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Country music has always been a part of Jim's life. His dad listened to country music on the car radio and we watched every country music special on TV. I loved watching The Buck Owens Show because they were always wearing flashy duds and singing cool songs. I loved the TV specials and movies including The Johnny Cash specials, Eddy Arnold Specials, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The CMA Award Show, Urban Cowboy and others. The movie that really helped shaped my musical passion was "Hey Good Looking" The story of Hank Williams Senior. Of course from 1967 who could forget "Hillbillies In A Haunted House"? Country singers on their way to Nashville have car trouble, forcing them to stop at an old haunted mansion.
Remember 8 Track Stereos in cars? My dad had two 8 Tracks; the Best of Buck Owens and The best of Merle Haggard. As a child I sang along with those 8 Tracks until I knew every word of every song. My parents took me to Nashville when I was 12 to see a show at the Grand Ole Opry where I saw Whispering Bill Anderson and others. What a huge impression that made on me too. The mother church of country music.
I got into country radio in 1977 while still in high school and its the only format I've ever worked. I'm sharing this with you because I want you to know I love this music as much as you do and have a deep appreciation for the history of our country music. I would bet like you, It's part of the fabric of our personalities. As I get older, I seem to relate to the lyrics even more.