Bob Neal

Past DJ Hall of Fame Inductees
1984

 

Bob Neal (born Belgian Congo October 6, 1917) was one of the first disc jockeys to host an all Country show. His parents were missionaries and his mother liked Classical music, but Neal did not show much interest in the field until entering radio in 1939 as an announcer. He moved to Memphis in 1942 and in 1948 established "The Bob Neal Farm Program" on WMPS Memphis TN which played entirely Country music. While doing that program, Bob promoted and acted as master of ceremonies for live music shows in the area using both local talent and national stars. He put Elvis Presley on one of these shows at the request of Sam Phillips and later became Presley's in January 1955. Bob Neal was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 1984.