Bob Loflin, a friend to so many in Nashville, was named 2012 Volunteer of the Year by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at the annual volunteer appreciation dinner held in the rotunda of the Hall November 5, 2012. Bob not only volunteers countless hours at the Hall of Fame but also gives his time to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, WNPT – Nashville Public Television, and other organizations and causes.
Friends in Mobile, Alabama may remember that Bob was the news anchor on WKRG TV, Channel 5, in the 1960s before he moved to Nashville. In Nashville, he was a fixture on historic WSM AM, doing the morning show and announcing the Grand Ole Opry. It is safe to say that he has interviewed and hosted broadcasts featuring many Hall of Fame members he now talks about to tourists visiting the museum. I want to go on that tour!
After a successful broadcasting career, his path took him to the Tennessee Hospital Association for a lengthy period before retirement.
I was fortunate enough to meet Bob when I moved to Nashville through a mutual Mobile friend, Margaret Norton. We discovered that we had both worked for WKRG before coming to Nashville and have friends in common in Mobile and in Music City. We worked together in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Gridiron fund-raiser, a series of skits lampooning politicians to raise money for a scholarship. Bob became both famous and notorious for stealing any scene in which he appeared (whether he set out to do that or not!). He volunteers as a tour guide at the Hall of Fame and I participate in their Words and Music program, which brings students in contact with songwriters and we often run into each other there. We are occasionally paired to host broadcasts on WNPT and it’s always an honor for me
to share the airwaves with him (not to mention occasional lunches at Cracker Barrel with our friend Les Leverette, longtime official Opry photographer).
Did I say he retired? That can’t be true as active as he is. Congratulations, Bob, and I appreciate your friendship.
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Text and photos ©2012 by Les Kerr. Click here to visit Les Kerr’s web site.