“U” is for Uncle Dave Macon


The “Uncle Dave Macon hour” (WAPB Radio) Audio Tapes collection includes audio tapes of the Uncle Dave Macon Hour broadcast on WAPB in 1996. This broadcast explored the history of music in and the heritage of Rutherford County. Guests included local history buffs and subjects covered ranged from Stones River Battlefield to Big B Cleaners on the Public Square.

The Uncle Dave Macon Hour broadcasts appearing in this collection took place from August 14 to September 13, 1996. The purpose of these broadcasts was to discuss local and regional history, particularly pertaining to the history of local music.

Uncle Dave Macon was a local banjo player, performer and comedian. He was born October 7, 1870, and died March 22, 1952. Born in McMinnville, Uncle Dave later lived in Nashville, Readyville, and Kittrell. “Uncle Dave Macon Days,” an oldtime music and folk art festival held in Murfreesboro’s Cannonsburgh every July, is named after him.


Written by Julie Maresco, graduate assistant

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