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Waking up in 1966Posted 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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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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