Interview with Mac Wiseman, July 11, 2006

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:00 - Family's interest in music

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Partial Transcript: Today is the eleventh of July, 2006.

Segment Synopsis: Mac Wiseman talks about his childhood in Crimora, Virginia. He talks about his family's interest in music, including his mother's ability to play the organ and read shape notes, and his father and grandmother's interest in listening to records.

Keywords: Brothers; Churches; Family; Fathers; Grandmothers; Home; Interest; Mothers; Organs (Musical instruments); Radio shows; Shape notes; Sheet music; Shenandoah Valley; Singing; Sisters; Songs

Subjects: Childhood; Crimora (Va.); Families.; Music.; Musical families; Musical instruments.; Radio programs.; Records.; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Sound recordings.

GPS: Crimora (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 38.160833, -78.839167
00:09:28 - Father's occupations and the Great Depression

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Partial Transcript: So if I'm piecing this together right you're five or six years old maybe when this music bug is really start--

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about some of the jobs his father held over the years, including tenant farmer and miller, among others. He describes growing up during the Great Depression. He says they never went hungry, but talks about the lack of plumbing and electricity in his childhood home.

Keywords: Crimora (Va.); Electricity; Fathers; Food; Furniture; Great Depression; Growing food; Houses; Hungry; Jobs; Mechanics; Milling; Mills; Mothers; Moving; Outhouses; Plumbing; Tenant farming

Subjects: Childhood; Depressions--1929; Employment; Occupations; Refuse and refuse disposal; Rural conditions; Rural electrification; Sewerage

GPS: Crimora (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 38.160833, -78.839167
00:16:43 - First guitar / rural conditions

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Partial Transcript: Getting back to your musical involvement as a, as a little boy there...

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about singing in church, his first guitar (ordered from a Sears Roebuck catalog) and the trouble he had getting it in tune. He mentions the first band he joined, The Hungry Five. He mentions the difficulties involved in living in remote areas, including poor road conditions.

Keywords: Churches; Guitars; High schools; In tune; Preachers; Radio shows; Singing; The Hungry Five (Artist); Tuning; Wagons

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Childhood; Musical groups.; Musical instruments.; Rural children; Rural conditions; Rural roads

GPS: Crimora (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 38.160833, -78.839167
00:22:15 - Learning to play guitar / early musical influences

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Partial Transcript: You had some health problems as a young boy, I know.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about how he began learning to play guitar while on bed rest after surgery. He talks about some of the first songs he learned, and mentions some of the artists who inspired him or influenced his style.

Keywords: Bing Crosby (Artist); Carter Family (Artist); Coordination; Crosby, Bing (Artist); Empty Cot in the Bunkhouse Tonight (Song); Guitar players; Guitars; Health problems; Heroes; Influences; Jimmie Rodgers (Artist); Local musicians; Polio; Radio shows; Rodgers, Jimmie (Artist); Songs; Surgery; Yodeling

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Childhood; Music icons; Musical groups.; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Crimora (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 38.160833, -78.839167
00:29:50 - Involvement with music during high school

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Partial Transcript: Now progressing up to your high school era, if you will...

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks more about the band he joined during high school, the Hungry Five. He talks about what happened to the band after graduation and talks about reuniting with his bandmates decades later.

Keywords: Future Farmers of America (FFA); High schools; Jobs; Military draft; Military service; Radio broadcasts; Radio shows; Singers; Singing; The Hungry Five (Artist); WSVA (Radio station)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical instruments.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

00:35:16 - Jobs and education

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Partial Transcript: When you were in high school, uh, were you thinking about the future?

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about his interest in becoming an accountant. He tells a story about securing a job in a factory during the summer break from school. He talks about the importance of education in his family, the instability of the music business, and talks about working at a manganese mine.

