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November 2

KDKA in Pittsburgh went on the air in 1920, becoming America’s first radio station.

Roy Acuff lost the Tennessee governor’s race in 1948. He lost by a 2-1 margin to his friend, Democrat Gordon Browning.

Tommy Collins recorded If You Can’t Bite, Don’t Growl in 1965. Tommy had been a fairly successful singer, but left the music business to become a minister. If You Can’t Bite, Don’t Growl was his comeback into the music industry. After that, he wrote songs for artists like Merle Haggard. He was the inspiration for songs like Haggard’s Leonard and Craig Morgan’s I Wish I Could See Bakersfield.

The Johnny Cash movie Door-To-Door Maniac debuted in theaters in 1966, five years after it was originally filmed. Also featured are Merle Travis and Ron Howard.

Conway Twitty collected the first of his #1 country singles with Next In Line in 1968. 

A few years and a few chart toppers later in 1976, Conway Twitty recorded Play, Guitar Play during an evening session at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, TN. It would become his 19th #1 hit.

Ricky Skaggs recorded Highway 40 Blues in 1981. It wouldn’t get released until March 1983, but would become his 5th consecutive #1 hit.

Travis Tritt appeared on Arsenio in 1992, which got him banned from The Tonight Show because he wouldn’t cancel his appearance on Arsenio to go on Jay Leno’s new show. When manager Ken Kragen brings the battle to public attention, The Tonight Show, Helen Kushnick, (the show’s executive producer) lost her job. Read the full story here.

Hank Thompson announced his retirement from performing in 2007.

Tommy Overstreet died at his home in Oregon in 2015. He piled up 11 Top 10 country hits during the 1970s, including Gwen (Congratulations), I’m A Believer and Heaven Is My Woman’s Love.

Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year in 2016 during the 50th annual Country Music Association awards. It’s his fifth time to take the trophy and first in 18 years.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Charlie Walker was born in Copeville, TX in 1926. Following a career as a country disc jockey in San Antonio, he developed a handful of hits, including the 1958 shuffle Pick Me Up On Your Way Down, en route to membership in the Grand Ole Opry.