2 pm | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Ray Odom, a pioneer in country music radio and concert promotions will share his stories about growing up as a poor Texas farm boy and how moving to Arizona led the way to his becoming one of the most recognized names in country music during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
About the Book
In his book, Ray Odom: A Lifetime of Radio, Records and Racehorses, the author shares stories about his days as a radio station owner, disc jockey, concert promoter, TV show host and owner of thoroughbred racehorses. His friends included people like Gene Autry, Ray Price, Elvis, Joe DiMaggio, Freddie Hart, George Jones and so many others.
About the Author
Ray Odom had such a huge impact on country music in the 1950s, 60s and 70s that his name is still recognized by people today. In an era when rock and roll ruled, Ray owned radio stations that played nothing but country music. Every week Madison Square Garden and later Riverside Ballroom saw concerts produced by Ray filled with country music fans who came to see their favorite Grand Ole Opry stars. Up and coming Arizona talent such as Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Dell, Ted Newman and Duane Eddy got their starts as opening acts at these concerts. Ray has been inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame, The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, the Greater Arizona Country Music Hall of Fame and the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame. Also among his many trophies is one from Turf Paradise Racetrack thanking him for "...His Many Contributions to Horse racing in Arizona." In 2016, Ray Odom received the 21st Annual Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award present by the Academy of Western Artists. Learn more about Ray Odom »