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Country Music’s  Legendary DJ Eddie Stubbs Inducted into Independent Superstars Hall Of fame

Eddie Stubbs has been inducted into the Independent Superstars Disk Jockey Hall of Fame. Frans Maritz (Wildhorse Entertainment) signed the official certificate placing Eddie into this prestigious organization located in South Africa.  Eddie has the distinct honor of being the first Disk Jockey to be inducted into IDSS Hall of Fame for his life-time contribution to the Music Industry.Eddie Stubbs is seen in the picture above at KMA Records with Keith Bradford who presented Eddie with the award confirming his induction into the HALL OF FAME. “I appreciate the honor and the award itself very much”, Independent Superstars Hall Of Fame Member, Mr Eddie Stubbs.

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Keith Bradford hands Eddie Stubbs his Hall Of Fame Award at KMA Studios Nashville

Eddie Stubbs (born November 25, 1961) is a radio disc jockey broadcasting old-style country music on WSM, a radio station with a nighttime clear channel signal broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee. He is also one of two regular announcers for the long-running Grand Ole Opry carried on WSM on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. He is on the air weekday evenings from 7 PM to midnight, Central Time, on WSM. WSM’s powerful nighttime clear channel signal allows WSM to be heard in a large part of the US and Canada. As a result, Eddie has many regular listeners in all parts of the US and Canada in areas far away from Nashville.

A fifth-generation resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, he graduated from Gaithersburg (Maryland) High School and became a fiddle player with traditional bluegrass band The Johnson Mountain Boys. After a decade, the band split up and Stubbs only played sporadically after that.

EddieStubbsShow-486x209Stubbs’ first radio job was a weekly bluegrass show for WYII in Williamsport, Maryland in 1983 where he earned $20 per program. In 1984 he was hired by WAMU in Washington, D.C. and worked alongside veteran country deejay Gary Henderson.

He received his own show in 1990 but continued to do odd-jobs such as house-painting to supplement his income. “No one gets rich in radio,” he observed. The Eddie Stubbs Show on WAMU was discontinued in April 2007.

He developed a friendship with country singer Kitty Wells and her husband, guitar player and singer Johnnie Wright, and played with them during D.C.-area appearances. They eventually convinced Stubbs to move to Nashville in 1995 and join them full-time.

1421_MerleSmileswithEddie_1But within seventeen days of arriving in the country music capital, he was hired by The Grand Ole Opry as a regular announcer. “Five people up for the job, and the new kid in town gets the gig? If that’s not God, I don’t know what is,” said Stubbs.

A self-taught music scholar, he brings an exhaustive knowledge to his radio shows, working without notes during his aircast which regularly beats FM country stations in Nashville in the Arbitron ratings.

In 2002, Stubbs was named the Country Music Association‘s Large Market Air Personality of the Year.

The alternative weekly Nashville Scene named him Best Country Deejay, and he has also been listed in Nashville Life magazine’s 100 Coolest People.

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EDDIE STUBBS HALL OF FAME AWARD

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