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Peggy Motley


WSM Radio, CDX

Peggy's music career began in June of 1954 at WSM Radio where she worked for Jim Denny in TV Traffic and Continuity. She was responsible for typing daily TV logs, commercial books, the Grand Ole Opry show and other live shows. She also wrote commercials/ promos for radio and TV. She then moved to National TV sales and wrote out all billing by hand! During this time, Peggy also worked with Dinah Shore's producer, Bob Banner, when Dinah did shows at the Ryman.

When Syd Oliver became General Manager of WSM-TV, he asked Peggy to join him as Executive Secretary where she worked with the public and viewer complaints/requests. She also coordinated election returns for airing. When Channel 4 was sold, Peggy remained with WSM in national radio sales. She moved on to work with Elmer Alley, Assistant Creative Director at Opryland Productions, assisting with the first Nashville Network show, "Nashville Alive", from the Stagedoor Lounge. Peggy served as talent coordinator with CMA shows working with Bob Precht and Tony Jordan, including the first Grand Ole Opry show from the new Opry House at Opryland in 1974, attended by then President Richard Nixon.

Talented and pretty, Peggy, shown above on the WSM executive yacht, was asked by that station to coordinate moving radio from the Knob Hill site to Opryland. In a supervisory position, she maintained the Public File, researched and assembled information for license renewals and assisted in coordinating the Farm Aid simulcast at WSM. She coordinated the premier of Music Country Radio network and worked with the Nashville Network radio.

In 1994, Peggy took an early retirement and then went to work for CDX with Charlie Douglas and Paul Lovelace where she still works, as of this date.

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