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Highway to Be Renamed in Honor of Artist Whose Album Cover Was Shot There

Part of Interstate 71/75 in Florence will be named in honor of country music singer and radio disc jockey Jack Reno.

The cover photo for his 1972 album Hitchin' a Ride was taken near the on-ramp from U.S. 42 in Florence.

State Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence) proposed and passe dlegislation to name it the Jack Reno Memorial Highway.

His country cover of Vanity Fare's top-5 1970 single "Hitchin' a Ride", which provided the name for Reno's album, peaked at number 12 on the Billboard country chart in 1971. The album peaked at number 44.

In 1975, Reno joined the staff of 700 WLW and hosted a country & western radio show, The Jack Reno Interstate 7 Show.

He also gave to local charities and in 1977 was honored with the Open Road Truck Drivers' Country Music Award.

Reno and his family moved to Florence in 1972 and his family still lives there.

He died in 2008 at the age of 72.

On Thursday, May 24, Wuchner and Florence Mayor Diane Whalen will host a sign-unveiling at the Florence Government Center (8100 Ewing Blvd.).

-Staff report