‘Small Town USA' Singer Justin Moore to Succeed Tommy Smith on The Buzz

‘Small Town USA' Singer Justin Moore to Succeed Tommy Smith on The Buzz
Country musician Justin Moore performs onstage at the 2015 FarmBorough Festival in New York City. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)

Country singer Justin Moore, an Arkansas native and avid Razorback fan, has been named to fill the cowboy boots of “Outlaw” Tommy Smith on the “Show With No Name,” the sports-centered morning program on The Buzz, 103.7 FM.

Smith, a 40-year fixture in Arkansas radio, announced recently that he would be retiring at year’s end, moving up plans to depart in the spring. Former Arkansas Razorback linebacker and co-host David Bazzel announced Moore’s addition on the air Tuesday morning, describing the singer of hits like “Small Town USA” and “Why We Drink” as “the pride of Poyen, Arkansas.”

“When Tommy announced his future retirement back in April of 2020 we started looking for someone who could bring something special and unique to the Buzz morning show,” said Bazzel, who cited Moore’s bona fides as a true-red Razorback devotee and family man.

“He is a country artist who’s had 10 No. 1 hits and over 3 billion streams of his songs on Pandora,” Bazzel said. “He has loyal fans everywhere and 2.4 million followers on Facebook, and over a million followers on Twitter.”

Smith, who told Arkansas Business last week that myasthenia gravis has devastated his voice, moved up retirement “because I can’t do what I used to do.” For Bazzel and the Buzz, it was the end of an era. He and Smith had been doing the show since 2004.

“We are extremely thankful to have had Tommy on our air for nearly 20 years,” station General Manager Justin Acri said, but he and the 103.7 team were also hugely proud to land Moore, who is scheduled to be the opening act for country icon George Strait at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock in March.

“[Moore] truly has an inspirational story that started in a town of only 300 people [Poyen is in Grant County, east of Malvern],” Bazzel said. “We’re thrilled that he is continuing that story with us.”

Moore, who has four children with his wife, Kate, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Moore will join Bazzel when the new show debuts Thursday, Dec. 30, “down in Tampa at the Outback Bowl.” The No. 22 Razorbacks are playing Penn State University in the bowl game at 11 a.m. New Year’s Day.

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