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Randall "Randy" Atcher (December 7, 1918 – October 9, 2002) was an American country musician.

Atcher was born in Tip Top, Kentucky, the fifth in a family of eight. Soon after his birth his family moved to North Dakota, and then back to Kentucky when he was twelve. As a high schooler, Atcher played guitar and mandolin on WHAS radio in Louisville. He intended to continue his education at Western Kentucky State College, but a flood at the family home quashed the plan.

In 1938, he left Louisville for Chicago and put a band together there. He won slots performing on WJJD and WBBM and became a local star; he also recorded occasionally with his older brother, Bob Atcher. During World War II he spent nearly four years in the Army Air Forces, and married his wife Daphne, an Australian. Upon his discharge he returned to WHAS, performing on their Old Kentucky Barn Dance, and signed a contract with MGM Records. WHAS expanded into a television division in 1950, and the next year Atcher formed a new band, the Red River Ramblers, who performed on the WHAS children's show T-Bar-V Ranch every weekday at 4PM. Randy, the star of the show, and his sidekick, Cactus (played by Tom Brooks, brother of actor and comedian Foster Brooks), sang songs, performed skits, and gave parenting tips. In 1953, White Castle began advertising its hamburgers through the show, the first of several companies who contracted product placement.

The show ran until 1970, when it was abruptly cancelled. the Red River Ramblers, who included George Workman on bass, Shorty Chesser on guitar, Bernie Smith on guitar and banjo, Sleepy Marlin on fiddle, and Tiny Thomale on piano, also performed on the Hayloft Hoedown TV show (which ran to 1971) and live at local state fairs and events.

Atcher receded from fame after the show was cancelled, but remained a popular entertainer in Louisville. He died in 2002.

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:28:55 -0700

Other musicians in Falk's talk included conductor Robert Whitney, fiddler Cato Watts, Rick Bartlett (singing "Take Me Back to Louisville"), Cosmo & The Counts, Randy Atcher, guitarist Greg Walker, drummer Marvin Maxwell and the L & N Railroad Band.
 
Louisville.com
Sun, 10 Jun 2012 16:42:59 -0700

fisbie_bigger.jpg Inman reminds us of the local heroes of our youth: WAVE's Ed Kallay and Ryan Halloran, WHAS's Randy Atcher, "Cactus" Tom Brooks, Milton Metz and Phyllis Knight, WLKY's Diane Sawyer and Ken Roland, and WDRB's Presto the Clown.
 
The Courier-Journal
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:06:10 -0700

Since many people don't carry cash, the WHAS Crusade for Children is giving people a 21st-century option when a firefighter holds out a boot or bucket. Crusade fundraisers are using technology, a QR code. With a code reader on your smart phone, you can ...
 
State-Journal.com
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:52:52 -0700

They'll be performing their WWII USO show again Aug. 15 at the American Legion, and they have a Christmas show in the works. Born in Louisville, Nancy is a distant cousin to Randy Atcher, a country musician, who entertained on WHAS in the late 1960s.
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