Aaron Shelton

Date: 1983 September 30
Length: 120 min.
Call Number: OHC255


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 30
(2 hours)
Nashville recording engineer Aaron Shelton talks about WSM’s transition from radio to television. Discussion includes the 1932 WSM program schedule; program development; the Grand Ole Opry; the technology behind early remote broadcasts; details from his studio recording, including the work behind “Near You”; Nashville as a place for recording; producers he worked with, including Ken Nelson, and Don Law; memories from his years as a recording engineer; the technology behind the move to television; the first WSM-TV broadcasts; and comments on the impact of television.