Keywords: 1940; Accounting; Bookkeeping; Church treasurers; Colleges; Cotton mills; Factories; Fathers; Future; Harrisonburg (Va.); Jobs; Manganese mines; Money; Mothers; Music business; Payment; Salary; Singing; Social Security cards; Wages; Williams, Woody; Woody Williams; Work; World War II

Subjects: Education; Education, Higher; Employment; Higher education; Occupations; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; World War, 1939-1945

GPS: Harrisonburg (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 38.449444, -78.868889
00:46:59 - First job in radio in Harrisonburg, Virginia and learning communication skills

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Partial Transcript: And here's a, another turning point I'd like to point out.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about his first job on a radio station while attending the Shenandoah Music Conservatory. He talks about the training he received while working at the station, including learning to be a good communicator. He talks about the factors that impacted his voice and way of speaking. He talks about Buddy Starcher's influence on him.

Keywords: Accents; Announcing; Buddy Starcher (Artist); Colleges; Communication; Communication skills; Compensation; Concerts; Contributions; Diction; Emcees; Gigs; Harrisonburg (Va.); Heroes; Idols; Influence; Money; Normandy Invasion; Payment; Per inquiry (P.I.s); Pronunciation; Radio shows; Reading; Salary; Sales; Shenandoah Music Conservatory (now called Shenandoah University); Shows; Speaking; Starcher, Buddy (Artist); Training; Voice; WSVA (Radio station); Wages; World War II

Subjects: Education; Education, Higher; Higher education; Music icons; Music--Performance.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; World War, 1939-1945

GPS: Harrisonburg (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 38.449444, -78.868889
00:58:21 - Dreams of working in the music business

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Partial Transcript: Talking about traveling in your mind, if you will.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about his restlessness which led to his career in the music business, and his determination and planning which made him successful.

Keywords: Artists; Desire; Determination; Dreams; Lean times; Maryland; Planning; Projection; Realistic; Restless; Trains

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music--Economic aspects.; Musical groups.

01:03:17 - Working in Frederick, Maryland for radio station WFMD

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Partial Transcript: When did you make the decision to leave Harrisonburg?

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about leaving Harrisonburg to go to Frederick, Maryland to work at the WFMD radio station. He talks about some of the other artists who worked at the station at the time and the shows they played. He describes living through times when he was not making much money.

Keywords: Advertising; Amateur contests; Bradley Kincaid (Artist); Buck Ryan (Artist); Carnivals; Concerts; Frank Salt (Artist); Frederick (Md.); Friends; Gigs; Harrisonburg (Va.); Hired; Home; Hot water tomato soup; Joe Johnson (Artist); Johnson, Joe (Artist); Kincaid, Bradley (Artist); Lean times; Leaving; Married; McClanahan Grove; Money; Mount Jackson (Va.); Payment; Ryan, Buck (Artist); Salary; Salt & Peanuts (Artist); Salt, Frank (Artist); Shows; Songs; Sons of Pioneers (Artist); Virginia; WFMD (Radio station); Wages; World War II

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music--Economic aspects.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Frederick (Md.)
Map Coordinates: 39.413889, -77.411111
01:12:50 - Returning to Harrisonburg, Virginia / mentors and advice

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Partial Transcript: So you go back home to Virginia.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about why he decided to return to Harrisonburg. He talks about learning to be a good salesman and talks about some of his mentors. He talks about how his family felt about his lifestyle.

Keywords: Advice; Arthur Godfrey; Communication; Contributions; Debts; Dependability; Family; Father-in-law; Godfrey, Arthur; Harrisonburg (Va.); Impressions; Learning; Lee Moore; Mentors; Money; Moore, Lee; Opening acts; Pitchmen; Radio shows; Recognition; Sales tactics; Selling candy; Virginia; WWVA (Radio station); Waynesboro (Va.); Wheeling (W. Va.)

Subjects: Music business; Music icons; Music--Economic aspects.; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Harrisonburg (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 38.449444, -78.868889
01:22:41 - Playing and recording with Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks

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Partial Transcript: And to show you where it--how it pays off...

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about how his dependability led to him being offered a job with Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks. He describes Molly O'Day and talks about what it was like to work for her. He talks about the shows they played, the pay he received, the recordings he made with the band, and why he ultimately left.

