Earls Family Broadcasting announces partnerships with Starlite Theatre and KOLR 10

Publish Date: 
Friday, March 10, 2017


Scott Earls, CEO

Earls Family Broadcasting

Phone:  417-334-1200

Email:  [email protected]

Website: www.earlsfamilybroadcasting.com


Greg Slavik, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Earls Family Broadcasting

Phone: 417-334-1200

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.earlsfamilybroadcasting.com


Pam Critchfield, The Starlite Theatre

Phone: 417-598-0662

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.starlitetheatre.com


Leo Henning, Vice President & General Manager


Phone: 417-862-2727

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ozarksfirst.com


Branson, MO – March 10, 2017 – Earls Family Broadcasting (EFB), the parent company of five local radio stations and The Vacation Channel, announced new partnerships with both Starlite Theatre and KOLR 10 on Thursday during the ribbon cutting for the renovated Starlite Theatre.

EFB conducted its first live broadcast from the 102.9 The Z “Studio at the Starlite” during the ribbon cutting. Susan Wise will continue live broadcasts from the Starlite at least two days per week from 3-7 p.m.

“We are so excited to be a part of the new Starlite Theatre experience so we can better serve the Branson community,” said Greg Slavik, executive vice president & chief operating officer of EFB.

Of  EFB’s five radio stations, 102.9 The Z reaches the most listeners—those within a 100-mile radius—which makes it a top advertising choice for many local businesses. With the addition of the Studio at the Starlite, EFB will be able to improve service to these local advertisers.

“Until now, local businesses would have to drive to our 102.9 The Z studio in Harrison, Arkansas, to conduct on-air interviews,” said Slavik. “Now, they can make the short drive over to the Starlite. We think it’s a win-win: They save time, and we get to do better what we are passionate about doing—helping local organizations thrive.”

“I am excited after 35 years in this business to have a radio station in my theatre,” said Sir Harry Cowell, producer & general manager of Starlite Theatre.

The Studio at the Starlite is one of several new 2017 offerings featured at Thursday’s ribbon cutting. Raiding the Country Vault, which debuted in 2016 to rave TripAdvisor reviews, kicked off its first full season in Branson at the Starlite on Thursday. Patrons can also enjoy award-winning BBQ at Gettin’ Basted in the atrium of the theatre.

“EFB is extremely pleased to be broadcasting live from the ‘Studio at the Starlite’ and to partner with this iconic theatre in the entertainment district of Branson,” said Slavik. “I love breaking new ground with the likes of Sir Harry Cowell, Pam Critchfield—the one who first suggested putting a studio at the theatre— and talented people like Renee Johnson and the remarkable entertainers who make up Raiding the Country Vault and other acts at the Starlite.”

In addition, EFB announces a content-sharing partnership with Springfield-based KOLR 10 news, which also has a studio in Branson.

“Our partnership with Earls Family Broadcasting and the Vacation Channel will bring fresh new content to viewers and listeners in the Branson Tri-Lakes area,” said Leo Henning, vice president and general manager of KOZL-TV. “Their new studio facility at the Starlite, along with our studio in Historic Downtown Branson, provides another venue for our Branson broadcasts in the heart of the Highway 76 corridor.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to join forces with two organizations of this caliber,” said Slavik. “EFB, Starlite Theatre, and KOLR 10 hope that, together, we can serve this community in ways we wouldn’t have been able to do on our own.”


Beginning in 1989, Earls Family Broadcasting (EFB) works to serve the community—residents, visitors, and businesses—by transmitting media and advertising over five radio stations, two television channels, nine websites, and social media that enhance their quality of life. www.earlsfamilybroadcasting.com