Country Pioneer Irving Waugh Passes At 94
April 27, 2007 at 11:46 AM (PT)
Condolences are sent to the family and friends of former CMA (COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION) Board Member and Country pioneer IRVING WAUGH, who passed away today (4/27). WAUGH, who was 94, was born in DANVILLE, VA and started as a radio announcer in ROANOKE, then moving to NASHVILLE in the 1940s. He was a staple on WSM-A for many years, and during WORLD WAR II he was a news correspondent for NBC RADIO. He interviewed the late GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR the day before the atomic bomb was dropped on HIROSHIMA.
One of WAUGH's largest contributions to Country was his start of the GRAND OLE OPRY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, which later became the DISC JOCKEY CONVENTION which transformed into what we now know as CRS. He also was responsible for the creation of FAN FAIR.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, JEAN HUNT WAUGH, and he is survived by two sons.