Keywords: "Female Hank Williams"; 1946; 1947; Acuff Rose Publishing Company; Arthur Edward “Art” Satherley; Attitudes; Audio recording; Barn dances; Bass; Bob Wills (Artist); Chicago (Ill.); Columbia Records; Commercial recordings; Concerts; Davis, Lynn (Artist); Discs; Foree, Mel; Gigs; Hank Williams (Artist); Jobs; KMOX (Radio station); Keith, Leslie (Artist); Knoxville (Tenn.); Leaving; Leslie Keith (Artist); Lynn Davis (Artist); Mel Foree; Molly O'Day (Artist); Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks (Artist); Money; Music recording; Nashville (Tenn.); O'Day, Molly (Artist); Payment; Publishing companies; Recognition; Recommendations; Recording sessions; Recording studios; Salary; Sales; Satherley, Arthur Edward “Art”; Shows; Signing; Songbooks; St. Louis (Mo.); Stage presence; Uncle Art Satherley; Venues; WNOX (Radio station); Wages; Williams, Hank (Artist); Wills, Bob (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

GPS: Knoxville (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.972778, -83.942222
01:35:37 - Working in Bristol, Virginia for radio station WCYB

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Partial Transcript: So, you stay with Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks about six months.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about how he came to work for WCYB in Bristol. He talks about his original band not showing up on the first day of work and having to quickly form a new band. He talks about the shows they played and where they traveled, and the money they made.

Keywords: Auditions; Band members; Bill Monroe (Artist); Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Booking; Bristol (Tenn.); Bristol (Va.); Coal camps; Concerts; Curly Seckler (Artist); Electric guitars; Electric instruments; Farm and Fun Time (Radio program); Flatt and Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Gigs; Isley, Tex (Artist); Keith, Leslie; L. E. White (Artist); Leslie Keith; Louvin Brothers (Artist); Money; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Paul Prince (Artist); Payment; Prince, Paul (Artist); Products; Program directors; Radio shows; Recommendation; Regions; Roads; Salary; Sales; Seckler, Curly (Artist); Shows; Sound systems; Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, the (Artist); Tex Isley (Artist); The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys (Artist); Wages; Weather; White, L. E. (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music audiences; Music fans.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; Travel.

GPS: Bristol (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 36.6111, -82.1762
01:47:29 - Playing and recording with Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys

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Partial Transcript: So you go--if the chronology is right--you go to Bristol in, uh, late spring--

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about returning home and working for his father-in-law briefly in between music jobs. He talks about how he came to work for Flatt and Scruggs. He talks about the shows they played, the types of songs they were playing at the time, and recording during a recording ban. He tells a story about driving in a car with burned out headlights on dark country roads one night.

Keywords: 1948; Abingdon (Va.); Apartments; Art Wooten; Audio recording; Banjo players; Banjos; Bill Monroe (Artist); Booking; Bootleg recordings; Bristol (Tenn.); Bristol (Va.); Cars; Cedric Rainwater (Artist); Concerts; Country music; Damascus (Va.); Dances; Danville (Va.); Eanes, Jim (Artist); Earl Scruggs (Artist); Farm and Fun Time (Radio program); Father-in-law; Flatt and Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Gigs; Grocery business; Guitars; Headlights; Hickory (N.C.); Home; Jim Eanes (Artist); Jim Schumate (Artist); Leaving; Lifestyles; Listeners; Material; Mercury Records; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Music recording; Musical styles; Posters; Produce; Rainwater, Cedric (stage name of Howard Watts) (Artist); Recording bans; Recording sessions; Records; Renting; Rooming houses; Sales; Schumate, Jim (Artist); Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Shows; Singing; Songbooks; Songs; Songwriting; Transportation; Unions; Venues; Wooten, Art

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Employment; Music audiences; Music fans.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Occupations; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Travel.

GPS: Damascus (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 36.633889, -81.786944
02:04:50 - Working in Atlanta, Georgia for radio station WSB

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Partial Transcript: I know you've talked about this before that, uh, you're splitting the money five ways...

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about why he left Flatt and Scruggs and began working for WSB in Atlanta.

Keywords: 1949; Atlanta (Ga.); Bill Carlisle; Carlisle, Bill; Concerts; Flatt and Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Gigs; Leaving; Money; Payment; Quitting; Radio shows; Salary; Shows; WSB Barn Dance (Radio program); Wages

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Atlanta (Ga.)
Map Coordinates: 33.755, -84.39
02:07:50 - Playing with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

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Partial Transcript: And you, uh--your next step was to, uh, go to work with Bill Monroe.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about how he came to work for Bill Monroe, and lists the other members of the band at that time. He tells a story about initially not knowing any of Monroe's songs. He talks about what it was like playing on the Grand Ole Opry.

