WSM evening personality Eddie Stubbs has had a nearly life-long involvement in country music. A native of Gaithersburg, Maryland, he began playing the fiddle at the age of four under his father’s instruction. From 1978 to 1996, Stubbs was the fiddle player for the Johnson Mountain Boys, a Grammy-nominated bluegrass band which recorded nine albums for Rounder Records.
Beginning his radio career in 1983 at WYII in Williamsport, Maryland, Stubbs moved the following year to WAMU in Washington, D.C. where his programs were heard until 2007.
On March 21, 1995, Eddie moved to Nashville to play fiddle for the Queen of Country Music, Ms. Kitty Wells and her husband Johnnie Wright. Stubbs was hired a week later to work part-time at WSM doing historical research and on-air work as needed. Just seventeen days after moving to the Music City without ever having done an air shift on WSM, Eddie was auditioning for the announcer’s position on the Grand Ole Opry, a job which became permanent on June 23rd of that year.
Aside from his work as an Opry announcer, most people associate Eddie with his long-standing tenure hosting evenings on WSM. He began the 7 p.m. to midnight shift on July 8, 1996, and now he holds the record as the longest consecutively tenured host for that time slot since WSM went to an all-country format in 1979.
With a different theme each night in terms of music, the listener never knows what Stubbs is liable to come up with next. It could be a chart-topping hit, or some long-forgotten artist being programmed from a 45 or 78rpm record. Regardless, fans have come to expect the best in country music while getting an entertaining and educational dose of commentary added for good measure. Some of Eddie’s biggest fans are also some of country music’s biggest artists, and it is not uncommon for them to visit Eddie in the studio and sit with him playing their favorite tunes.
Eddie is quick to acknowledge that he’s a workaholic, and that his whole life revolves around one form or another of traditional country music. In addition to his work at WSM and the Grand Ole Opry, Eddie also serves as the on-camera announcer for “The Marty Stuart Show” on RFD-TV, serves on committees with the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as supporting his favorite charity--the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
There’s a reason that Eddie Stubbs won the Country Music Association’s Large Market Broadcast Personality of the Year in 2002 and has been a finalist for that honor six times. Tune in evenings to enjoy one-of-a-kind radio and find out what others have been gravitating to for the last sixteen years.