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He accepted the position of Account Executive with Nashville radio stations WLUY AM and WYHY FM in 1982. December of 1983 he was recruited to Gaylord Entertainment’s historic country formatted radio stations WSM AM/FM and the Grand Ole Opry, as an Account Executive. Gaylord added News/Talk/Sports formatted WWTN FM to its radio compliment in 1995.
Over the next 20 years Mr. Padgett steadily moved up the ladder at Gaylord by serving as National Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and Vice President/General Manager for the radio division.
Mr. Padgett was instrumental in leading Gaylord’s three station group to remarkable success in revenues during his twelve year tenure as General Sales Manager and VP/General Manager. His three stations, WSM AM, WSM FM and WWTN FM outperformed the Nashville market’s revenue growth threefold, according to the independent accounting firm of Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co., LLP.
Mr. Padgett is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Communications where he majored in Broadcast Management.
Prior to his college graduation, Mr. Padgett spent four years as an Operations Specialist on board the USS Cochrane, a Guided Missile Destroyer, in the United States Navy. He resides in Franklin Tennessee with his wife, Pamela, of 34 years.
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