Keywords: 1949; Band members; Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Don Reno (Artist); Emcees; Ethridge, Floyd (Artist); Floyd Ethridge (Artist); Grand Ole Opry; Huntsville (Ala.); Jack Thompson (Artist); Jackie Phelps (Artist); Learning; Listening; Nashville (Tenn.); Phelps, Jackie (Artist); Porter Wagner (Artist); Reno, Don (Artist); Singing; Solemn Old Judge; Solo acts; Solo artists; Soloists; Songs; Thompson, Jack (Artist); Wagner, Porter (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

GPS: Huntsville (Ala.)
Map Coordinates: 34.73, -86.585
02:13:31 - Attitude regarding his career

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Partial Transcript: One of the things in, in having studied your career over the years...

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about why he often did not stay at one job for long periods of time. He talks about his attitude regarding business and work, demonstrating this attitude by telling a story about his work with Bill Monroe on WSM. He talks about the growth of records and disc jockeys after World War II.

Keywords: Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Booking; Careers; Connections; DJs; Deejays; Dependability; Disc jockeys; Leaving; Money; Morning shows; Name recognition; Nashville (Tenn.); Partying; Payment; People; Periods of time; Post-World War II; Quitting; Radio shows; Salary; Solo acts; Solo artists; Soloists; Songbooks; Test markets; Tulane Hotel; WSM (Radio station); Wages

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music--Economic aspects.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Nashville (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.166667, -86.783333
02:23:06 - Bill Monroe's baseball team

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Partial Transcript: Talk about the baseball team.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about the baseball team Bill Monroe organized and mentions some of the players. He talks about performing with the Blue Grass Boys and by himself before the baseball games.

Keywords: Akeman, David "Stringbean" (Artist); Baseball teams; Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Birch Monroe (Artist); Booking; Concerts; David "Stringbean" Akeman (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); G. W. Wilkerson (Artist); Gigs; Jackie Phelps (Artist); Lester Flatt (Artist); Melissa Monroe (Artist); Monroe, Birch (Artist); Monroe, Melissa (Artist); Phelps, Jackie (Artist); Shenandoah Valley Trio (Artist); Shows; Songs; Songwriting; Wilkerson, G. W. (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Baseball; Baseball players; Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

02:28:06 - Hank Williams / Uncle Dave Macon

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Partial Transcript: It was in that period of time that you got to meet Hank Williams.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about his relationship with Hank Williams and Williams' popularity with crowds. He talks about his relationship with Uncle Dave Macon and tells a story about drinking with him while on tour.

Keywords: Attitudes; Concerts; Crowds; Drinking; Driving; Gigs; Grand Ole Opry; Hank Williams (Artist); Hutchins, Les; Kirk McGee (Artist); Les Hutchins; Macon, Dave (Artist); McGee, Kirk (Artist); Package shows; Popularity; Promoters; Shows; Six More Miles (To the Graveyard) (Song); Songs; Touring; Uncle Dave Macon (Artist); Whiskey; Williams, Hank (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music audiences; Music fans.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Travel.

02:36:13 - Recording with Bill Monroe / learning from other artists

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Partial Transcript: Well those days working with Bill Monroe, uh, you created lasting memories and, and certainly lasting friendships as well.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about the experience of recording with Bill Monroe. He talks about Monroe's attitudes regarding the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs at this time. Wiseman talks about some of the artists he worked with and what he learned from them.

