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Waking up in 1966

Posted Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 3:06 PM

Today's Nashville morning TV is news, news and more news -- okay, there's some fluff on Fox 17 -- but it wasn't so long ago that country music and Ralph Emery ruled the airwaves.

Courtesy of an unexpected source -- WFMU radio in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City -- here's a look at Opry Almanac, WSM-TV's (no WSM'V' then) morning show from March 8, 1966. Scroll down to February 23, 2008's "Beware Of The Blog" entry and you'll find the video.

Guests include a hoarse Roger Miller, who seems somewhat uncomfortable; Jerry Allison, a former member of Buddy Holly's Crickets, who talks about those days; and recent Bedford County resident Charlie Louvin.

I'm a little too young to remember this version of Emery's many morning shows, but it's an interesting view and contains some good performances. Seems like a fun show to wake up with.

It's also a peek back at what Middle Tennessee life was like 42 years ago next Saturday.

You'll see an ad for Central Rambler (remember Ramblers? Remember who sold them in Shelbyville?) and the day's headlines read by Roger Olsen, who some of you may remember as a Channel 4 newscaster for several years in the late '60s.

In these days of computer graphics, it's odd to see Olsen's weather forecast handcopied on a writing tablet.

Middle Tennessee needs a "freeform" radio station like WFMU and others in the New York area. The videos and songs presented on their web site reflect the music played on WFMU's many specialty shows. Note the other "Beware Of The Blog" entries -- a massive array of entertainment many people have probably never even thought of. Impressive.

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I remember the Ralph Emery Show well maybe too well. I worked for The Nashville Network for 8 years in the late 70's early 80's we Broadcasted and taped The Ralph Emery Show every morning, along with Crook and Chase, Nashville Now and Pop goes the country.

I can honestly say Mr Emery did not function well in the mornings until he got his coffee and cigar. But after he got his fixes he was almost bearable to work with :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 6:23 PM

I remember it too. That was what I watched in the morning when I was half awake before getting ready for school. I liked the chalk toss. You toss the chalk up and try to catch it in your pocket. We would try and do that and we would have chalk all over our shirt.

-- Posted by Annette 5 on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 6:35 PM

Remember Shotgun Red on Nashville Now?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 9:34 PM

I do! Isn't this fun to remember even though it wasn't that long ago.

What about "Hey, hey, hey" D.T. McCall & Sons?

-- Posted by Annette 5 on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 10:19 PM


"Home of the free Delivery" :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 11:57 PM

Don't forget the "Out House" races...

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 7:56 AM

Thanks for the memories, and thanks for sharing the video clip. When we lived in Shelbyville that show by various names was one of our favorites.

Dianatn, Nashville Now was also among our favorites, and I sure do miss TNN.

By the way could it have been David Enochs that sold the Rambler, or maybe it was Wilkins. My memory is not what it used to be.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 10:00 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.