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Eddie Stubbs, WSM Announcer, Is a Gentleman

June 25, 2015

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Working in broadcasting is not easy. When it sounds relaxing and conversational that means the announcer is a top-notch professional. Such as with WSM radio announcer Eddie Stubbs.

Stubbs was mentioned in my book Walking Up The Ramp for being a gentleman at the time my parents and I attended the Grand Ole Opry. Mom and Dad were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and from the world famous stage he announced that a couple from Hancock, Wisconsin was in the Opry House.   I had spoken to him personally that morning to make the arrangements. The entire crowd applauded the milestone.

Listening to Stubbs on AM 650 means that there is information to be learned about classic country music as he is a walking encyclopedia on the stars who sang from the Ryman and made records that still resonate with a large swath of the nation.  This year Stubbs celebrates 20 years with The Air Castle of the South, WSM.

Unbeknownst to Stubbs, he was one of six people being auditioned to replace retiring “Opry” announcer Charlie Douglas. After two more weeks of auditions — “I prayed a lot, I know that.” — he landed the job, which began on June 23, 1995. “It means the world to me,” he said of his 20th anniversary.

“In retrospect, I feel like I got here at the end of an era, because when I became an announcer, Bill Monroe and Grandpa Jones and Hank Snow were all still hosting segments of the ‘Opry’ and were all in their early 80s,” he said. “They all were gone by the end of 1999. Being able to be around those people and to work with them was a humbling experience.”

There are only two announcers in “Opry” history who were there longer — Stubbs’ heroes Grant Turner, who was there 47 years, and Hairl Hensley, who was there 35 years.

He is quick to note that while his heroes are legends, he isn’t — which is perhaps the only fact in country music history that he has gotten wrong.

“I am just Eddie Stubbs,” he said. “That is all I know how to be. I know I am different from other folks. I have had the same hairstyle my whole life. I just have a little less on top now, and what is on the sides has gotten grayer over the years.”

The epitome of dignity, restraint and earnestness, Stubbs possesses a genteel manner from another era. He’s always impeccably dressed, usually in a suit and tie, and never seems to gain a pound on his tall, lean frame. The self-taught scholar is known at the “Opry” as the “walking encyclopedia of country music.”

5 Comments
  1. Aaron permalink
    May 18, 2018 7:44 PM

    Eddie Stubbs is about as good as they come. Never a bad night on the air when he is in studio.

  2. March 24, 2018 12:51 PM

    We were listening last night on the car radio as we did errands all the way up here in Madison, Wisconsin,. Would have been nice to be in Opry house,.

  3. Daina permalink
    March 24, 2018 10:36 AM

    His voice remains pure and so right for the Grand Ole Opry. He was on stage last night in Nashville.

  4. Alan permalink
    June 4, 2017 9:39 AM

    Eddie is the ultimate gentleman in the broadcasting industry. There is no one else even remotely like him.

  5. Travis permalink
    January 26, 2017 8:41 PM

    If there is one essential country music DJ it is Eddie. THY best!

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