Lee County Courthouse – Tupelo, MS
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Lat34North
N 34° 15.528 W 088° 42.276
16S E 343054 N 3792166
Quick Description: Elvis performed on the Mississippi Slim show on WELO, broadcast from the Lee County Courthouse in Tupelo, MS.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 10/12/2009 10:54:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM7E2A
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 15

Long Description:

In 1946, Tupelo radio station WELO broadcast weekly jamborees from the courthouse. Mississippi Slim, who had his own show on WELO, arranged for Elvis to perform at the jamboree. Elvis’ dream was to become as famous as Mississippi Slim and to have his own radio show some day.

Source - Plaque located at the Tupelo Courthouse


WELO (580 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Adult Standards format. Licensed to Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, the station serves the Tupelo area. The station is currently owned by Jmd, Inc.


WELO began broadcasting on May 15, 1941, on South Spring Street, Tupelo, above the Black and White dry goods store. Frank Kyle Spain and Jim Green, Tupelo High School students, became station engineers to complete building the station after Green's older brother became ill and unable to finish his engineering contract responsibilities.

Some local talents were involved in starting up the station, among them the announcer Charlie Boren and the bandleader and radio technician Archie Mackey. The hillbilly star of the station in 1946 was a 23-year-old native of Smithville, Mississippi, Carvel Lee Ausborn, who went by the name of Mississippi Slim.

Ernest Bowen, who had tangential musical connections with Elvis Presley, became a longtime general manager at WELO. Presley occasionally performed on Mississippi Slim's radio program "Singin' and Pickin' Hillbilly."

The station now plays an Adult Standards format, supplied by the Music Of Your Life network.

Source: Wikipedia (visit link)

Mississippi Slim - (visit link)

Additional waypoint: N 34° 15.523 W 088° 42.294

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