadcast on TNN.

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The group also decided to get tickets for "Prime Time Country."

After the tickets were booked, Kercheval decided on a lark to write the "Prime Time Country" show. "I told them how much we liked the show, and said we had tickets and if they needed anyone for audience participation, we'd be happy to do that," she said.

Two weeks ago she got a call from one of the show's producers. "I had no idea anything would come of that letter," Kercheval said.

The producer said they wanted her and one of her friends to do the country singer search.

"We have to meet with him when we go down," Kercheval said. "He said at the beginning of the show the host will talk to us about where we're from and how we're enjoying our stay there, and then ask us to play the game."

Kercheval said the show will track their progress by calling them on cell phones while they're out on their search.

The group left Saturday and drove all night, so they could get to Nashville today.

Kercheval said she's already decided what she's going to wear for her appearance on "Prime Time Country." She's going to sport a pair of shorts and a Kerch's Southern Barbecue shirt to advertise her brother's local business.

This will be first trip to Nashville for Kercheval, whose favorite country music star is Bryan White.

Kercheval teaches morning kindergarten at Potomac Heights Elementary School in Hagerstown, and works part-time at Kerch's. She's not used to being in the limelight, but says she's looking forward to the experience.

"I just hope with all these people watching that I don't make a complete fool out of myself," she said.

After all, it's her first trip to Nashville. The way things are going, she might even get to meet her favorite country star, Bryan White.

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