WOPI in Bristol, Tennessee has been broadcasting since 1929. It plays a critical role in the region and it now resides in a giant, three-story guitar. That’s only part of story. The building and station are tied to a man named Joe Morrell. Joe Morrell, a musician in Curly King and the Tennessee Hilltoppers, made Guitars for bluegrass players on The Crooked Road, or Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Emile Klein of You’re U.S. shares the story of a man who helped cement Bristol’s title of “The Birthplace of Country Music.” and whose contributions are still supporting the region’s rich musical heritage today.
Sound Studio for Mac: Pro audio recording without the price.
Emile took some more photos of his trip:
Joe and Curly King (Photo from: Images of America, Bristol by George Stone and Sonya A. Haskins. Copyright 2005.)
The music in this episode was provided by Michael Staun.
Special thanks to WCQS for generously offering their studio for the recording of this piece.
This episode uses these sound effects from freesound.org: ‘Seattle Public Market Center’ by Lenguaverde