Keywords: 1949; Arthur Edward “Art” Satherley; Audio recording; Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Can't You Hear Me Calling (Song); Columbia Records; Compassion; Competition; Country music; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Eastern Kentucky; Feuds; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Guitars; Learning; Lester Flatt (Artist); Mentors; Music recording; Nashville (Tenn.); Past; Recording sessions; Recording studios; Rhythm; Richertone Records; Satherley, Arthur Edward “Art”; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Singing; Songs; Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, the (Artist); Stories; The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys (Artist); Timing; Treatment; Uncle Art Satherley

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music icons; Musical groups.; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

GPS: Nashville (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.166667, -86.783333
02:46:27 - Recording and releasing his own record

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Partial Transcript: Well, after you leave the Blue Grass Boys, uh, Christmas of '49, about that time if I'm right on that.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about becoming his own band leader and how he came to sign with Dot Records. He talks about the owner of Dot Records, Randy Wood, and how hard he worked to get Wiseman's records distributed. Wiseman talks about the various labels he was previously rejected by, despite recommendations from other artists.

Keywords: 1951; Arthur Edward “Art” Satherley; Audio recording; Band leaders; Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bristol (Tenn.); Bristol (Va.); Bulleit, Jim; Bullet Records; Capitol Records; Connections; Distributors; Dot Records; Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Home; Independent labels; Jim Bulleit; Jukeboxes; King Records; Louisiana Hayride (Radio program); Music recording; Randy Wood; Record companies; Record labels; Recording sessions; Recording studios; Rejection; Relations; Releasing; Ritter, Tex (Artist); Satherley, Arthur Edward “Art”; Shreveport (La.); Songs; Tex Ritter (Artist); Uncle Art Satherley; Wood, Randy

Subjects: Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

GPS: Bristol (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 36.6111, -82.1762
03:01:17 - Working on the Louisiana Hayride radio program

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Partial Transcript: I want to backtrack just a little bit and talk about the Louisiana Hayride.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about how he came to work on the Louisiana Hayride radio program which opened him up to a new market of fans.

Keywords: 1951; Artists; Audio recording; Band members; Florida; Louisiana Hayride (Radio program); Material; Morning shows; Music recording; Musical styles; Package shows; Popularity; Radio shows; Shreveport (La.); Songs; Sound

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Shreveport (La.)
Map Coordinates: 32.514722, -93.747222
03:07:16 - Working in Raleigh, North Carolina for radio station WANO / working in Mount Airy, North Carolina for radio station WPAQ / working in Roanoke, Virginia for radio station WDBJ

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Partial Transcript: What caused you to leave Shreveport?

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about leaving the Louisiana Hayride and how he came to work at WANO. He talks about why this move led to another time when he was not making much money and how he escaped this situation. He talks about how he came to work for Ralph Epperson at WPAQ. He talks about leaving there for WDBJ in Roanoke where he was told morning shows were not very popular. He tells a story about how he disproved this statement.

Keywords: 1951; Artists; Breakfast; Careers; Clyde Moody; Danville (Va.); Epperson, Ralph; Herbert Hoovin (Artist); Hoovin, Herbert (Artist); Jukeboxes; Lean times; Learning; Leaving; Mail; Mayo, Ralph (Artist); Money; Moody, Clyde; Morning shows; Mount Airy (N.C.); Payment; Per inquiry (P.I.s); Pictures; Radio shows; Raleigh (N.C.); Ralph Epperson; Ralph Mayo (Artist); Records; Roanoke (Va.); Salary; Sneaking out; WANO (Radio station); WDBJ (Radio station); WPAQ (Radio station); Wages

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Musical groups.; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Raleigh (N.C.)
Map Coordinates: 35.766667, -78.633333
03:19:26 - Recording while at Mount Airy / lean times

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Partial Transcript: Now you had done another session, if my memory's right, for Dot at this point in time.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about making more records while working in Mount Airy and the members of his band at this time. He talks more about living through times when he was not making much money and discusses his family's support during these times. He talks about the difference between "singing hungry" and more successful times.

Keywords: 'Singing hungry'; 1952; Akeman, David "Stringbean" (Artist); Approach; Artists; Attitudes; Audio recording; Band members; Children; David "Stringbean" Akeman (Artist); Desperation; Dot Records; Effort; Family; Gallatin (Tenn.); Home; In-laws; Lean times; Money; Mount Airy (N.C.); Music recording; Payment; Personnel; Randy Wood; Recording sessions; Recording studios; Salary; Satisfaction; Shackles and Chains (Song); Support; Wages; Wives; Wood, Randy

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music--Economic aspects.; Musical groups.; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

GPS: Mount Airy (N.C.)
Map Coordinates: 36.5, -80.616667
03:28:17 - Working in Knoxville, Tennessee for radio station WNOX / working in Baltimore, Maryland for radio station WBMD

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Partial Transcript: So you leave, uh, Roanoke, Virginia.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about working at station WNOX and the shows he performed on there. He talks about how he came to work in Baltimore on a radio show with a sponsor.

