Aaron Shelton

Date: 1983 September 01
Length: 165 min.
Call Number: OHC252


Radio and recording engineer. Born July 23, 1910. Died April 2000. Engineer for WSM Nashville and WSM-TV from 1930-1975. Co-founded the Castle Recording Laboratory, Nashville’s first professional recording service (1945-1956). During the studio’s decade of operation he worked as the chief engineer and recorded numerous country hits, including Red Foley’s “Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy,” and Hank Williams’s “You Win Again.”

Interview Summary

1983 September 1
(2 hours, 45 minutes)
Nashville radio engineer Aaron Shelton describes the early years of his career at WSM Nashville. Discussion includes the early days of radio; his career background; early WSM programming and schedule, including the Pan American broadcast; early WSM radio equipment and transmitters; details of his early jobs at WSM; early WSM personalities; WSM’s affiliation with NBC; early recollections of Fred Rose; working with Harry Stone; the early days of the Grand Ole Opry; comments on the WSM tower; the role of the National Life Insurance Company; and highlights from WSM’s early years.