Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum Interview: Jo Walker-Meador
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November 12, 2014 - Executive director of the Country Music Association (CMA) from 1962 to 1991, Jo Walker-Meador influenced the music’s expansion for thirty years. Beginning as office manager soon after industry leaders organized CMA in 1958, she assumed her executive role in 1962. Early on, Walker-Meador worked with board members to put the association on solid financial footing, raise money to build the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, and boost the number of full-time country radio stations. During her tenure, CMA also created its annual awards show in 1967 and launched Fan Fair (now the CMA Music Festival) in 1972. Meanwhile, CMA membership has risen to more than 7,000 individuals and organizations. Walker-Meador was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. This interview is illustrated with photos, recordings, and film footage. The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, made possible by the Gibson Foundation, is presented annually to honor a music industry leader who continues the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs.