They set the tone by their way of speaking, their voices, the way the audiences accepted them. Sometimes becoming as much a star as the artists and groups they told us about. Back then when radio was king, they became a part of the family as they would gather around to listen to the shows.
We'd be willing to bet that even today, many of you would admit to some way the radio and the music affected your life somewhere along the way. We grew up listening to an old pocket sized transistor radio, sometimes putting it underneath our pillow and tuning in late night to WSM in Nashville where Ralph Emery was broadcasting instead of falling asleep when school was the next morning. Even earlier, got to listen to a local DJ named Uncle Len (Ellis) who was on WJOB in Hammond, Indiana back then and later, in college, when he was on WLJE in Valparaiso, Indiana. If my memory is okay, Uncle Len hosted quite a few 'package' shows back then at the Hammond Civic Center that Hammond Tech and Hammond High Schools shared. And began a lifelong fascination and love for this hillbilly music.
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