Tom Perryman

    Tom Perryman was the first regular disc jockey of an all night Country music show on WSM, and a General Manger and co-owner of two of the earliest fulltime Country radio stations. Perryman started in Country radio at KEBE Jacksonville TX (1947-1949) after his high school graduation. He then joined KSIJ Gladewater TX, and became a charter member of the Country Music Disc Jockey Association in 1953. He was named WSM’s Mr. DJ USA in 1954 and then joined WSM Nashville TN (1956-1958). Having simultaneously worked as Talent Coordinator of the Artists Service Bureau and Assistant Manager of The Grand Ole Opry, he left radio for awhile to become co-owner of the All Star Talent Agency (1958-1959). Perryman became General Manager and partner with Jim Reeves at KGRI AM/FM Henderson, TX. He then became General Manager of WMTS AM/FM Murfreesboro TN (1967-1978), which was named CMA Station of the Year in 1969 and was the top ranked Country station in the Nashville market in 1971 and 1972. In 1985 he became Vice President of Jim Reeves Enterprises. Tom Perryman was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 1988. Tom Perryman is now playing classic Country music in East Texas on 104.1 The Ranch.