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OPRY'S PORTER WAGONER TO SERVE AS OPRYLAND AMBASSADOR IN 1992

 OPRY'S PORTER WAGONER TO SERVE AS OPRYLAND AMBASSADOR IN 1992
 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- "I don't know if this is how Henry Kissinger started being an ambassador, but I think this is going to be a ton of fun."
 That was Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner's response to word that he will be a special ambassador at the Opryland theme park, welcoming guests at the park throughout the 1992 season.
 Wagoner will be in the park each day signing autographs, posing for and taking pictures, giving directions, greeting guests at various shows and occasionally appearing at such popular Opryland shows at "Country Music U.S.A."
 "One thing is certain -- the folks at Kodak are going to love this arrangement because country music fans are the 'picture-takingest' people I've ever seen," Wagoner laughed.
 Opryland officials described Wagoner as "one of the most recognized performers of the Grand Ole Opry and in all of country music."
 "Porter will spend the season at home, at Opryland, and we know our guests will enjoy meeting and talking with him," said Opryland entertainment director John Haywood.
 Wagoner will be on hand March 28, Opryland's opening day and remain at the park through the closing weekend in November. During the summer season of daily operation, he will be in the park six days a week.
 "I am very excited about my involvement with Opryland," Wagoner said. "Opryland is the finest entertainment complex in the world, and it will be a part of my job to see that every guest has a great time while visiting with us."
 A performer with the Ozark Jubilee in the early 1950s, Porter Wagoner signed with RCA Records in 1955 and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957. His string of hit records began with his first single, "A Satisfied Mind," and has continued for more than 30 years.
 Wagoner and Dolly Parton, whom he discovered in 1967, became country music's hottest duo. They were the Country Music Association's "Duo of the Year" for three consecutive years and also garnered Grammy awards for their collaborations. Wagoner also hosted his own syndicated television show for 20 years.
 In addition to his park responsibilities, Wagoner also will continue his frequent appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry has performances every Friday and Saturday night of the year and matinees on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during peak travel months.
 Information about the Opryland season is available by writing Opryland Customer Service, 2802 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tenn., 37214; phone: 615-889-6611/
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 /CONTACT: Tom Adkinson, Public Relations, Opryland USA, 615-889-6600/ CO: Opryland USA ST: Tennessee IN: ENT SU: PER


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