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Jo Walker-Meador

June 18, 1996 OHC312 74 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 FameĀ®, the Country Music Foundation, the CMA Awards Show, and Fan Fair. Member, Country Music Hall of FameĀ®.

Interview Summary

1996 June 18
(1 hour, 14 minutes)
Former Country Music Association (CMA) executive director, Jo Walker-Meador, talks about her career and the beginning of the CMA. Discussion includes her family history and education; Nashville during the 1940s; her career development; the start of the CMA; contributions of first CMA executive director, Harry Stone; and the departure of Harry Stone.

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