David P.  Stone

Date: 1983 May 24
Length: 95 min.
Call Number: OHC289


Radio and television broadcaster. Born October 27, 1901. Died August 31, 1995. Joined WSM Nashville as general staff and Grand Ole Opry announcer, early 1930s. Joined KSTP St. Paul, 1940. Founder, Sunset Valley Barn Dance radio and television shows. Host, Hymn Time, 1960s-1970s. Retired from broadcasting, 1977.

Interview Summary

1983 May 24
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Broadcaster David P. Stone talks about his experiences as host of the Grand Ole Opry during the 1930s. Discussion includes the association between Roy Acuff and Fred Rose; memories of Roy Acuff; his early work as promoter; the Prince Albert Show on NBC; working with J. L. Frank; memories of early Opry performers, including Uncle Dave Macon, Asher & Little Jimmie Sizemore, and Uncle Jimmy Thompson; the role of Vito Pellettieri; the development of the Opry’s format; and comments on early WSM programming.