Randy Atcher


Description: Randy Atcher (1918-2002) was born in Magoffin County, Kentucky. While in high school, he played guitar on WHAS radio in Louisville. In 1938, he left for Chicago and became a local star on WJJD and WBBM, occasionally recording with his older brother Bob. During World War II Randy served with the Army Air Forces. After the war, he returned to WHAS, performing on their Old Kentucky Barn Dance, and signed a contract with MGM Records. WHAS expanded into television in 1950, and the next year he formed a new band, the Red River Ramblers, that performed on the afternoon WHAS children’s show T-Bar-V Ranch. Randy and his sidekick, Cactus–played by Tom Brooks–sang songs and performed comedy skits. The show ran until 1970. The Red River Ramblers also performed on Hayloft Hoedown on WHAS (which ran to 1971) and at local fairs and events. Randy Atcher read over six hundred titles for APH from the 1960s until his death. He received the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award in 1994.