WYCD's Steve Grunwald Delivers Cow That Brad Paisley Purchased For African Tribe
October 16, 2012 at 7:47 AM (PT)
ARISTA NASHVILLE artist BRAD PAISLEY is known for his practical jokes and sense of humor. However, a wager that began five years ago with CBS RADIO Country WYCD/ DETROIT morning show co-host STEVE GRUNWALD, has now affected an entire tribe in KENYA, AFRICA -- in a positive way.
In 2007 (NET NEWS 9/21/07), STEVE GRUNWALD accepted a challenge to be sent anywhere in the world (as determined and voted upon by WYCD listeners), and return to DETROIT by only using $99.50 and no commercial transportation. He had previously accomplished the same task on trips to ALASKA, NEW MEXICO and the AMAZON JUNGLE.
To raise the stakes, BRAD PAISLEY told STEVE that if he successfully visited 10 countries in 10 days, that he would give the station 20 backstage passes for listeners at his upcoming concert. BRAD also came up with the idea for GRUNWALD's journey to begin at the bottom of MT. KILIMANJARO.
While GRUNWALD could not complete the "10 countries in 10 days" challenge, he did take a BRAD PAISLEY cardboard cutout with him and photographed it along the trek. STEVE also kept in touch with many of the people that he had met along the way, one of them being an AFRICAN tribal leader in KENYA.
Recently, STEVE received a request to provide a cow to the KENYAN village -- as it would support the village for a long time. STEVE forwarded the request to PAISLEY who offered to purchase the cow and fund GRUNWALD’s trip to deliver it to the Chief of the MASAI tribe.
GRUNWALD, not one to back down from a challenge, personally presented a new calf named “PAISLEY” to the AFRICAN village on behalf of BRAD PAISLEY on THURSDAY (10/11). The MASAI had been waiting for STEVE on the side of the road for two days. Much to their surprise, he had 3 additional cows named "GARY," "JOE DON" and "JAY" with him. They were named after RASCAL FLATTS who had heard about, and contributed to the quest.
Follow STEVE GRUNWALD’s “BRAD PAISLEY COW PROJECT” adventures on his blog, here.