The NBC/Prince Albert sponsored shows began in 1939- your record is the earliest Opry recording I've heard of, though you might want to contact Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame who oversees the Bob Pinson collection. My guess is that Pinson would have found a copy of any and all of those early Opry shows. I suspect the Hall of Fame folks would be eager to have a copy of that if its not in their coffers...
I'm currently processing a body of Bob Pinson's research (predominantly a Hank Williams discography, but some pre-Hank Opry stuff has been surfacing) along with a few hundred cassettes he dubbed from (mostly) AFRS acetates, donated posthumously to Nashville Public Library by his wife. Most of what I've been working with is decent to great quality dubs of Prince Albert/AFRS Opry shows, the earliest of which is from '42. I'll keep you in mind if I come across anything from '39.
Jared Brennan, Archivist
Special Collections Division
Nashville Public Library
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Grand Ol' Opry
I'm doing some research on a discography of old time radio programming
released on vinyl.
I've run into a rather unusual episode of the "Grand Ol' Opry" on one
disc and was wondering if someone could contact me directly that's
familiar with the 30s-40s era of the program and the episodes that
survive from it in archives. (Or, a referral to which organization
archives the program's broadcasts would be helpful.)
I've checked around otr collector circles and haven't seen this
episode documented in circulation; it dates (supposedly) from 1939,
but the earliest GOP programs among otr collectors is from around