RFD-TV Theater Open for Business

Patrick Gottsch opened RFD-TV The Theatre with a sold-out show March 28, 2007 featuring Ralph Emory and Willie Nelson. The 2,000-seat theater will have daily shows featuring Sons of Tennessee, Leroy Troy and Penny Gilley, along with guest acts throughout the summer, including Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers and The Beach Boys. Shows, which have ticket prices between $25 and $60, are filmed for national broadcast on RFD-TV, a seven-year-old, 24-hour television network.

RFD-TV targets rural viewers and is available to 30 million U.S. households through DirecTV, Dish Network and 625 cable systems, including Mediacom. Gottsch, president and founder of the Omaha, Neb.-based network, spent $1 million remodeling the former Ray Stevens Theatre, which included installing television production equipment.

RFD-TV currently has its production studios in Nashville, Tenn., but Gottsch plans to relocate both the company’s headquarters and production studios to Branson within the next two years. To accommodate the move, Gottsch plans to eventually purchase land and build new buildings in Branson. He also plans to launch a Branson-based satellite radio channel in September.

Gottsch, who first visited Branson in August, said the town feels like home.

4080 W. Highway 76 
Branson, Missouri
Box office hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.
Phone: (417) 332-2344.

Corey Smith

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