Aaron Shelton

Date: 1983 October 06
Length: 106 min.
Call Number: OHC256


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 October 6
(1 hour, 46 minutes)
Nashville recording engineer Aaron Shelton talks about his career from the 1950s-early 1970s, focusing on the development of television station WSMV Nashville. Discussion includes WSM’s efforts to bring live network television to Nashville in 1950 and the technology employed to achieve this; key technical developments in television filming, including his own inventions; his role as engineer in charge of television; growth of the television staff; the role of George Reynolds; the creation and installment of the WSM television station; the start of WSM-FM; adding the Friday night Grand Ole Opry to WSM’s programming; and his role in the development of the Opryland theme park.