On Sept. 28, Robertson County honored Bill Cody’s 25-year anniversary with WSM AM 650 at the White’s Family Farm official kick-off of the Harvest Celebrations.
Bill Cody, Sen. Kerry Roberts, Rep. Sabi Kumar, Mayor Billy Vogle and several others participated in the ribbon cutting of the corn maze which will be open throughout October.
At the age of 12, Cody’s first experience with radio was in Lebanon, Ky. where his father, a pastor, would submit recordings of his sermons to the radio. On one occasion, he went with his father to the radio station to drop off a tape and found his future career in the process.
“I looked through the plate glass window into the studio and there was this guy that I listened to. That was a moment that’s still a snapshot in my memory that I hold dear,” Cody said. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I literally have never done anything else. Radio has provided for me an absolutely incredible life.”
Cody has now been in radio for 48 years as well as being the “voice” for the Grand Ole Opry. His career has taken him all over the country from Lexington to Louisville, to Orlando then San Antonio before settling in Nashville. In 2008, he was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.
“The dream of WSM and the Grand Ole Opry was always the dream and the dream came true,” Cody said.
Friends of Cody and his family took turns sharing their favorite stories and memories at the celebration.
“In 15 years, I can’t think of even a handful of days that I hadn’t had a smile on my face when I got up to go in and he’s a good reason for that,” co-host Charlie Mattos. “He deserves all this and more.”
At the end of the event, Vogle proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 28 as Bill Cody Day “to celebrate his life, career and love for this community”.