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Ott Devine

September 11, 1986 OHC86 104 min.


Radio executive. Born May 1, 1910. Died January 30, 1994. Full name: Ottis Edward Devine. Started with WSM Nashville as an announcer in 1935. Appointed manager of the Grand Ole Opry in 1959. Retired from WSM in 1968.

Interview Summary

1986 September 11
(1 hour, 44 minutes)
Radio executive Ott Devine recalls his career at Nashville radio station WSM. Discussion includes his start in radio; joining WSM as an announcer in 1935; early experiences with the Grand Ole Opry; early Opry sponsors; early WSM announcers and staff; early WSM programming; changes at the Opry during the late 1950s; experiences managing the Opry; and memories of Opry performers.

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