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Siren 2: A Special Evening of Film and Music Celebrating Jim Ridley


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you’re not familiar with the remarkable life and mid-state legacy of the late Jim Ridley, here’s your chance to remedy that oversight.

The College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State and White Avenue Studio are partnering to conduct a memorial for Ridley Friday evening in Nashville.

Ridley was the long-time editor of Music City’s alternative news weekly, The Nashville Scene. He died a little over a year ago following a short illness.

Ridley was a Murfreesboro native and MTSU alum. The University’s Abby White is just one of the many mid-state media professionals who once worked for Ridley.

“Jim had a gift for devising the most extraordinary way to describe an ordinary thing about life. He just really managed to capture life in Middle Tennessee in a way that I don’t think anybody else has.”

White says the MTSU/White Ave Studio tribute to Ridley will include music, short films, a silent auction, and a guest list that’s a real who’s who of Middle Tennessee.

“I don’t want to give away the whole guest list, but I can assure you there are a lot of VIPs from the Middle Tennessee media and political scene. There’s going to be lots of Jim’s friends and family."

The Ridley Memorial will be held at White Avenue Studios in the Melrose area beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are required with proceeds benefiting the Jim Ridley Memorial Scholarship at MTSU. Here's a link where you can find more details.