It was a night of celebration Tuesday (Feb. 26) at the Nashville Convention Center as the 2013 Country Radio Seminar kicked off with the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame ceremony. Five broadcasters were inducted into the Hall, and one country music icon was celebrated for his legendary career.
Among the 2013 class was legendary Texas broadcaster Gaylon Christie. With a career spanning five decades, the Holland, TX native has enjoyed a varied radio career with stints on-air, in sales, and as a station owner at the legendary Texas station KOOV. In his acceptance speech, Christie humbly professed his love for the country format.
“Doctor” Don Carpenter made a decision back in the 1980s to leave a successful veterinary career to enter the radio business. He enjoyed a successful career with stops in Tampa, Des Moines, and Pittsburgh before landing in Detroit. He had never worked in country before – until the station changed formats, becoming powerhouse WCYD. He said he soon fell in love with the format, and talked about his sometimes irreverent approach to radio – which has included putting artists on toilet seats for interviews, and asking Billy Ray Cyrus math questions on the air.