Built by a 16-year-old high school student named Jack DeWitt, the first radio station in Nashville went on the air in 1922. Three years later, DeWitt helped start WSM, arguably one of the nation's greatest radio stations, and in 1950, he and WSM put Nashville's first television station on the air. Over the years, Nashville has had its share of local radio personalities, such as Noel Ball, Coyote McCloud, and Gerry House, as well as television personalities like Jud Collins, Bill Jay, and Larry Munson. Nationally recognized stars such as Dinah Shore, Oprah Winfrey, Pat Sajak, and Pat Boone started their careers in Nashville as well. Here are the stories and images of the people heard on transistor radios and the programsincluding Five O'Clock Hop, Ruffin' Reddy, and The Mickey Mouse Clubwatched by children while they did their homework.
About the Author
A broadcast veteran of 48 years, Lee Dorman holds both a bachelor of science degree and master of arts degree in history. Growing up in Nashville, watching its television, and listening to its radio, Dorman has first-hand knowledge of Nashville's broadcast community that lends authenticity and color to this book.
Table of Contents
1 Nashville Radio: The Early Years 9
2 Radio's Big Three: WSM, WLAC, WSIX 21
3 Nashville Gets New Radio Stations 29
4 The Rock and Roll Radio Wars 39
5 The Rise of FM Radio 59
6 Television Comes to Nashville 71
7 The Big Three Get Bigger 95
8 Nashville Television Grows Up 111
9 Yesterday and Today 123