Lowell Blanchard

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Lowell Blanchard (November 5, 1910 – February 19, 1968) was an American radio presenter and performer. Blanchard, a native of Chicago, Illinois, was a station manager and popular show host for WNOX-AM Radio in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was inducted into The Country Music On-Air Personality Hall of Fame in 1977.[1] He is said to have given country performers Henry D. Haynes and Kenneth C. Burns their stage names, Homer and Jethro, after forgetting their stage names during a 1936 broadcast on WNOX.

In April 1950, Blanchard and the Valley Trio recorded a version of the song "Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb", which was included on the Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age compilation.


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