Keywords: 1952; Artists; Baltimore (Md.); Car lots; Competition; Country music; Davis, Ray; Johnny's Used Cars; Knoxville (Tenn.); Leaving; Markets; Midday Merry Go Round (Radio program); Money; Murphy, Red; Package shows; Payment; Radio shows; Ray Davis; Red Murphy; Roanoke (Va.); Salary; Saturday Night Tennessee Barn Dance (Radio program); Sponsors; Success; WBMD (Radio station); WNOX (Radio station); Wages

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Knoxville (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.972778, -83.942222
03:32:40 - Popularity of his records

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Partial Transcript: What was the distributorship on the records like at that point in time?

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks more about the work Randy Wood put into distributing Wiseman's records. He talks about the first royalty check he received and discusses people who have covered his songs.

Keywords: Attitudes; Audio recording; Cover songs; Covers; Distribution; Distributors; Hits; Independent labels; Jukeboxes; Markets; Material; Mentality; Music recording; Pierce, Webb (Artist); Popularity; Randy Wood; Record labels; Recording sessions; Recording studios; Releases; Royalties; Sales; Slim Whitman (Artist); Songs; Tis Sweet to be Remembered (Song); Webb Pierce (Artist); Whitman, Slim (Artist); Wood, Randy

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Musical groups.; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

03:41:48 - More on working in Baltimore, Maryland for radio station WBMD

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Partial Transcript: Of course when, when you were in Baltimore a lot of good things happened there.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks more about working in Baltimore, the kinds of shows he was playing at the time, and how much money he was making.

Keywords: 1953; Baltimore (Md.); Booking; Clubs; Concerts; Featured artists; Gigs; Money; Payment; Percentage; Richmond (Va.); Salary; Shows; Sponsorships; Sunset Park; Uncle Roy Walton; Venues; WBMD (Radio station); Wages; Walton, Roy

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Baltimore (Md.)
Map Coordinates: 39.283333, -76.616667
03:44:56 - Don Owens / Hank Williams' death

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Partial Transcript: While you were there in Baltimore, you met one of the most important people in your career.

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about the influence of legendary disc jockey Don Owens and talks about how Owens gave him the moniker, "Voice with a Heart." He talks about how he was affected by the death of Hank Williams.

Keywords: "Voice with a heart"; Audio recording; Authentic; Authority; Baltimore (Md.); Car lots; Careers; Chinatown; Compliments; DJs; Death; Deejays; Disc jockeys; Don Owens; Hank Snow (Artist); Hank Williams (Artist); Impact; Influence; Influential; Music recording; Owens, Don; Personality; Snow, Hank (Artist); WBMD (Radio station); WEAM (Radio station); Washington, D.C.; Williams, Hank (Artist)

Subjects: Music business; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Washington (D.C.)

GPS: Washington (D.C.)
Map Coordinates: 38.904722, -77.016389
03:53:56 - Leaving Baltimore for Richmond, Virginia

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Partial Transcript: What led you to leave Baltimore?

Segment Synopsis: Wiseman talks about why he left Baltimore and began working in Richmond, Virginia. He talks about his experience working with "Sunshine Sue" Workman.

[The interview is concluded for the day but continues in interview IBMM036 which can be accessed through the link below.]

Keywords: Baltimore (Md.); CBS network shows; Concerts; Control; Coverage; Drive-in theaters; George "Pop" Popkins; Gigs; Leaving; Malicious; Mary Higdon "Sunshine Sue" Workman (Artist); Popkins, George "Pop"; Power; Records; Richmond (Va.); Shows; Sunshine Sue; Venues; WRVA (Radio station); WRVA Barn Dance (Radio program); WXGI (Radio station); Workman, Mary Higdon "Sunshine Sue" (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

GPS: Richmond (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 37.533333, -77.466667