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Jo Walker-Meador

November 2, 1989 OHC311 28 min.


Executive director of the Country Music Association (CMA) from 1962-1991. Born February 16, 1924. Played an important role in the growth of the country music broadcasting industry. Under her leadership the CMA was instrumental in expanding the number of country radio stations, and creating the Country Music Hall of Fame®, the Country Music Foundation, the CMA Awards Show, and Fan Fair. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1989 November 2
(28 minutes)
Former Country Music Association (CMA) executive director, Jo Walker-Meador, describes the evolution of the CMA and the important organizational role played by BMI. Discussion includes the CMA’s role within the music industry; reasons for the formation of the Country Music Foundation (CMF); an overview of the history of the CMA’s work; the association between the CMA and BMI, including the role of Bob Burton and Frances Preston; BMI’s assistance in establishing organizational members and building the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum; and comments on BMI’s contributions to the music industry in general.

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