Tom Reeder

Past DJ Hall of Fame Inductees
1990

 

Tom "Cat" Reeder was the most popular Country disc jockey of his time in the Washington DC area . He in Abbyville worked for no pay on his first job in 1956 as an air talent/gofer at WARL Arlington, VA and got his first paying job at WABB Mobile Alabama. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, outside Washington, DC. When discharged, he went to work at WARL in Arlington, Virginia and became very good friends with Don Owens who was known as Mr. Country Music in the Washington, Virginia, Maryland area. until Owens was killed in a car accident. The crown was then passed to Tom Reeder, who moved to WDON to take over the early morning drive time Tom Reeder Show. He closed his show with the song Tom Cattin recorded especially for him by Buck Owens and by saying: "May the good Lord take a liking to you; May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. Bye-bye darlin'.Tom had his own record (Kash) and publishing company (Tom-Kat Music) and managed several country music artist in Nashville. Tom owned WYAL Scotland Neck NC and WARI Abbeville AL and later became station manager at WKCW in Warrington, Virginia. Tom Reeder was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 1990. He recently hosted one of the Bluegrass Overnight shows on WAMU, Washington DC.