Long-time Bluegrass Country host Eddie Stubbs has donated his collection of music and memorabilia to Glenville State College in Glenville, WV.
Eddie Stubbs was a mainstay on WAMU Bluegrass Country from 1990 to 2007, and his weekly show continued to air after he moved to Nashville, where he became the announcer for the Grand Ole Opry and one of the country’s most popular country DJs on WSM. Stubbs retired in 2020.
The collection includes records, posters, CDs, sheet music, books, furniture, memorabilia, as well as over 15 years of radio shows from WAMU Bluegrass Country. It will be housed at the Pioneer Stage, located in downtown Glenville. Glenville State offers a four-year bachelors degree in bluegrass music.
“I love music and bluegrass and traditional music has been a part of my life for my whole life and it’s still a great passion. I wanted to see this collection of artifacts find a home, because oftentimes in the history of music, it is learned in families and is passed down from one generation to another. In a way, this is a passing of the torch if you will, to another generation who can benefit from this collection,” Stubbs said.
Eddie Stubbs is also featured in a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. American Currents: State of the Music explores the most significant developments in country music over the last year.
Rebroadcasts of the Eddie Stubbs Show can he heard every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 on Bluegrass Country.
Stubbs isn’t the only Bluegrass Country host to donate his collection to academia. Les McIntyre was active in the Washington bluegrass community and hosted the Bluegrass Overnight program on WAMU Bluegrass Country. When he died in 2011, he left a legacy to the Archives of Appalachia at his alma mater East Tennessee State University.
The collection includes correspondence, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, articles, photographs, audio recordings, and memorabilia related to bluegrass bands, music festivals, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Bluegrass Unlimited and WAMU. The collection also contains McIntyre’s professional reference materials including discographies, record catalogs, instrument catalogs, encyclopedias, songbooks, music style books, cassette indexes, and band booklets.