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Kevin Marvin Anderson, Local Man With WSM Radio, Grand Ole Opry Connection, Dies

May 20, 2016

Hat Tip To Solly.


Kevin Marvin Anderson would have been so wonderful to have talked with over coffee.  From his days traveling with Sonny James, working at famed WSM radio, and standing on the world-famous stage as an announcer for the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in the nation there would have been no shortage of topics to discuss.   Long-time readers to this blog know why Anderson would be a treasure-trove of stories about Nashville and some of the country music stars he would have come to know over the years.

While there are plenty of words to be found on CP about the ones who stand in the lights of the Opry stage we are all aware that the ones who stand off to the side of the stage and announce the show are very much a part of the event.  To have had that experience  must have been one his shining memories.

My thoughts go out to his family and certainly wide array of friends at this time.    I know there is a sense of deep loss right now.  But without ever meeting Anderson I strongly suspect that he would not want a slow mournful fiddle being played in his memory, but instead want something more sprightly and reflective of the way he loved the music that was so often heard from the Opry stage.

That is, after all, the spirit that resides within a classic country music fan.

Kevin Marvin Anderson, age 56, passed away unexpectedly from cardiac arrest on Monday, May 16, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. He was born in Madison on June 24, 1959, the son of Marvin and Eunice (Bronte) Anderson.

Kevin was a 1977 graduate of Monona Grove High School. His passion for music began in Sunday school at West Koshkonong Lutheran Church in Stoughton, and he was also a member of Don Ring’s Orchestra while in high school. Kevin moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, but soon left to join country artist Jana Jae’s touring band. A talented musician, Kevin toured the country playing music, first with Jana Jae and then with Sonny James on guitar and backing vocals.

After leaving the road, Kevin returned to Nashville to work at WSM Radio, where he served as a producer for the Bill Cody morning show, then became the WSMFM music director before working as a part-time announcer for the Grand Ole Opry. As a longstanding fixture with WSM, Kevin had the opportunity to meet and befriend many of his country music idols and other entertainers.

Kevin’s love of country music was second only to his love for his family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at West Koshkonong Church 1911 Koshkonong Road, Stoughton. Burial will follow in West Koshkonong Cemetery

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