Fate Of The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree At Stake
April 1, 2015 at 7:28 AM (PT)
THE ERNEST TUBB MIDNITE JAMBOREE event and WSM-AM live broadcast is in jeopardy. The event has followed the SATURDAY night GRAND OLE OPRY show since it was founded by its OPRY member and COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME namesake in 1947, but the ERNEST TUBB RECORD SHOP cannot afford to sustain the $2,000 in weekly production costs needed to keep the show afloat.
The MIDNITE JAMBOREE has played host to legends such as HANK WILLIAMS, PATSY CLINE, LORETTA LYNN, GARTH BROOKS, and a young up-and-comer from TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI named ELVIS PRESLEY. But the show, which has been free to spectators since its inception, has announced a hiatus in the show until funding or a new location can be secured.
In a recent interview with THE TENNESSEAN, WSM-AM host and GRAND OLE OPRY announcer EDDIE STUBBS explained, "This is a tremendous loss and a very sad sign of the times. Those of us who have listened to and appeared on that show have never forgotten what that experience was like."
In true NASHVILLE fashion, a MIDNITE JAMBOREE ASSOCIATION has been formed to explore options to keep THE ERNEST TUBB MIDNITE JAMBOREE open and operational. For information, visit the ASSOCIATION website.